Conference Theme: Grounding Story

The 2019 Biennial ASLEC-ANZ Conference theme is Grounding Story. We seek submissions that respond to the material and ideological implications of environmental storytelling in either a speculative or a critical mode. On one hand, we are concerned with situated and embodied narratives that can cultivate cosmopolitical worlds and earthly accountabilities. On the other hand, we seek ecocritical and environmental humanities interventions on the limitations of story’s capacity to ‘save the planet’. In this sense, Grounding Story aims to bring the loftier claims of story’s potential down to earth, while still affirming the vital role of story in movements for social and environmental justice.

While predictions concerning the death of the novel can still be heard, it is also arguably the case that there are more stories to be told now than at any previous time in human history: digitally, in print, audio, video, in situ, by 3D printer or collective performance. Turning to diverse creative media, languages, embodied methodologies, and experiments in multispecies ecologies, we welcome material and theoretical investigations into how matter stories, and why stories matter.

We are accepting proposals for:
– 20 minute academic papers
– 8-10 minute roundtable papers
– Other (performance/walkshop/workshop)
– Pre-formed panels of 3-4 papers

Proposals should include:
– 250 word abstract
– 100 word bios

Send questions and proposals to:
CFP closes 7 September 2018 at 11.59pm AEST.

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