Cultural ecology in the Greater Region

Conference on cultural ecology in the Greater Region, organised by Jeanne E. Glesener, Christiane Solte-Gresser and Sébastian Thiltges.
1st June 2017 at the Musée national d’histoire naturelle Luxembourg, 2nd June at the University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval.
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Call for papers Ecologie culturelle / Kulturökologie in Luxemburg

Chères collègues, chers collègues

Veuillez trouver ci-joint un appel à communication pour le colloque “Ecologie culturelle et cultures écologiques dans la Grande Région” qui se déroulera le 1er et le 2 juin au Luxembourg.

J’espère que ce texte vous intéressera et je vous saurais gré de bien vouloir diffuser l’appel auprès de vos collègues.
D’avance merci et bien cordialement,
Sébastian Thiltges

Liebe Kolleg/inn/en,

Im Anhang findet ihr den Call for Papers zur Tagung “Kulturökologie und ökologische Kulturen in der Großregion” die am 1. und 2. Juni 2017 in Luxemburg stattfindet.
Gerne dürft ihr den Text an interessierte Kollegen weitersenden.

Vielen Dank im Voraus und mit herzlichen Grüßen,

Appel “Ecologie culturelle et cultures écologiques dans la Grande Région”: appel-ecolitlux-fr

Call for Papers “Kulturökologie und ökologische Kulturen in der Großregion”: call-ecolitlux-d

EASLCE Conference: deadline extension

IMPORTANT: 7th Biennial Conference of the EASLCE: deadline extension till 10 April + confirmation of meeting in Brussels

The EASLCE Board wishes to thank all those of you who submitted proposals to its 7th Biennial Conference in association with BASCE.  Though the response to the CFP has been strong—both qualitatively and quantitatively—the EASLCE also received many requests for a slight extension of the deadline beyond Easter.  To accommodate these, the deadline for submission has now been extended till Sunday, 10 April 2016.  The list of keynotes will also be posted soon after Easter.  Last but not least, the EASLCE Board remains determined to convene the European Association’s next Biennial Conference in Brussels, despite the atrocities inflicted on the city two days ago.  Indeed, these recent events make the motto of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, due to host the event from 27 to 30 October 2016, more relevant than ever: “Scientia Vincere Tenebras.”

SUNDAY, 10 April 2016

“Wildness without Wilderness”: The Poiesis of Energy and Instability

The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE): 7th Biennial Conference (Brussels, Belgium— from 27 to 30 October 2016)

Hosted by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and its Department of Languages and Literatures, in association with the Benelux Association for the Study of Art, Culture and the Environment (BASCE)

As Gary Snyder reminds us in “The Etiquette of Freedom” (1990), wilderness—i.e. the expanse of the physical natural world untamed by humans—may have considerably shrunk; by contrast, however, wildness—i.e. the instability of the material world and of its agencies that elude human regulation and control—very much remains a constant in the existence of beings enmeshed with their environments.

Contributing to this ineradicable and enduring wildness and instability, other constants such as energy and creativity inform both the non-human and human worlds of impermanence and indeterminacy (Serpil Opperman & Serenella Iovino, Hubert Zapf, Sidney Dobrin).  Indeed, not only do energy flows and their disruptions remain inseparable from life and living organisms; moreover, energy also proves inseparable from poiesis, understood as a potential for making that combines randomness and design.  With the relational activity leading to transformation that underlies the spontaneous self-organization and patterning of many systems (Fritjof Capra, Herbert Maturana & Francisco Varela), poetic travail is in fact what links the wild artistry and skilful means of nature to those of human production (Jonathan Skinner; Harriet Tarlo).  What the various narratives respectively explored by particle physics, material ecocriticism, the energy humanities, experimental ecopoetics, or ecospiritualities tell us is that the universe is teeming with (eco)compositional forces and responses, with experiential space opening itself up to forms of joint making and unmaking, with temporary montage and collage artistry blending chance and intention through physical and/or mental assemblage, dissipation, and re-arrangement.

The 7th Biennial Meeting of EASLCE, in association with BASCE, will be held in the fluctuating, multilingual urban space of Brussels, a city that has proved home as much to the “ordered wildness” of physics uncovered by Nobel Prize-winning scientists like Ilya Prigogine and François Englert as to the one of the mindscapes revelled in by the Symbolist and Surrealist avant-gardes.

Therefore, from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavour, from the humanities and natural sciences to the creative arts and public policy/activist spheres, the Organizing Committee invites papers probing into the poiesis of non-human and human systems, and into their interrelated narratives of energy, wildness and travail.  Spanning the spectrum from natural to textual energies, possible perspectives may include—but are not necessarily limited to—some of the following approaches:

