Working-class Environmentalism

The postgraduate forum for Environment, Literature, and Culture (ELC) announced a  new CfA (Call for Applications) on their website recently. The CfA concerns the annual conference/workshop for postgraduate students working with questions related to the confluence of environmental issues and culture. This year's workshop will take place in Venice, Italy (not a bad venue) on November … Continue reading Working-class Environmentalism

Busy Weeks

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I wrote a bit of a negative post a while back about things being so uncertain and having to just wait for stuff to happen, but luckily there's been lots of movement on that front lately. First, the EASLCE webinar on ecophobia took place last weekend and I'm happy … Continue reading Busy Weeks

New Book Review Out

This winter I wrote a book review essay of Hubert Zapf's excellent new book Literature as Cultural Ecology. Zapf is an important figure within current ecocritical scholarship, and it was an honor to be asked to review his newest book. Writing a three or four page essay isn't of course as big of a deal as … Continue reading New Book Review Out

EASLCE Webinar on Ecophobia

I'm glad to announce the new EASLCE (The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment) webinar also here on extremeresearcher. The webinar is hosted by prominent ecocritic Simon Estok and will take place on 20 May. I first got acquainted with Simon Estok's work and his ecophobia concept during my course … Continue reading EASLCE Webinar on Ecophobia

Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

Believe in Ecocriticism, and ye shall be established; believe its prophets, and ye shall prosper! The first day of spring yesterday was a fun one. I was invited* to give a lecture on ecocriticism to a class of high schoolers at the international IB high school here in Vaasa. The idea was that since the students are right now getting ready … Continue reading Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

Stone and Resistance

While I was studying ecocriticism in Turkey, professor Oppermann introduced us to Jeffrey J. Cohen's amazing book Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman. I'm currently browsing the book again for my upcoming article on material ecocriticism and the male mountain athlete's embodied relation to nature. The book provides an absolutely fascinating look into the materiality and … Continue reading Stone and Resistance

Turkey Diaries: Part VII (“Networking Networks”)

It's now only about ten days until I'm going home. The last weeks here in Turkey have been pretty busy as we're wrapping up the course on Culture and the Environment. We'll have our last actual class on Monday and a week from that it's the final exam and deadline for our term papers. Then, … Continue reading Turkey Diaries: Part VII (“Networking Networks”)

Turkey Diaries: Part VI (Traveling and Trans–Corporeality)

I'm back from Troad! For those to whom that name doesn't say anything, that's the ancient Troy area. It's super cool to be in a country with such history everywhere. For instance, just a couple weeks back I visited the site of 3000-year old Gordion (as in, the place where Alexander the Great cut the … Continue reading Turkey Diaries: Part VI (Traveling and Trans–Corporeality)

Turkey Diaries: Part V a.k.a. Dude, You Must Be (field) Trippin’

I woke up in the middle of the night today because I was so psyched about my work that I just couldn't sleep any more but had to immediately write down the ideas that I had, and ended up writing a solid page of new stuff on the article I'm working on at the moment. … Continue reading Turkey Diaries: Part V a.k.a. Dude, You Must Be (field) Trippin’

Turkey Diaries: Part Dört*

I'm super busy right now. Which is good. I have a ton of reading to do, and I have to do it all before leaving for a combined business/pleasure trip to the famous rock climbing destination of Geyikbayiri early on Tuesday morning. I'm obviously really looking forward to going but also a little stressed because … Continue reading Turkey Diaries: Part Dört*