European Association for Studies of Literature, Culture and the Environment

CFP: International postgraduate workshop “Ecocriticism and Narrative Form”

International Postgraduate Workshop
Ecocriticism and Narrative Form
9th to 10th December, 2019
Graduate Center for the Study of Culture
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany


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Organized by Oikos, GCSC Giessen, in cooperation with the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment (EASLCE).

Guests: Prof. Erin James (University of Idaho) and Dr. Michael Basseler (GCSC)

While ecocriticism has traditionally focused on thematic literary analysis, a growing number of scholars working in the field today examine the role of narrative form in literature’s exploration of our environments (James and Morel 2018). In reaction to a growing, methodologically diverse ecocritical scholarship, calls for a refocusing on the “aesthetic” dimensions of environmental literature (cf. Roos, Hunt, and Tallmadge 2010, Heise 2010) and, more precisely, the “cross-fertilization” of ecocritical and narratological scholarship (Lehtimäki 2013, James and Morel 2018, Neumann 2019, Rupp 2019) are becoming louder.
In this workshop, we encourage PhD students and Postdocs working in Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities to specifically consider the formal and narratological dimension of their research and to exchange insights into the gains and limits of importing narratological scholarship into ecocritical inquiry (and vice versa).

The workshop sessions will be complemented by a Masterclass and a Keynote Lecture by Prof. Erin James (University of Idaho) on her current book project “Narrative in the Anthropocene”.To apply, please send an abstract (250-300 words) to [email protected] by 16th October, 2019. The abstract should specify how the narratological angle relates to the overall doctoral or postdoctoral project.

Organizing Team:
Liza Bauer, [email protected]
Hannah Klaubert, [email protected]
Dr. Cord-Christian Casper, [email protected]
Anna Tabouratzidis, [email protected]
(Oikos Research Group, GCSC, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)


(Oikos, GCSC Giessen)

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