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Policy Engagement

POSTnotes (Energy and Environment)

POSTnotes are four-page summaries of public policy issues produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. You can contribute to POSTnotes currently in production by emailing the listed contact for each topic.

Open Parliamentary Committee Calls

Respond to open committee inquiries on the environment with a written submission.

Further information about engaging with Parliament is available on their website.

Calls for Papers

The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830

Edited by Pamela Phillips, University of Puerto Rico

The objective of this edited collection is to present a cross-disciplinary discussion on the thinking about the concept of night through examples from the global and long eighteenth century. The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830 seeks to bring together case studies that address how the night became visible in the eighteenth century through different mediums and in different geographical contexts. The proposed study of the representation, treatment, and meaning of the night in the long and global eighteenth century also contributes to an on-going exercise that questions the accepted definitions of the Enlightenment. By bringing Eighteenth-Century Studies into dialogue with Night Studies, The Enlightened Nightscape 1700-1830 enriches the critical conversation on both lines of research.

Proposal submission deadline: 20 December 2019

Full details here.

Edited Collection on Nonhuman Animals, Climate Crisis and the Role of Literature

There is little debate left on whether the climate is changing, though there are still some people arguing about the cause. For many years, the question of whether fiction could articulate the vastness of the problem was up for debate. Nonetheless, there have been increasing amounts of narratives – including in literature – which concern themselves with global climate change. For example, Climate Fiction, or Cli-Fi, has been seen in ecocriticism as a potential answer to this call.

This collection calls for considerations of new interventions by literature in relation to these pressing questions and debates. We are seeking chapters which present cases of literature attempting such intervention, theoretical considerations of the role of literature in these debates, and questions about the efficacy of such a project. We seek diverse voices and perspectives, hoping to see the impact that stories about the issue, and speculating about solutions, can have in shifting debates toward real life concerns.

Please send all queries and proposals to editors, Sune Borkfelt, Aarhus University engsb@cc.au.dk and Matthias Stephan, Aarhus University engms@cc.au.dk. The editors are happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.

Call for papers deadline: 31 December 2019

Full-length articles deadline: 15 May 2020

Read the full text of the call here.

Inhuman Memory: ‘Race’ and Ecology across Timescales

14 May 2020, King’s College London.

This one-day conference Inhuman Memory: ‘Race’ and Ecology across Timescales proposes to look at the intersection of race and ecology to offer alternatives to the systematic and historical exploitation of colonial and capitalist politics. In recognising the multiscalar and multidirectional histories making and remaking the planet, the conference seeks to interrogate the whiteness and the universality of contemporary environmental discourses. 

The conference seeks to recognise the intimately connected histories of colonialism and environmental injustice. It aims to examine the ways in which memory culture(s) intersect with the lack of public/state recognition of these relationships. We welcome abstracts around the following themes, though this should be by no means restrictive:

  • (Dis)connections between the politics of remembrance on slavery and colonialism, and contemporary environmental injustice
  • Whiteness, activism and climate change
  • Climate change policy and anti-imperialism
  • Indigenous temporalities and models of social resilience
  • Anthropocene ‘neutrality’, posthumanism and the inhuman
  • Anthropocenic memory and structural/historical modes of differentiation

Submission Deadline: 4 January 2020

Full details available here.

SOLSTICE: Enabling Societal Transformations in the Face of Climate Change (JPI Climate)

The Joint Programming Initiative "Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe" (JPI Climate) is a pan-European intergovernmental initiative gathering European countries to jointly coordinate climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives that provide useful climate knowledge and services for post-COP21 Climate Action.

This call for proposals SOLSTICE aims to enable the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research community to take the lead in understanding and contributing to solving the societal challenges of climate change. SOLSTICE will
investigate key issues around mitigation, anticipation, adaptation and sustainability. SOLSTICE will generate and connect knowledge to inform the development of more ambitious and effective climate related policies. The impact of climate change will increasingly affect the daily lives of people across society at a range of scales, from individual to international, and across different sectors. Research topics are:

  • Social justice and participation
  • Sense making, cultural meaning and risk perception
  • Transformative finance and economy

Outline Proposal submission deadline: 9 January 2020 (full proposals due 3 February 2020)

Full details here.

World Weary: Cultures of Exhaustion

21-22 May 2020, University of York, UK

Keynote Speakers:

Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Penn State University, USA

Daisy Hildyard, author of The Second Body (2018)

more to follow

How does contemporary culture make sense of weary worlds? Exhaustion can be used to describe both the depletion of planetary resources and a structural waning of social and economic equity. Similarly, the burden of exhaustion is increasingly justified by an ideology of resilience and ‘mindful’ ethical consumerism, even as its effects are carried disproportionately across populations. When it comes to conceptualising sequestration, burnout and extinction, what do these terms tell us about the limitations of the imaginary of exhaustion itself and how are they extrapolated through visual, literary or theoretical modes? This interdisciplinary conference welcomes papers from all disciplines and cross-genre work in the humanities, sciences and at the convergence of art and activism. We are interested in responses to the varied representations of exhaustion, particularly with regard to instrumental and coalitional axes that discern the shape and feel of exhaustion in contemporary life.

