CFP: Environmental Knowledge in the New World, 1492-1700

April 2-4, 2020, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Organizers: Danielle Abdon (Temple University) and Megan McDonie (Penn State University)

This panel seeks ecocritical contributions that consider the production and circulation of environmental knowledge in the early colonial Americas. We welcome papers addressing local and foreign conceptions of the environment and natural phenomena, as well as the ways this information shaped urban developments, attempts at environmental interventions, and/or the prevention of and response to disasters, including floods, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, epidemics, among others. Proposals may also consider the intersections of supernatural and religious beliefs with contemporaneous Indigenous or European understandings of nature and ecological factors, such as seasons, altitude, proximity to the ocean, etc. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions that center on visual and material culture, architectural design, urban development, and the production of treatises and manuscripts. Finally, papers focusing on the exchange of knowledge between the New World and Europe, including the impact of that circulation on the European context, will also be considered.

Please submit paper proposals to Danielle Abdon ( and Megan McDonie ( by July 15, 2019. Each proposal must include a paper title (max. 15 words), 150-word abstract, short CV (max. 5 pages), and keywords.

Call for papers

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Posted: June 15, 2019