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Winner Announcement – ASLE/Inspire Public Lecture Competition

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 ASLE/Inspire public lecture competition is Rachel Dowse for her illustrated talk entitled, ‘Starling Song: Murmurations of Meaning’.

The annual Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) Lecture is organised by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK & Ireland (ASLE-UK). This year’s lecture takes place at the Hay Festival on Friday 2 June, at 7pm.

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CFP: Cross, Multi, Inter, Trans – ASLE-UKI Conference, Sheffield, 6-8 Sept 2017. Abstracts due 15 March 2017.

There is a longstanding resistance to boundaries and binaries within the ecologically-engaged community, and a longstanding engagement with hybridity,entanglement and liminality. This conference invites participants to explore the transdisciplinary character of the environmental humanities, through a range of creative and critical approaches. Abstracts are due by 15 March 2017, and both traditional and experimental modes of presentation are welcomed. Full details of the conference call can be found HERE. Get further information about the accompanying exhibition by clicking HERE

Academic Post: Professor and Director of the Ruskin Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, Lancaster University

The successful candidate will have experience of inter-disciplinary and collaborative research that connects to international debates around culture, landscape and environment. Taking Ruskin as an inspiration, the director will drive forward our vision and plans to create a Centre of Excellence in interdisciplinary arts and humanities research and teaching that engages across the wider disciplinary spectrum and seeks to engage with natural and built environments. This post will be for a five-year term in the first instance and negotiable thereafter. Further details HERE


New Publication: French Ecocriticism, ed. Daniel Finch-Race and Stephanie Posthumus

New from Peter Lang – French Ecocriticism: From the Early Modern Period to the Twenty-First Century, edited by Daniel Finch-Race and Stephanie Posthumus. This book considers environmental issues in a range of French texts. Scholars from Britain, Canada, France and the US examine the work of writers and thinkers including Montaigne, Hugo, Zola, Yourcenar and Houellebecq. Further details HERE.  

CFP: Ecocriticism 2018, Porto 14-16 March 2018. Abstracts due 31 August.

ECOCRITICISM 2018 – International Conference on Literature, Arts and Ecological Environment aims at providing an opportunity for the critical discussion and reassessment of scholarly and non-scholarly contributions on the relationship between cultural and artistic (literary, pictorial, cinematographic, etc.) manifestations and the development of environmental awareness produced around the last two decades. Further details HERE

Open Online Course: The Stories We Live By

The University of Gloucestershire and the International Ecolinguistics Association are pleased to announce the launch of a new open online course: The Stories We Live by: a free online course in ecolinguistics, which has been created for public benefitMore information HERE

Symposium: Ecology, Economy and Cultures of Resistance: Oikoi of the North American World, Univ. of Edinburgh, 29-30 June 2017

This two-day symposium considers the roles of cultural production and critique under these conditions of inextricability. It takes as its locus the North American world. We use the term North American world to denote the world-view as conceived by or through North American social conditions, governance, cultures, politics, and institutions, but which is global in its influences and effects. Amidst a ‘crisis in the humanities’ in Western higher education, many scholars have responded by directing their methods and knowledge towards resisting processes of environmental degradation and/or capitalist exploitation, in order to turn the humanities to the resolution of pressing global problems. This has also led to the rise of new forms of activist-scholarship, which seek to advocate for the political and social agency, and social relevance, of the humanities disciplines. Keynotes: Prof. Regenia Gagnier and Prof. Stephen Shapiro. Link to website HERE

PG Essay Competition: Raymond Williams Society. Deadline 1 Sept 2017

The Raymond Williams Society postgraduate essay competition, now in its sixth year, is open to anyone studying for a higher degree (masters or doctoral) in the UK or elsewhere, or who graduated no earlier than 31 July 2015. The prize for the winning entry is 100 GBP and a year’s subscription to the Society. The winning essay will also be published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Key Words. The competition aims to encourage a new generation of scholars working in the tradition of cultural materialism, especially those whose research is rooted in the work of Raymond Williams. Entries should be 5-7,000 words in length. Full details HERE.

CFP: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, Griffith Univ./Univ. of Queensland, Brisbane, 13-15 December 2017. Abstracts due 1 August.

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invites you to the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, hosted by Griffith University and the University of Queensland.  We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed. Link to the website HERE

Call for Contributions: Gendered Ecologies and 19th-Century Women Writers. Drafts due 31 August 2017

Nature, much like the feminine, has been fetishized, exoticized, and romanticized as a signifier emptied out. Gendered Ecologies and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers invites article-length typescripts (e.g., abstracts and/or 15-20 page drafts) that consider the spaces and places women writers have occupied as part of gendering the term ecology—whether masculine, feminine, or androgynous. The edition will feature three guiding principles: transhistorical, transatlantic, and transcorporeality (Alaimo, Bodily Natures, 2010). Full details HERE

PhD Studentships: Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction

Announcing a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship: Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction.

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC) and the School of English at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce a fully-funded three-year full-time PhD studentship on the topic of Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction. The project will be supervised by Robert McKay (principal supervisor) and Stefan Skrimshire (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds).

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