Please send a 250-word proposal and short biography to the conference organisers. The deadline for proposals is 10 January 2020.

Full details here.

Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations

Beyond the Anglocentric Fantastic

28th-29th May 2020

“Dragons are not universal, and fantasies are not homogenous.”
– Deepa Dharmadhikari, ‘Surviving Fantasy Through Post-Colonialism’

Anglonormativity and Anglocentrism can lead to either ignoring or appropriating the lengthy and rich traditions of Fantasy and the fantastic written in other languages and cultures, many of which predate the Anglophone tradition. Those non-Anglophone traditions have resulted in unique genres separate from Anglocentric Fantasy, others in subgenres like Afrofuturism, and still others in culturally-specific incarnations of Fantasy. Recent years have seen an increase in the publication and profile of works of Fantasy and the fantastic translated from a variety of languages (Chinese, Russian, Greek and Malay, to name but a few) as well as the output of English-speaking authors of colour such as Nalo Hopkinson and Kai Ashante Wilson, who bring their own backgrounds and language into their work. Within Anglophone countries, there has been a slowly growing tendency to centre the perspective of racially, culturally, and ethnically marginalised groups whose perspectives have historically been underrepresented in white Anglocentric fantasy. Indigenous authors are also starting to make their presence known in the fantastic, using the genre to examine the contested space of colonised land, and imagine escape from or alternatives to a history and present of oppression and erasure. Tolkien’s white British English may still be treated as the default for Fantasy, but as Dharmadhikari argues, “Dragons are not universal, and fantasies are not homogenous.”

GIFCon 2020 is a two-day symposium that seeks to examine and honour the heterogeneity of Fantasy and the fantastic beyond Anglonormativity and Anglocentrism. We welcome proposals for papers relating to this theme from researchers and practitioners working in the field of Fantasy and the fantastic across all media, whether within the academy or beyond it. We are particularly interested in submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers. We will also offer creative workshops for those interested in exploring the creative process.

We ask for 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as creative presentations that go beyond the traditional academic paper. Regrettably, despite our desire to centre the non-Anglophonic, we are only able to accept papers presented in English.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Non-Anglocentric histories and traditions of Fantasy and the fantastic in all forms of media
  • The postcolonial fantastic, by authors such as Helen Oyeyemi, Salman Rushdie, N. K. Jemisin, Nalo Hopkinson, and Zen Cho
  • The use of real non-Anglophone languages in Fantasy
  • Translation studies and the fantastic
  • Accounts of non-Anglophone scholarship on Fantasy and the fantastic
  • Influence of Anglocentrism and Anglonormativity on the non-Anglocentric and non-Anglonormative
  • The non-Anglocentric European fantastic, e.g. Slavic, Nordic, Mediterranean, Gaelic
  • The (mis)use, exoticism, and appropriation of non-Anglocentric cultural traditions and fantasy lineages into the Fantasy ‘canon’
  • Indigeneity and indigenous self-determination in Indigenous forms of Fantasy
  • Deconstruction, decolonisation, and counterappropriation as topics within and movements surrounding Fantasy texts
  • Postcolonial reception of Anglocentric texts, e.g. the success of Harry Potter in India
  • Implications of “writing back” to Anglophone genres
  • Diasporic Fantasy and the fantastic
  • Relationship between Fantasy and non-Anglocentric genres and forms, e.g. magical realism, masala films, Africanjujuism, shenmo xiaoshuo, fantastique, kaiju, etc.
  • Fantasy and the fantastic in a non-Anglocentric medium, e.g. Bollywood fantasies, manga, anime, jrpgs, Karagöz shadow plays
  • Fan efforts to create space for non-Anglocentric experiences in Anglocentric texts
  • Marginalised traditions within Anglocentric fantasy, i.e. works of the fantastic about and by immigrant communities, religious minorities, and racial and ethnic minorities
  • Relationship between non-Anglocentric Fantasy and the regional cultural industries that produce them
  • The presence or lack thereof of non-Anglocentric Fantasy in Anglocentric spaces
  • Relationship between Fantasy and religious or spiritual beliefs in non-Anglocentric cultures

Please read our submission guidelines and submit a 300-word abstract as well as a 100-word bionote to gifcon-submissions@glasgow.ac.uk

The deadline is the 12 January 2020, at 23:00 UTC

Full details here.

