The University of Agder and the Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities (NoRS-EH) invite applications for the PhD course “Ecocritical Theory: Literature, Culture and Environment”, taking place in Kristiansand, Norway, on 13-16 June 2023. Detailed information on the course contents and the registration form can be found at https://www.uia.no/en/events/ph.d.-course-lit606-ecocritical-theory-literature-culture-and-environment .
The course will provide insights into a variety of theoretical approaches related to ecocriticism, such as cognitive econarratology, empirical ecocriticism, theories of risk and resilience in the study of environmental narrative, environmental justice and postcolonial ecocriticism, material ecocriticism and critical plant studies, as well as ecocritical pedagogy and literature education. The course also includes a discussion of the place of ecocriticism within the environmental humanities and of how interdisciplinary ecocritical research can – or should – be. A main focus will be on the combination of ecocritical theory and practice, and thus on the applicability of the theoretical approaches presented and discussed to the analysis of literary and filmic texts and genres. Students will also have opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on their own work-in-progress. The course lectures will be held by internationally leading researchers in ecocriticism and related fields.
The course awards 5 ECTS. The maximum number of participants is 20, and priority will be given to students who are members of NoRS-EH. However, also students from both within and outside Norway who are not NoRS-EH members, but who are working on relevant projects within ecocriticism/the environmental humanities, are encouraged to apply. Participation is free of charge, but registrants need to be enrolled in a relevant PhD program. The deadline for registration is 15 March 2023.