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Call for Papers

"Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North," to be held June 14-17 at UAS.

Call for PapersWe invite paper and panel proposals for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s Off-Year Symposium, “Environment,  Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North,” to be held June 14-17 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Proposals related to the field of literature and environment broadly, or to the symposium theme specifically, should include a 250-word abstract, paper title, your name, and affiliation. Proposals for pre-organized panels are also welcome. Submit proposals to Sarah Jaquette Ray ( and Kevin Maier ( by November 5, 2011.

The symposium’s keynote speaker will be Julie Cruikshank, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at University of British Columbia, and author of Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters and Social Imagination. Plenary speaker, Ellen Frankenstein, will screen her documentary film, Eating Alaska, Ernestine Hayes, author of Blonde Indian, will do a reading from her current work, as well as Nancy Lord, who just published Early Warming: Crisis and Response to the Climate-Charged North.


We welcome proposals for papers, interdisciplinary research, or creative work on issues related to literature and the environment, and also work that explores the North American North, addressing (but not limited to) the following themes: Global indigenous environmental movements; Subsistence/food security/food justice/food cultures; Traditional/Local Ecological Knowledges; Climate Change (perception, bodies, knowledges, glocalism, glaciers, sea-levels, migration, justice); Transnational North; The North’s colonial, military, or historical contexts; Animals/Animality/Wildlife; Boundaries/Borders in the North; Migrations, human and nonhuman; ANWR, peak oil, and the Arctic as global space; Media representations of the North.


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