If as Rebecca Solnit contends, “paradise arises in hell,” when democratic communities are built from the ground up during times of disaster that leave us “free to live and act another way,” what might life in catastrophic times entail for the environmental humanities? How should we write, teach, protest, live, and act during this era when “paradise” is on fire, figuratively and literally? The Biennial ASLE Conference “Paradise on Fire” explores the connections among storytelling, real and imagined landscapes, future-making, activism, environed spaces, differential exclusions, long histories, and the disaster-prone terrains of the Anthropocene. Plenary addresses will be given by Ursula Heise, Cherríe Moraga, Melissa K. Nelson, and Nnedi Okorafor. Full details HERE.
We are delighted to announce that award-winning ecopoet Helen Moore will present her work entitled Is Love the Answer? Personal and Planetary Wellbeing through the Lens of Poetry at this year’s Hay Festival on May 31.
Helen is the winner of the annual Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) Lecture, organised by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK & Ireland (ASLE-UKI). Helen is an award-winning poet based in Scotland. She has published two poetry collections. Her debut volume, Hedge Fund, and Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), persuades us, in the words to Sean Borodale, ‘that poetry can drive a vital empathy into the fabric of a fragile bio-sphere’. A third collection, The Mother Country, is due in 2019. Helen has collaborated on a range of ecologically oriented projects, and in July 2016 completed a 21 month long residency with ‘Last Tree Dreaming’, a Heritage Lottery funded community project raising awareness of the heritage and future of Selwood Forest in Somerset. Further details can be found on her personal website HERE
The lecture will be followed by a public discussion between Helen, Dr Jane Davidson, UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability, and Professor Brycchan Carey, Chair of ASLE-UKI. Further information HERE.
We have, arguably, entered the age of the Anthropocene, a time when our environment has been substantially shaped by humans rather than vice versa. This issue is an exciting opportunity to bring non-human lives into conversations about life writing. We welcome essays (6,000-8,000) from a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, sciences and creative arts. Cross-fertilisation of disciplines is also warmly welcomed. Further details HERE.
Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 23(1): Environmental Humanities
Green Letters invites papers of up to 6000 words in length for a special issue, guest-edited by Prof Graham Huggan (University of Leeds) on the environmental humanities. Based on an informed cross-disciplinary approach to contemporary and historical environmental issues, environmental humanities is a rapidly growing field worldwide. The issue aims to include creative as well as critical work, and encourages individual, co-written and thematically clustered papers that reflect on the practical implications as well as theoretical foundations of environmental humanities work. Full details 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
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
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