Fall Conferencing

This almost never happens. There are two very interesting conferences in Finland this fall, and they’re both on the same dates. Dammit.

I wrote a few posts back about applying for the Gender Studies conference at University of Jyväskylä, and just found out that my abstract was accepted!


So, I’ll be heading there at the end of November. Should be good. However, there’s also another super interesting conference (or, symposium) that same week at University of Tampere. The CfP is below. I’m sorry that I have to miss this, as ecocritically inclined conferences don’t exactly happen in Finland every day, and I would really like to attend this even though I’m not a narrative specialist. Axel Goodbody is also speaking there, and I’d like to hear that, but oh well.

Anyway, the full call is below in italics. I hope some of you may attend this. Deadline for proposals is October 6, so there’s still plenty of time to draft one. I would send one myself but I’ve already committed to the other conference.

Call for Papers: Confronting the Narratives of the Anthropocene (Nov 23-24, 2017; Tampere, Finland)

Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies at the University of Tampere will host a two-day symposium “Confronting the Narratives of the Anthropocene” November 23-24, 2017. The deadline for abstracts is October 6, 2017. 

Invited speakers: Axel Goodbody (University of Bath) and Brian McAllister (Ohio University).

Since its coining in 2000 by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer, the concept of the Anthropocene has become a common buzzword in various disciplines, including the natural and social sciences as well as environmental humanities. Even though the International Commission on Stratigraphy is still debating the status of the Anthropocene as an official geological epoch, the term itself is now commonly used to reflect the planetary impact of collective human activity. In the discourse of the Anthropocene, the entire human species is situated as a geological force capable of inducing massive changes upon the biosphere of the planet.

In the humanities and social sciences, the recent introduction of a new planetary epoch has been typically approached as a narrative problem. For many scholars, the Anthropocene represents a new grand narrative where the abstract category of “humanity” is portrayed as a universal agent uniformly responsible for the Earth’s new geological regime. For others, it indicates a convergence of human and natural histories and suggests a new kind of entangled relationship between human and non-human agencies. From a narratological point of view, the Anthropocene also presents a crisis of scale: it demands a multifocal perspective on human actions as well as planetary ecology. The stories of the Anthropocene do not concern human beings alone, but the entire Earth and its inhabitants.

In this interdisciplinary symposium on narratives of the Anthropocene, we ask: What are the narratives of planetary-scale environmental change? What is the role of fictional and factual narratives in tackling the complex natural-cultural issues of the proposed geological epoch? In the age of the Anthropocene, whose story should “we” be telling, how, and to what purpose?

 We invite papers dealing with topics such as:
– Grand narratives of the Anthropocene
– Representations of the Anthropocene in narrative fiction; climate fiction
– Narrative form, genre, and the Anthropocene
– Anthropogenic apocalyptic narratives, dystopias, and utopias
– Environmental risk narratives
– Human and non-human agency in the narratives of the Anthropocene
– Narrative sense-making and the Anthropocene; unnarratable aspects of planetary-scale environmental change

Please send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to juha.raipola@uta.fi no later than October 6, 2017. Also include your affiliation, e-mail, and a 100-word bio. We will notify you of acceptance on October 13, 2017. 

Further information can be found on Narrare’s website:


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Ha, that’s two blog posts in 24 hours! Ahem, so back to the “real” writing I guess.

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