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.
Edited collection just out: Victorian Writers and the Environment, edited by Laurence W. Mazzeno and Ronald D. Morrison. More HERE
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
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
Submissions are invited from postgraduate students and academic staff across the humanities on the theme of ‘Water’ in the long 19th century (1780-1920). Further details HERE
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.
A Global History of Literature and the Environment, edited by John Parham and Louise Westling, is now out from Cambridge University Press. In this book, an international group of scholars illustrate the immense riches of environmental writing from the earliest literary periods down to the present, ranging geographically from Trinidad to New Zealand, Estonia to Brazil. Full details HERE
The 2016/2017 double issue of PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature is now available online. Focused on the theme of ‘place’, PAN12 includes academic articles by Tim Ingold, Richard Cavell, Heather Kerr, and Mark Dickinson; flash fiction by Scott Slovic, photography by Sarah Luria and Andrew Denton, and creative-critical writing by John Miller, Pamela Banting, Anna Johnston, and Fiannuala Morgan. There’s also poetry by an outstanding cast of award-winning writers: Tracy Ryan, John Kinsella, Pete Hay, Ian Wedde and Luke Fischer. Go to: http://www.panjournal.net/
Ecology and economy are inextricable. From the ‘oeconomy of nature’ theorized by Thomas Burnet, and later Carl Linnaeus, to the recent turn in the social sciences that reconsiders the Anthropocene as the Capitalocene, the interwoven global history of these two fields of thought makes their conceptual separation impracticable. Taking as its locus the North American world, this two-day symposium considers the roles of cultural production and critique under these conditions of inextricability. Further details HERE.
The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. Distinct disciplinary responses to meat production and consumption have occurred across the humanities and social sciences in areas including (but not limited to) food studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and (critical) animal studies. This edited collection solicits essays which engage with these transformations in the meanings and material practices of meat production and consumption in literature and theory since 1900. We seek contributions from scholars working on representations of meat in any area of literary studies (broadly conceived) but are particularly interested in essays that challenge dominant narratives of meat-eating and conceptions of animals as resources. Full details HERE.