Speaking the Earth
The earth unites us all. To speak of the earth is to speak of oneself, of the “Other,” of identity, of the environment, of life in every sense of the word. The earth allows human beings to exist, it creates our cultures, founds our imaginaries, complicates our relationships, fulfills and sometimes frustrates our dreams. How is the earth or land represented in literature, in contemporary art, and in film? How does the earth factor into postmodern and postcolonial theories, gender theories, and cultural studies? As the 2020 colloquium will take place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a land grant institution in a state in which agriculture frequently influences the economy and consequently the political situation and political tendencies, it seems appropriate to consider the role of the earth/land in contemporary cultural production of French expression.
We invite paper proposals in the following fields: literatures of French expression, literary theory, cultural studies, history, gender and postcolonial studies, translation, and art, including music, dance, film studies, photography, and the graphic novel.
In addition to individual proposals, we encourage the submission of complete panel proposals.
The organizing committee will welcome particularly, but not exclusively, proposals addressing the following themes:
- Place and identity
- Natural and urban spaces
- Borders, migration, exile
- Folklore, mythology, legends, and origin stories
- Nation, nationality, nationalism
- Geography and genre (the pastoral, dystopias, “regional” literature, science fiction, thrillers)
- Global feminisms ; ecofeminism ; “Global Gay,” LGBTQ geographies
- Tourism/eco-tourism ; travel
- Global and local heritage sites (UNESCO, etc.)
- The social role of land in academia
- Autochthonous cultures/epistemologies
- Ecological imperialism
- Natural disaster, climate change, pollution
We also welcome proposals for papers and panels on the works of our plenary speakers Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, Marie-Célie Agnant, and Stéphanie Posthumus (subject open).
Paper proposals (250 words maximum, in French or English, along with a brief bio-bibliography) and proposals for complete panels (strongly encouraged) should be sent by email to this address: FFSC2020@unl.edu before September 30, 2019.