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NeMLA (ASLE Session): Surplus and Environmental Justice in Literature and the Arts (Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 55th Annual Convention)

Boston, MA
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 55th Annual Convention
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, British, Literary Theory, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

CFP: NeMLA (ASLE Session): Surplus and Environmental Justice in Literature and the Arts

(deadline 9/30/23; conference 3/7-10/24, Boston, MA)


55th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 7-10, 2024

Boston, MA


Surplus and Environmental Justice in Literature and the Arts (ASLE Session)

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)


Drawing on NeMLA’s 2024 theme, this interdisciplinary session interrogates literary and other artistic depictions of environmental (in)justice in relation to “surplus” as a form of “excess . . . , as surfeit, or what is leftover, or unwanted,” including an “excess of emotions (anger, fear, passion, desire)” or “populations rendered ‘surplus’—migrants, the marginalized, the unemployed, the incarcerated.” Through this lens, participants might consider theoretical approaches including:

-The association of “surplus” populations with pollution/waste

-Ecological subjecthood and surplus value

-Incarceration, abolition, biopolitics, and the environment

-Surplus and reproductive environmental justice

-Political economics of territory, nation, terrain, and landscape; spatial and temporal surplus

-Infrastructural and energy surplus

-Subsistence, surplus, and resilience

-Ecological care and surplus labor

-Climate anxiety as surplus emotion

-Environmental abundance as surplus

-Narrative/artistic form as surplus


Format: roundtable (5-10 participants) or traditional panel (3-4 participants).


Please submit a 200-300 word abstract on the NeMLA website by 9/30/23: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20743



Jill Gatlin