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Vegetal Poetics: Narrating Plants in Culture and History International conference of the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network in cooperation with Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Vegetal Poetics: Narrating Plants in Culture and History

International conference of the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network
in cooperation with Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

June 6-8, 2019, Dresden, Germany

Whether in the garden, house, field, or forest, plants are all around us, but we often do not notice them. This “plant blindness” (Wandersee & Schussler) also extends to the abundance of plants in literature, and it obscures their roles in cultural and historical developments. Recent (critical) plant studies research in humanities disciplines such as philosophy, art history, literature, history, gender and cultural studies has begun to bring plants out of the ornamental background and the realm of the symbolic in order to investigate the role of botanical entities and the imagination surrounding vegetal matter(s).

Building on these forays into plant studies, this conference asks about the nature of vegetal poetics. What kinds of stories are told about, with, and by plants, and how? In which ways and to what effect do the differences but also commonalities between people and plants catalyze ecocentric, ecological, or ecocritical literature? And how do plant (hi)stories relate to the material, epistemological, cultural, aesthetic, and affective environments that these narratives co-constitute? The conference invites an exploration of these and other questions about vegetal “texts” and “narration” in the broadest sense. Looking at fictional and non-fictional accounts of plants throughout history, these inquiries will broaden the scope of traditional interpretations of the vegetal world in order to reach a new understanding of the role plants play in our cultural and literary imagination.

By bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines who engage with plants in literature, culture, and history, this international and interdisciplinary conference provides a space for conversations about the methodologies and materials of this emerging research area. In the spirit of the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network, the meeting seeks to create connections and spur collaborations across disciplinary and geographical borders. All events will take place in the context of the exhibit “People and Plants” (April 2019-2020) at the German Hygiene Museum.

 

Interested scholars are invited to submit a CV or short bio and a ca. 350-word proposal for a 30-minute conference paper to Joela Jacobs (joelajacobs@email.arizona.edu), Isabel Kranz (isabel.kranz@univie.ac.at), and Solvejg Nitzke (solvejg.nitzke@tu-dresden.de) by November 1, 2018. We are also open to alternative presentation formats of research results, for instance poster presentations. We expressly encourage junior scholars to apply. Pending the outcome of funding applications, we will be able to defray travel and accommodation costs partly or in full. Please direct any questions to the above addresses and become a part of the Plant Network, whether you can join us in Dresden or not.

Dr. Joela Jacobs (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona

Affiliated Faculty at the Institute of the Environment, the Center for Judaic Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

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4th International Conference on Ecolinguistics (ICE-4) Languaging and Eco-civilizations: Towards Consilience with the Life Sciences University of Southern Denmark (Odense Campus) 12th to 15th of August 2019

The 4th International Conference on Ecolinguistics addresses: Languaging and Eco-civilization: Towards Consilience with the Life Sciences. The conference aims to bring about consilience (a bringing forth of new knowledge) that can unite those who acknowledge human responsibility for the well-being of the living world. Accordingly, we aim to connect ecolinguists with work in fields that include bio-ethics, ecocriticism, biosemiotics, economics and the environmental sciences. Drawing on Eastern and Western thought, ecolinguistics is developing into a discipline built on a set of international conferences, a global network of ecolinguistic scholars, and a newly established journal and book series. ICE-4 extends how the previous three ICE conferences (held in Guangzhou, Beijing, and Guiyang) have linked ecolinguistics to the policy of building an ecological civilization based on Chinese characteristics. Thus, the conference will strive to construct new ways of drawing on languages and languaging to create sustainable eco-civilizations. Accordingly, ICE-4 will use a multidisciplinary context to connect old and new concerns with what linguistic expertise offers to the well-being of human and non-human forms of life. We pursue how linguists can contribute to managing a transition to new eco-civilizations. Looking beyond discourse, we appeal to how activity based on scientific, social and ethical concerns draws on linguistic expertise and skill. In so doing, we open up a transdisciplinary domain that aims to stem biological degradation and nurture a new concern for sustaining life on earth. Can linguists and other scholars contribute to the development of eco-civilization? The question links linguistic issues with Eastern and Western views of knowledge/ethics. In considering practical consequences, we hope to develop consilience around the following: 1. How do languages (especially threatened languages) shape well-being by drawing on a history of interdependency between humans and their lived environments? a. How can discourse about the environment and ecological issues be used to develop harmonious living within the bio-ecology by, for example, replacing the stories that underpin globalised culture with new ones. 2. How can the ethical basis of human life and languaging be used to: a. Raise awareness of human interdependence with the living world?
b. Allow communities to harness the power of science while also recognizing its narrow epistemic limits? c. Pursue educational and communal ways of enhancing the well-being of local environments? We encourage submissions that address languaging and eco-civilizations from theoretical or empirical perspectives, or from those directed at community and educational practices aimed at re-establishing harmony within the bio-ecology. We seek participation from ecolinguistics, applied and general linguistics, ecological humanities, environmental science, economics, philosophy, cognitive science, semiotics, translation, communication, business, education and other related fields. Confirmed Keynote Speakers Stephen Cowley – University of Southern Denmark, DK Peter Finke – Bielefeld University and Witten/Herdecke University, DE (formerly) Huang Guowen – South China Agricultural University, China Alexander Kravchenko – Irkutsk State University, Russia Arran Stibbe – University of Gloucestershire, UK Call for Papers/Posters/Panels Conference papers can be submitted either as an oral or a poster presentation. Paper abstracts (maximum 300 words) should be submitted by 1 February 2019. Speakers will be notified by 1 March 2019. Proposals for thematic panels (including hand-on workshops, etc.) are also invited. Thematic panels have a duration of two or three hours and may include four or six presentations. Proposals must contain a description of the panel/workshop (maximum 500 words), as well as a list of confirmed speakers, including short abstracts for individual speakers in the panel (maximum 150 words). Panel organisers should submit their proposal by 1 January 2019. Panel organisers will be notified by 20 January 2019. Primary language of submission is English. For submission of abstracts and proposals, see guidelines on: http://www.ICE-4.dk. Further information: – Website: http://www.ICE-4.dk – Mail: ICE-4@sdu.dk – Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/I.C.ECO

