[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernism, Empire, and the Environment (MSA Brooklyn)

Elizabeth May Dinneny edinneny at umd.edu
Wed Feb 19 15:11:38 EST 2020


“Modernism, Empire, and the Environment”

MSA 2020 Brooklyn panel

22-25 October 2020

Abstracts due 3/6/20

Without constituting a single origin of our current climate crisis,
European imperialism provided material structures and epistemology that
enabled this crisis and continue to support it today—from the logic of
territory and worlding to that of resource extraction and exploitation.
Imperialism shaped negotiations of identity, the human, and the natural,
resulting in hierarchies of value that persist in contemporary discourse
and policy. Aesthetic modernism was both enabled by and often resistant to
imperialism, even as it questioned romantic and realist ideas about nature,
rethinking humans’ and non-humans’ connection to the environment in the
wake of advanced industrialization, global capitalism, and total war.

This panel is interested in triangulating modernism, empire, and the
environment, including their enduring effects on the discourses of global
climate, ecology, and the Anthropocene, among others.

Inviting papers that fit within, but are not limited to, the following
themes:

   - Geographies of empire
   - Climate aesthetics
   - Modernism’s hyperobjects
   - Environmental racism/environmental justice
   - Ecofeminism and sustainability
   - Theory in/of the Anthropocene, Plantationocene, etc.
   - Technologies of empire
   - Indigenous culture and the environment
   - Queer ecologies
   - Materiality and the environment
   - Non-human ecologies
   - Ontologies of the Anthropocene

Please submit 300 word abstracts to Elizabeth Dinneny at edinneny at umd.edu by
3/6.
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