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Date of the event: 17.06.2022 - 19.06.2022
Added on: 04.02.2022

International Hybrid Conference "The Environmental Tour in the Study of Children's and Young Adult Literature. Reading – Experiences – Emotions. Books for Children and Young Adults – Theory and Practice of Reception (VI)

Organizers: Institute of Polish Philology (University of Wrocław), National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), Marshall University (USA); Center of Humanistic Education (Silesian University in Katowice), Academy of Fine Art in Wrocław.

logo konferencji (materiał organizatora)

The awareness that we are living in the Anthropocene has an increasing influence on the study of literature. One can even talk about a certain environmental turn in literary studies, in which a key role  is  played  by  ecocriticism,  a  field  devoted  to  investigating  “the  relationship  between literature   and   the   physical   world”   (Glotfelty   and   Fromm   1996,   xviii),   literary   animal studies(Ortiz-Robles 2016), and literary posthumanism (Clarke and Rossini 2017). These and related fields utilize instruments and conceptions developed in literary studies, philosophy, social  geography,  anthrozoology,  cognitive  studies,  historiography,  sociology,  and  psychology  to explore  the  pro-environmental  and  post-anthropocentric  potential  of  literature  (Barcz  2016); develop a new form of aesthetic sensitivity that would be open to experiencing a more-than-human world and its inhabitants; and put forward a new conception of the role of language and the imagination in environmental thought. Is the environmental crisis a crisis of the imagination or – quite the contrary – is our imagination expanded by it?

Although the scope of the environmental turn in literary studies is growing rapidly, “embracing previously neglected literary genres and national literatures as well as exploring new subjects, in particular those situated at the intersections of environmental politics and the politics of gender, race, and class,” aside from some notable exceptions, it has yet to devote sufficient attention to children’s and young adult (CYA) literature. This lacuna is particularly striking insofar as, due to CYA  literature’s  key  role  in  socialization,  its  impact  on  shaping  public  attitudes  toward  the environment is probably greater than that of any other kind of literary writing (Goga 2018). The aim of our conference is to fill this lacuna. To this end, we invite researchers from across the academic spectrum (literary studies, linguistics, education, culture studies, communication, and other fields) as well as non-academics (teachers, educators, writers) to discuss how the study of CYA literature can profit from a greater attention to the environmental humanities and how the environmental humanities can profit from a greater attention to CYA literature:

What functions and values are assigned to nature, including animals, plants, and other non-human beings, in CYA literature?

What kinds of verbal and visual means are used to represent nature in CYA literature? What kinds of relations with non-human species are proposed by CYA literature?

Can CYA literature sensitize readers to the needs and situation of non-human species? Can CYA literature contribute to debates on planetary devastation?

How can teachers and educators best use CYA literature to discuss the environmental crisis and its consequences with their students?

Given  how  grave  the  environmental  crisis  is,  the  role  of  CYA  literature  in  environmental education cannot be underestimated. Through strategies of empathic reading it might help raise environmental  awareness  among  younger  audiences  and  encourage  openness  to  a  more-than-human world. This is why we are particularly interested in the study of reception of environmental themes in CYA literature among young readers, school students among them, thereby applying the perspective  of  empirical  ecocriticism  (Schneider-Mayerson,  Weik  von  Mossner,  and  Małecki 2020) to the study of CYA literature.

We seek proposals for papers, panels, and other public presentations in English or Polish that address   the   intersections   between   CYA   literature   and   the   environmental   humanities.   All submissions should be sent by March 30, 2022 to the following address: ecological.return.literature@gmail.com or: dorota.michulka@uwr.edu,.pl justyna.szumanska@uwr.edu.pljustyna.zajac@uwr.edu.pl, sylwia.kaminska-maciag@uwr.edu.pl, mateusz.swietlicki@uwr.edu.pl.