Highlights from the 5th CSEAR UK Emerging Scholars Colloquium in Social and Environmental Accounting

Sociolinguini Blog

27 August 2018

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to attend the ESC of CSEAR (Centre of Social and Environmental Accounting Research) this year and a big thanks goes to the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and my supervisors Prof. Jill Atkins and Dr. Robert McKay for their support. A big thank you to the CSEAR panel who have accepted the report I submitted for the conference and for their very generous bursary.

After a pleasant but long train ride by the coast, I am warmly welcomed into the community of CSEAR – I’m introduced to brilliant people whose work I read and love and draw on in my own work. Situated in the beautiful town of St. Andrews, we are inspired to continue to work on social and environmental issues, despite the many constraints we come up against.

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I Congreso Internacional de Debate en Torno a los Animales No Humanos “Resistir el Especismo: Hacia Comunidades más Animales”

Los días 5 y 6 de noviembre de 2018 se llevará a cabo, en la facultad de Derecho de la
UBA, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, el I Congreso Internacional de Debate en Torno a los Animales No Humanos “Resistir el Especismo: Hacia Comunidades más Animales”, organizado por el curso de Ética Animal de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), el Grupo de Estudio sobre Ética Animal (UBA), la Unidad de Promoción a la Investigación y Desarrollo (UPID) “Estudios Críticos Animales y Transdisciplinariedad” (FPyCS-UNLP), el Instituto Latinoamericano de Estudios Críticos Animales (ILECA) y el Grupo de Investigación Animal Crítico (CESAL-CONICET). Apoyan esta iniciativa VOICOT (movimiento artístico de liberación animal), la Editorial Latinoamericana Especializada en Estudios Críticos Animales y la Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales.

Para participar del Congreso
Deben presentarse ​ resúmenes breves (hasta 400 palabras) hasta el 20 de septiembre, ​ a fin de ser
evaluadas en arbitraje por pares por el Comité Científico. Si son aceptadas, pueden enviarse ponencias
completas a fin de ser publicadas en las memorias del Congreso, que contarán con número de ISBN.
La presentación de resúmenes y (en caso de ser aceptados) comunicaciones completas debe realizarse por
correo electrónico a ​jornadas.interd.anh@gmail.com

Formato de los resúmenes breves:
Título del Trabajo.
Autoría:​ Nombre y apellido de cada autor, referencia institucional y correo electrónico.
Resumen:​ hasta 400 palabras.
Palabras claves:​ incluir hasta 5 palabras claves.
Formato​ : Word – Interlineado 1,15 – fuente Arial tamaño 11.

Ponencias aceptadas para participar en el Congreso
Los autores cuyas ponencias sean aceptadas tendrán hasta el ​ 8 de noviembre ​ como último plazo para enviar
sus comunicaciones completas en el siguiente formato:
Título del Trabajo
Autoría:​ Nombre y apellido de cada autor, referencia institucional y correo electrónico.
Resumen aceptado:​ hasta 300 palabras
Palabras claves​ : incluir hasta 5 palabras claves
Extensión​ : Hasta 8000 palabras.

La inscripción se realiza por medio del formulario h
ttps://goo.gl/forms/pPCn51Pic7lalGCs1
Una vez enviado recibirá un correo de confirmación, donde se le explicarán los pasos a seguir para el pago del arancel, quedando de esta manera firme la inscripción.

 

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism #VegAPPG: Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

A continuación encontrarán el link de un muy interesante artículo de Mira Lieberman-Boyd, de la universidad de Sheffield, sobre el estatus legal de los veganos en Reino Unido y Europa y sus implicancias ideológicas y práctica. El texto plantea una discusión cuya importancia es cabal: el amparo legal al veganismo solo produciría una protección para los animales humanos, dejando fuera a los verdaderos involucrados, los animales no humanos.

https://sociolinguini.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/all-party-parliamentary-group-on-vegetarianism-and-veganism-vegappg-is-it-time-for-a-legal-definition-of-veganism/

Comentarios IV Encontro Brasileiro de Ecolinguística

Del 25 al 27 de junio se llevó a cabo en Fortaleza, Brasil, el IV Encontro Brasileiro de Ecolinguística.  El encuentro remarcó en su cuarta edición su importancia para los estudios ecolingüísticos en la región, así como también para su relación con los estudios ecolingüísticos globales.

La conferencia de apertura estuvo a cargo de Alwin Fill, referente histórico dentro de la disciplina proveniente de la Universidad de Graz, Austria, y estuvo dedicada al desarrollo histórico de la Ecolingüística, alcances y limitaciones.

Contando también con la presencia de Pere Cornellas Casanova, de la Universidad de Barcelona, Dioney Gomes, de la Universidad de Brasilia, Ubirata Kickhofel Alves, de la Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Marco Antonio de Oliveira, de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Minas Gerais, e Hildo Honorio do Couto, representante internacional de la ecolingüística brasilera, las jornadas ofrecieron una amplia perspectiva de las líneas teóricas abordadas por los estudios ecolingüísticos, no solo en Brasil sino también en diferentes lugares de Lationamerica y Africa.

Saludamos y felicitamos a los colegas brasileros esperando el V Encuentro!