Literature; Culture; Environment; Ecocriticism; Ecofeminism; Animal Studies; Bio-art; Environmental Ethics

CFP: Autumn 2019

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This issue of Ecozon@ will provide a forum for the diverse spectrum of eco-oriented in(ter)ventions in the Francophone world. While ecocriticism and the environmental humanities have flourished in the English-speaking countries for the last twenty years, they have emerged more slowly in France and the Francophone sphere. The issue will create a space where traditional critical essays, art and creative writing can come together around the theme of past, present and future ecological thought and action in the French-speaking area.

 

Interventions

By eco-oriented interventions, we mean the kinds of political action (ZADistes, faucheurs volontaires) and creative practice (friches culturelles, Projet Darwin, the environmental “reporting” of the Journal Télévisé Rappé), the sorts of acting up and acting out that have taken place in the Francophone world to oppose dominant paradigms of resource extraction, consumer capitalism, and alienating forms of labour and human/non-human relations. We are looking for studies of past and present initiatives that signal political change and hopeful futures for all (Mouvement Colibris), or, by contrast, explanatory accounts of ones that have sidelined the non-human in their struggle for change (Mai ‘68).

 

Inventions

By eco-oriented inventions, we mean new ways of thinking, creating and writing with and from the non-human world, whether this be in philosophy (Stengers’ gestes spéculatifs), narrative ethology (Despret’s bonnes questions), science studies (Latour’s terriens), literature (Glissant’s Tout-Monde), visual art (Laurent Valère’s Manman Dlo), film (Cyril Dion’s Demain). We are looking for examples of work in French that teaches new vocabularies, new orientations, and new narratives, in order to counter persistent configurations of power from the late Holocene (especially in light of the fact that the neo- and postcolonial take a highly specific and persistent form in the Francophone world).

 

In(ter)ventions

Given the admittedly problematic division between (political) intervention and (theoretical/creative) invention, we are also eager to receive essays that examine the interstitial spaces of eco-oriented practices and thinking. We welcome submissions that creatively and critically trace less commonly known writing in French on animism, vitalism, and the agency of matter (Bergson, Reclus, Senghor), or give renewed attention to indigeneity in creative works as a means of rethinking human and non-human relations to the environment.

 

Please direct any queries to Anne-Rachel Hermetet (anne-rachel.hermetet@univangers.fr), Stephanie Posthumus (stephanie.posthumus@mcgill.ca), and Richard Watts (rhwatts@uw.edu). Manuscripts of 6000-8000 words may be submitted via the journal platform as early as 15 November 2018 and no later than 15 January 2019.

 

Authors must comply with the guidelines indicated on the platform, including submission of the title, abstracts, and keywords in English, Spanish and the language of the article. MLA style should be used for citations. Permission must be obtained for any images used, and the images should be included in the text.

 

Manuscripts will be accepted in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Though it is not a compulsory requirement, we highly encourage potential contributors to make prior contact with the editors by submitting a preliminary abstract (approximately 500 words) by October 2018.