Teaching the Literature of Climate Change

Now that we are two decades into the twenty-first century, courses that thematize the literature of climate change have become more and more popular and more of an ethical imperative to teach. Students today need to understand the global environmental devastation they will inherit, and the literary imagination uniquely addresses such consequences as warming temperatures, desertification, sea-level rise, climate refugees, the spread of disease, and the collapse of our biome. With the proliferation of novels, short stories, poems, drama, and literary criticism about the Anthropocene, instructors may struggle to figure out what might most usefully speak to their students and how to approach such materials.

Scholars interested in contributing a 3,000–4,000-word essay are invited to submit a 250–500-word abstract outlining their approach to teaching the literature of climate change and its utility for students and instructors.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 January 2020.

E-mail submissions and queries should be sent to Debby Rosenthal (drosenthal@jcu.edu) with the subject line “Teaching the Literature of Climate Change.” Permission from students must be obtained for any relevant quotations in the essay. Previously published essays cannot be considered.

Learn more about the MLA’s guidelines for submissions.

Call for Papers | Climate Fiction, Friction & Fact

Issue Theme

Despite right-wing political scepticism, scientifically there is near-consensus that anthropogenically induced greenhouse gas emissions are already having a profound and catastrophic effect on the Earth’s climate. This existential threat to humanity and the current ecosphere, also provides a conceptual and critical lens through which to reconsider broad and disparate aspects of art and culture, society, socio-economics and politics alike.

For this special issue authors, drawing on their unique disciplinary and, crucially, interdisciplinary perceptions, are invited to submit papers for consideration, inspired by or informed by, but not limited to, discussions within the conference themes. USS 2019 saw papers focusing on topics across disciplinary perspectives and approaches in the humanities and social sciences including:

  • Pollution, population, migration, sufficiency and sustainability
  • Apocalypse, catastrophe and crisis
  • Architecture, urban studies, shelter and habitat
  • Activism, politics, policy, labour and solidarity
  • Writing and creating from the margins, indigenous arts and postcolonial approaches
  • Food, vegetarianism, plant and animal studies and posthumanism
  • Gender, feminism, women studies, bodies and technology

Published articles will be framed by an introductory essay, further highlighting the relevance, context and significance of the conference programme within the wider scholarly discourse.

Manuscript Submission

All submitted manuscripts will undergo editorial scoping and formal peer review, ahead of acceptance. A team of early career scholars along with members of the journal’s Editorial Board will oversee the progression of all manuscripts, and provide a source of support for submitting authors.

The online submission form, along with supplementary guidance for potential authors can be accessed at: exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/about/submissions

Deadline & Publication Schedule

The extended manuscript submission deadline is Monday 13th January 2020, with the special issue anticipated for publication in late 2020.

Please contact Dr. Gareth J. Johnson for any questions: exchangesjournal@warwick.ac.uk 

Submission deadline: 13 January 2020

Full details here.

PETROCULTURES2020: TRANSFORMATIONS CFP

26-29 August 2020

Norwegian Petroleum Museum

Stavanger, Norway

In petrocultures2020 we will host presentations, exhibits and conversations regarding the transformations needed to influence the transition from our current culture and dependency on oil. Looming over these discussions we recognize the wealth and progress enabled by our exploitation and use of oil. We acknowledge the technical and structural solutions developed and renewable transitions initiated by parts of the petroleum industry. We also observe the linkages that exist between the burning of fossil fuels, human induced climate change and differing levels of socio-environmental conflict. We thus emphasize oil’s dual role as the basis of prosperity and implication in environmental destruction and global conflict. Accepting this we aim to create a forum for a constructive exchange about the way green transition initiatives are narrated – including the way oil is narrated in the past, present and future – across social and political divides. It is also of interest to investigate how the petroleum industry can/will be a part of this transition, and what consequences the transition will have for the workers presently depending on the industry. Worker participation in the industry has historically and may well also in the future be a central aspect to reduce the inherent conflicts of a transition.

Under the banners of 5 thematic sections, petrocultures2020 seeks to advance conversations about the multiple dimensions of oil. We do so, recognizing that oil is not only as a source of energetic power, but of political, economic and social power. It is in this light we question oil’s significance and remaining power in an era of impending transformation.

themes

oil: narratives. From fairy tales to curses, from celebratory tales of pioneers to dismal accounts of victims, oil has inspired contrasting narratives around the world. These encompass origins, belonging, identity, progress and development, for oil has been rendered in ways that matter to not only oil companies and governments, but to most people on the planet. It has helped found our world and continues to modulate it, establishing not only the present of the people of the world, but also their past and future. This section invites scholars to engage with oil as a catalyst for narratives that have framed nations, corporations, groups and individuals. We seek contributions that grapple with the forms that narratives take around oil, that ponder how they shape history and the ways in which they shape imaginaries of post-petroleum worlds.

