'Performing Anthropo(s)cenes: Politics of/with(in) Popular Culture'

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
April 14, 2020
Location: 
Malta
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities, Environmental History / Studies

COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE:

The organizational team of EISA PEC 2020 conference is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and takes advice from authorities.

The organizational team of EISA PEC is continuing the planning to hold the 14th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in the original date and location, between the 16th and 19th of September 2020, in Malta.

All important information, as the COVID-19 situation develops, will be made available at the conference website https://eisa-net.org/pec-2020/, therefore please check regularly for updates. 

 

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Call for Papers & Panels

EISA PEC 2020

Section 24

'Performing Anthropo(s)cenes: Politics of/with(in) Popular Culture'

Deadline Extended: APRIL 14th 2020

16-19 September 2020 (University of Malta)

https://eisa-net.org/pec-2020-sections/#topanchor

 

Section Chairs:

Dr. Robert A. Saunders (SUNY) - saunder@farmingdale.edu 

Dr. Gabriella Calchi Novati (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich) - calchinovatig@gmail.com

 

'By definition [the Anthropocene] precedes all cultural, political and economic differences. 

It indicates a shared destiny, an ethical challenge which defines our situation

and sets the stage for political action'

(Horn & Bergthaller, 2020).

 

A century after the foundation of the discipline, scholars of International Relations are only now awakening to the ramifications of global climate change and the sixth mass extinction. Unlike Geography, which rallied around the so-called Anthropocene as a unifying field of interrogation, IR has tended to keep planetary-level changes at the edges. Our section strikes from these margins, unveiling the impact of the Anthropocene on IR as it manifests through performances across the popular culture-world politics (PCWP) continuum.

 

We seek submissions focused on imaginaries of post-apocalyptic/dystopian IR, far-right ‘environmentalism’, and eco-genocide/eco-apartheid, as well as human-animal interactions, North-South inequities, and indigenous/feminist critiques of climate change.

 

Our call is transdisciplinary given the necessity of addressing such issues through a synergy of forces that cannot be achieved within any single field of study or research. We are particularly interested in submissions that go beyond the field of IR, including but not limited to: Geography, Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropocene Studies, Media Studies, Psychoanalysis, Ecocriticism, Political Communication, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Sociology.

 

We invite scholars, artists, and activists to join us with original papers, performances, interventions, and projects addressing the theme of our panel.

 

Suggested themes of critical/creative engagement:


- Filmic narratives (e.g. The Day After Tomorrow, Geostorm, Snowpiercer, What Happened to Monday, Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049, Annihilation).

 

 

- Literary visions (e.g. James’ The Children of Men, Windo’s The Feed, McCarthy’s The Road, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and MaddAddam Trilogy, Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, El- Akkad’s American War).

 

- Political/social/ecological performances (e.g. the rising of Greta Thunberg’s international activism, speeches, and interviews, FridaysForFuture and Extinction Rebellion, the political figure of the climate refugee, Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Bolsonaro’s UN theatrics - paired with planetary untameable wildfires, unprecedented flooding, racing icecap melting, and the Insect Armageddon).

 

The above list is intended to be illustrative, not at all exhaustive.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT:

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Participants will need either be already EISA members, or to register with EISA before submitting their abstract, follow instructions here: https://eisa-net.org/membership/how-to-become-a-member/

 

 

All important information, as the COVID-19 situation develops, will be made available at the conference website https://eisa-net.org/pec-2020/, therefore please check regularly for updates. 
Contact Info: 

Dr. Robert A. Saunders (SUNY): saunder@farmingdale.edu 

Dr. Gabriella Calchi Novati (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich): calchinovatig@gmail.com

 
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