Our Children and Other Animals – Childhood and Pethood

Two recent texts—Our Children and Other Animals and Childhood and Pethood—offer new insights on the question of children and animals in society, culture, and literature. As my discussion below suggests, Childhood and Pethood expands on the social theoretical foundation established in Our Children and Other Animals. In Our Children and Other Animals, Cole and Stewart […]

MA students’ report on the workshop Ecocritical Perspectives on Nordic Children’s and Young Adult Literature

25th and 26th October 2018 at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Campus Kronstad. This report summarizes a two-day programme of presentations and discussions at the workshop Ecocritical Perspectives on Nordic Children’s and Young Adult Literature, which took place on the 25th to 26th October 2018 at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), […]

International symposium «Water, Animals, and Arctic Climate Change»

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu December 12-13, 2018 The symposium includes Professor Scott Slovic’s keynote lecture and a two-day workshop directed by Scott Slovic, Arja Rosenholm, and Markku Lehtimäki. See the attached CFP_Water, Animals, and Arctic Climate Change for individual paper proposals (deadline October 31). Scott Slovic (University of Idaho, USA) «A More Particularized Understanding»: Apprehending […]

Plant Theory: Biopower and Vegetable Life (2016) by Jeffrey T. Nealon

Initially, Nealon sets out to untangle animal studies’ relation to Foucault’s term biopower (which is associated with the concerns and practices of human life). Foucault dates the turn towards an emphasis on biopower to the beginning of the nineteenth century (7). Nealon’s initial  hypothesis is that animals have become such ethically compelling figures recently because […]

Antrozoologi. Samspillet mellom dyr og menneske (2018)

The book Antrozoologi. Samspillet mellom dyr og menneske (2018, Anthrozoology. The interplay between animal and human) was edited by Bente Berget, Elsebeth Krøger, and Anne Brita Thorød, all affiliated with the University of Agder, Norway. It takes a twofold approach to this topic: on the one hand, it aims to introduce the cross-disciplinary field of […]

Utopias and ecologies

Regional Networking Workshop for Utopian Scholars and Creatives 30 November 2018 University of Greifswald, Germany Application deadline: 15 October 2018 More information, see CfP Utopias and Ecologies 2018-1

Sustainable/ecocritical literature teaching

Marianne Røskeland has published a chapter on ecocritical literature teaching. Complete reference: Røskeland, M. (2018). Natur i litteraturen. Økokritisk litteraturundervising med døme frå diktsamlinga Eg er eg er eg er. In K. Kverndokken (Ed.), 101 litteraturdidaktiske grep (pp. 39-56). Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.             Nina Goga has published a chapter on sustainable […]