oil: nature. Oil has served as the main catalyst for the 20th century’s economic growth and exploitation of natural resources. Oil has re-defined our relationship to and understanding of the nature-culture divide. Extractive frontiers have continuously expanded, inspiring the recent scientific proposal that we are now living in a new geological epoch in which humans have left an indelible impact on the planet i.e. the Anthropocene. In this section we invite papers and presentations that seek to explore this symbolic proposal and the possibility of it signalling the need for a profound change in human-nature relations. We wish to encourage thought and discussion of its impacts on personal identity, and ramifications for how we address pollution, social justice, public health and rights to land, water streams and seascapes.

oil: conflict. Numerous historical and contemporary events – from the Chaco War to recent Saudi bombings in Yemen – remind us that oil has been and remains a catalyst of conflicts. International wars, civil war, criminal violence and varying forms of socio-environmental contestation are linked to control of oil production, indicating oil’s influence across scales and temporalities. We invite scholars to reopen and reframe taken-for-granted assumptions about the resource curse, and to consider anew the significance of oil in geopolitics, economic development and alliances over extractive energy sources. We provide a space for scholars who work on violent contexts and aim to attract analysts who focus on the dynamics of militancy and alternative forms of socio-political and legal action to question oil governance. While inviting papers that reveal the inner workings of large-scale conflicts, we also anticipate papers that unpack how social movements and community campaigns oppose, benefit and tame oil production and exploration – frequently in the face of repressive prosecution and potential assassination.

oil: work. While scholarship on the petroleum industry is vast, research on oil workers and their communities is rather limited. Yet, oil workers are intrinsic to an understanding of oil cultures as well as the politics of oil. Their history is as old and tortuous as the history of commodified oil, hence this section invites papers that analyse the embedding of labour histories of oil in wider global histories of labour. On the one hand, oil workers are relatively few and difficult to organise, considering the economic and technological intensity of the petroleum industry and the physical infrastructure, on the other, oil workers and their organisations have played important roles in democratic transitions and economic struggles. Papers on all kinds of cultural and political expression of oil, work and workers are welcome, as are those that tackle how oil workers constitute themselves as groups and in trade unions, how their work schedules influence their social lives, and how their trade interacts with their situated social status. We open for discussions and exploration on the role of workers in the petroleum industries in a green transition.

oil: visions invites all papers that plumb visions of the cultural and historical transformations wrought by the oil industry, and interrogate transformations away from oil based societies. These visions can be artistic, critical or otherwise creative, and can refer to the past, present, or future, including solarpunk and post-apocalyptic visions of desirable futures. We welcome contributions that explore how literature, film, the visual arts, and other narrative and aesthetic forms of expression render visible phenomena around oil and the many transformations that exist in ontological kinship with it. Papers will draw out how the arts visualize, channel and evoke concerns and enthusiasm about justice, progress, technology, ecology, prosperity, scarcity, abundance and capital in an age of transformation. Ingrained and reflected here is the vital question of how visions of oil – past, present and future – shape the politics of transformation in the present.

Individual Papers: Please submit a 400 word (max) abstract that identifies the themes your paper responds to along with a 200 word (max) bio by 20 January 2020.​

Pre-Formed Panels, Workshops, or Roundtables: Please submit a two page panel description that identifies the themes the panel responds to as well as the institution, research group, or network organizing the panel, workshop, or roundtable by 03 January 2020. Panels must also include 250 word abstracts and brief bios for the individual papers that comprise the panel.​

All submissions and inquiries can be sent to the organizers' email: petrocultures2020@gmail.com

Submission deadline:

Pre-Formed Panels: 03 January 2020

Individual papers: 20 January 2020

Full details here.

Nineteenth-Century Contexts Special Issue:

"Ecologies of the Atlantic Archipelago"

Guest Editors: Seán Hewitt & Anna Pilz

Studies of the intertwined histories of Great Britain, Ireland, and their associated islands have given rise to the notion of ‘archipelagic studies’. This involves a new perspective on geography, identity, and the relations between nations. Central to this field of criticism are concerns regarding land and the natural world.

This issue aims to bring into focus interconnection, idiosyncrasy, and the ways in which national boundaries were simultaneously made porous and more distinct by writers and artists who sought to engage with the new visions of nature which the nineteenth-century offered.

To focus on nineteenth-century contexts of archipelagic ecologies enables the tracing of connections and the identification of shifts in perception that might not easily align with literary periodisation of Romantic, Victorian and early Modernist writing. New developments in ecocriticism, from new materialisms to notions of the Anthropocene, shed light on the innovations of nineteenth-century cultural responses to environmental shifts and scientific work.

We invite 600-800-word abstracts for a 31 January 2020 deadline. The commissioned articles (of no longer than 9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes) will be due on 31 August 2020. All article submissions will undergo peer review and may include illustrations with copyright to be secured by the author (colour for online publication and black and white for print).

