Calls and New Stuff

I’m leaving to Ireland to attend the ESSE conference in just a few hours but before I go, I thought I’d give a heads up on some interesting recent CfPs (that’s Call for Papers in Academese) and publications that have come my way, in case some of the readers are interested.

First, there’s a new handbook on ecocriticism by Hubert Zapf. The Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology (De Gruyter 2016) includes new articles from some of the more prominent contemporary ecocritics. Check google books, you’ll get a real good look at its contents there. Interesting stuff, there are pieces on material ecocriticism, Merleau-Ponty, embodiment (all recent interests of mine), etc.



ASLE (The American Society for the study of Literature and Environment, or something like that, I’m not good with acronyms) arranges their twelfth biennial conference in Detroit next June, the theme being Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery. This is the big dance when it comes to global ecocriticism so I’d obviously like to go here but the venue and timing aren’t ideal so I’m not sure yet. More info on their website:

Also, the new issue of The Nordic Journal of English Studies is out and can be accessed at This is the publication where I published a book review in recently (first issue of 2016).

Below is an invitation to an Ecocriticism conference in Sweden in 2017. This looks real nice, and if I can arrange some funding and organize my teaching so that I could go, then I’d definitely like to attend.


Let’s end with a couple of long CfPs that I thought I’d just copypaste here for interested parties (as always, feel free to skip these if they don’t float your boat). First, Ecosophy/Deep Ecology/ecocriticism journal Trumpeter is looking for contributions. This is kinda interesting and I’m considering submitting something here myself (although the schedule is pretty tight), as the theme is related to my current work. Here’s the whole CfP:

“The Trumpeter

Call for Papers

“Radical Ecologies in the Anthropocene”

Of late we have been hearing perhaps too much about the Anthropocene, the new geological epoch that is so inextricably bound up with human intervention that it can appropriately be framed entirely in terms of anthropos. Some celebrate a full embrace of the Anthropocene in a kind of neoliberal ecstasy that spurns conservation efforts and jettisons the idea of wilderness. Others among the more conservation-minded resign themselves to the Anthropocene in the strategic hope that this is the best way forward for whatever little gains might be made in such a context. Others still reject the new framing entirely and hold out for what they take to be more genuine or authentic ways of encountering what might remain of nature.

Numerous essays on the Anthropocene have already been published for, against, and in between. On the one hand, ecomodernists have reframed the destruction of ecosystems as mere environmental alteration within a value-free context (cf. Love Your Monsters: Postenvironmentalism and the Anthropocene, Breakthrough Institute, 2011). On the other hand, deep ecologists have decried this as at best a normalization and at worst a reckless embrace of human selfishness and greed (cf. Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth, Island Press, 2014). However, it remains to be seen whether each side is addressing the other head on.

There is no need to repeat what has already been written on this subject. Rather, The Trumpeter is issuing a call for self-critical reflections and arguments about the future of radical ecologies (deep ecologies, dark ecologies, etc.) in the Anthropocene. This special issue hopes to promote productive dialogue about the futural possibilities of wilderness, ecology, and the human relation to nature, even while recognizing that these well-worn and perhaps loaded concepts may require fundamental revision and rethinking. Is wilderness a dead issue in the Anthropocene? If not, is wilderness something to which we return, or is it something at which we arrive in the future? Does wild nature lie behind us or ahead of us? Do we need to get there and, if so, how? In this spirit we are calling for neither apologetics nor moral stridency but new ideas. What would a truly radical ecology of the future look like?”

And second, here’s another CfP that I found interesting (although the topic is not that close to my own specific research interests):

CFP: Writing Meat: Flesh-Eating and Literature Since 1900

The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations. Over the same period, meat consumption has risen substantially and incited the emergence of new forms of political subjectivity, from nationalist agitation against ritual slaughter to the more radical rejection of meat production in abolitionist veganism.

Distinct disciplinary responses to meat production and consumption have occurred across the humanities and social sciences in areas including (but not limited to) food studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and (critical) animal studies. Theoretical engagements with these upheavals have ranged from viewing meat production as a site of affective encounter and irresolvably complex ethical entanglements, to framing industrialised slaughter as a privileged practice in what Dinesh Wadiwel has recently diagnosed as a biopolitical ‘war against animals’. This edited collection solicits essays which engage with these transformations in the meanings and material practices of meat production and consumption in literature and theory since 1900. We seek contributions from scholars working on representations of meat in any area of literary studies (broadly conceived) but are particularly interested in essays that challenge dominant narratives of meat-eating and conceptions of animals as resources.

Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • Meat and nationalism/racism
  • Meat and colonialism/postcolonialism
  • The globalisation of meat
  • Future meat (in vitro etc.)
  • Meat and ‘the natural’
  • Meat eating and hospitality/sociality/ritual
  • Vegan theory
  • Meat and nostalgia
  • Unconventional meats: bushmeat, insects etc.
  • Cannibalism (human and non-human)
  • Predation/nonhuman meat-eating
  • Food and abjection
  • The edible and the inedible
  • Sacrifice
  • Meat eating and extinction
  • Flesh/protein/masculinities
  • Revisiting the sexual politics of meat
  • Meat and ‘disordered’ eating
  • Meat production and climate change
  • Dietary orientations towards meat: veganism, pescatarianism, paleo diets
  • Meat substitutes/simulated meats
  • Carnophallogocentrism
  • Hunting/fishing
  • Animal escapees
  • Spaces of meat production (slaughterhouses, farms etc.)
  • Meat and zoonosis

The volume will be submitted to Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature:

Please send abstracts of 300 words along with a brief biographical statement to Seán McCorry ( and John Miller ( by Monday, January 23rd 2017. Essays of approximately 7000 words in length will be commissioned for delivery in September 2017.”

So there you have it, I hope you may find something of interest here. My next post will probably be a report on the conference.

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