Culture and the Environment in Asia, Africa, and Europe

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Call for Papers
May 5, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Environmental History / Studies, Graduate Studies, Humanities, Literature

Call for Papers

Student Conference

Culture and the Environment in Asia, Africa, and Europe

University of Hamburg


Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1

ESA-O 221, East Wing


We would like to invite students to submit abstracts for the Student Conference Culture and the Environment in Asia, Africa, and Europe to be held from 24-25 June 2017 at the University of Hamburg.

This conference addresses students (B.A., M.A and Ph.D. candidates) who are interested in the relationship between culture and the environment.

Living in times of ecological crisis and environmental problems it is important to address questions of environmental justice, climate change, and sustainable development. One important topic in this context is vulnerability and resilience. Some local communities, for instance, whose risk reduction is not prioritized or where such efforts have failed, are particularly vulnerable to threats like natural disasters.

Many fictional texts demonstrate how human beings treat nature in an irresponsible way. Examples from the English-speaking area are A Friend of the Earth (2000) by T. C. Boyle or The Stone Gods (2008) by Jeanette Winterson. It should be pointed out though that a great number of texts from other world regions dealing with the relationship between literature and nature have not received much attention so far.

Another interesting topic is the relationship between religion and the environment. Religions such as Christianity and Islam are based on the premise that human beings are representatives of God on Earth. However, man has often exploited this role by laying claims to power without managing resources in a responsible, sustainable way. Responding to an alarming number of natural disasters in the last years, religious institutions have increased activities aimed at a sustainable use of natural resources. Moreover, religious leaders have contributed to debates on climate change and its consequences.

These are some of the topics that will be addressed at this conference.

We invite abstracts (in German or English) on the following topics:

  • Environment and Justice
  • Ecocriticism
  • Climate Change
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Sustainability Strategies
  • Resource Management

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts (in German or English) have to be submitted until 08/05/2017.

They should contain the following information:

  • Title of the proposed talk 
  • Name, Institution, Country, Name of the study programme, target degree, e-mail address
  • Topic (see list above)
  • Abstract (250 words)

Please send your contributions to the following e-mail address:

Acceptance of Abstracts

The committee is going to review the abstracts and inform the authors about their decision until 22/05/2017.


The authors of the accepted abstracts are invited to give a presentation (20 minutes). There is room for subsequent discussion of each contribution (10 minutes).

There are no conference fees. We look forward to reading your abstracts!  

If you have further queries please contact: