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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

Call for Essays: Gothic Gardens and the Ecocritical Uncanny. Abstracts due 15 August 2017

Gardens and their contexts were continually reassessed throughout the nineteenth century in form, content and significance as ownership, technologies and affective aesthetics shifted throughout the period. Essays of 6000-8000 words – with an emphasis in material ecocriticism and ecogothic – are invited for a collection to be published by Manchester University Press. Full details HERE

Call for Essays, ‘Myth and Eco-Criticism: A Natural Encounter’, Ecozon@, deadline 15 Jan 2018. Proposals welcome until 1 Oct 2017

Myth criticism has so far been largely concerned with the historical study of mythical figures and motifs, and focused on its interface with the disciplines of anthropology, sociology and psychoanalysis. It has drawn on structuralism and symbolism for its theories and methodologies, rather than looking to ecocriticism or developing a conceptual framework for interdisciplinary dialogue with it. Therefore, for its Autumn 2018 issue, Ecozon@ welcomes essays that engage with the interrelationship of myth and ecocriticism. Full details HERE

CFP: Without End – Documents of Research, Univ. of Northampton, 16 Feb 2018. Proposals due 1 Nov 2017

The intent of this interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition is to reflect on the research process, of being in research, and the documents which facilitate and inform it. The term ‘document’ is open ended, it may refer to text or image; audio or visual; object, artefact or specimen. A document can look forward and back; it can be ‘reached in to’ as a source of ideas and it can be ‘reaching’ in its speculations. From notebook to soil sample, post-it note to statistical data, the document may be the marker of a thought or a way to manage the restless plurality of thinking. Whatever they be, what is of interest is how documents operate as research and the possibilities they enshrine. Full details HERE

Symposium: Bodily Undoing, Bath Spa Univ., 16-17 Sept 2017

This two day symposium aims to address the socially and culturally transformative potential of Somatics and transdisciplinary performance practices through workshops, academic papers, artistic presentations and debate. The convenors are inviting educators, artists and academics from a broad range of fields to present reflective papers, workshops, chaired discussions, artistic documents and events. Further information HERE


Symposium: John Clare and the Art of Birdwatching, Cambridge Univ, 15 Sept 2017

This one-day symposium will be held at the David Attenborough Building, University of Cambridge. Speakers to include: Tim Dee, Carry Akroyd, Anita Bruce, Jamie Castell, Mina Gorji, Francesca MacKenney and Alex Preston. There will be a screening of MURMURATION X 10,
a short film by Sarah Wood and Helen Macdonald. The entrance fee of £20 (waged) and £15 (unwaged) will include lunch and refreshments. To reserve a place please email Sarah Houghton-Walker (sh250@cam.ac.uk).

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