Natures 2014 CFP

Paving the Way: Roads, Rivers, and Railways in Culture and Criticism 

From ancient game trails to winding river routes, from the roads of the Roman empire to the railroads of the British Empire, from the multi-laned freeways of modernity to the internet of the new millennium, humans have marked the earth by pushing against their physical limitations. In a parallel way, people have pushed against the ideologies of their community and forged new paths into and through social consciousness, reflecting, refining, and expanding these revolutionary ideas through cultural and critical expressions.

This conference will explore the ways in which culture has shaped and been shaped by these ever-growing and changing sources of human expansion. Papers should feel free to explore topics ranging from the ways in which setting has impacted cultural content (e.g. gender freedom in the Forest of Arden in As You Like It) or the way in which  characters push or are pushed by the environment in which they are placed (e.g.  Elizabeth’s defiant walks in Pride and Prejudice) .

  While the organizers are particularly
  interested in papers with an
  environmental focus, submission from
  any critical perspective and from any field
  in the humanities are encouraged. 
  Interdisciplinary papers, hybrid criticisms
  (e.g. ecofeminism), and pre-formed
  panels are especially welcome.

Dr. Glotfelty, the plenary speaker, rocked the academic world with her dissertation (Cornell University, 1990) and her many subsequent publications, which have all been pivotal to the emergence of ecocriticism as a recognized field of scholarship over the past 20 years.  

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your title and 250 word abstract to Forms

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2013

Conference Date: February 28, 2014  

Pre-formed panel submissions should include 3-4 presentations each with titles and 250 word abstracts in addition to a 50 word panel title and abstract.






The Natures Conference

The Natures conference was established in 2009 out of a growing awareness that environmental studies was an arena in which various disciplines could find common ground. While papers delivered at the conference cover a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to environmental ones, that original value for interdisciplinary representation persists. Natures provides young and seasoned scholars the opportunity to share their work from across the broad spectrum of the humanities, explore the variety of critical identities, and participate in the growing field of ecocriticism.

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