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>From: "Hannes Bergthaller" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Sustainability and the Literary 
>Imagination (Taiwan) (8/31/06; 11/18/06)
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>International Conference
>
>Sustainability and the Literary Imagination:
>Transdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives
>
>November 18th, 2006
>Department of English
>National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
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>Call for papers
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>Since being put into circulation in the famous Brundtland report of
>1987, the term ĺ─˙sustainabilityĺ─˙ has come to play an indispensable part
>in the global debate on environmental issues. Its ascendancy has closely
>paralleled the emergence of ecological modernization as a dominant
>paradigm at the beginning of the 21st century. There is now hardly a
>international organization that does not at least pay lip-service to the
>imperatives of sustainability, and an extensive and diverse literature
>on the topic has emerged in the fields of economics, social and
>political science, environmental studies, and engineering.
>Yet until now, the growing number of literary scholars concerned with
>environmental issues has failed to engage in a rigorous interrogation of
>the concept of sustainability. It is not only ecocriticism that stands
>to benefit from such an enterprise: after almost two decades of debate,
>it has become clear that even if it were possible to define
>sustainability in a universalist and strictly scientific manner, its
>implementation immediately opens up ethical and aesthetic questions
>which traditionally belong in the domain of the humanities (e.g. the
>definition of human needs, the relationship of the individual to the
>community of which it forms a part, the place of human history within
>the wider world) - questions that in turn can no longer be answered
>without taking into account technological innovation and developments in
>the natural sciences. Situated at the crossroads of a wide range of
>discourses, seeking to square off the technically possible with the
>ethically desirable and the economically expedient, and staking a claim
>to permanence in a terrain that in all its dimensions (natural,
>cultural, and technological) seems to be marked by inexorable change,
>the language of sustainability presents a conundrum that needs to be
>addressed from a variety of perspectives in order to work towards a
>genuinely transdisciplinary and intercultural understanding.
>
>Keynote Speakers:
>Greg Garrard (Bath Spa University, UK)
>Ursula Heise (Stanford University, USA)
>
>For this conference, we welcome contributions from all disciplines that
>address questions such as the following:
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>How may literature help us to imagine sustainability? What kinds of
>narratives and tropes form the rhetorical underpinnings of the concept?
>Where can we locate the historical roots of the concept, how have the
>terms of the debate shifted, and what is to be learned from these shifts?
>In what ways is the concept of sustainability rooted in occidental
>traditions, and how would it need to be (re-)formulated in order to
>resonate in other cultural environments?
>How can ecocritical theory contribute to a viable concept of
>sustainability, and vice versa?
>How do notions such as risk, probability, and uncertainty bear on the
>concept of sustainability? How can literary texts help us understand how
>communities recognize or repress environmental risks?
>Do the imperative for intergenerational justice and the privileging of
>permanence implied in the concept of sustainability entail or reflect a
>reconfiguration of our idea of history?
>How can notions such as ĺ─˙bio-powerĺ─¨ 
>(Foucault) and ĺ─˙bare lifeĺ─¨ (Agamben)
>be used to elucidate and/or critique the concept of sustainability?
>How is the concept of sustainability linked to traditions of utopian
>thought?
>What is the relation between the different types of knowledge offered by
>literature and the arts on the one, and the natural sciences on the
>other hand, and what is their respective role in defining and
>implementing sustainability?
>How do cultural factors enter into the administrative implementation of
>sustainability, e.g. into indices and procedures for deliberation and
>local participation?
>
>Please send 250-300 word abstracts by email to:
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>Deadline: August 31st, 2006
>Please include in your abstract: Name and affiliation, email address,
>postal address, telephone number

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