89th Conference “High Art/ Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture”

Країна: США

Місто: Atlanta

Тези до: 25.05.2017

Дати: 03.11.17 — 05.11.17

Е-мейл Оргкомітету: emears@fsu.edu

Організатори: South Atlantic Modern Language Association


Following the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 89th Conference’s theme of “High Art/ Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” abstracts are invited for the Ecocriticism Panel, titled “Ecoporn and The Culture Industry.”

When discourse surrounding ecological integrity moves away from sustainability toward trendy green movements, our ecosystems become increasingly vulnerable to consumer-driven fantasies of what nature “ought to be.” From landscape painting to Earth Porn social media outlets, artists tend to romanticize, mystify, and Other nature. In recent years, environmental awareness initiatives have become convoluted in a consumer-driven society which rendered the myth of “being green.” The trendiness of going green has created borders between enhanced social media images of Whole Foods’ produce and the dirty potato at the local farmer’s market or organic garden.

This panel grapples with questions regarding how environmentalism is understood within the context of the rise of consumer culture and the culture industry. We especially welcome paper proposals that consider what happens when the organic movement transforms into a consumer movement but is veiled as an environmental movement. In what ways do depictions and understandings of natural places shape cultural trends, discourse, and policy? How do artists articulate a sense of “being or going green”? What role does social media play in the manipulation of nature to hyperreality? What happens when all experiences of nature are mediated by a camera or recording device?

We invite research dealing with topics including but not limited to:

  • Farm-to-table
  • Foodies
  • Urban Ecology/Urban Farming
  • Greenwashing
  • Ecocriticism
  • Organic versus Natural
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Wilderness
  • Visual Literacy
  • Animal Studies
  • Pop Culture/Media

Веб-сторінка конференції: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/02/07/ecoporn-and-the-culture-industry