HVL Sustainability conference

NaChiLitCul contributes substantial to the HVL conference on sustainability April 18-19 2018


April 18

Nina Goga: Children’s Literature as Exercise in Ecological Thinking

Speed presentations

Eli Kristin Aadland et.al.: Natursyn i studieplaner

Nina Goga et.al.: Book presentation: Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues

& Project presentation: Fostering interspecies awareness through teacher education (SPECIESTEACH)


April 19


Jon Hoem og Andrea Eikset: Bærekraftig utdanning vha. programvare

Bjørg Oddrun Hallås og Marianne Presthus Heggen: “We are all nature” – young children’s statements about nature.

Bjørg Oddrun Hallås: Natursyn en undervisningsdag

Hege Emma Rimmereide: Problematizing nature in the Anthropocene

Aslaug Nyrnes: The Nordic Winter Pastoral: A Heritage of Romanticism

Marianne Røskeland: Framstillinger av natur i bildeboka «Sånt som er»

Nina Goga: Listen carefully – children’s literature as an arena for interspecies awareness

See conference web site https://blogg.hvl.no/baerekraft/

Call for papers for special issue: Catastrophic childhoods

Daily reports on earthquakes, global warming, flooding, terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, war and the refugee crisis produce a sense of living in a world marked by catastrophe. Cultural forms of expressions like literature, film and the news media give shape to and mediate these catastrophes, and thus shape our cultural imagination of them. In contemporary literature as well as in films and video games for children and young adults, catastrophes feature prominently, reflecting issues as climate change, war, the holocaust, refugee crisis and terror.

In this special issue, the Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics seeks to explore the cultural aesthetics of catastrophes in children’s literature. We invite proposals for articles that contribute to knowledge on dominating catastrophe genres, recurring catastrophe images, metaphors, narrative patterns, themes as well as ideas of childhood in contemporary catastrophe imagination. We invite contributions on literature in the broadest sense, including novels, poetry, picturebooks, graphic novels, films, video games, game applications and so on.


Submission instructions

All articles will be subjected to double blind review.

Abstracts (approx. 300 words) are to be submitted by April 1st, 2018.

Feedback/confirmation is due by May 1st, 2018.

Full articles are to be submitted by September 1st, 2018.

BLFT call for papers pdf

Please send queries and abstracts to Editor-in-chief Martin Blok Johansen, blok@via.dk

Call for Papers: Affects, Interfaces, Events

Venue: Godsbanen Aarhus, Denmark, 29-30 August 2018 (PhD Symposium 28 August)

Deadline for submissions: 16 April, 2018

Confirmed speakers: Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Andrew Murphie, Susanna Paasonen

The proliferation of digital and interactive technologies in most aspects of our daily lives produces an intensified distribution of affect. Existential conditions change through affective interface foldings of bodies, subjectivities and technologies. Affects, Interfaces, Events investigates how affective interface events – on a micro- and macro-level – reinforce or challenge these changes. A major concern of the conference is to consider interface modulations on an affective, social, aesthetic, and political level.

The conference welcomes contributions (papers, designs and other interventions) that consider the affective relations involved in interface events and creations. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Transdisciplinary explorations of affect and events
  • Conceptualisations of interfaces in relation to affect and event
  • Affective interface mobilizations
  • Affective politics and governmentalisation via digital and social media
  • Affect, activism or anarchism, including strategic aesthetic practices
  • Ecocriticism, affect and the anthropocene
  • The ethico-aesthetics of affective on/offline circulation and sharing
  • Affective experiments and explorations in art and design
  • Affective urbanism, urban activism and ‘evental’ encounters
  • Affect, agency and victimhood

We already have 4 confirmed speakers and are looking forward to welcoming additional contributions. Please have a closer look at the attached CFP for more info regarding this or visit our conference website (www.aie.au.dk/aie-2018).


The conference is organised by – and takes its title from – the DFF Research Project Affects, Interfaces, Events (2015-2019), in which we are particularly interested in exploring the role of interfacial engagements and events in relation to the mobilisation and circulation of affect from a transdisciplinary perspective.


Climate Change in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction (MLA 2019)

Children’s Literature Association non-guaranteed session on children’s and young adult climate fiction (“cli-fi”) at MLA, Chicago, 3-6 January 2019 Often abbreviated as “cli-fi,” climate fiction is a new—and booming—genre of Anglophone literature that addresses and thus compels its readers to think about anthropogenic climate change. Recent work by Adam Trexler, Amitav Ghosh, and others has ignited a lively conversation in environmental literary studies about the genre—especially cli-fi novels, which dominate it. Although more and more cli-fi novels are written for young audiences (including some of the genre’s better-known titles, like Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker [2010]),environmental literary critics have not yet devoted sustained attention to children’s and YA cli-fi.

Given the growing number and popularity of children’s/YA climate novels, the time is ripe to analyze this significant subgenre of environmental literature.

We consequently invite proposals for presentations on children’s and/or YA cli-fi, especially those which help identify dominant characteristics of the genre, account for its emergence, analyze its significance, and outline areas of further research.

Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

– Children’s and YA cli-fi in the media

– Children’s and YA cli-fi and climate change awareness/activism

– Conventions and characteristics of the genre

– Social and environmental justice in children’s and YA cli-fi

– Corporate corruption in children’s and YA cli-fi

– Depictions of altered geographies

– Kinship/community in children’s and YA cli-fi

– Resilience in children’s and YA cli-fi


Please submit a 500-word abstract and CV to Clare Echterling at cechterling@ku.edu by March 1 st .

Invitation to a research paper seminar on Challenges of Sustainability in Educational Research

The research SIG COSER (Challenges of Sustainability in Educational Research) would like to invite colleagues to an open paper seminar with the aim of publishing a special issue of Acta Didactica with research on sustainability education Publication is planned spring 2019, with submission date medio October 2018.

The seminar will take place 20th – 21st of March 2018 

at Tøyen Hovedgård at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo.

Participants are expected to send in an abstract of 200 words. There will be a review process, but all contributors are still welcome to participate in the seminar. The deadline for sending in abstracts is 20th of January, 2018.

The program for the paper seminar will be presentations and discussions of the participants’ papers.

Maria Ojala, associate professor in psychology, will be plenary speaker. Maria’s research concerns how young people think, feel, act, learn, and communicate about global environmental problem, with a specific focus on climate change.

We encourage all scholars with an interest in sustainable issues in education to submit an abstract! There is a need for more research in a Nordic context, on how concerns of sustainable issues is addressed in education and how we should educate for future sustainable societies.


Send abstracts to;

marianne.odegaard@ils.uio.no or elin.sather@ils.uio.no