“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.

Sustainability and Population in American Literary History

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    Abby Goode

    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 population, and the confluence of agrarianism and black nationalism. The panel is on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in 116 VCC West. More information about the panelists and papers can be found at http://sustainabilityandpopulationinalh.mla.hcommons.org/.

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