International Conference on Environmental Humanities
Stories, Myths, and Arts to Envision a Change*
Alcalá de Henares, July 3-6, 2018
Call for papers
Environmental humanities entail a transdisciplinary and transnational critical framework that is rapidly emerging in the last decade. This framework challenges traditional divisions among human, social, and environmental sciences, since they have proven to be obsolete in confronting, understanding, and articulating the most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges of the 21st century, as well as their multiple scales, risks, and representational difficulties. Environmental humanities emerge out of the convergence among environmental history and philosophy, ecocriticism, art and ecology, de-/post-colonial environmental thinking, earth systems science, philosophy of science, environmental ethics, social and political ecology, ecofeminism, and so on. This international conference, co-organized by the Instituto Franklin and the Department of Modern Philology, attempts to contribute to this fascinating debate while introducing it in Spain, where it has not yet been established. In particular, we are interested in highlighting the role of the humanities to establish the relationship between empirical environmental knowledge and the necessary change of moral values, creating empathetic spaces where the imagination can be developed in order to carry out an eco-social transition.
Our objective is to promote dialogue and contacts among researchers in different areas. Thus, the structure will be somewhat different from the usual and active participation during the whole conference will be a central factor. In addition to traditional panels, this conference will feature several plenary speakers, thematic workshops (debates, creative writing or projects), and artistic performances. All panelists must participate in one of the afternoon thematic workshops in order to ensure the emergence of creative synergy and foster active involvement. Workshops will be facilitated by invited experts. Panelists will be able to choose a workshop and add their name when registering for the conference. A published volume of selected papers is planned.
Some possible topics include:
- The role of the humanities in the environmental crisis.
- How to effectively communicate the ecological crisis.
- Literary and visual narratives about alternative, more ecological, cosmovisions.
- Alternative ecological visions and the arts. The arts and the transition to moresustainable societies.
- Indigenous cosmovisions and cosmoexperiences.
- Resilience and low ecosystemic lifestyles.
- Revisiting classic and modern myths in relation to environmental issues.
- Ecological pedagogy and environmental education from a humanitiesperspective.
- Ecofeminist ethics.
- Environmental ethics.
- The aesthetic appreciation of nature and its relationship to environmental ethics.
- New sustainable concepts of beauty and aesthetics.
- New sustainable definitions of progress and/or culture.
- Posthumanism and new definitions of what being human means.
- Culture and Ecology. Citizen humanities.*This conference is part of the funded research projects: “Environmental humanities. Strategies for ecological empathy and the transition towards sustainable societies”: Ref: HAR2015-67472-C2-2-R (MINECO/FEDER) and “Research activities in Cultural Mythcriticism”: Ref: S2015/HUM-3362, CAM/FSE.