There are a lot of ecocritical events happening all around the world. Some examples from over past couple of years are shown below. If you're interested in learning about upcoming events, please drop us a line. We'll be happy to put you on our mailing list. You can also check out some of our associated ecocritical groups and the events they are organising in other parts of the world.
The Postcolonial Environments symposium on January 24, 2014, at the University of Manchester will bring together scholars and postgraduates interested in the role of environments in colonial and postcolonial encounters and the relations that they engender. Click here fore more information.
Taking up environmental historian Jason W. Moore’s injunction to understand the world-economy as world-ecology, this three-day event will explore world-systemic approaches to capitalism’s transformations of cultural, environmental, and social landscapes at University College Dublin from October 25 - 27, 2013.
While environmental challenges including climate change threaten the very fabric of our lives, such that the present course of our societies appears literally unsustainable, ambitious efforts to address these rarely seem to resonate with the everyday concerns and ideas most pressing to citizens in post-industrial societies.
From June 19 -21, 2014, the Greening of Everyday Life workshop will focus upon the normative implications of everyday material practices for environmental action. In particular, the workshop will focus upon land, transportation, and household practices. In each of these areas, human experience is inextricably interwoven with technology, the built environment, and the non-human world. The aim is to approach the political challenges of environmental sustainability by examining these everyday practices and the concerns they foster directly, rather than a more abstract environmental discourse that suggests the need to overcome these concerns.
Even without consciously identifying their work as such, Irish artists, writers, and scientists have been of necessity engaging in eco-critique of the radical changes being wrought upon the Irish landscape, however that is understood: as metaphor, livelihood, memory, tradition, or environmental concerns, including those affecting individual and communal health. The second interdisciplinary conference Ireland and Ecocriticism at University College Cork will discuss this wide array of topics from June 19 - 21, 2014.
Seeking now to focus the diverse critical practice in animal studies, a second conference from July 17 - 20, 2014, at the University of Sheffield, seeks to uncover the extent to which the discipline of English Studies now can and should be reimagined as the practice of reading animals.
This conference seeks to reflect and to extend the full range of critical methodologies, forms, canons and geographies current in English Studies; contributions are also most welcome from interested scholars in cognate disciplines. Reading Animals will be programmed to encourage comparative reflection on representations of animals and interspecies encounters in terms of both literary-historical period and overarching interpretive themes. As such, seven keynote presentations are planned; each will focus on how reading animals is crucial in the interpretation of the textual culture of a key period from the middle ages to the present. The conference will also feature a plenary panel of key scholars who will reflect on the importance when reading animals of thinking across periods and in thematic, conceptual and formal terms.
The NOI♀SE 2013 Summer School is called Naturecultures in Feminist Academia, Art and Activism (flyer) and will be held from August 26th through the 30th, 2013, at Utrecht University. This year’s (the 21st) edition of NOI♀SE will introduce cutting edge scholarship at the crossroads of gender studies, performance studies and philosophy of science. We will take the concept of ‘naturecultures’, established by Donna Haraway in the Companion Species Manifesto (2003), as our starting point. By investigating selected scholarly as well as cultural practices, we aim at using this conceptual tool so as to sharpen our understanding of the blurred boundaries between gendered oppositional pairs such as active and passive, body and mind.
Island states in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean have long suffered heavily from natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, floods and droughts. Such events tend to create moments of socio-ecological rupture that compel different groups – from disaster victims to politicians – to reflect on underlying causes and to establish structures of responsibility for reconstruction and future management. They have also prompted many different forms of creative response and mediation.
The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe project responds to these prompts. The first of a series of workshops will take place on June 4th and 5th at Leiden University. During these two days, scholars, including Prof. David Scott of Columbia University and Prof. Greg Bankoff of the University of Hull, will look deeper into how colonial representations affect how people respond to natural disasters.
On June 20th and 21st, young scholars and PhD candidates from Germany who are working on topics related to ecocriticism, green cultural studies, animal studies, and/or environmental risks will gather at the University of Frankfurt. This forum on Ecocriticism and Globalisation gives up and coming academics the opportunity to engage with peers on points of scholarship specific to their research interests as well as in discussions aiming to hone the central concepts of this rapidly developing research field.
How we think about and act upon our environment goes hand in hand with who controls what as well as whom. At the University of Potsdam from September 2 - 6, scholars and students will discuss the implications of power relations in our natural world at the summer school, Just Politics? Postcolonial Ecocriticism between Imagination and Occupation. This intriguing seminar is intended for B.A., M.A., and PhD students who must apply by June 15, 2013.
Anyone who knows a bit about evolution or geology knows that concepts of time play a crucial role in how we relate to our environs. At the University of Leuven from September 16th through the 18th, the Time and Temporality conference will take place. A panel discussing ecological time will be part of this three-day MDRN conference that aims to canvass the breadth and depth of the issues of time and temporality in European modernist writing and classic avant-garde literature.