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EMERGENT CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTS: WHERE NEXT FOR ECOLOGY AND THE HUMANITIES?

Deadline: March 31, 2011

EMERGENT CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTS: WHERE NEXT FOR  ECOLOGY AND THE HUMANITIES?:  ASLE UKI POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE, 9th and 10th September 2011.  Keynote speakers include Kate Soper and Robert McKay.

ASLE UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland), www.asle.org.uk ) invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 9 to 10 September 2011 at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (www.creativecollaboration.org.uk, London WC1), on the theme of "Emergent critical environments’: Where next for ecology and the humanities?"

We are looking for proposals from postgraduate students for papers, panels and roundtables which examine the relationship between the humanities, environmentalism and ecology in new and diverse ways. The conference will focus on the dynamic interrelation between ethics, aesthetics and socio-politics that is central to any critical or artistic configuration of local and global environments.  We also welcome proposals for presentations and readings from creative writers, artists and activists.  The aim of the conference is to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between different approaches to the study of environments as both intellectual and physical spaces with animal, mineral, vegetable and academic inhabitants. We are especially interested in emergent critical approaches that are shaping the direction of the response to contemporary and historical ecological issues. This includes areas of thought not conventionally associated with what has come to be known as ecocriticism. We are happy to receive proposals exploring ecology, environmentalism or related topics from postgraduates working in literature and ecocriticism, cultural geography, media and cultural studies, film, environmental philosophy, animal studies, sociology or any other related disciplines.

The non-exhaustive list of possible paper topics includes:
•    The critical environment: art in the face of environmental crisis
•    The limits of ecocriticism: science in the humanities
•    Rus in Urbe: urban ecologies
•    Pastoral and its afterlives
•    The politicisation of nature: landscape, ecology and resources
•    (Post)Humans and other animals.
•    Evolution, extinction and apocalypse
•    Ecocriticism and Postcolonialism
•    Nature and nationalism
•    Chaos: Systems theory, complexity and imagining the environment
•    Environmental ethics and environmental justice
•    Waste, pollution and sustainability
•    Globalisation, place and space
•    Biotechnology, hybridity and monsters
•    Ecological histories and historical ecologies
•    Biosemiotics and zoosemiotics
•    Ecologies without nature?
•    Fact, fiction and myth

Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send a 250 word abstract and a brief biography ( maximum 150 words) to Sam Solnick, Deborah Lilley and Kate Parry – emergentenvironments@gmail.com by 31 March 2011.  Proposals for panels (3 speakers) and roundtables are also welcome: please send a 200 word summary of the rationale for the panel or roundtable, in addition to individual abstracts.  Please send further enquiries to the above email address.


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