Ecologies Reconsidered:
Landscape, Nature, Thought, and Memory
The Germanic Graduate Student Association of the Ohio State University
presents the sixth annual GGSA Graduate & Undergraduate Student Conference

March 21st & 22nd 2014

Keynote Speaker: Sean Ireton, University of Missouri
Plenary Speaker: Kristy Boney, University of Central Missouri

Long before scholars, scientists and activists began to understand the dynamic of ecological crises, the relationship between humans and nature has attracted interest from various academic disciplines. From ancient Greece to the global present, questions about humanity’s place in nature as well as the nature of humans have been subjects of great controversy. They have undoubted become a matter of contention in contemporary debates in art, literature, the sciences, and the public sphere.
Climate change, species extinctions, overfishing, overgrazing and overfelling indicate disasters of the Western world’s own doing, rooted in, but not limited to, the episteme of Western modernity. The consequences of the global exploitation of nature have come back to haunt the Western world in various ways, ranging from social hardship and economic decline on a larger scale to pesticide-laden foods in our everyday lives. The specific case of Germany exemplifies the ways in which artists, writers, scholars, scientists and activists have attempted to describe and tackle the disturbed relation between humans and nature. Ranging from German romanticism and “Turnervereine,” to the “Waldsterben” debate of the 1970s and 1980s to the most recent debates on the phasing out of nuclear and fossil energy sources, ecology has always held a prominent place in German cultural, philosophical and political discourse. However, the scope of scholarly literature in the humanities to date does not do justice to the topic’s significance. […]
We welcome papers from various disciplines that address for example the following topics:

•        Relation between humans and  nature
•        Dualisms of nature and culture
•        Human embeddedness in nature and the human conquest of nature
•        Ecological critiques of civilization
•        Representation of nature
•        Human narcissism and nature
•        Longing, “Heimat,” and nature
•        Ecology without nature
•        Subjectivity and environment
Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words to Marcus Breyer ([log in to unmask]) by January 30th, 2014.

Please include your name, university affiliation, title of paper and email address.
We welcome abstracts not only from students in German Studies, but also from those in other fields with papers pertinent to the topic. Paper presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length.


The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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