February 2020

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Industrial Action

Many members of the BSLS work at institutions affected by the current industrial action over pay, workload, and learning conditions in higher education. These issues affect the research output of the entire society.

Until the striking period ends on the 13th of March, this website will not post updates or recirculate CFPs or job offers. Such news as is in the communication secretary's email after that date will be posted then, if still relevant.

We thank international members, and members from non-striking institutions, for their patience.

This year's literary and visual landscapes [fb] symposium at Bristol will be held on the theme of 'Emotional Landscapes'. Proposals are invited from current postgraduates and early-career researchers at any institution, as well as independent researchers and non-academic practitioners (e.g. writers, artists, musicians). The deadline is 10th April 2020.

A flyer with more information on can be downloaded here [PDF].

CFP: The Eco-Georgic

From Antiquity to the Anthropocene.

The journal Ecozon@ is soliciting manuscripts of 6-8000 words for a forthcoming issue about 'The Eco-Georgic'. The submission deadline is January 15 2021, but they advise prospective contributors to get in touch with them informally ahead of time. Full details on the Ecozon@ website or on this PDF.

What do we talk about when we talk about extinction? As a concept, a process, and a specific event, as something troublingly natural and social, as both an observable but mostly unrecorded phenomenon, “extinction” carries competing and contradictory meanings. Yet in the current conjuncture, extinction operates as an emergent keyword of public life. Charged with new immediacy by the cascading effects of climate collapse, mobilised by the collective power of street movements such as Extinction Rebellion and Ende Gelände, and theorised by the nonhuman turns of the environmental humanities, Anthropocene, and multispecies studies, extinction can no longer be contained within the cabinets of natural history museums – if indeed it ever could.

Abstracts are now being solicited for a two-day symposium on the subject of Extinction in Public, to be held at Manchester Museum, October 15-16 2020. The CFP deadline is 10th March, and full details of the event can be read here.

Word reaches us that there are still some places left on this midwifery symposium which is coming up on the 28th of February in Newark, Lincs. Registration is free! If you're interested, please see this page on eventbrite for full details.

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