CfP - Edited Collection: Aging Studies and Ecocriticism: Growing Old amid Climate Change

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2021 to May 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, British History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Literature, Native American History / Studies

Call for Papers for an Edited Collection:

Aging Studies and Ecocriticism: Growing Old amid Climate Change


Eds.: Nassim W. Balestrini, Julia Hoydis, Anna-Christina Kainradl, Ulla Kriebernegg


In recent decades, the humanities have witnessed the development of two interdisciplinary fields that tackle challenges for present and future generations: by exploring cultural representations of crisis and change, Aging Studies and Ecocriticism address the complex dynamics of individual and collective agency, oppression and dependency, care and conviviality, vulnerability and resistance as well as intergenerationality and responsibility. Their emancipatory research agendas challenge hegemonic discourses from the areas of science and medicine. Yet, even though both fields employ overlapping methodologies and theoretical frameworks (e.g., Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, or Posthumanism) and scrutinize ‘boundary texts’ in different literary genres (novels such as P. D. James’s The Children of Men [1992] and Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy [2007-2014], or Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Children [2016]) which have been analyzed from ecocritical perspectives as well as from the vantage point of critical Aging Studies, there has been little scholarly interaction between Ecocritical literary studies and Aging Studies to date. With this collection, we aim at facilitating a conversation between Aging Studies and Ecocriticism. We seek papers that will open new interdisciplinary research perspectives.


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Please send a 250-word abstract and a 150-word bio note before May 15, 2021 to

Notifications will be sent out by June 15, 2021.

Full chapters (6,000–8,000 words) will be due on December 1, 2021.

Contact Info: 


Ulla Kriebernegg,

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care (CIRAC)

University of Graz

Attemsgasse 25/III

A-8010 Graz, Austria

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