The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) invites proposals for its Ninth Biennial Conference, to be held June 21-26, 2011, at Indiana University in Bloomington, on the theme of "Species, Space, and the Imagination of the Global." We seek proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other public presentations connecting language, nature, and culture. As always, we welcome interdisciplinary approaches; readings of environmentally inflected fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists,
writers, practitioners, activists, and colleagues in the social and natural sciences.
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 globalizationCultural geography in its contributions to environmentalist thoughtPostcolonial ecocriticism and the geopolitical relationships that have shaped different human populations' uses of natural environments in the past and the presentEnvironmental justiceEnvironmental literature as world literature, including comparative literature, cross-cultural approaches, borderlands writing, and travel writing Environmental disasters andtheir repercussions, including their representations and cultural reactions to them (including both natural and human-caused disasters), in their local,
regional and global ramificationsEnvironmental diseases,their local, regional and global spread, prevention and countermeasuresNew 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 nonhumanWildlife
conservation, including the policies and practices of parks, refuges, and assisted migrationEthnozoology and ethnobotany Critical animal studies, including the
question of a "posthuman" turnBiotechnology and its transformations of biodiversityThe politics, cultures and pedagogies of climate change Paper Formats
Participants are invited to submit paper proposals for 90-minute sessions. ASLE welcomes scholarly panels and creative writing presentations; proposals for hybrid or nontraditional panels should indicate the nature and purpose of the presentations' unique features. As in the past few years, we expect to receive more proposals than we
can accommodate; therefore, not all proposals will be accepted. Proposals for fully constituted panels, which provide a thematic unity the program committee cannot always provide, will be given priority over individual paper proposals. We will accept paper and panel proposals
in English and in Spanish, and we welcome panels in Spanish at the conference. We invite submissions for the following formats:600-word proposals for 20-minute presentations in a traditional session, three persession, or 15-minute presentations in a traditional session, four per
session300-word proposals for informal presentations/position papers in a
roundtable organized around a single issue or question, four to twelve per
session300-word proposals for 8 minute presentations in a paper jam, six to seven
Proposals for pre-formed panels and roundtables should also include a
300-word abstract describing their purpose and the names and contact
information of the participants. Accepted abstracts will be posted on
the conference web site. For more detailed information on the different
formats and for submission guidelines, please visit the conference
All proposals must be submitted by Friday, November 5, 2010.
Notifications of accepted and rejected proposals will be e-mailed by February
Bloomington, Indiana, is a vibrant and friendly college town in the
rolling hills of southern Indiana, an hour's drive from the
Indianapolis International Airport and four hours from Chicago. The city
has a lively arts scene with half a dozen theater companies, a wide
range of music performances (including folk punk), colorful murals, and
the Bloomington Arts & Entertainment District (BEAD), established
in 2006 with lots of galleries, artworks and entertainment
opportunities. IU Bloomington is home to the Lilly Rare Books Library,
the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, as
well as the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music, which each
summer hosts a high-profile classical music festival that attracts
thousands of visitors. Plentiful restaurants and the Bloomington
Community Farmers' Market highlight the city's investment in locally
grown food. Griffy Lake, a 1,200-acre nature preserve, lies just
minutes from downtown Bloomington. The region also offers many
possibilites for hiking, birdwatching and aquatic adventures. National Geographic
recently ranked Bloomington one of America’s "top adventure towns" thanks to the
many opportunities for recreation it offers.
Indiana University's campus, which landscape artist Thomas Gaines
has called one of the five most beautiful in America, is located near
downtown Bloomington. The campus is fully wired and wireless, and all
classrooms for concurrent sessions are equipped for computer projection
and Internet access. Conference housing will be provided in the
university’s newly built residence center offering 2, 3, or 4-bedroom
suites. Accommodations will also be available at the Hilton Garden Inn,
within easy walking distance from campus (http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com).
Downtown Bloomington can be reached via regular shuttle bus service
from the newly built Indianapolis International Airport
Both Indiana University and ASLE are committed to making the
conference as accessible for the disabled as possible; the conference
website will provide more detail.
Field Sessions and Post-Conference Field Trips
As with past conferences, there will a number of half-day field
excursions on Friday afternoon and several post-conference field trips
on Sunday. Destinations will include the Lilly Rare Book Room; Goose
Pond, one of the largest restored wetland areas in the Midwest; Lake
Monroe, a successful bald eagle restoration site; the Stone Age
Institute; New Harmony, site of two of America's utopian communities;
and the Audubon Museum in Kentucky.
Questions about the program? Email Ursula Heise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy McIntyre, Managing Director
Association for the Study of Literature and EnvironmentPO Box 502
Keene, NH 03431-0502
Phone & Fax: 603-357-7411
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