Abstracts should be submitted to both Dr Seán Hewitt (seanedwardhewitt@gmail.com) and Dr Anna Pilz (a.pilz@outlook.com).

Call for papers deadline: 21 January 2020

Full-length articles deadline: 31 August 2020

Read the full text of the call here.

Inhabiting Memories and Landscapes: A cross-disciplinary engagement with Wendell Berry

14-16 June 2020

The American Agrarian writer, philosopher, and farmer Wendell Berry frequently speaks of the need to be ‘placed’, to inhabit a particular landscape and its social memory over an extended period of time. This, he argues, is a precondition for fostering communities that care for the earth and the people who live off it—what he refers to as conviviality.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore notions of conviviality, social well-being, and the good life that account for the interplay between local landscapes, memory/heritage, and social identities. We invite papers and panels from across the disciplines that engage either with the writings of Wendell Berry or with the interaction between memory/heritage, landscape, and social identity.

Organisers invite abstracts of approximately 250 words for

  • 20-minute papers
  • pre-formed 90-minute panels (please send an abstract for each paper - please note that the organisers will not accept proposals for all male panels.)
  • poster presentations which will be displayed for the duration of the conference

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2020

Full details here.

Rachel Carson Center: Call for Fellows 2020-21

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2020–21 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines who are working in the field of environment and society. In this application round, the RCC is offering thematic fellowships (four to twelve months) on the following topics:

  • Extinction
  • Futures
  • Open

The two topic areas aim to bring future fellows together and facilitate focused dialogue and productive collaborations across disciplines. Applicants are welcome to apply individually or as interdisciplinary teams; we also accept applications for scholarly outreach projects (journalism, documentary film, community engagement, etc.). All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, and to participate actively in life at the RCC. Please note that the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research.

Fellowships will be granted for a period of four to twelve months (applicants should indicate their preferred duration in their application). The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at their home institution; alternatively, it will pay a stipend directly to the fellow that is commensurate with their experience, current employment, and funding guidelines. Travel to and from Munich will be covered by the RCC.

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2020

Full details here.

Understanding, Acknowledging, Representing Environmental Emergency - E-REA Special Issue of June 2021

This special issue aims at mapping and understanding the ways in which environmental emergency is coped with by the people, addressed by the media and tackled by political institutions, while taking into consideration the many different political, ideological and cultural contexts of the countries and regions of the Anglosphere.

The present call for contributions thus invites historical as well as contemporary perspectives on the protean concept of environmental emergency, with a view to throwing light on its many (re)interpretations and (re)definitions across time, on the evolution of social and institutional responses to said emergency, as well as on its representations in the media, literature and visual arts of the Anglosphere.

The editors invite proposals that focus on (but are not limited to):

  • political, institutional, educational, social responses to climate and environmental emergency
  • climate and environmental emergency in the media, social media, political speeches…
  • actions, (mis)representations of whistle-blowers, water warriors, school strikers, environmental activism and civil disobedience in the context of environmental emergency across the Anglosphere - writing and imaging climate emergency
  • deep ecology, eco-modernism, eco-anxiety, solastalgia, degrowth and anti-consumerism in the literatures and arts of the Anglosphere

Submission deadline: 31 January 2020

Further details here.

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2020 - 5-9 October 2020

Miami, USA

This conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos as well as island life in the city.

Far from being static forms, fixed in time and space, islands are places of constant movement. Travellers transit through them, and tourists ‘island hop’ across them. Young islanders move away for work, with many returning home later in life, often after years of maintaining connections through remittances and holiday visits. Islanders who move to big cities on the mainland often construct new forms of island identity, creating diasporic communities that may over time develop different cultures, customs, and values from those of the homeland with which they identify.

Publication opportunities

Conference delegates are invited to submit written papers for consideration by Island Studies Journal (https://www.islandstudies.ca), an open access journal published by the University of Prince Edward Island’s Institute of Island Studies.

How to propose a presentation

20-minute presentations are welcome on any aspects of urban island studies. Presenters are particularly encouraged to orient their talks toward the conference theme of ‘Nomadic identities, archipelagic movements, and island diasporas’. To propose a presentation, please fill in this form and e-mail it to info@islanddynamics.org. Write ‘Abstract for ICUA 2020’ in the subject line of the e-mail. If you wish to propose an organised session of 3-4 papers, please contact convenor Adam Grydehøj (agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org).

Submission deadline: 28 February 2020

Full details here.

Climate change temporalities: Narratives, representations and practices

A conference on humanistic approaches to climate change
University of Bergen, Norway, 5-7 August 2020.

