Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Twelfth Biennial Conference, June 20 – 24, 2017
Wayne State University
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:
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.
First Workshop of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies (ENSCAN)
Mid Sweden University, Campus Sundsvall, 2-3 December 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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
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:
For more information, submission deadline and contact person see the full cfp for SE Asian Ecocriticism.
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.
We are happy to announce the next EASLCE webinar titled “Understanding Climate Scepticism: Environmental Communication Meets Ecocriticism” with Dr Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia). The webinar takes place on May 26th 2016, 7 pm (CET). For for more information visit our webinar 2016 page.