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CFP: Intersections: Literary and Communication Studies

2012 July 27
by smonani

ASLE-sponsored panels at Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE)

June 6-10, 2013. Uppsala, Sweden


Deadline for submission: August 15, 2012.


Literary and communication studies have much in common in their ecocritical explorations, with scholars intersecting in sub-disciplines such as media studies, rhetoric, pedagogy, and risk communication. This call invites proposals for papers for two ASLE-sponsored panels that engage various intersections. The first panel focuses on oral and literary texts, while the second engages cinema, new media and other visual texts.  Each asks specifically for topics that correspond with the themes of the COCE 2013 conference, Participation Revisited: Openings and Closures for Deliberations on the Commons.


These themes include but are not limited to the following:

  • How do cultural texts open (and close) possibilities for environmental engagements and public participation? And to what effect?
  • How do socio-cultural conditions influence opportunities for texts to partake in public participation? In environmental engagements?
  • How do cultural texts re-imagine the commons? And how do conceptions of the commons help (or hinder) how cultural texts are re-imagined?


We encourage papers that engage canonical texts in new ways.  We especially encourage papers that speak to a cross-pollination of theoretical approaches across literary and communication studies. We are also keen to see papers that highlight non-canonical texts and those that spotlight marginalized publics.


Submission guidelines: Please send 150-200 word abstract with your name and affiliation to Salma Monani at by August 15, 2012.

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  1. srust permalink*
    July 27, 2012

    Right now I’m watching the Olympics opening ceremonies. An army of industrial laborers have poured out of the Glastonbury Tor – a tree sitting atop the Tor displaced by the workers as they march through the stadium transforming Britain’s pastoral past (described as “simple by the NBC commentators) into the industrial era. Kenneth Branaugh marches around triumphantly, clad in beaver top hat, as smokestacks rise from the stadium floor to the steady beat of drums – allusions to Isengaard as a great ring is forged in the center of the stadium. Suddenly a “carnival” atmosphere displaces the industrial era – every color class of British culture on display. Suddenly the one ring is joined by four more as the Olympic logo takes shape – held aloft by invisible wires above the stadium. I begin I wonder if we’ll see the transformation to a green future in the following segment –

    This is an ecocritics dream and there is a paper waiting here for someone. Let’s fill these panels and more!

    • smonani permalink
      July 30, 2012

      Steve, nice! This paper idea can definitely fit! The non-canonical evokes questions near and dear to the ecocritics’heart: from pastoralism to the rhetoric of spectacle!

      Yes, let’s fill these panels! Hope to see some sterling abstracts.

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