Call for Abstracts: Entangled Natures – A Conference on Human Ecology (14 – 17 Feb 2019) at AUD | Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

imageFor some years now, the post-monsoon season brings narratives of environmental doom to conversations occurring in drawing rooms and chai stalls across the city of Delhi. The smog that envelopes the city and makes breathing a difficult activity forces a flurry of activity and finger-pointing. Farmers and fossil fuels, construction and climate change, policy and profligacy, no one is spared. Issues like air pollution demonstrate inescapably that environmental concerns are simultaneously social, technical and political in nature. For policymakers and practitioners, the value of questioning the divide between natural and social sciences, between the ontological realms of nature and culture has become more apparent than ever. Within academic disciplines, these questions have been raised for at least half a century since C.P. Snow’s publication of The Two Cultures. Calls for collaboration across knowledge silos to study multidimensional environmental issues have gained credence steadily in the last thirty years. This can be seen in the emergence of sub-disciplines within traditional disciplines, like environmental history, as well as new areas like conservation biology and science and technology studies.

Human Ecology is an eclectic field of research within this tradition of interdisciplinary knowledge endeavours. Research and teaching at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) brings together philosophical frameworks, methodologies and toolkits from natural and social science disciplines to understand interactions between environment and society. There is a distinctive emphasis on studying issues at smaller spatial scales and focusing on complexity and causality in the intertwined lives of humans and other species. Scholars at SHE are inclined towards the worm’s-eye view while studying ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts. Human and nonhuman agencies are explored in ecological and social transformations in South Asia, in the present as well as in the past.

The Entangled Natures conference invites scholars and students who are engaged in research on such issues that are of interest to Human Ecology. The five conference panels reflect thematic areas of research within SHE. They discuss geographies that are marginal to mainstream concerns, such as India’s islands and high-altitude rangelands, and heterodox approaches to studying classic themes, such as cities, agriculture and environmental governance. Contributions are invited from scholars and early career researchers working on these themes, as elaborated in the panel abstracts.

Panel 1: Agriculture in the Anthropocene

Panel 2: Hybridity, Power and Culture in Environmental Governance

Panel 3: Nature and the City

Panel 4: Tracing Continuities and Change in Pastoral Systems

Panel 5: Islands in the Indian Ocean

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CFP: Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference, June 2019

Papers and panel proposals are invited for the 13th Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference: The Environments of Asian Cinemas. With the support of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries at LASALLE College of the Arts, in conjunction with the Asian Cinema Studies Society, the conference is planned for 24–26 June 2019, at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Participants are invited to present papers on any aspect of Asian cinema, though proposals engaging with the conference theme are encouraged. One key aim here is to seek ways in which Asian cinema studies might engage with the current moment of global environmental crisis. At the same time, however, the conference theme of ‘environments’ is being conceptualized in a broader sense, encompassing not only the material environments of ecocriticism, but also Asian cinema’s represented environments and its various material, cultural and regulatory environments of production, distribution, exhibition and reception.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to, the following areas:

  • Ecocriticism and Asian cinemas
  • Animal studies and/or plant studies approaches to Asian cinemas
  • Environment and representation in Asian film and media
  • Asian cinema and the city
  • Asian cinema and the rural
  • Environmental issues in Asian documentary
  • Apocalyptic themes in Asian film
  • Ecological implications of Asian film production and/or exhibition
  • New technological contexts of Asian film and media
  • Changing regulatory frameworks of Asian film and media
  • Transnational influences on Asian film production/Asian film business
  • Globalization and Asian cinemas
  • Regional dynamics of Asian cinemas
  • Cultural issues in Asian film
  • Censorship issues in Asian film

Language: English

Please send proposals or enquiries to

For individual paper proposals, send a 200–300 word abstract and be certain to include the title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, mailing address and e-mail contacts, as well as a brief (50–100 word) biography of the contributor. For pre-constituted panel proposals (of three to four papers), be certain to provide a brief description (100 words) of the overall panel along with the individual abstracts and contributor information. Sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, and time limits will be strictly enforced.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 10 December 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by early February 2019.

There will be no conference registration fee per se, but all participants must be members of the Asian Cinema Studies Society, which requires an annual fee of £38. The fee covers one year membership and one volume of two issues of Asian Cinema, and gives access to the society’s executive meeting at the conference.

Selected papers will be published in the peer-reviewed biannual Asian Cinema. Published by Intellect Books (UK), this seminal journal has long been the flagship publication of the Asian Cinema Studies Society.