ASLE-UK conference 2015 on Green Knowledge


** New Submission Deadline 1st March 2015**
Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge 2-4th September 2015

Plenary Speakers: Professor Ursula K. Heise (UCLA), Roger Harrabin (BBC), and Professor Louise Westling (University of Oregon)

In The Diversity of Life, E. O. Wilson recalled the experience of recognising his profound ignorance about the object of his research in the forests of the Amazon: “About the orchids of that places we knew very little. About flies and beetles almost nothing, fungi nothing, most kinds of organisms nothing. Five thousand kinds of bacteria might be found in a pinch of soil, and about them we knew absolutely nothing.” Wilson’s pinch of Amazonian soil begs the question: how much do we know about the natural world and our relationship with it? Equally, what should we know and how can we know it?
To this end, we invite papers that consider our ways of knowing and unknowing the natural world. Topics to be covered may include (but need not be restricted to):

· Ways of knowing: scientific, cultural, metaphysical, religious
· Science and technology studies and ecocriticism
· Human/cultural geographies and ecocriticism
· Histories of the discourses of science and/or environmentalism
· Emergent ideas in ecocriticism, ecofeminism, new materialism
· The nature/culture boundary in literary and other discourses
· Discourses of ecological crisis, including climate change, species extinction, and biodiversity loss
· Nature Writing: old and new
· Experimental literature, avant-garde ecopoetics, new directions
· And to acknowledge our location, Cambridge ecology and natural historians (John Ray, Charles Darwin, Arthur Tansley, and others)

We also welcome papers on any topic addressing environmental themes in literature and other media. Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for 20-minute presentations to by 1st March 2015. Proposals for pre-formed panels and roundtables are welcomed.

Conference updates will be accessible via the ASLE-UKI website: We may seek to publish a selection of conference proceedings in our journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, published in association with Routledge.

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Workshop on mimicry in medicine and culture

The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) is holding an interdisciplinary workshop on Reading and Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine and Culture, 1790-1914 on 26 March 2015. To read more about it, and to register, click here.

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BSLS 2015 conference

Booking for the BSLS 2015 conference is now open here. Online registration will close on 20th March, and the venue requires confirmation of delegate numbers by this date. Late bookings won’t be accepted unfortunately. Delegates need to be members of the BSLS, and the booking form includes the option to join/renew. There is also the opportunity to attend the conference dinner on 17 April at the historic Victoria Gallery & Museum.

To assist with your travel and accommodation plans, the conference webpage is here:

Please note that university accommodation is not available, but the webpage includes a link to the university’s list of recommended hotels. Other hotels (e.g. Premier Inn, Travelodge) are also available within a reasonable walking distance.

The provisional conference programme will be available soon, and at that point I’ll be looking for volunteers to chair panels. Provisional times for the conference are: start 12.30pm, 16 April; end 2pm, 18 April.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the conference.

I look forward to seeing you in April.

Best wishes,

Greg Lynall (

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SLSAeu conference

The new website for the SLSAeu conference for 2015 has just been launched. The conference will be on the theme of Scale. It is taking place in Malta in June. For more details, click here to visit the website.

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(Re)Imagining the Insect: Natures & Cultures of Invertebrates, 1700-1900. Booking now open!

Booking is now open for the one day interdisciplinary conference: (Re)Imagining the Insect: Natures & Cultures of Invertebrates, 1700-1900, to be held at The University of Warwick on 7th March 2015.

The conference programme and abstracts can be found on our website –

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New book series on North American Literature and the Environment, 1600-1900

Ashgate have just announced a new book series on North American Literature and the Environment, 1600-1900. To read more about it, including how to submit a proposal, click below:

New Ashgate Series flyer

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Oxford literature and science seminars

To see this term’s schedule for literature and science seminars at Oxford University, click below:

Oxford Literature and Science seminars Spring 2015

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CFP: Virginia Woolf and illness

CFP Virginia Woolf Miscellany
Issue #90, Fall 2016
Special Topic:
Woolf and Illness
Submissions due: 31 March 2016

Virginia Woolf’s 1926 essay “On Being Ill” questions why illness has failed to feature as a prime theme of literature, alongside love, battle, and jealousy. This issue of VWM seeks contributions on Woolf’s exploration of illness in her life and work, as a paradigm for reexamining modernist literature and art, and its influence on subsequent writers. Topics might include questions such as: How does the literature of illness challenge or enhance theories of trauma, narrative ethics, and disability studies? How does Woolf’s focus on the politics and aesthetics of the ill body inform our understanding of the period, including in relation to Victorian values, in relation to the 1918-19 flu pandemic, and in relation to mechanized modernity’s drive toward professionalization and specialization? How has the contemporary literary landscape changed to contribute to the popularity of Woolf’s focus—from the success of the medical humanities to the proliferation of autopathographies? What might be inspiring or potentially problematic in Woolf’s theory of illness as a site for creative rebellion?

Send submissions of no more than 2500 words by 31 March 2016 to:
Cheryl Hindrichs at <>

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