CFP: Writing Meat: Flesh-Eating and Literature Since 1900

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. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations. Over the same period, meat consumption has risen substantially and incited the emergence of new forms of political subjectivity, from nationalist agitation against ritual slaughter to the more radical rejection of meat production in abolitionist veganism.

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. Theoretical engagements with these upheavals have ranged from viewing meat production as a site of affective encounter and irresolvably complex ethical entanglements, to framing industrialised slaughter as a privileged practice in what Dinesh Wadiwel has recently diagnosed as a biopolitical ‘war against animals’. 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.

Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • Meat and nationalism/racism
  • Meat and colonialism/postcolonialism
  • The globalisation of meat
  • Future meat (in vitro etc.)
  • Meat and ‘the natural’
  • Meat eating and hospitality/sociality/ritual
  • Vegan theory
  • Meat and nostalgia
  • Unconventional meats: bushmeat, insects etc.
  • Cannibalism (human and non-human)
  • Predation/nonhuman meat-eating
  • Food and abjection
  • The edible and the inedible
  • Sacrifice
  • Meat eating and extinction
  • Flesh/protein/masculinities
  • Revisiting the sexual politics of meat
  • Meat and ‘disordered’ eating
  • Meat production and climate change
  • Dietary orientations towards meat: veganism, pescatarianism, paleo diets
  • Meat substitutes/simulated meats
  • Carnophallogocentrism
  • Hunting/fishing
  • Animal escapees
  • Spaces of meat production (slaughterhouses, farms etc.)
  • Meat and zoonosis

The volume will be submitted to Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature:
http://www.palgrave.com/series/Palgrave-Studies- in-Animals- and-Literature/PSAAL/

Please send abstracts of 300 words along with a brief biographical statement to Seán
McCorry (s.mccorry[at]sheffield.ac.uk) and John Miller (john.miller[at]sheffield.ac.uk) by Monday, January 23 rd 2017. Essays of approximately 7000 words in length will be commissioned for delivery in September 2017.

CFP: NORDIC NARRATIVES OF NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

First Workshop of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies (ENSCAN)
Mid Sweden University, Campus Sundsvall, 2-3 December 2016

The first workshop of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies will focus on how specifically Nordic cultural, social and historical contexts influence the construction of images and narratives of nature and the environment.
Researchers from all levels of experience (including PhD students) are encouraged to submit a proposal of up to 300 words for a 20 minute paper (followed by a 10 minute discussion) by 15 September 2016. For contact details and the full cfp click here.
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CfP: LUCAS Graduate Conference ‘Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations’, 26-27 January 2017, Leiden University

On 26 and 27 January 2017, the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society will be hosting an international graduate conference entitled ‘Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations’. A selection of researchers and artists will be invited to
participate in panels, in which their 20-minute papers and creative work will be discussed.
Participants should currently be undertaking a PhD. When submitting a proposal for a paper presentation or a work of art, please make sure to include a short biography.

Participants are invited to critically explore and reflect on cultural artefacts and practices that project, trace, or confront these processes through the concept, genre, or medium of landscape. By seeking to gather an interdisciplinary and intercultural selection of academic papers and works of art, we aim to encourage an open dialogue among a unique mix of artists and researchers. Please find attached a more detailed conference description, or consult the website: http://hum.leiden.edu/lucas/lucasconference2017/

Two internationally renowned scholars, Professor W.J.T. Mitchell and Professor D.E. Nye will give keynote lectures during the conference.

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) outlining a 20-minute paper along with a brief bio (max. 150 words) before 1 October, 2016 to lucasconf2017@gmail.com.You will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 November, 2016. Should you have any question regarding the conference and/or the proposal, please do not hesitate to contact the organising committee at the same email address.

The LUCAS Graduate Conference welcomes papers from all disciplines within the humanities. A selection of papers will be published as conference proceedings in the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucas/jlgc/. For those who attend the conference, there will be a registration fee of €50 to cover the costs of lunches, coffee breaks, excursions and other conference materials. Unfortunately, we cannot offer financial support for travel or accommodation expenses.

The organising committee: Praveen Sewgobind, Lieke Smits, Tecia Vailati and Anna Volkmar

CfP: Edited Collection South-east Asian Ecocriticism

Scholars of South-east Asian literature, performance, media and other fields are invited to contribute chapters to an edited collection that seeks to expand the scope of ecocriticism further by giving voice to researchers, authors and texts of the Philippines, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Christmas Island.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit proposals on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Environmental writing (novels, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, experimental writing, bioliterature)
  • Eco-media and environmental communications studies
  • Eco-performance and dramaturgy
  • Environmental humanities and eco-cultural studies
  • Posthumanism, animal studies, critical plant studies
  • Phenomenological approaches to SE Asian ecocriticism
  • Buddhist and Islamic dimensions of environmental criticism

For more information, submission deadline and contact person see the full cfp for SE Asian Ecocriticism.

CFP: Stories of the Anthropocene Festival (SAF)

The organisers of the Stories of the Anthropocene Festival (SAF) call for contributions.
SAF is part of a wider project that started with the Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities Slam, held in Madison, Wisconsin, and developed further through an exhibition at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
They invite scholars, artists, activists, film-makers, writers, collectives and individuals to mobilize their creativity and transgress disciplinary boundaries.
You can find the call in full here:  http://www.kth.se/en/abe/inst/philhist/historia/ehl/stories-of-the-anthr.