Featured post

CFP: ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference, Univ. of Plymouth, 4-6 September 2019. Proposal deadline 1 April 2019.

The University of Plymouth is delighted to be hosting the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia)
  • David Higgins (University of Leeds)
  • Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey)
  • Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University)

While proposals on all and any aspects and periods of environmental literature are welcome, this year’s theme is ‘Co-emergence, Co-creation, Co-existence’. We invite proposals for individual (20-minute) papers, or pre-formed panels (90 minutes) which may comprise traditional panels of 3 or 4 papers, roundtables or paper jams with 6 or more speakers, or other innovative formats. We welcome proposals for creative contributions or creative-critical dialogues. The deadline for proposals is April 1st 2019. More details HERE

 

Featured post

CFP: ‘A Place on the Edge’ ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Conference, Orkney, 5-7 September 2018

Our postgraduate conference this year will be held on Orkney and interrogates the meaning of ‘place’ and ‘edge’ in the context of archipelagic thinking and oceanic studies. This is a unique opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore and present new work in the ecohumanities in this island environment, and to participate in the Orkney International Science Festival. Full details on submitting your proposals can be found HERE. Information on an exciting public lecture competition is available HERE.

CFP: ASLE (US) Biennial Conference, University of California Davis, 26-30 June 2019. Proposal deadline 1 Sept 2018.

If as Rebecca Solnit contends, “paradise arises in hell,” when democratic communities are built from the ground up during times of disaster that leave us “free to live and act another way,” what might life in catastrophic times entail for the environmental humanities? How should we write, teach, protest, live, and act during this era when “paradise” is on fire, figuratively and literally? The Biennial ASLE Conference “Paradise on Fire” explores the connections among storytelling, real and imagined landscapes, future-making, activism, environed spaces, differential exclusions, long histories, and the disaster-prone terrains of the Anthropocene. Plenary addresses will be given by Ursula Heise, Cherríe Moraga, Melissa K. Nelson, and Nnedi Okorafor. Full details HERE.

INSPIRE Lecture Winner Announced – Congratulations Helen Moore

We are delighted to announce that award-winning ecopoet Helen Moore will present her work entitled Is Love the Answer? Personal and Planetary Wellbeing through the Lens of Poetry at this year’s Hay Festival on May 31.

Helen is the winner of the annual Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) Lecture, organised by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK & Ireland (ASLE-UKI). Helen is an award-winning poet based in Scotland. She has published two poetry collections. Her debut volume, Hedge Fund, and Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), persuades us, in the words to Sean Borodale, ‘that poetry can drive a vital empathy into the fabric of a fragile bio-sphere’. A third collection, The Mother Country, is due in 2019. Helen has collaborated on a range of ecologically oriented projects, and in July 2016 completed a 21 month long residency with ‘Last Tree Dreaming’, a Heritage Lottery funded community project raising awareness of the heritage and future of Selwood Forest in Somerset. Further details can be found on her personal website HERE

The lecture will be followed by a public discussion between Helen, Dr Jane Davidson, UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability, and Professor Brycchan Carey, Chair of ASLE-UKI. Further information HERE.

 

 

 

CFP: Special Issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies – Life Writing in the Anthropocene. Deadline 1 Sept 2018.

We have, arguably, entered the age of the Anthropocene, a time when our environment has been substantially shaped by humans rather than vice versa. This issue is an exciting opportunity to bring non-human lives into conversations about life writing. We welcome essays (6,000-8,000) from a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, sciences and creative arts. Cross-fertilisation of disciplines is also warmly welcomed. Further details HERE.

CFP: Green Letters – Special Issue on Environmental Humanities. Deadline 30 Sept 2018

Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 23(1): Environmental Humanities

Green Letters invites papers of up to 6000 words in length for a special issue, guest-edited by Prof Graham Huggan (University of Leeds) on the environmental humanities. Based on an informed cross-disciplinary approach to contemporary and historical environmental issues, environmental humanities is a rapidly growing field worldwide. The issue aims to include creative as well as critical work, and encourages individual, co-written and thematically clustered papers that reflect on the practical implications as well as theoretical foundations of environmental humanities work. Full details HERE.

The 2018 ASLE/INSPIRE Public Lecture Competition. Deadline passed.

Winning lecture to be delivered at the 2018 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Thursday 31 May 2018

Sustainability is a matter of literature as much as it is about politics or environmental science. The stories we tell, the poems we compose, the dramas we enact—all provide spaces for inspiration, imagination, and debate over what it means to live sustainably. This competition invites submissions that explore how literature, in any of its forms, responds to the past, present, or future environment or to environmental concerns, be it through engagements with nature, place, and landscape, with the life sciences, ecology, or environmental science, or in the context of debates around sustainability, energy use, or climate change. Full details HERE

Call for Essays: Ecofeminist Science Fiction. Deadline now passed.

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume titled Ecofeminist Science Fiction. Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to dvakoch@meti.org by February 1, 2018. Essays representing science fiction from around the world are especially encouraged, as are contributions that are significantly informed by both science fiction studies and ecofeminism. More information HERE

New Journal: Gothic Nature.

Gothic and horror fictions have long functioned as vivid reflections of contemporary cultural fears. As we inch ever closer toward an anthropogenic ecological crisis, this type
of fiction demands our attention. Gothic Nature seeks to interrogate the place of non-human nature in horror and the Gothic today, and showcasing the most exciting and innovative research currently being conducted in the field. The editors are especially interested for the inaugural issue in articles which address ecocritical theory and endeavour to define and discern the distinctions between ‘ecohorror’ and ‘ecogothic’. Academic articles from a variety of different subject backgrounds, as well as interdisciplinary work are welcome. Further details on the journal HERE. Follow on Twitter @GothicNatureTCD