Call for Papers - Towards Extinction, To Ward Off Extinction
An International Conference organised by CECILLE (Centre d'Etudes en Civilisations, Langues et Lettres Étrangères)
7-9 November 2019
Université de Lille SHS, France
Convened by: Thomas Dutoit (CECILLE), Sarah Jonckheere (CECILLE/IdA), and Laura Lainväe (EMMA)
Sarah Wood, co-editor and advisory board of OLR and Angelaki, UK
Jesse Oak Taylor, University of Washington, USA
More than 99 percent of all species that have inhabited the Earth are estimated to be extinct (Beverly Peterson Stearns and Stephen C. Stearns). Hence, extinction cannot be reduced to futuristic scenarios only: it is at same time present (species are going extinct right now), present in absence (with the traces left behind by past extinctions), and awaiting in the future (extinction of multiple species and their habitats because of the human-caused climate change).
Those past, present, and future extinctions construct a complex web of life and death, of coexistence and coextinction.
This conference will attempt to open up new avenues to alter our ways of thinking about the earth and thinking about otherness in a more eco-responsible way: instead of wounding, the emphasis will be put on caring, on caring for the other, and with the other. Underlying this conference is the urgent need to undermine and decentre all anthropocentric views of human exceptionalism in order to reassess such notions as empathy and responsibility: how can one (take) care and be responsible for the earth? How can we implement an environmental ethics in order to stave off extinction? How does extinction force us to be responsible, not only for present-day non-human species but also to take responsibility and respond for dead species? How can literature make us more responsible readers and writers of the earth?
We welcome 20-minute papers that could include but are not limited to the following topics:
-thinking extinction, extinction as possibility of impossibility, or impossibility of possibility
-ambivalence of extinction
-records and traces of extinction
-sensationality of extinction
-extinction and cinema
-climate change and extinction
-extinction and repetition
-literature, responsibility, and extinction
-extinction and responsibility
Proposals of about 300 words together with a short biographical note (50 words) in Word or PDF format should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1st, 2019. Files should be named and submitted in the following manner:
Submission.FirstNameLastName.docx (or .doc or .pdf) - Example: “Submission.JaneDoe.docx”