PhD Studentship: University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is offering a funded PhD studentship in ‘Green Media and Cultural Studies’. The studentship is a tax-free bursary of £13,863 p.a. for three years. Further details can be found HERE or by e-mailing Dr John Parham at j.parham@worc.ac.uk. Link to the website HERE.

Exhibition: Making Nature, How We See Animals, Wellcome Trust, 1 Dec 2016 – 21 May 2017

This major exhibition examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet. See https://wellcomecollection.org/MakingNature

Summer School: New Narratives for Environmental Change, Bath Spa University, 5-13 August 2017

Bath Spa University is hosting this year’s Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School, which is focussed on New Narratives for Environmental Change in the Arts and Humanities. Participation is open to all students from Commonwealth countries from 3rd year through to PhD level. Further information and details on the application process: https://www.acu.ac.uk/events/commonwealth-summer-school/commonwealth-summer-school-2017/

CFP: Ian Hamilton Finlay Conference, Univ. of Edinburgh, 13-14 July 2017. Proposal deadline now passed.

This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. Abstracts due March 2017. Further details HERE. Conference web pages HERE.

CFP: Literary Environments: Place, Planet, Translation, Griffith Univ., Australia, 17-19 July 2017. Proposals deadline now passed.

Literary Environments is concerned with the different environments in which literature can occur, and our methods of translating between them. At this critical juncture in the Anthropocene, planetary responsibility and situated knowledges need to be entwined in propositions for social and environmental justice. Bodies, texts and artworks are converging in old and new forms of politics and earthly accountabilities. While this conference is primarily concerned with literature, it is envisaged as a multi-disciplinary event. Papers are invited on any aspect of the environmental humanities, from environmental history to environmental philosophy. Further details HERE

Green Letters Special Issue: J. G. Ballard and the Natural World. Abstract deadline now passed.

This interdisciplinary special issue of Green Letters seeks to understand the importance of Ballard’s works as we enter into (or continue on in) the age of the Anthropocene. What do Ballard’s vivid depictions of flora and fauna (or their disturbing absence) have to say to a world that is obsessed with images of plant and animal life, but is destroying the same at an unprecedented rate? How do Ballard’s landscapes, transformed by human mismanagement and/or the imagination, speak to concerns about our rapidly changing climate? The issue seeks to contribute to the emergent need to historicize ecocriticism as well as progenitor literatures such as climate fiction. It is also interested in the intersections between science fiction, climate fiction and urban dystopias. Further details HERE

CFP: Memory of Trees, Univ. of Liverpool, 20 April 2017. Proposal deadline passed.

Trees are sites of natural, cultural and personalised memory. Their life-spans can encompass decades of human encounters, experiences and narratives, and this has long made them objects for scientific study and imaginative engagement. Papers are invited on all forms of representation of trees, forests, or woodland ecologies in literature or the visual arts. Further details HERE.