CfP - 2017 ASLE - Littoral Zone - 6/20-6/24/17 - Detroit, Michigan

Panel Co-Organizers

Christina Gerhardt - University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Melody Jue - Assistant Professor in English, UC Santa Barbara

*“Littoral Zones”*

This panel takes ASLE’s theme of “Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery” into
the ocean by focusing on the geographic and cultural space of the “littoral
zone,” the scientific name for the near-shore area of oceans, lakes, and
rivers. Extending from the highest tide-line to the undersea area where
light still enables marine plants to grow, the littoral zone is a site of
dramatic change between the tides, weather events, and movement of

The littoral zone also happens to be the most accessible part of the ocean
to human beings, often a site for recreation, for resource extraction, for
the accumulation/dissemination of waste, and for the recovery of lost
things (messages in bottles, seaweed, fragments of shipwreck, plastic
waste). Life in the littoral zone sustains human beings (fish, marine
plants, shellfish), and yet it is also immediately vulnerable to sea-level
rise and anthropogenic climate change. Conjuring hydrographic imaginaries
(Baucom: 1997) rather than strictly geographic ones, the littoral zone
figures as a complexly marginal space for thinking through environmental
imaginaries, new materialist ecologies, and praxis.  This panel attends to
the homophonic resonances between the “littoral,” the “literal,” and
“litter,” looking to the near-shore as a site of accumulation for a variety
of natural and cultural objects, for waste and refuse, for flora and
fauna—with an eye towards possibilities of recovery.

            Please submit a 250-word abstract, 5 bibliographic sources
(articles or books); and a brief bio (2-3 sentences) to both Christina
Gerhardt at [log in to unmask] and Melody Jue at
[log in to unmask] *Deadline:
Mon. Dec. 12, 2016*.

Christina Gerhardt, Assistant Professor
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
1890 East-West Road / 453 Moore Hall
Honolulu HI 96822 / USA

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