German Studies Association October 5-8, 2023, in Montréal, Canada
“Agency and Activism”
GSA Environmental Studies Network Abstracts
Due February 24, 2023
The Environmental Studies Network invites contributions that explore the topic of “Agency and Activism” for the 2023 GSA conference. With the continued urgency of the climate crisis, forms of grief, protest, kinship, solidarity, and resilience grow and acquire new meanings, whether in textual forms, pedagogical practices, or collective activism. The topic is intentionally broad in order to welcome contributors from across the breadth of the field of German studies and encourage sessions that include engaged and activist scholarship. Potential topics and themes for papers, panels, and roundtables include are but not limited to:
● Racial and Environmental Justice
● Pedagogy and Environmental Activism
● Telling Stories of Success
● Sustainable Pasts and Futures
● Radical Hope/Slow Hope
● Resource Cultures and Energy Futures
The network encourages proposals in the form of interdisciplinary roundtables, individual papers, or preformed panels. We also welcome pedagogy-focused contributions and creative or non-traditional formats such as workshop-style sessions. We welcome contributions from a wide range of participants, including first-time participants, activists, teachers, scholars, and individuals who do not solely work on Germany or German-speaking lands.
Please submit 250-500 word abstracts for round tables, individual papers, or full panels with CVs by February 24, 2023 to this google form.
Presenters must be members of the German Studies Association. Information on membership is available on the GSA website.
The Environmental Studies Network, founded in 2012 within the German Studies Association, promotes interdisciplinary ecocritical approaches to environmental issues through cultural, digital, historical, literary, historical, and visual studies. Scholars within the Environmental Studies Network are keenly interested in examining how these areas of study, which include political and philosophical questions drawn from deep ecology, ecofeminism, environmental justice, “new materialism,” and the Anthropocene, might inform our understanding of German studies. The German Studies Environmental Studies Network welcomes debate and dialogue with the natural sciences and policy studies. Indeed, it is our goal to show that environmental problems are always already both cultural and scientific. You are invited to join the network’s listserv here.