“The Sustainable Humanities” is the admirable title of Stephanie Foote and Stephanie LeMenager’s comments on the role of the humanities in the research on, practice of, and teaching of sustainability (PMLA May 2012). Their title asks us to imagine that the humanities is made sustainable by its participation in the broader project of sustainability–or whatever you choose to name the equitable sharing of the planetary commons. The MLA Commons seems the perfect place to test Rob Nixon’s assertions in the same PMLA issue that the commons need not be a site of tragedy but can instead be a site of cooperation. This group invites all interested in sharing ideas of research, practice, and teaching that continue to define and enhance the role of the humanities in the project of sustainability.
The 10 excerpts below represent my contribution to Marina Zurkow’s volume More&More (A Guide to the Harmonized System) (Punctum 2016).
More&More is an art and research project that explores the language and mechanics of global trade, container shipping, and the exchange of goods. It questions a mercantile structure that by necessity disallows t…[Read more]
German Studies Association Conference Seminar (September 29 ‐ October 2, 2016 in San Diego)
THE LITERARY LIFE OF PLANTS: AGENCY, LANGUAGES, AND POETICS OF THE VEGETAL
Joela Jacobs, University of Arizona (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Isabel Kranz, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (email@example.com)
Call for Papers
OCEANS AND DESERTS 2016: CHARTING TRANSDISCIPLINARY CURRENTS IN ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE
The graduate students in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona invite proposals for their third annual interdisciplinary conference in the Environmental Humanities for emerging scholars (graduate students, p…[Read more]
Abby Goode started the topic Sustainability and Population in American Literary History in the forum Sustainable Humanities on MLA Commons 3 years ago
Special Session 77: “Sustainability and Population in American Literary History” at this year’s MLA might be of interest to folks studying ecocritical topics, demography in literature, race, reproduction, or American literature. Paper topics to be covered include conservation and eugenics, Jefferson, Malthus, and colonial problems of popul…[Read more]
Call for Papers: Edited Collection
The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature and Cinema
Edited by Patricia Vieira, Monica Gagliano and John Ryan
Ecocriticism’s rise to prominence in the fields of literature and cultural studies has been paralleled by the investigations of plant intelligence in botany and by n…[Read more]