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Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Eleventh Biennial Conference,Â June 23- 27, 2015
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE (INCLUDING SUBMISSIONS PAGE) WILL BE LIVE IN SEPTEMBER, 2014: www.uidaho.edu/asle
InÂ Notes from UndergroundÂ (1864), Dostoyevsky explores relations between modernity and its discontents at an important historical conjuncture: the novellaâ€™s unnamed, unpleasant hero rails against capitalist industry, imperialist architecture and an emerging social scientific understanding of human behaviour premised on predictability and knowability. By writing from the underground â€“ from the subterranean, from the murk, from the world of refuse â€“ Dostoyevsky asks us to consider the importance of experiences that lie beneath (and both before and after) the shiny edifices of progress, rationality and industry. But the â€œundergroundâ€ also asks us to consider what lies beneath us much more literally: crust, tectonic plates, magma, minerals, fossil fuels, aquifers, lakes, caves, fungal networks, clay, compost, worms, ants, nematodes, roots, rhizomes, tubers, seeds, warrens, nests, vaults, graves, landfills, nuclear weapons and waste, buried treasure. In this act of collection â€“ underground elements, underground agents, underground movements, underground epistemologies â€“ we hope to draw attention to the multiple ways in which things underground and the institutions that variously cultivate, harness and contain them, are constantly changing the terrain (literally and politically) on which we stand.
Especially in the midst of such widespread focus on atmospheric climate change, perhaps we also need to look down, under, beneath and below for imaginative aesthetic, critical, pedagogical and activist responses? At our current political and ecological conjuncture, the literal underground is very much the subject of contest â€“ extraction, pollution, depletion, neoliberalisation, cultivation, sovereignty, equity, (re)claiming â€“ suggesting the need for creative new ways of engaging in activism, reading, writing and education in these networks of depth:underground arts, humanities, ecocriticism, justice. For the 2015 ASLE conference, we seek proposals for panels, papers, performances, discussions, readings and roundtables that address this constellation of undergrounds.Â We invite participants to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possibleÂ and to imagine their work in terms not only of undergroundÂ contentÂ but also of subterraneanÂ form: we particularly encourage non-traditional modes of presentation, including hybrid, performative and collaborative works; panels that minimize formal presentation in favour of engaged emergent discussion; interdisciplinary approaches; environmentally inflected (earthy?) readings of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, theatre and other media; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, teachers, practitioners, activists and colleagues in the social and natural sciences.
All proposals must be submitted byÂ December 7, 2014. We will evaluate your proposal carefully and notify you of its final status byÂ February 15, 2015.
The list of keynote speakers includes Donna Haraway, Linda Hogan, Stephanie LeMenager, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Jorge Navarro, Anna Tsing, Rita Wong, and Tanure Ojaide.
For questions about the program, please contact 2015 ASLE PresidentÂ Cate SandilandsÂ atÂ ASLE2015@yorku.ca. For questions about the conference site, field sessions, progressive event and other local activities, please contact theÂ conference site hostsÂ atÂ email@example.com. For questions about ASLE and membership, please contactÂ Amy McIntyre, ASLE Managing Director, atÂ info [at] asle [dot] org.
Read or download the full CFP:Â http://www.asle.org/site/conferences/biennial/Â orÂ http://www.asle.org/assets/docs/ASLE_Conferences_2015CFP.pdf
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21
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