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>From: "Rupert Hildyard" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Ecocriticism in the 21st century (UK) (5/1/06; 9/8/06-9/10/06)
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>DISCORDANT HARMONIES: ECOCRITICISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
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>ASLE UK BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2006
>8th - 10th September 2006
>University of Lincoln, England, U.K.
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>Call for papers: deadline May 1st 2006
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>The perception that we are living at a time of deepening ecological
>crisis is now urgent and pervasive. What do literature and culture have
>to say at this moment in the history of human relationships with our
>environment?
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>The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE
>UK) invites proposals for its fourth biennial conference to be held at
>the University of Lincoln, 8th-10th September 2006.  We are interested
>in papers exploring any aspect of literary and other cultural treatments
>of the environment. How are writers of all kinds, filmmakers, literary
>theorists and readers responding to and representing the threat of
>climate change and other environmental issues? What are the particular
>challenges of teaching the humanities with a consciousness of the
>environment?
>
>The ideal relationship between humans and the natural world has been
>imagined in terms of 'harmony' and 'balance' for at least three
>centuries. Ecocriticism and environmentalism have been shaped by such
>metaphors. And yet, in the science of ecology itself, metaphors of flux
>and change are challenging the 'balance of nature'. What are the
>consequences for ecocriticism and environmentalism, and for the ways in
>which we all imagine nature?
>
>Contributions are invited from writers and critics in humanities
>disciplines on any topic that engages with the relationship of humankind
>to its environment, including, but not limited to, the following:
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>*	Green re-readings of literature and other media
>*	Problems in ecocritical theory
>*	Green pedagogies/teaching environmental humanities
>*	Varieties of ecocriticism: nation, class, gender and race
>*	Humans and animals
>*	Ecocritical tropes: pastoral, wilderness & apocalypse
>*	Ecocriticism and activism
>*	Globalisation and contemporary politics
>*	Creative writing and other creative work
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>ASLE-UK was founded in 1998 and is an affiliate of ASLE (US), the
>leading international organization of ecologically informed literature
>and criticism, which now boasts over 1000 members worldwide. An English
>Subject Centre miniproject on Education for Sustainable Development
>running at Bath Spa University will be sponsoring a roundtable on ESD
>pedagogy. Contributors to the roundtable will be eligible for some
>financial support.
>
>We welcome interdisciplinary approaches and thematically related
>non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Papers may be based in any humanities
>discipline such as literature, film and TV studies, new media, visual
>culture, cultural studies, journalism, history, linguistics, theology,
>philosophy, and may take the form of papers (20 minutes presentation
>time), panels, round tables, workshops or oral performances.
>Plenary speakers include Dana Phillips, Ursula Heise and John Simons:
>other speakers to be confirmed.
>
>Please email proposals (200 words max) for papers etc to
>[log in to unmask] or by post to ASLE conference, Faculty of
>Media & Humanities, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln. LN6
>7TS. England U.K. For further information please email
>[log in to unmask] or write to Dr Rupert Hildyard at the above
>address.
>For booking enquiries, location, accommodation etc please visit our
>website www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/conferences/index.htm ; email
>[log in to unmask] ; or tel (+44) 01522 886407.
>
>

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