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Nature loves spirals, and its forms tend to assume spiral configurations, Goethe maintained.


From flowers to shells, from the cochlea in our ear to the Milky Way, the spiral form, which can be mathematically described by algorithms such as the Fibonacci law, suggests the co-presence of freedom and regularity and bridges the realms of nature and culture. It is a pattern that we encounter in the green of the country and the blue of the sea, in fossils and living creatures, in structures both natural and artificial.

The Nautilus, a “living fossil” from the cephalopod family Nautilidae, is one of the most fascinating spirals in nature. A source of inspiration to poets and biologists, painters and engineers, this living spiral is a perfect symbol for the interdisciplinary enterprise for which EASLCE stands. At once delicate and remarkably resilient, this now endangered species is among the most ancient inhabitants of our oceans.

Global in its reach, but European in its roots, EASLCE takes this marine symbol also to indicate its connection to the Mediterranean Sea, cradle of western culture and crossroads of civilizations, and, like all the oceans of the world, an exploited and suffering ecosystem.

Serenella Iovino, University of Torino


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  • Winner of the EASLCE Essay Prize, Călina-Maria Moldovan

    Winner of the EASLCE Essay Prize, Călina-Maria Moldovan

    Călina-Maria Moldovan, PhD student at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is the winner of the EASLCE Essay Prize. A jury consisting of members of the EASLCE Advisory Board decided to award the prize to Călina-Maria for her article “The Ocean in Contemporary Norwegian Literature”. The article does, according to the jury, not only “comply with the…

  • 10 ième Congrès d’EASLCE / 10th EASCLE Symposium – CFP

    10 ième Congrès d’EASLCE  / 10th EASCLE Symposium – CFP

    10th EASLCE bi-annual Symposium/10ième Congrès bi-annuel EASCLE  European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment Perpignan, June 17-20 2024  Early-Bird Registration Deadline: March 5th Registration fees will be posted on Feb 5. 2024 Early-bird registration will be open until March 5th 2024 Speakers at the conference will have to register before April…

  • EASLCE Statement on the War in Ukraine

    EASLCE Statement on the War in Ukraine

    EASLCE is deeply concerned about the dramatic situation in Ukraine and the military attacks that Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin have decided to launch into the sovereign state of Ukraine. We express our explicit condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and the impact this has on the lives of innocent people and those in affected…

  • 3rd EASLCE Webinar: Embodied Narratives: Theory and Practice of Material Ecocriticism

    3rd EASLCE Webinar: Embodied Narratives: Theory and Practice of Material Ecocriticism

    3rd EASLCE Webinar “Embodied Narratives: Theory and Practice of Material Ecocriticism” Date and Time: February 22nd 10:00am Central European Time (GMT+1) Host: Serenella Iovino Moderator: Hannes Bergthaller  Inspired by recent research in physical and social sciences, the new materialist paradigm proposes to see matter in terms of its agentic capacity and meanings. Matter, as Karen Barad posits…

  • CFP: From Instants to Eons: Time in Environment and Environmental History

    From Instants to Eons: Time in Environment and Environmental History Tallinn, March 25-26, 2013 International Conference organized by the Centre for Environmental History in Estonia (KAJAK) Environment and environmental history feature countless diverse and often hardly reconcilable time scales. While “time” is probably one of the least questioned concepts in experimental science, being the basis of…

  • Call For Papers: ASLE-UKI 2013 Biennial Conference

    “ASLE-UKI 2013 Biennial Conference, 29-31 August 2013 ‘Ecological Encounters: Agency, Identity, Interactions’, University of Surrey Confirmed keynotes: Mike Hulme (University of East Anglia) Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) Catriona Sandilands (York University, Canada) Read the full CFP here [ please link to http://user9222.vs.easily.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/here.pdf] Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for 20-minute presentations to the conference organisers…

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Ecozon@ is a journal devoted to the relatively new field of literary and cultural criticism called ecocriticism. Ecocriticism can be broadly defined as the study of the representations of nature in cultural texts, and of the relationship between humans with other earth beings and their environment as seen in cultural manifestations. 


Arcadiana is a blog about the environment in literature and culture. It is hosted by postgraduate members of the European Association for Literature, Culture and the Environment (EASLCE).