OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStories, Myths, and Arts to Envision a Change

Alcalá de Henares, July 3-6, 2018


Environmental humanities entail a transdisciplinary and transnational critical framework that is rapidly emerging in the last decade. This framework challenges traditional divisions among human, social, and environmental sciences, since they have proven to be obsolete in confronting, understanding, and articulating the most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges of the 21st century, as well as their multiple scales, risks, and representational difficulties.

Our objective is to promote dialogue and contacts among researchers in different areas. Thus, the structure of this conference will be somewhat different from the usual and active participation will be a central factor. In addition to traditional panels, this conference will feature several plenary speakers, thematic workshops (debates, creative writing or projects), and artistic performances. All panelists must participate in one of the afternoon thematic workshops in order to ensure the emergence of creative synergy and foster active involvement.

We accept submissions of individual papers but prefer organized panels composed of 3 or 4 panelists. Individual proposals should include 300 words abstracts in Spanish or English and a brief bio (50 words). Organized panel proposals could be in any European language (but the proposal should be in English or Spanish) and should include a panel description of 500 words, plus the 300 words abstract for each panelist, as well as the brief bios, and a moderator, if desired. Please send your proposal by email to the conference email: before January 14, 2018.

Some possible topics include:

  • The role of the humanities in the environmental crisis.
  • How to effectively communicate the ecological crisis.
  • Literary and visual narratives about alternative, more ecological, cosmovisions.
  • Alternative ecological visions and the arts. The arts and the transition to more sustainable societies.
  • Indigenous cosmovisions and cosmoexperiences.
  • Resilience and low ecosystemic lifestyles.
  • Revisiting classic and modern myths in relation to environmental issues.
  • Ecological pedagogy and environmental education from a humanities perspective.
  • Ecofeminist ethics.
  • Environmental ethics.
  • The aesthetic appreciation of nature and its relationship to environmental ethics.
  • New sustainable concepts of beauty and aesthetics.
  • New sustainable definitions of progress and/or culture.
  • Posthumanism and new definitions of what being human means.
  • Culture and Ecology. Citizen humanities.

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