Graduate Conference Environment: Last Call 2019
Abstr. due: 01.07.2019
Dates: 27.09.19 — 28.09.19
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: McGill University
News about the increasing deterioration of the natural environment populate our daily sources of information: newspapers, TV, radio, social media. Let’s face it: scientists keep repeating that OUR time is the time of the LAST CALL for cooperative initiatives aimed to save the environment from this crisis.
What can the Humanities do to answer this call? As Rosi Braidotti argues in The Posthuman, the recent development of trans-disciplinary fields of research like posthumanist theory, environmental humanities, ecocriticism, and animal studies demonstrates that the Humanities are changing their approach to the study of (non-)human life and culture. These emerging fields share a relational understanding of the human subject, not as an individual master of the material entities that surround her, but as a de-centered component of multiple environmental networks.
Yet, if our conceptualization of the human being must be re-framed into a post-anthropocentric dimension, what role should be assigned to culture? Can cultural products and natural phenomena be considered as equal manifestations of a material-discursive continuum? The question of what the Humanities can concretely do to answer the LAST CALL is more complicated than it seems and implies several interrogatives: what are the best research methods to answer this call? How do new technologies re-frame humanist methodologies? How do literature, visual arts and cultural products in general respond to the growing concerns about the state of our planet? How do the occurring changes - in climate, urbanization and the geography of populations - influence cultural production?
Conference Web-Site: https://llcgrad2019.wordpress.com/