In the BifrostOnline guest blog environmental humanities scholar Serpil Oppermann looks at fiction of human bioturbation and unpacks what we are beginning to understand about the risks involved in changing subterranean environments as we extract resources ever more aggressively.
Nordic children’s and young adult literature has long reached a worldwide audience, due not least to the popularity of the works of writers such as H. C. Andersen, Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf, Tove Jansson and, more recently, Stian Hole and Maria Parr. While nature and the environment play an important role in the works of these authors and in much of Nordic children’s and young adult literature, there is still relatively little ecocritical research on this corpus. As in ecocriticism generally, much of the ecocritical focus within the field of children’s and young adult literature so far has been on Anglophone texts.
What is now known as the environmental humanities has become a recognised and thriving field, and invaluable work that tackles the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and energy consumption is being done in areas such as ecocriticism, human-animal studies, and environmental history...
This international conference comes as an offshoot of a previous ecopoetics conference on “Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth,” which took place in Perpignan in June 2016 (with three collective volumes on their way to being published).
CALL FOR PAPERS The 6th International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia War and Peace: Militarism, Biopolitics and the Environment in East Asia October 20-21, 2018 National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan In this context, we would like to invite proposals that explore the question of war and peace and the environment in East Asia, and beyond.
The Guiding Question: [How can Ecology be Communicated through Culture?] The natural environment is not only the air we breathe, the water that covers most of the earth's surface, the plants and animals around us, it is everything that makes up our surrounding and affects our ability to live on the earth. The environment is that magical biosphere that encompasses the interaction of all living species, humans and non-human animals, climate, and natural resources.
International Symposium at National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan November 23-24, 2018 There is a long tradition conceiving of the city as a kind of parasite – the seat of powerful elites which, as geographer Guy Brechin has argued with respect to San Francisco, syphon food, raw materials, and labor from the “contado,” as medieval Italians referred to the territory controlled by a particular city...
Serenella Iovino, Enrico Cesaretti, and Elena Past, eds. Bringing together new writing by some of the field’s most compelling voices from the United States and Europe, this is the first book to examine Italy--as a territory of both matter and imagination--through the lens of the environmental humanities. The contributors offer a wide spectrum of...
Urban Matters: Material Engagements with Communities and Borders in Times of Movement 9th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms Research program Religious Matters in an Entangled World Utrecht University, the Netherlands June 20-22, 2018
The 2016 Paris Climate Agreement heralded unprecedented international consensus on the need to transition from fossil fuels within the next few decades. The uneven responses from state, corporate, and civil actors across the world clearly signify the challenges – and opportunities – that lie ahead. On the one hand, they demonstrate the enduring power of oil and gas as the industry seeks to adapt to the post-Paris world in various ways – exploration, expansion, technical development, political and media management.