  • The impact of concepts such as energy and poiesis, instability and creativity on current ecocritical thinking/theorizing, on ecoliteracy, ecolinguistics, eco-narratology, ecosophy, and eco-ethics.
  • Patterns of assemblage, proliferation and travail in both non-human and human texts, procedures and organisms; systemic readings of energetic patterns of dissipation and collapse.
  • Representations of chaos, wildness, autopoiesis, and complexity in literature, film, the arts, linguistics, philosophy, science, and digital environments.
  • Ecopoetics and the poiesis of energy and instability: entropy and “ordered wildness” in textual environments and texts-as-environments; elusive energies, assemblage and fragmentation in recombinant and procedural eco-aesthetics; humans as ecocompositional and eco-aesthetic animals.
  • Energetic travails under and above ground: the poiesis of fuel and fuel extraction; the chaos, wildness and complexity informing petrocultures; cultural and literary responses to the environmental practices and addictions of “Homo Energeticus.”
  • “Wildness without wilderness” in cities: urban collapse, mutation and apocalypse vs. urban renaturing, sustainability and ecological resilience; cities as “living eco-labs,” urban entanglements in the web of the bioeconomy; urban eco-design; the city as ecological palimpsest and travail.
  • Transmutations of energies in the interlocking of mental and physical ecologies; ecospiritual and ecopsychological readings of the poiesis of matter and consciousness in interaction.
  • Energy exchange and instability in the travail between physical and social ecologies; the dynamics of channeling and dissipating psychic and social energy around ecological crises; the travail of mapping out the (geo)politics of energy.
  • Energetic labour and travail: the poiesis of the elements and natural forces (water, the weather, tectonics, etc.); the formation of “counter-imaginaries” to energetic mischanneling and depletion; the poiesis of decomposition, recycling and composting.
  • Embodied “wildness without wilderness”: randomness, design and energy exchange in animals and plants; shifting energies and relationalities between human and non-human bodies/forms of “creatureliness”; the poiesis of the feral; zoopoetics.
  • Randomness and design in nature as sources of ecophobia and ecophilia; the gaps between the artistry of nature and human creativity as fuel for ecophobic and ecophilic narratives and texts.
  • The poiesis of energy and instability at work in human and non-human environments as fuel for “Une écopoétique francophone?”, “Eine deutschsprachige Ökopoetik?”, etc.?

The primary conference languages will be English, French, German, and Dutch/Flemish.

We welcome both scholarly and creative proposals.  The submission formats are either for individual scholarly papers of 20 mins/individual creative contributions/performances of 20 minutes, or for pre-made panels of 3 twenty-minute scholarly papers/creative contributions.

The format for submissions is as follows:

  • individual proposals: title + 300-500 word abstract + biosketch of 5-10 lines + IT requirement + full contact details.
  • preformed panels: 500 word abstract for the panel comprising general topic and format outline + participants’ biosketches and full contact details + IT requirements, supplemented by individual 300 word abstracts for each contribution on the panel.


Dr. Franca Bellarsi <> by 10 April 2016.

All submissions will be internationally peer-reviewed BY EASLCE AND BASCE.

BASCE Symposium: Climate Stories

Climate stories: Exploring the social and cultural dimensions of climate change

Climate change represents a major challenge to societies worldwide, and will become an even more pressing problem as we move further into the twenty-first century. Climate change cannot be fully understood by natural science and technology alone; the social, cultural, and political spheres are just as important as the geo-, bio-, hydro-, pedo- and atmospheres. How do people actually perceive, understand and live climate change? How does the image people have of climate change vary according to cultural and societal locations? Which organizations have been involved in tackling the problem, and how and to what extent do the interests of these stakeholders align? And last but not least: how may the insights about climate change from different academic and non-academic sources become complementary and mutually enriching?

In this symposium we explore the theme of stories as a useful common ground for the multiple perspectives on climate change. From the very beginnings of human civilization, myths about great floods and other stories about the environment have served as strategies for transmitting knowledge and social standards. Today, climate change prompts the human imagination to rehearse old stories and create new ones that question common ways of living and thinking. This holds true not just for writers, artists and film makers, but also for researchers. From the geologist collecting samples in the arctic to the research journalist interviewing politicians and climate refugees: everyone has stories to tell about climate change. How, and to what extent, do these stories convey the urgency, tangibility, and complexity of climate change?

Time: Friday 20 November 2015, 13:00 – 17:00

Location: Ravensteijn room, Kromme NieuweGracht 80, Utrecht

The number of participants will be limited. Please register by sending an e-mail to


13:30  Coffee and tea
14:00  Welcome speech
14.15 Dr. Pieter Vermeulen, Literary Studies, KU Leuven
“Narratives without Future: Figuring the End of the Human in Anthropocene Fiction”
Katie Ritson, Rachel Carson Centre, Munich
“‘The Netherlands Lives with Water’: Narrating Disaster in the Anthropocene”
Dr. Tom Idema, Comparative Literature, Utrecht University
“The (Im)possibilities of Narrating Climate Change”
15:45 Break
16:00 Round table discussion
17:00 Drinks and snacks at café Lokaal Negen, Trans 7 (a one-minute walk from the symposium venue)


  • Adger, W. Neil et al. “Cultural Dimensions of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation.”Nature Climate Change 3 (2013): 112-17.
  • Bird Rose, Deborah et al. “Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities.” Environmental Humanities 1 (2012): 1-5.
  • Clark, Timothy. “Some Climate Change Ironies : Deconstruction, Environmental Politics, and the Closure of Ecocriticism.’ Oxford Literary Review 32.1 (2010): 131-49.
  • Hulme, Mike. “The Conquering of Climate: Discourses of Fear and Their Dissolution.” The Geographical Journal 174.1 (2008): 5-16.
  • Legano, Raul P., Joana Tavares-Reager, and Fikret Berkes. “Climate and Narrative:Environmental Knowledge in Everyday Life.” Environmental Science and Policy 32 (2013): 61-70.
  • Trexler, Adam. Anthropocene Fictions: The Novel in a Time of Climate Change. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2015.
  • Trexler, Adam and Adeline Johns-Putra. “Climate Change in Literature and Literary Criticism.” WIRE’s Climate Change 2 (2011): 185-200.