Rice University English Symposium: Ecology and the Environmental Humanities

September 13-14, 2013, Rice University

The 2013 English Symposium at Rice University invites responses to the ecological and nonhuman turns in the humanities. These turns are undoubtedly responses to environmental crises, food shortages, global warming, factory farming, and species extinction, but this symposium is also interested in discussing the emergence of nonhumans, such as matter, objects, animals, systems, technology, and media, in our critical conversations surrounding these problems.

URL: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-Animal&month=1306&week=a&msg=CQMoajs1qOwI2bzsFIcHzQ&user=&pw=

Call for papers

What are humanities scholars able to contribute to the conversations concerning ecology and nonhumans?

Papers can address these topics across a variety of periods, genres, disciplines, and theoretical frames, such as:

Affect Theory


Capitalism and Political Economy

Critical Animal Studies

Critical Race Studies

Cybernetics and Technology

Disability Studies

Environmental Activism


Food studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies


Green Capitalism

History of Science


Medicine and Disease

New Materialism

New Media

Object Oriented Ontology

Population Studies





Settlement Studies

Social Movements


Systems Theory


Proposals (max 250 words) are due on July 1.* Papers should be readable in 20 minutes, but shorter pieces are encouraged to allow more time for discussion. Please email proposals to rice.symposium@gmail.com as a word document or pdf file.


Deadline: July 1, 2013

Posted: September 12, 2013