International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2018
"Environmental Crisis and the Middle Ages (A Roundtable)"
Global environmental problems and climate change are becoming more urgent and acute, and the study of medieval art, architecture, artifacts, and documentary and literary texts can illuminate the long reach of attitudes and ideologies that have led us to current crisis. Scholars are becoming increasingly aware that environmental issues intersect with issues of race, gender, national origin, and economic power. Attitudes articulated many hundreds of years ago continue to affect current ideas about and responses to climate issues. This round-table session seeks position papers that engage with medieval representations of humans and the environment across the geographical and temporal range of the Middle Ages with attention to how reading our pasts can help us to understand the present and possibly to intervene with respect to our futures.
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2-5 July 2018
This is a general session seeking papers on any aspect of ecocriticism from any area of medieval studies, including geographical, chronological, and field diversity, and any approach to ecocriticism: environmental studies, animal studies, thing theory, ecofeminism, and others. How can ecocriticism enrich and renew the sutdy of medieval art, history, literature, architecture, music, and other fields?How can medieval studies challenge ecocricitism? How can studying the history of human engagements with the (non-human) natural world help us understand present crisis?
Please send queries and submissions to Heide Estes at heide.estes [at] gmail.com. Deadlines for submission to both sessions is September 15, 2017.