Call for Papers





KEYNOTE: Professor Rob Nixon, Professor in the Humanities and the Environment, Princeton University

Our 2018 keynote speaker will be Professor Rob Nixon, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. He is the author of _Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor_, which won numerous awards, including the International Studies Association for the best book in environmental studies.


Politics of Preservation: Land, Law and Literature   


Comparative Literature / Interdisciplinary Humanities

:  Hande Gurses (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Earlier this year a river revered by the local Mauri people in New Zealand has been granted legal rights as a living entity. This first incident was then succeeded by a court’s decision in India to grant the rivers Ganges and Yamuna the status of living beings. Not all parts of the earth benefit from such legal protection as evidenced by the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul in 2013 and by the Dakota Pipeline protests more recently.

In the light of these actions, questions of occupation, preservation, belonging and migration have gained more immediacy. What are the politics of preservation? How does language operate in the encounter between law and land? What is the role of literature in preserving and re-inventing landscapes? How does preservation affect the relation between human and landscape? What is the role of indigenous literatures in the creation and preservation of landscapes? What is the implications of ownership of the land?

This panel invites papers that deal with issues of preservation, human/nature encounter, the anthropocene, apocalyptic/utopian/dystopian narratives and ecological languages.

In the light of the recent legal and activist movements that aim to preserve certain areas of land, this panel addresses the relation between literature, language and preservation. The panel invites paper that deal with issues of ownership, preservation, migration and literary imagination. Possible areas of enquiry may include dystopian/apocalyptic narratives, indigenous literatures and explorations of the affinities between the legal and the literary. 

Deadline for Submission is September 30, 2017. 

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