Monday, August 09, 2010

Cfp: "Species, Space, and the Imagination of the Global," Ninth Biennial Conference, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Indiana University, Bloomington, June 21-26, 2011.

The conference theme seeks to engage with questions of humans' relation to nonhuman species, both plant and animal, and to explore intersections between work on nonhuman species in disciplines such as biology, anthropology, philosophy, neuroscience, literature, and art. Our goal is to do so in a transnational framework that will allow us to reflect on how different historical, geographical and cultural contexts shape our encounters with the natural world and with environmental crises.

The following topics are of particular relevance to the conference theme; we also encourage submissions on other, related issues:
  • Visions and theories of globalization in their relationship to the environment, including the resistance to globalization
  • Cultural geography in its contributions to environmentalist thought
  • Postcolonial ecocriticism and the geopolitical relationships that have shaped different human populations' uses of natural environments in the past and the present
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental literature as world literature, including comparative literature, cross-cultural approaches, borderlands writing, and travel writing
  • Environmental disasters and their repercussions, including their representations and cultural reactions to them (including both natural and human-caused disasters), in their local, regional and global ramifications
  • Environmental diseases,their local, regional and global spread, prevention and countermeasures
  • New media for envisioning local and global processes, including GIS, maps, graphs, visualization, databases, and other digital and nondigital media
  • Studies of migration, both human and nonhuman
  • Wildlife conservation, including the policies and practices of parks, refuges, and assisted migration
  • Ethnozoology and ethnobotany
  • Critical animal studies, including the question of a "posthuman" turn
  • Biotechnology and its transformations of biodiversity
  • The politics, cultures and pedagogies of climate change
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