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:

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

New Publication: A Global History of Literature and the Environment

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


New Publication: Double Issue of PAN – Philosophy Activism Nature

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:


Call for Contributions: Essay Collection on Meat-eating and Literature. Abstract deadline now passed.

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.

INSPIRE Lecture Competition 2017.

Entries are now being accepted for the INSPIRE Lecture Competition for 2017. Submissions should explore how literature responds to, and forges connections with, the natural world. Entrants should submit the text of a half-hour public lecture which is both scholarly and accessible. Further details HERE. You can also download the official Entry Form and Poster.

Call for Contributions: Special Issue of Green Letters on Crime Fiction and Ecology. Deadline for abstracts now passed.

This special edition of Green Letters invites ecocritical readings of crime and detective narratives, and reflections on ecocritical theory and environmental philosophy informed by detective fiction. Since its rise in the 19th century, detective fiction has been highly responsive to developments in science and technology, including forensics, photography, and telecommunications. Now, in the context of massive environmental crisis, the detective’s functions may need, once again, to be reconsidered. We welcome articles which draw on crime fiction in order to challenge and refresh the theoretical perspectives of ecocriticism, new materialism, and the environmental humanities. Full details HERE