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CfP - The Oceanic Turn - ACLA

March 29 - April 1, 2018 at UCLA

Abstracts due September 23, 2017 *via **ACLA website*

Panel Co-Organizers

Christina Gerhardt - Associate Professor, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Teresa Shewry - Associate Professor, University of California at Santa

*“The Oceanic Turn”*

Elizabeth Deloughrey recently argued that "we are witnessing an
interdisciplinary transition [that] might be called 'critical ocean
studies' or 'the oceanic turn" ("Submarine Futures of the Anthropocene,"
2017). Scholars, she suggests, are veering away from an earlier emphasis on
human movement across the ocean as a blank surface “out there” toward
consideration of varied marine life forms and elements, climate change, and
how submersion can reorient knowledge.

The Oceanic Turn allows for a radical re-thinking of imaginaries, of
materialist ecologies, and of praxis. What constitutes the oceanic,
spatially, temporally, and ontologically? Can we develop ocean-based
scholarship while remembering that the terrestrial, too, is not inert or
lifeless, and that ocean encompasses both water and land forms? How does
'the oceanic turn' reconfigure common assumptions, methods, or archives in
the humanities, including in opening up new possibilities to think
multi-species relations? And how do literary works defamiliarize and open
up perspectives on the ocean’s material, historic, and imaginative

This seminar invites papers that consider the oceanic, the space that
extends from the highest tide-line to the undersea areas, including its
tides, organisms and creatures, and their manifestations in texts (broadly
construed). It also invites papers that consider the region sometimes known
as Oceania, Te Moana Nui, or the Pacific Ocean as a scholarly framework,
including scholarship that takes up recent discussions about the
relationships of the ocean, Indigeneity, and empire. It welcomes papers
that engage with diverse oceans as well as with the relations among them.
Further paper topics might include submersion and the vast expanse below
the surface, and the impact of climate change and in particular drought and
sea level rise.  And we welcome papers that engage with what Jaimey
Hamilton Faris has called neso-aesthetics
<>, that is,
how aesthetic texts engage with and articulate the space, place and
politics specific to (oceanic) islands.

Interested participants are encouraged to contact the seminar co-organizers
Christina Gerhardt at [log in to unmask] and Teresa Shewry at
[log in to unmask] with any questions or possible ideas for

Please submit 250 word abstracts via the ACLA website between September
1–23, 2017.


Christina Gerhardt, Associate Professor,
of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Visiting Scholar, 2018-2019 - Harvard University, Center for European

Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018 - UC-Berkeley
Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall #2316
Berkeley, CA  94720

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