This conference will approach how the wide range of more or less entangled temporalities of a changing climate are narrated, represented or expressed through performances and practices. We welcome papers discussing temporalities of climate change both from a historical and a contemporary perspective. The papers may examine quite different societal fields, such as everyday life, art, education, heritage, politics and science, for instance on topics such as:

  • Activism
  • The aesthetics of climate change
  • Anthropocene and time
  • Biodiversity and climate change
  • Cli-fi
  • Climate change in popular culture
  • Climate skepticism and notions of time
  • Historical time and deep time
  • The history of the notions of global warming and climate change
  • Media and climate
  • Museums and climate change
  • Indigenous notions of climate change
  • Political narratives on climate change
  • Queer culture and climate change
  • The temporality of weather and climate
  • Theory of history and temporality
  • Vernacular notions of climate and weather
  • The uses of history in climate politics

The conference is part of the project "The Future is Now: Temporality and Exemplarity in Climate Change Discourses" and is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Send an abstract (maximum 300 words) for a 20 minutes presentation to: futurenow@uib.no before March 1, 2020. The abstract must include: your name, affiliation and email address.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2020

Full details here.

(RE)THINKING EARTH: FROM REPRESENTATIONS OF NATURE TO CLIMATE CHANGE FICTION

Earth Day first celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970 by millions of people and now mobilizing citizens and communities worldwide, represented the first massive expression of public concern with the ecological sustainability of our planet, launching the modern global environmentalist movement. As the world signals its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Symposium (Re)thinking Earth: From Representations of Nature to Climate Change Fiction, aims to bring together an intersection of plural perspectives and representations of the tropes of threatened nature and climate crisis, spread over time, place, formats and aesthetic models, under the collaborative interdisciplinary model of the environmental humanities.

We invite papers on a range of topics that may include:

  • Nature writing over time and space
  • Global voices in ecopoetics
  • Affect and ecocriticism
  • Climate change in contemporary fiction
  • Reimagined pastoral landscapes
  • Space and scale in environmental writing
  • Agroecological storytelling
  • Thinking the anthropocene
  • Representations of environmental science in literature and film
  • The climate change crisis in visual culture
  • Ecomedia and the communication of environmental science
  • Climate change in utopian and dystopian literature
  • Post-colonial and indigenous representations of environmental collapses
  • Science Fiction, fantasy and environmental crises
  • Film and the televisual representations of climate change
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental education and literacy

This conference is organized by the Strand American Intersections of CETAPS, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon.

Participants should submit a 250 word abstract in English or Portuguese by 15 March 2020 accompanied by a brief bio-note.

Letters of acceptance will be sent no later than March 30th, 2020.

Submission deadline: 15 March 2020

Full details here.

Nalans: Special Issue on Ecocriticism

Edited by Z. Gizem Yılmaz Karahan and Barış Ağır

The world is severely suffering from a social, political, and environmental crisis. We are increasingly removed from the energy of the world with notions of otherness and consecutive hatred and fear, thus polarized in our thinking and attitudes. Those attitudes, we unrealistically assume, are deeply contingent on an ethics of power and control over the natural world. Exploring the varying perceptions of the physical environments through the collateral lens of ecocriticism, the field of the Environmental Humanities helps us see very different sets of climate change challenges, more-than-human habitats, human-nonhuman relations, biodiversity loss, elemental analysis, energy extraction, global pollution, environmental health, justice, and ethics, anthropocentric intrusion, and the Anthropocene discussions. Within this framework, NALANS is inviting papers for the Special Issue on Ecocriticism, Vol.8 No. 15 (October 2020) to explore current dynamics and theories.

Possible topics include, but are by no means restricted to, the following:

  • Anthropocene studies
  • Cli-fi narratives within the framework of ecological collapse
  • Techno-scientific narratives and paradigms
  • Energy extraction and its social and material consequences
  • Toxic bodies and narratives
  • Anthropocene/Ecocritical/Posthumanist feminisms
  • Narratives of risk and resilience
  • Nonhuman studies
  • Pollution in landscapes, airscapes, and waterscapes
  • Climate and Biodiversity Justice
  • Postnatural environments
  • Imagination of environmental disasters
  • Dystopia, the Post-apocalypse, and Extinction and Endangerment
  • Intelligence, Sentience, and Ethics
  • Nonhuman Monstrosity
  • Ecophobia/Biophilia Spectrum
  • Posthumanisms and new materialisms

Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. Proposals of 500 words (or optionally completed papers) and abbreviated CVs listing academic affiliation and publications are due March 16th, 2020. Please send your proposals to zgizemyz@gmail.com and barisagir@hotmail.com. If the essay is accepted for the issue, a full draft (4000-8000 words) will be required by August 17th, 2020. Please note that the manuscripts should be sent to the both editors and submitted to the journal’s system.

For registration, please visit:

(http://nalans.com/index.php/nalans/about/submissions)

Submission deadline: 16 March 2020

Full details here.

