Call for Papers: Edited Book Collection, Environment and/as Mourning
Book Editors: Ashlee Cunsolo Willox (McGill University) and Karen Landman (University of Guelph)
Background: Human activities and human-induced climatic and environmental changes are increasingly causing the destruction and degradation of natural environments, and the death and loss of natural environments and non-human entities through the destruction of ecosystems, biodiversity, non-human bodies and entities, species, soundscapes, and landscapes. With this loss, comes mourning for non-human entities and for the natural environment: the destruction of forests and farmlands; the scarring of lands from tar sands projects; the levelling of mountain tops and creation of open pits from mining; the pollution of rivers and lakes; the loss or degradation of forests from logging; the deaths of other creatures; the melting of ice caps; human-induced extinction of many other species; and the changes in landscapes around the world because of climatic shifts and variability.
Although ecological grief and mourning are experienced by individuals worldwide, this environmentally-based sense of loss remains largely absent and marginalized in broader public and academic discourses. Indeed, while human loss is predominately featured, the grief and mourning of environmental loss has not yet enjoyed a substantial seat at the discursive table. Mourning, however, can be an important and powerful theoretical construct that has the potential to transcend anthropocentric values and become the mechanism through which we can begin to ground a different ecological ethic premised on shared interspecies loss and grief and on the recognition of non-humans as fellow vulnerable beings.
Understanding the political, theoretical, and lived potentials of mourning, this work seeks to redress the absence of ecological-based mourning in academic and public discourse, and through a collection of contributions from numerous perspectives, including theoretical perspectives and case study research, to extend the concepts of mourning, grief, loss, and melancholia beyond the human.
Abstract Submission: Submissions are invited from any global or geographic region, and representing numerous disciplines and areas, including but not limited to: geography, environmental studies/sciences, literature, psychology, environmental design, environmental politics, ethics, landscape studies, environmental history, environmental behaviour, environmental philosophy, sustainability studies, Indigenous studies, conservation ecology, biodiversity, and human-nature relations.
Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract for a proposed chapter by September 1, 2012 to the collection editors Ashlee Cunsolo Willox (email@example.com) and Karen Landman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abstracts should be between 300 and 400 words in length, and clearly articulate the themes of environmentally-related grief, loss, mourning, and/or melancholia.
Please see the attached Call for Papers for further details and information.
Download CFP Environment and as Mourning June2012.pdf