Environment and Narrative in Vietnam
Editors: Ursula K Heise (University of California, Los Angles, United States)
Chi P. Pham (Vietnam Institute of Literature, Vietnam)
Environmentally oriented approaches to narrative have recently gained in importance among Vietnam scholars, journalists, writers and artists. An increasing number of international conferences, workshops and local conferences have engaged with Vietnamese ecocritical topics. More broadly, air pollution, forest conservation, biodiversity protection, water management, organic food, and climate change have featured as central themes in writings and artworks produced in Vietnam, historically as well as in the present day.
The proposed volume of essays will explore how Vietnamese writing – literary, journalistic, historical, and academic – and other creative practices such as photography, film, performance, painting, architecture, among others, engage with these environmental issues.
Key questions include but are not limited to:
· How do environmental writing and art in Vietnam reflect or resist narratives of tradition, modernity, nation-building, and globalization, directly or indirectly?
· To what extent do environmental writing and art in Vietnam invoke Asian narratives about harmony between humans and nature, to what extent do they resist such narratives, and to what extent do they invoke different story templates?
· How do environmental writing and art in Vietnam engage with issues of class, gender, ethnicity, and migration?
· How do environmental writing and art in Vietnam portray real and potential relationships between humans and nonhuman species?
· How do environmental writing and art in Vietnam address with and seek to shape Vietnamese intellectuals' social responsibility, historically and today?
· What impact have environmental writing and art in Vietnam had on social and ecological realities?
· What social, economic, and cultural factors have led to the rise of ecocriticism in Vietnamese scholarship?
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a 50-word bio-note to Prof. Ursula K. Heise firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Chi P. Pham (email@example.com) by October 5, 2019. Authors will be notified by October 15, 2019. Complete chapters of 8,000-9000 words will be due on May 31, 2020.
The completed volume will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan for inclusion in the series Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment (www.palgrave.com/gp/series/14818), which Prof. Heise edits.
Pham Phuong Chi, Ph.D.
Vietnam Institute of Literature (Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences - VASS)
Address: 20 Ly Thai To, Hanoi
Ursula K. Heise
Chair, Department of English | Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies
Co-founder, Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies | Institute of the Environment & Sustainability