Please include your name, the title of your proposed presentation, an abstract of no more than 600 words in English or Polish, a biographical note of no more than 80 words, including your affiliation, degree, and preferred email address. The authors of accepted submissions will be notified by April 15,  2022.

The conference fee is 250 PLN (60 EUR) and should be paid by 15th of May, 2022.

The event will be held on June 17-19 2022 at the Institute of Polish Philology, University of Wrocław, Poland.

Scientific conference website: https://environmentalturn.wixsite.com/conference

As it is planned to be a hybrid event, both speakers and delegates will be able to participate either remotely or at the Wrocław venue.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Nina Goga (Norway)

Magdalena Rembowska – Płuciennik (Poland)

Jaana Pesonen (Finland)

Marek Oziewicz (USA)

Anna Barcz (PAN, IBL)

Kimberly McFall (USA)

Farriba Schulz (Germany)

Wojciech Małecki (Poland)

Małgorzata Wójcik – Dudek (Poland)

Tzina Kalogirou (Greece)

Björn Sundmark (Sveden)

Emilya Ohar (Ukraine)


Wojciech Małecki (UWr) & Dorota Michułka (UWr) & Dariusz Dybek (UWr)

Organizing Committee:

Sylwia Kamińska – Maciąg (UWr)

Kamila Kowalczyk (UWr)

Anna Maciejewska (UWr)

Dorota Michułka (UWr)

Bernadetta Niesporek – Szamburska (UŚ)

Justyna Szumańska (UWr)

Mateusz Świetlicki (UWr)

Sabina Świtała (UWr)

Anita Wincencjusz – Patyna (ASP, Wrocław)

Małgorzata Wójcik – Dudek (UŚ)

Justyna Zając (UWr)

Advisory Committee:

Olgahan Baksi Yalcin (Yeni Yüzyil Üniversitesi of Istambul)

Marnie Campagnaro  (University of Padua)

Nina Goga (Bergen University College)

Janet Evans  (Independent Scholar)

Emilya Ohar (Publishing and Printing Academy, Lviv)

Tzina Kalogirou (National Kapodistrian University in Athens)

Kimberly McFall (Marshall Universiy, WV, USA)

Isaac Larison (Marshall Universiy, WV, USA)

Xavier Mínguez-López (University of Valencia)

Jaana Pesonen (University of Helsinki)

Farriba Schulz (Freie University in Berlin)

Ana Margarida Ramos (University of Aveiro)

Works Cited:

1.Barcz A. (2016), Realizm ekologiczny: od ekokrytyki do zookrytyki w literaturze polskiej, Katowice.

2.Stewart  K.  and  Cole  M.  (2014),  Our  children  and  other  animals:  the  cultural  construction  of  human-animal relations in childhood, Farnham, Surrey, Burlington.

3.Ecocritical Perspectives on Children's Texts and Cultures. Nordic Dialogues (2018), ed. by Goga, N., Guanio-Uluru, L., Hallås, B.O., Nyrnes, A., Palgrave.

4.Ortiz-Robles M. (2016), Literature and Animal Studies, New York.

5.Schneider-Mayerson M., Weik von Mossner A., Małecki W. (2020), Empirical Ecocriticism: Environmental Texts and Empirical Methods, “ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment”, Vol. 27, s. 327–336, https://doi.org/10.1093/isle/isaa022.

6.The Cambridge companion to literature and the posthuman. Cambridge companions to literature (2017), ed. by Clarke B., Rossini M., New York.

7.The ecocriticism reader: landmarks in literary ecology (1996), ed. by Glotfelty Ch., Fromm H., Athens.


konferencja hybrydowa: stacjonarna (Instytut Filologii Polskiej, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, pl. Nankiera 15, Wrocław) i zdalna
Application deadline for speakers:
250 zł
Added on:
4 February 2022; 16:36 (Mariola Wilczak)
Edited on:
4 February 2022; 18:21 (Mariola Wilczak)

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