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Paradise on Fire: ASLE 2019 Conference Call for Panels

Type: Conferences & Symposia [View all]
Posted by: Association for the Study of Literature and Enviro
Deadline: Sat, September 1st, 2018


Conference Web Site

June 26-29, 2019

University of California, Davis

This year ASLE is experimenting with a two-part submission process intended to make the conference more participant-driven and democratic. The first step is this Call is for PANELS. We are also issuing a call for Pre/Post Conference Workshop proposals at this time. Proposals may be submitted until Sept. 1, 2018.

Conference panels may be proposed by anyone interested in organizing one. All panels are 90 minutes long and may take the form of a traditional paper session (4 presenters); a roundtable (up to 6 presenters making brief remarks that foster lively conversation); or a jam session (up to 8 participants in a nontraditional format of the organizer’s choosing that includes significant audience participation). These panels may be of two types:

preformed panel that lists all participants and is ready for the conference program as it stands. panel seeking participants, to be filled by its organizers through the conference call for papers released in October. We expect the majority of accepted panels to be of this kind.

Panel proposals should be submitted electronically. The complete process is detailed in the Call for Panels link above. Please email us at with any questions.

Conference Theme: Paradise on Fire

The Biennial ASLE Conference “Paradise on Fire” explores the connections among storytelling, real and imagined landscapes, future-making, activism, environed spaces, differential exclusions, long histories, and the disaster-prone terrains of the Anthropocene. Plenary addresses will be given by Ursula Heise, Cherríe Moraga, Melissa K. Nelson, and Nnedi Okorafor.

Topics may include but are certainly not limited to:

• reckoning with “paradise” in the face of colonial histories, environmental injustice, and ecological catastrophe

• the intimacy of myth to possibility, alternative realities, and catastrophe

• the reduction of diversity after the arrival of settler colonialists, especially but not only in California

• cross-cultural currents and global vectors, human and nonhuman

• the relation of imagination to discovery, settlement and transformation

• extinction, ecological imperialism, monstrosity, megafauna, and scale

• gender, race and ecology in dystopian times

• the proliferation of material and ideological walls around enclaves, states, and nations

• attending better to the people, animals, plants, and natural forces that find themselves on the wrong side of the gate, forced into communities not of their choosing, or forced to migrate without safe destinations

• radical welcome: creating more just, capacious, and humane modes of living together across species

• how the past matters to the imagination of a more capacious future

• climate fiction (CliFi), climate fact, and the future of ecological science studies

• archives of recovery and enclosure

• Afro-futurisms, Indigenous futurisms, Latinx futurisms, Asian futurisms, queer futurisms

• California and beyond: exceptionalism, secession, natural and unnatural disasters, green gentrification (the L.A. River), evacuation zones, Sanctuary Cities and States, gated communities, immigration and Dreamers, Trump’s border wall, housing and being humane

• The Trans-Pacific: imaginaries, cultures, materialities, flows

• Fire as emblematic of the strange agencies and hybrid onto-epistemologies of the Anthropocene, and fire as emblematic of the passion, energy, and incendiary creativity of activism

Posted on Tue, June 19th, 2018
Expires on Sat, September 1st, 2018

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