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ACLA Seminar Proposal: Ecology and Emotion in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, UCLA, submit paper proposals by 9/21/2017
This interdisciplinary seminar invites proposals addressing landscape, ecology, and environmental discourse in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in literature, travel writing, and visual / material culture. Topics may include environmental un/consciousness, philosophy of nature, landscape architecture, or representations of agriculture (e.g. tea, coffee, sugar plantations) and nature (e.g. oceans, mountains, deserts). Papers addressing the European context, non-European areas such as East Asia, or transregional travels are all welcome.
We particularly welcome papers examining the connections between ecology and emotional affect, including questions of subjectivity, sublimity/transcendence, patriotism/national identity, philosophical reflection, aesthetic response, and memory. Sample themes include, but are not limited to, environment and emotion, nature and morality/religion, landscape and national identity (e.g. the German forest as national symbol). The panel organizers are interested in learning from discussions on transcultural, colonial, and environmental discourses, and from theoretical and historical perspectives.
Please submit a short proposal (max. 300 words) to this panel at the ACLA conference website by September 21st, 2017. Please contact Chunjie Zhang (University of California--Davis, chjzhang[at]ucdavis.edu) or Laurence Williams (University of Tokyo, williams[at]l.u-tokyo.ac.jp) with questions.