CFP: “Ecology and Russain Culture” ASEEES 2016 Mini-Conference (Washington, D.C.)

Deadline for Consideration: January 17, 2016

Call for Papers: “Ecology and Russian Culture” ASEEES 2016 mini-conference
November 17–20, Washington, DC

Prompted by the eco-critical turn in the humanities broadly conceived, the series of panels titled collectively “Ecology and Russian Culture” seeks to foster interdisciplinary conversations among specialists of Russian literature, history, and culture, from the eighteenth century to the contemporary period. We are particularly keen to consider some of the following questions and topics, but the list below is by no means exhaustive–

– Representing the environment: non-human characters, organic matter, natural resources, weather, mountains, bodies of water
– Environmental ethics, conservation, and activism: cultural impetus for environmental consciousness/ecological change
– Imaginary geographies and cultural landscapes
– Living off the land: agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, collecting, fishing, hunting
– Ecology in the global context: the global imaginary, cross-cultural “contamination,” migration, technology, transnationalism
– The changing environment and ecological disasters: pollution, deforestation, nuclear testing/catastrophe
– Representations of the animal and human-animal relations

We are looking for several more papers, discussants and chairs for a panel cluster on Russian culture and the environment at ASEEES 2016. You can find a short description of the “mini-conference” and a list of possible topics below. Please contact us at isabel.lane@yale.edu by January 17th if you are interested in participating.