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.
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
Petrocultures 2018 will be held in Glasgow on August 29th – September 2nd. Petrocultures is a research cluster at the University of Alberta which “supports research on the social and cultural implications of oil and energy on individuals, communities”. More information can be found HERE
Sarah Hall published her first novel, Haweswater, in 2002. Since then she has developed into one of the UK’s most protean and quietly acclaimed writers, preoccupied by wild(er)ness, female sexuality and the deep connection between language, landscape and the body. This two-day conference seeks to develop the scholarly conversation surrounding Hall’s work through an intensive focus on her short stories and novels. It will be attended and feature a reading by Sarah Hall herself, and papers delivered at the conference will be considered for inclusion in an edited collection to be published in Gylphi’s ‘Contemporary Writers’ series. Full details HERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Institute of English Studies, University of Rzeszów, is to provide a wide forum for a discussion of the ways in which postcolonial theory could become a part of a wider theoretical reflection concerned with the changing perception of the human. It will be a unique opportunity not only to examine how the understanding of what is human has changed in the twenty-first century, but also to explore the ways in which this change could affect the structures of power. Proposals of no more than 300 words are invited by January 15, 2018. Full details can be found HERE
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
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
The latest issue of the journal L’Esprit Créateur (57.1) edited by Daniel A. Finch-Race and Julien Weber, focuses on French Ecocriticism. It illustrates the richness of a growing field by exploring French and francophone materials that have received little previous attention in ecocritical terms. Link HERE.