Oecologies CFP: “Ecogrief and Medieval Environmental Texts: Creating and Sustaining Pedagogical Networks” (Leeds IMC 2023)

Call for Papers for Roundtable Proposals
Sponsored by the Oecologies Research Group
International Medieval Congress (IMC 2023)
03-06 July 2023
University of Leeds

The Oecologies Research Cluster invites proposals that will contribute to roundtable discussions that consider the networks and entanglements existing, possible, and necessary for the teaching of ecogrief and medieval environmental texts. These roundtables will actively bring together a wide range of pedagogues who have experience in the teaching and engagement of medieval ecocriticisms, medieval environments, and medieval ecological theoretical approaches, and who have incorporated ecogrief as an aspect of their learning environments. Contributors to the roundtable will together focus on how the ecological understandings and experiences of premodern cultures, especially articulations of grief, mourning, despair, and anxiety, can responsibly taught in the university classroom.

As the post-medieval climate crisis intensifies, scholars, students, and the public alike, seek different modes of environmental approaches, philosophies, and proclivities. As such, the entanglements and connections between the medieval and post-medieval literary and historical textual cultures should be considered, reimagined, and cultivated. As we continue to explore, consider, and experience widespread ecological disasters, crises, and broad environmental change, creating networks for the sharing of pedagogical and ecocritical approaches for the medieval environmental classroom is critical for finding sustainable methods for the teaching, learning, and research of medieval environmental humanities.

Submissions from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to literatures, textual studies, cultural and social histories, and visual cultures, are encouraged.

We welcome global, regional, and local approaches to the Middle Ages, and we encourage proposals by BIPOC scholars, international scholars, and scholars at all stages of their careers.

Submissions of 200-words (max) should propose 10-minute articulations of specific experiences teaching the medieval environment and aspects of ecogrief. Proposals should include an abstract and accompanying CV (one page) including name, email, postal address, telephone number, current affiliation, and position (title). Proposals must also indicate any accessibility/equipment requirements, and if virtual participation is required.

N.b. Coronavirus restrictions permitting, IMC 2023 is currently planned as an in-person gathering in Leeds, with virtual involvement possible for those who are unable to attend in person.

Please submit documents in PDF or Word doc by 26 September 2022 by email to both:

  • kolsen@mtroyal.ca – Kenna L. Olsen, Mount Royal University, Oecologies Co-director
  • snjacks@mail.ubc.ca – Sarah-Nelle Jackson, University of British Columbia, Oecologies Advisory Council Member

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