Calls for papers for conferences taking place in November 2023

(E)motion in Changing Worlds
Thessaloniki, Greece, 3-5 November 2023
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: March 2023

The Department of English Literature of the School of English at Aristotle  University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in collaboration with the Hellenic  Association for the Study of English (HASE), invite scholars to (re)submit  proposals for the international conference E-motion in Changing Worlds to be  held in Thessaloniki, 3-5 November 2023. 

Originally announced for May 2020, (E)motion conference was halted and  postponed under global mobility restrictions and bans imposed by Covid-19  outbreak in March 2020. As our changing post-pandemic worlds timidly march into a new normal of (e)motion, the need to re-address the field with old  knowledge and new insight becomes pressing.  

Emotion, whether as energy current, flow, impact or intensity, is a force of  movement and a force on the move. Motile and contagious, it travels and  circulates within and across (non/human) bodies and (non-) places. To feel is  often an urge to move towards, to move away or to move in sync. 

Mobility, whether enforced, controlled or voluntary, be in the form of travel,  tourism, migration, exile or as basic human need to come in or avoid encounter  and connection, is also necessarily an affective event. It is charged with  emotion, shaped by – but also shaping – its force.  

It is the aim of this conference to add to the existing body of thought on  mobility studies, emotion and/or affect theory, focusing in particular on this  inextricable link between emotion and (im-)mobility. We are interested in the  ways in which affective structures and the dispositional dimensions of life  impact and are impacted upon by physical, cultural, class, racial, gender,  technological or juridical modes of mobility in contexts (present or past) that see  people, ideas, images and civic structures being actively on the move. We invite  papers that explore the different ways in which this interaction between “states”  of being, feeling and moving govern how and where we move, think, speak and  connect with others. In the aftermath of Covid-19 health and (e)motion crisis,  we are particularly interested in what the pandemic and its distancing-lockdown  logics have revealed of emotion, mobility and stasis, as well as in the new  economies of moving and feeling shaped in a changing post-pandemic world of virtual e-motion, care crisis, increased vulnerabilities, and emotionally loaded  protest and uprising.  

We invite papers in the fields of literature, language, culture and art that discuss  (E)motion in relation (but not limited) to the following: 

  • Identities (race, gender, class, ethnicities) 
  • Bodies (organic, inorganic) 
  • Travel (tourism, trade and transport) 
  • Geography (e.g. emotional geography) 
  • Media and Digital Technologies 
  • Urban Ecology and Eco-criticism 
  • Biopolitics (medical humanities) 
  • Nation-state politics (nationalism, populism, extremism, neoliberalism,  globalism)  

Abstracts (300 words) and a short biographical note (150 words), together with  your affiliation (if any) and title of your paper should be uploaded on the  following link: https://forms.gle/CqPBLpYAuG297WSN7 

Participants whose proposals had been accepted for presentation in the 2020  conference, and who would like to submit the same proposal, should use the  following link: https://forms.gle/Hc55LxMEry3afVmF8 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 March 2023. Please visit the conference webpage for more information: 

https://www.enl.auth.gr/emotion/

Queries that are not covered by the above webpage can be addressed to Dr E.  Botonaki or Dr M. Ristani in the following address:  

emotionconference@gmail.com

CFP

(Posted 20 January 2023)


Recent Approaches to the Environmental Humanities: Literary and Cultural Reflections on the Human and More-Than-Human World.
Zoom (online) event, 17th-19th of November 2023
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2023

Event organised by

The Journal of Ecohumanism which is published by Transnational Press London.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers of the Conference’s Round Table

  • Peggy Karpouzou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Roberto Marchesini, Centro Studi Filosofia Postumanista, Italy
  • Pramod K. Nayar, The University of Hyderabad, India
  • Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, United States of America

Coordinator

Nikoleta Zampaki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Presentation

Environmental Humanities is one of the most dynamic research fields within Humanities. Environmental Humanities seek to explore the relationship between human and non-human life-forms within their natural environment. Yet, what kind of interplays are found at the heart of Environmental Humanities? Since we are amid pandemic vulnerabilities, ecological catastrophes, rapid techno-scientific advances and increased biological and socio-political states of precarity, the Environmental Humanities also seek to figure out the future of human and non-human nature.

