January 2021

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Five positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be up for renewal in April: Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large. The present Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large are seeking to continue in their roles, but all roles are open to nominations.

Any member of BSLS is eligible for these posts and can propose themselves or someone else. Each proposed candidate will also need two nominations from members of BSLS, and these proposals and nominations should be sent to the Chair Greg Lynall (gjlynall@liverpool.ac.uk) and the Secretary Rachel Crossland (rachelclairecrossland@gmail.com). Expressions of interest and proposals should be received by Tuesday 6th April at the very latest.

The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.
Rachel Crossland, Secretary
27 January 2021

[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]
4. OFFICERS
4.5 The membership of the Executive Committee shall be determined by elections held at the annual general meeting of the society. Members wishing to stand for election should be nominated by two members of the society before the start of the AGM. Where there is more than one candidate for any post, election shall be held by a ballot on the basis of a single transferable vote. 
4.6 Members of the Executive Committee shall serve three-year terms of office

Friday October 8th, 2021
Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 (France)

This one-day conference will focus on the relationship between war and nature in literature in English from the 19th century onwards. The ecological footprint of modern warfare and the reverse impact of the environment on conflict as they are recorded in war writings, both fictional and nonfictional, will be analyzed through the lens of war studies, ecocriticism and new materialism. War will be envisaged not so much geopolitically as in its earthly, materialdimension. Careful attention will be paid to the complex entanglements between the human and the non-human with a view to challenging the traditionally anthropocentric view of war studies, as well as the established distinctions between nature and culture, life and matter, agency and passivity. Recent research in the domain of ecocriticism and new materialism has destabilized the dichotomy between man and his environment, raising the possibility of reconfiguring the traditional categories of ethics and ontology and of extending the concept of otherness to the non-human. The domains of interest are the following, but not limited to: British and American war writing, Commonwealth literature and war writing, etc.

Papers addressing the following issues will be welcome:
•Soldiers, technology and the environment
•At war with(in) nature: nature as friend and/or foe
•Using, controlling and altering the environment
•War and ecology. The traces of war in the environment: waste, debris, corpses
•The soldier’s perception of the environment
•The impact of the environment on bodies
•The interrelatedness of nature and health, both bodily and mental •Adaptation and survival in an environment at war
•Naming, representing and reconfiguring the landscape

Proposals (no longer than 500 words) along with a short bio should be sent to Sylvain Belluc (sylvainbelluc@orange.fr), Isabelle Brasme (isabellebrasme@gmail.com) and Guillaume Tanguy (guillaume.tanguy@univ-montp3.fr) by March 8th, 2021. Presentations will be in English.

Download a full bilingual version of the CFP here.

ASLE-UKI has announced the inauguration of their biennial book prizes. There are two categories:
 

-the best academic monograph in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities published at any time in 2019 or 2020 (please note this does not include edited collections).

-the best work of creative writing in any form or genre with an ecological theme published at any time in 2019 or 2020.

Deadline for Nominations: January 31st, 2021.

Full details are available here: https://asle.org.uk/asle-uki-book-prize-2021/ 

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