ALSE-UKI Postgraduate Conference; Out of the Blue

2-4 September 2020

Literature plays an important role in mediating the climate crisis. Effects are felt at a social, cultural and political level, creating a complex and dynamic mesh. Narratives that address the climate crisis and its related aspects poignantly and emphatically have the power to facilitate real-world alteration in environmental policies. We ask the question: what is the role of literature in an era when the manifestations of human-induced climate crises are a common occurrence?

Submission deadline: 31 March 2020

Full details here.

"Blood on the Leaves / And Blood at the Roots": Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjection across Disciplines

18th June 2020:

Pre-conference panel on getting published & networking event for postgraduate students and early career researchers and practitioners 

19th-20th June 2020

Conference at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

This event aims to open a multicultural space beyond institutional and geographical boundaries to foster discussions and to listen to a variety of voices, addressing the problems of enslavement and subjection. In this space, this conference seeks to explore the various figurations and conceptions of enslavement and subjection across disciplines—from philosophy to literature, from the arts to the social sciences, to mention only a few— and beyond territories. Enslavement and subjugation are not only concerns of our past but urgent problems of our present and future. The title of the conference directly refers to Billie Holiday’s 1939 performance of Strange Fruit so as to emphasise both the human and environmental impact of forms of enslavement and subjection which have—literally and metaphorically—left “Blood on the leaves / And blood at the Roots.”

In light of these words and cognizant of this danger, the conference would like to propose a reconsideration of enslavement and subjection that aims to de-objectify and do justice to the humanity of what we have called the ‘subjected subjects,’ of the subjects of uneven (hi)stories of a brutally imposed condition, that is not just part of our past, but also continues to have disastrous impacts on our society and environment. Thus, we also aim to further consider the ecological dimension of enslavement and subjugation as tightly knit with the human one, promoting a de-reification of ‘nature’ and the ‘natural.’ Thereby our purpose is to illuminate systematic and structural issues of our current climates. The best way to carry out this reconsideration, in our view, is to create a space to listen and to discuss, bringing together diverse contributions across disciplines and institutions, within and without academia. We are convinced that only an inter-and-trans-disciplinary enterprise, which encourages human and intellectual diversity, enables a reconsideration of the problems of enslavement and subjection, as well as of the ways in which we approach these topics. For this reason, we welcome papers both from different fields of study and that tackle the issue of enslavement and subjection at the intersection of different disciplines. This space is not only open to scholars from all over the world, but also to activists and artists who wish to discuss their political engagement with and artistic approaches to the themes. We welcome other presentation formats such as roundtables, discussion, jam sessions.

We invite abstracts on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Enslavement across time.
  • Figuration and representation of enslaved people and/or slavery and more broadly subjugation in the arts (music, visual and performing arts, film, tv and media studies, theatre and drama, literature and graphic novels, etc.)
  • (Hi)Stories of slavery and oppression as well as emancipation and liberation.
  • Philosophers’ views on slavery as well as the philosophical significance of the concept of enslavement and subjugation in the history and practice of philosophy.
  • Philosophical accounts of servitude as a condition.
  • Traces of slavery and enslavement in our time, structural racism, #BlackLivesMatter, minority activism movement and social (in)justice.
  • Gendered and reproductive enslavement and labour, housewifization and women’s emancipation movements.
  • The role of colonisation and slavery in building Europe and the United States and its economy as well as debates surrounding restitution and reparation.
  • Movements on decolonising the University and the syllabus.
  • The evolution of slavery, indentured labour and forced migration.
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • Traces of slavery on the environment, plantationocene, climate change, uneven developments and environmental justice.
  • The commodification of bodies and lands and their intertwined relations.
  • Contemporary economies of tourism and neo-liberal practices of extractivism as forms of enslavement and subjugation.
  • Animals’ exploitation and rights.

We invite individual proposals for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for panels (three 20-minute papers), for roundtables, jam sessions, or any other format to present artistic production or to address activism, etc. Please send an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biography to bloodontheleaves@gmail.com by 20th April 2020.

We strongly encourage submissions going beyond Western scholarship and from scholars at any stage of their careers.

Submission deadline: 20 April 2020

Full details here.

Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) Special Issue on "Activism & Academia"

Following PILAS 2019 conference on “Communities of Knowledge, Communities of Action”, the organising committee would like to invite academics and activists across disciplines, and at all stages of their career, to submit papers on the (missed) intersections of activism & academia. The papers accepted will be compiled in a manuscript which will be submitted as a proposal for a special issue of the Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR).
We invite manuscripts exploring the crucial, albeit tenuous, relationship between knowledge formation and public action in Latin America. Contributions concerning subjects from any historical period or geographical location within the general scope of interest of Latin American Studies are welcome. The aim of the special issue is not merely to instigate dialogue between activists and scholars, but to challenge the binary divide that seems to exist between them. The bridging of this divide will promote discussion and debate outside of the confines of academia and open new pathways in which to undertake a broader, more inclusive type of (scholar-)activism

Submission deadline: 1 May 2020

Full details here.

