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.

For further details:

Next EASCLE newsletter – Call for Contributions

The deadline for contributions for the next issue of the EASLCE Newsletter (issue 12.1, Summer 2017) this time is June 15, 2017.

Information on the following issues will be included:

  • Research Projects / “Ecocriticism in Europe”: reports/news from EASLCE members of the various membership countries
  • Conferences / workshops / graduate seminars I:  announcements, call for papers
  • Conferences / workshops / graduate seminars II: conference reports
  • Publications I: call for contributions to publication projects
  • Publications II: titles of recent ecocritical monograph publications (book-length studies, collections of essays – no single essays) by EASLCE members

Please send your contributions to: uwe.kuechler(at)

3 fully-funded doctoral research studentships

Imagining and Representing Species Extinction

WRoCAH White Rose Networks each comprise three PhD studentships. Students will work on one aspect of an over-arching research theme, and will benefit from being part of an integrated community working upon a larger initiative. Each WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentship has two supervisors – one at the student’s home institution and a co-supervisor at one of the other White Rose institutions.

Successful students will be expected to participate fully in the Network’s activities, working with other PhD researchers exploring the common theme from three different perspectives.  Students will also be part of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities and have access to the additional funding opportunities membership offers.  For more details of these please see

Application Closing Date: 5pm BST on Wednesday 17 May 2017

Studentship 1: University of Leeds

Last Whales: Extinction and the Contemporary Cetacean Imaginary. Whales and other cetaceans have been among the most consistently mythologised of living creatures, while some species currently count among the most endangered on Earth. This PhD studentship will chart contemporary representations of a ‘cetacean imaginary’, combining literary (possibly also film and television) studies with research in marine conservation biology.

 Studentship 2: University of Sheffield

Theories of loss in cultural representations of extinction. This studentship will explore contemporary literary and other cultural portrayals of species extinction (including the extinction of the human animal). It will interpret them in the context of critical-theoretical approaches to loss—for example beliefs about death and the afterlife; life, vitalism and biopolitics; or memory, mourning and melancholia—to better understand how we value human and nonhuman existence in contemporary cultures.

Studentship 3: University of York

A World Without Bees? the role of our social and cultural imagination in responding to bee extinction. This studentship will look at the role of innovative design techniques and methods, as well as visualisation and increasing stakeholder engagement in the prevention of pollinator extinction. This may involve shaping and identifying collective and conflicting narratives by which individuals, communities and corporations project, plan for, or attempt to avoid, a world without bees. We encourage applications from a wide range of disciplines including interaction design and speculative design, social and environmental accounting, and related fields.

For more information on any of these studentships, please contact: Dr Stefan Skrimshire:

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must:

–       Have at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. A Masters degree is desirable or demonstration of equivalent experience.

–       Demonstrate a desire to participate fully in the network and its activities.

–       Demonstrate a desire to engage with and benefit from the full WRoCAH cohort of students from across the three White Rose Universities (c. 80 students) at the same stage in their research, in a shared training and development programme.

Terms and Conditions

Each WRoCAH White Rose Networks Studentship is tenable for three years and students are expected to start in October 2017. As the coherence of the network is important, deferrals will not be permitted. The award will provide fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend paid at standard Research Council rates (£14,553) for the first year of study. The award is renewable for a second and third year of study subject to satisfactory academic progress according to each institution’s Policy on Research Degrees.

See and download the file with complete informationWRoCAH studentships – Extinction

CfA – “Seed Funding” for Environmental Humanities Projects

Proposals are invited for both scholarly and creative pilot projects and capacity-building activities in the field of environmental humanities, broadly conceived. The deadline is 15 May 2017.
During this year’s cycle, 4 million Swedish kronor (ca. 442,000 USD / 419,000 Euro) are expected to be distributed in 2017 for the funding of projects through the end of 2018.
The purpose of the funding is to advance the field of environmental humanities at Swedish institutions of higher education or equivalent administrative organizations in Sweden. Applicants from outside of Sweden must therefore secure the sponsorship or collaborative partnership of a Swedish partner institution for the proposed project.

The Seed Box is sponsored by Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, and Formas, the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences, and Spatial Planning.


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“Salvaging the Anthropocene”. A New Book Series

“Salvaging the Anthropocene” fills a gap in the scholarly conversation about the humanities’ relationship to environmental concerns by publishing concise books about these generative engagements with the Anthropocene. It promises to be the premier outlet for scholarship that addresses not simply how humans have made climate change, but what humans make of its effects.

The series editor is Stephanie Foot.

Find out more



Appel à contribution – “L’eau sous toutes ses formes”

Artis Natura, vol. 1, n° 1 – Hiver 2017


Le comité éditorial d’Artis Natura est à la recherche de jeunes artistes et chercheurs pour contribuer à un numéro de sa plateforme culturelle en ligne. Basé sur les approches écocritique et écopoétique, le projet a pris la forme d’un blogue revu et édité par un comité éditorial où les chercheurs, artistes, et actants communautaires peuvent partager sur le thème de l’influence de l’homme sur le milieu naturel.

Ce premier numéro s’intéresse à l’eau et à ses représentations. Tout comme l’eau prend la forme de son contenant, une approche transdisciplinaire nous semble pertinente pour refléter les différentes facettes de ses représentations. Le projet s’intéresse ainsi à des contributeurs de différents horizons. L’approche n’est pas uniquement académique, mais a pour ambition de regrouper articles, créations artistiques et littéraires.

Nous vous proposons une liste non-exhaustive d’axes de réflexions potentiels :

  • L’eau en tant qu’espace : étendues, créations, déplacement, séparation
  • L’eau dans tous ses états : le cycle de l’eau, la marée
  • L’eau comme ressource : conservation, transport, énergie…
  • L’eau dans l’imaginaire : les grands fleuves, l’imaginaire religieux de l’eau…
  • L’eau comme menace : tempêtes, inondations…

Le projet est bilingue, en français et en anglais, et les contributions dans les deux langues sont acceptées. Artis Natura est une plateforme culturelle collaborative. Les réflexions, entre 1 et 2 pages Word, sont publiées au fur et à mesure de leur soumission. Toute contribution doit être envoyée à l’adresse entre le 1er février et le 31 mai 2017 et accompagnée d’une courte biographie. Les contributions répondant à cet appel seront reliées ultérieurement dans une publication papier.

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