Conscious of the insecurities and constant changes and transformations of subjectivity in the 21st century, the conference aims to open up a multicultural space that moves beyond geographical boundaries to foster discussions and listen to a variety of voices addressing the complex issues associated with the Anthropocene, the more-than-human world (e.g., animals, plants, forests, water, soil, bacteria, viruses, whole ecosystems, etc.) and the various multispecies entanglements. By pooling the collective knowledge about the human and the more-than-human world, we can enhance our chances of reaching potential solutions to sustaining our planet.

This three-day conference will explore questions that facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue among academics and scholars from around the world investigating the evolving concepts of the “human” and “non-human” life-forms that remain crucial to our shared planetary present and future. We invite individual papers and panel proposals related, but not necessarily limited to, the following topics:

  • human and more-than-human world in Literary Theory, Cultural Criticism and Humanities (e.g., Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism, Eco-Narratology, Ecopoetics, Zoopoetics, Biosemiotics, Ecosemiotics, New Materialism, Environmental Humanities, Blue/Ocean Humanities, Plant Humanities, Critical Animal Studies, etc.)
  • human and more-than-human world, ecology, nature and environment in Comparative Literature (e.g., European, American, Asian, African, Australian, etc.)
  • human and more-than-human world in -cenes, e.g., Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene, etc.
  • human and more-than-human world in Continental Philosophy and Global Philosophy
  • human and more-than-human world in Arts (e.g., Eco-/Bio-Art, Ecomusicology, etc.) and Eco-Aesthetics
  • human and more-than-human world in Media Studies, Visual Studies and Film Studies
  • human and more-than-human world and Posthumanism, Transhumanism, AI, and Ethics
  • human and more-than-human world in Digital Humanities
  • human and more-than-human world in Biomimicry, Design Studies and Digital Modelling
  • human and more-than-human world in Urban Studies, Spatial Studies, Citizen Humanities, Smart Cities and Citizenship Futures
  • human and more-than-human world in Postcolonial Studies and Indigenous Studies
  • human and more-than-human world in Food Studies
  • human and more-than-human world in Medical Humanities, Health Humanities, Pandemics, Bioethics and Biotechnology
  • human and more-than-human world in Disability Studies
  • human and more-than-human world in Environmental History
  • the language of/for human and more-than-human world, Ecolinguistics
  • human and more-than-human world in Environmental Justice
  • Eco-Narratology and Storytelling about human and more-than-human world
  • Energy Humanities and human and more-than-human world
  • ​human and more-than-human world and Psychology Studies (e.g., Ecopsychology, etc.)
  • human and more-than-human world and Anthropology Studies
  • human and more-than-human world and Education Studies
  • human and more-than-human world and Sociology
  • towards the future of the human and more-than-human world

The official language of the conference is English. The conference will be held via the Zoom platform and will also be recorded. Interested scholars are kindly asked to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, together with a short bio (150 words), for 15-minutes presentation. We also welcome proposals for panels of 4-5 scholars. In that case, please send us the panel’s title, one page description, full names of scholars, their affiliations and e-mails. We don’t accept poster announcements or artworks. Abstracts and proposals for panels should be original and not prior published or announced. Please send the material to the conference’s General Secretary envhumconference2023@gmail.com.

All the participants will receive a signed certificate of attendance for their participation in the conference. After selection and double peer review of the conference’s chapters, the conference’s proceedings will be published by TPLondon. More details will be sent to all the participants after the conference’s end.  

Timeline 

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract, short bio and panels’ submissions: 31st of May 2023
  • Peer Review Accept/Reject Notification: 30th of June 2023
  • Draft Program’s Announcement: 1st of September 2023
  • Final Program’s Announcement: 31st of October 2023

Website

https://ecohumanism.co.uk/

Contact details

Conference’s General Secretary envhumconference2023@gmail.com

CFP

{Posted 21 January 2023)