Thursday, 1 May 2014

Come to Okinawa!

Ecocritics of the world, come to Okinawa in November. Deadline extended to 8 May!



International Symposium on Literature and the Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA)

Unsettling Boundaries: Nature, Technology, Art

November 22-23, 2014
Meio University, Okinawa, Japan

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Japan (ASLE-Japan) invites proposals for its International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA), to be held from November 22 through 23, 2014, at Meio University, Okinawa. This is the fourth ASLE-related symposium focusing on the study of literature and environment in East Asia; this time the major theme is reconsideration of binary oppositions, such as monotheism and animism, nature and technology, the organic and the synthetic, the local and the global, and East and West, that have been predominant in ecocritical thinking patterns. Plenary speakers include Ursula Heise from UCLA.

We seek proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables that address how we can “unsettle” practices that have contributed to creating boundaries in our perceptions and values. Fields of study may include but are not limited to: literary approaches to environmental issues, animal studies, gender issues in ecocriticism, sense of place, environmental humanities, media representation of nature, nature and art, technonature, or environmental imagination in the anthropocene. Send proposals of 400-500 words to by April 30, 2014. Please include your contact information, affiliation, and ASLE-related organization membership in your email and attach your proposal as a PDF. Membership in ASLE-Japan, ASLE-Korea, ASLE-Taiwan, or another ASLE organization/affiliate is required to present a paper at the conference except for those who have been invited to speak/present.

Inquiries should be addressed to:
ISLE-EA Coordinator
International Institute for Okinawan Studies
University of the Ryukyus
Nishihara, Okinawa  903-0213 JAPAN