>From: "Nicole Merola" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Ecocriticism and The Animal Other (9/15/06; NEMLA,
>CFP: Ecocriticism and The Animal Other (09/15/06; NEMLA, 03/01/06-03/04/06)
>Theorist Cary Wolfe claims the question of the animal is "perhaps
>the central problematic for contemporary culture and theory." This
>panel seeks papers that address the presence of the animal in
>literary, filmic, and other cultural forms. Proposals energized by
>interdisciplinary and cultural studies methodologies are especially
>welcome. Also welcome are proposals that use the location of the
>animal to theorize new modes of ecocritical practice.
>This session responds to a groundswell in contemporary theoretical
>and ecocritical practice in which scholars have increasingly begun
>to attend to the presence and function of the animal in literature,
>film, art, and philosophy. Recent work by Donna Haraway, The
>Companion Species Manifesto; Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and
>Animal; Jacques Derrida, "And Say the Animal Responded"; Cary Wolfe,
>Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and
>Posthumanist Theory and the anthology Zoontologies: The Question of
>the Animal; taken together with recent films such as March of the
>Penguins, Eight Below, Winged Migration, and Grizzly Man, indicate
>that representing and thinking about the animal occurs at all levels
>of culture. As Derrida and Haraway remind us, opening up the
>question of the animal simultaneously opens up the question of the
>human. That is, by interrogating the particular ways in which the
>status of animal is assigned to an "other," one creates the oppor!
> tunity to investigate the operations of long humanist traditions
>that employ the construction of the animal to shore up the
>construction of the human.
>The purpose of this session is to convene scholars whose work comes
>at the question of the animal from a variety of directions, thereby
>creating productive discussion that cuts across genre and
>discipline. In the service of examining representations of the
>animal in literature, film, and other cultural forms, topics might
>include: posthumanist perspectives on or theorizations of the
>animal, animals and technologies, the animal in/as art, animals and
>globalization, animality as inequality/animality and other
>inequalities, the companion animal.
>This panel is co-sponsored by the Association of the Study of
>Literature and the Environment.
>Proposals should be 500-750 words. Send proposal by email to:
>[log in to unmask] Deadline: Sept 15, 2006.
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