Call for Papers: Echoing Ecologies – Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Canadian Studies

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018
Call for Papers: Echoing Ecologies – Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Canadian Studies

Calling scholars from all disciplines with an interest the environment, this one is for you! From 22 May–24 May 2019 the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies at Philipps-Universität Marburg will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference which aims “at overcoming simplistic conceptions of ‘ecology’ and at exploring the potential of the term as a perspective, vantage point, concept and epistemological approach.” The proposal deadline is November 15, 2018. See official information below:

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Echoing Ecologies – Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Canadian Studies 

Les écologies canadiennes et leurs enjeux interdisciplinaires

International Conference
Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany 22May–24May2019

The word ecology appears to be on everyone’s lips today, but it is seldom scrutinized. Even though the term stems from biology and was defined as the “study of the economy, of the household, of animal organisms” (which “includes the relationships of animals with both the inorganic and organic environments”) by Ernst Haeckel in the 1870s, it seems to be used interchangeably with terms such as ‘environment’ or ‘environmentalism’ today.

The revisiting and re-evaluation of ecology, (not only) in the broadest and traditional meaning of the term, becomes increasingly pressing today in the context of ideologies, new scientific breakthroughs or backlashes in the fight against global warming, for example. In 2018, the so called Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity has “used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year,” (overshootday.org) fell on August 1 – the earliest date so far. This day raises awareness of mankind’s position within ecology and, by extension, also ties in with human beings’ position in a global world.

Our conference aims at overcoming simplistic conceptions of ‘ecology’ and at exploring the potential of the term as a perspective, vantage point, concept and epistemological approach. As Tucker and Bates (4) stress, “All ecological study is at once multidisciplinary” and such inter- or multidisciplinary study is needed in order to explore contemporary ecological issues. We thus want to transcend the boundaries of disciplines and approaches to build fruitful relationships and establish bonds between disciplines such as History, Media, Arts and Culture, Economy, Politics, Natural Sciences, Linguistics etc.

Papers can address, but are not restricted to, the following keywords and related questions:

  • relationships, entanglement, interdependence of human and non-human animals and their environments
  • environmentalism and sustainability, especially in Canada
  • cultural, social and media ecologies
  • ecological impact/ the ecology of technological progress (such as biotechnology)
  • Canadian eco-s and echoes: eco-religion, eco-feminism, eco-criticism, eco-cinema …

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers in English and French. Please send an abstract of max. 250 words plus a short biography (50-100 words) to kanada@staff.uni-marburg.de. The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2018.

Organised by: Dr. Alessandra Boller, English and Canadian Studies, Prof. Dr. Angela Krewani, Media Studies, Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester, English and Canadian Studies.