Databases and Associations

Edge Effects

http://edgeeffects.net/

Edge Effects is a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), a research center within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Edge Effects offers a wide array of content relating to environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history. We seek to invite and cultivate a broad readership and authorship that spans a range of political and cultural perspectives. We aim to address the historical and contemporary marginalization and silencing of voices in academic disciplines and the academy more broadly. Our name—about which you can read more in a piece by Bill Cronon—invokes our commitment to publishing across boundaries, at the intersections of the sciences with the humanities, of academe with the public, of narrated pasts with imagined futures. You can learn about how we built Edge Effects in this post.

Literature.green

https://www.literature.green/en/home/

The website Literature.green originated from the urgency to rethink the relation between literature and nature, in an era when human impact on the environment more than ever jeopardizes life on planet Earth. We believe that literature constitutes a vital element in ecological thinking and want to contribute to the examination of its specificity and encourage its dissemination.

Hence, the principal objective of the project can be summarized as follows: we aim to study how contemporary fiction – novels, short stories and other narratives – develops a literary imagination intended to forge new links with nature and the environment. Building on earlier studies in the field of ecopoetics, strongly focused on the analysis of textual complexity, our research team will study the role of literary imagination in the representation of space and place, of the non-human, of the “en-route”, of ecological disasters and scientific knowledge, while taking into account the tension between the global character of these issues and their local dimensions.

Ecopoesia

https://ecopoesia.com/

ecopoesia.com aims at bringing ecologically oriented poetry by distinguished Latin Americans, often scattered across many venues and untranslated, to the attention of both academic and general audiences. As a research and pedagogical tool, this online resource features biographical notes, critical commentaries, bibliographies, and a generous selection of poems, both in the original as well as in translation. We showcase established figures such as Homero Aridjis, Ernesto Cardenal, and José Emilio Pacheco, and lesser known voices, including Astrid Cabral, Leonardo Fróes, and Sérgio Medeiros, highlighting their unique environmental visions.

AESLCE

https://www.easlce.eu/

By promoting research and education in the fields of literary, cultural and environmental studies, EASLCE aims to cultivate a better understanding of the interrelationship between natures and cultures for a more sustainable future.

We recognize that dialogue and cooperation across disciplinary and cultural boundaries is essential to that task, and therefore seek to foster a diverse community of scholars, educators, and artists who share a concern for environmental issues.

In the pursuit of these aims, EASLCE supports:

  • scholarly and creative work in environmental literature, arts, and humanities;
  • activities that promote the dialogue between the academic community and the general public;
  • advocacy for and maintenance of ecologically sustainable practices.

ASLE-UKI

http://asle.org.uk/

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) was founded in 1998. Our aim is to represent and support scholars and writers, in the Atlantic archipelago and beyond, interested in the environment and its expression in the cultural imagination. We provide a forum for ‘environmental criticism’ and ‘ecocriticism’, that is, the study of the intricate relationships between human and nonhuman environments, broadly construed. We are motivated by a commitment to ecologically sound practices and politics, but, above all, we seek to foster a spirit of open dialogue and intellectual curiosity about how ‘nature’ and ‘environment’ exist in our discursive lives.

Publication: Green Letters http://asle.org.uk/green-letters/

ASLE

https://www.asle.org/

ASLE is where slow thinking (scholarly and artistic research and writing) meets swift action (we cannot truly be environmental humanists unless we are willing to become environmental activists). We study, write, compose and create because we care about issues like biodiversity, environmental justice, survival in a time of endemic precarity and global catastrophe, and the effects of climate change on humans and nonhumans alike. These concerns have long histories, and we believe that we can look to the past to imagine alternative futures. We do not have easy solutions to the problems that face us, but we do have faith that widened community is our best way forward.

Publication: ISLE Journal https://academic.oup.com/isle

ALECC

https://alecc.ca/en/

Founded in 2006, ALECC is a Canadian association for the study of environment and culture that brings together artistic, activist, and academic communities. We are an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in cultural, social, ethical, political, historical, and philosophical analysis, community engagement, social and political change, creative writing, storytelling, and visual, sound, and performative arts.

As an association, our approach to the environmental humanities is inclusive, transnational, and multilingual. We engage with interconnected areas such as Indigenous knowledge, decolonization, critical race studies, animal studies, gender, sexuality, disability, and education. We welcome the participation of individuals from any related scholarly, activist, or artistic communities, and we aim to facilitate collaboration across life experiences and career stages.

ALECC supports its members through an array of volunteer-driven initiatives. We organize a biennial conference, publish our journal The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, maintain an active membership and listserv, run our website, and award the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize. We regularly fund member-organized local and regional events, such as poetry readings; and we build and maintain connections with other environmental and cultural organizations. Graduate students play leadership roles in ALECC and are supported with conference travel funding when possible.

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