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Flows:  Material, Energy, Narrative in the Ecological Humanities (Sponsored by the GSA Environmental Studies Network)


Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015

Organized by Katharina Gerstenberger (U of Utah) and Scott Moranda (SUNY Cortland)

“Flows” serve to explore how biophysical changes link to social changes or disruptions.  Flows can refer to the movement of energy or raw materials through an economic system. They call to mind commodity chains and the circulation of goods to satisfy consumer desires.  Flows also refer to the movement of people/migrants/wildlife across political, social, economic, and ecological boundaries.  Texts create flows through narrative continuity but also disruption and rechanneling.  They also circulate through cultural contexts over the course of time, in the process changing meaning and direction.

We invite papers in the environmental humanities, environmental history or the social sciences that explore the themes of mobility and barriers, fluidity and permeability, energy flows and transformation, entropy, decline and disorder, from a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches, using a variety of texts, case studies, and other source materials.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short CV to both Katharina Gerstenberger ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) and Scott Moranda ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) by January 15, 2015.

Katharina Gerstenberger
Professor of German and Department Chair
Languages and Literature
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-585-7908
Fax: 801-581-7581


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