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Environment and Culture Caucus

Liaison: Ivan Grabovac, igrabovac@mtroyal.ca

The Environment and Culture Caucus works within the American Studies Association to promote further work on the environment, broadly understood, within the association. We sponsor a panel each year at the ASA national meeting, work to organize numerous other panels on environmental issues at the conference, and engage in a variety of other efforts to raise the profile of environmental work within and around the ASA and American Studies as a field. We are interested in furthering more work that reflects historical and cultural analysis of environmental issues and concerns, and hope to demonstrate the relevance of environmental scholarship to the central issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and colonialism at the heart of much work in American culture studies.

The ECC sponsors the ANNETTE KOLODNY PRIZE for the best paper on an environment and culture theme at the ASA conference. The prize includes a cash award and is generously supported by Orion and Duke University Press. A list of prize winners may be found at the bottom of this page. For information on the “Annette Kolodny Prize,” please contact Charlie Mitchell at cmitchell@elmira.edu

The next ASA meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013.

The Annual Business Meeting of the ECC will take place Saturday November 23, 2:30-4:40PM at the Washington Hilton, E-Embassy. We will be brainstorming ideas for our sponsored sessions for next year’s ASA conference, as well as awarding the 2012 Annette Kolodny Environmental Studies Prize to Megan Black. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We are fortunate to have two officially sponsored panels this year:

“Destroyed Worlds, Unpayable Debts: Uses of Children and Childhood in Environmentalism” (co-sponsored by the Childhood and Youth Studies Caucus). Chaired and with commentary by Cindi Katz, and papers by Natasha Zaretsky, Melanie Arndt, Gerry Canavan, and Rebecca Onion. Thursday November 21, Noon-1:45PM at the Washington Hilton, G1-Gunston West.

“Climate Debt: Employing the Logic of Debt for Environmental Justice.” Chaired and with commentary by Noel Sturgeon, and papers by Ashley Dawson, Karen Orenstein, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, and Stephanie LeMenager. Saturday November 23, 8:00AM-9:45AM at the Washington Hilton, G1-Gunston West.

Web Site: http://www.wsu.edu/~amerstu/enstudcaucus.html

To join the Environment and Culture Caucus list-serv, contact the ECC List Administrator at asaecc@gmail.com

Winners of the Annette Kolodny Prize:

Jennifer Mason (Skidmore College), “Animals, Animality, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Or, Life in the Built Environment”

C. Greig Crysler (University of California, Berkeley), “From Flesh to Fiberglass: ‘Cows on Parade’ in Chicago”

Phoebe Kropp (University of Pennsylvania), “Barefoot, Hungry, and Happy: The Bodily Experiences of Camping”

Finis Dunaway (Trent University), “Gas Masks, Pogo, and the Ecological Indian: Earth Day and the Visual Politics of American Environmentalism”

Marina Moskowitz (University of Glasgow), “Quality Adapted to the Country: The Place of Horticulture in the Nineteenth Century”

Erica Hannickel (University of Iowa), An Agricultural Empire of Grapevines: Grape Culture in Antebellum America”

Giovanna Di Chiro (Mount Holyoke College), “Polluted Politics? Confronting Toxic Discourse, Sex Panic, and Eco-Normativity”

Ivan Grabovac (Mount Royal University), “Nativism and Nationhood: Migratory Birds, Immigrants, and the Making of Ecological Citizens”
Jessica Ramsey (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Floating Communities and Contested Belonging: The Flood Narratives of Hurricane Katrina and Richard Wright”

Stephanie LeMenager (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Aesthetics of Petroleum II: Petro-Melancholia and Gulf Coast Subsidence”

Michael Lundblad (Colorado State University), “Animality as Refuge: Terry Tempest Williams and the Biopolitics of Terminal Cancer”

Megan Black (George Washington University), “Guardians of ‘Global’ Resources: Visualizing Energy and Empire in US Government-Sponsored Film, 1949-1956”

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CFP: Americas Mineral Frontier:  Culture, Ecology, and Prehistoric Carbon - Environmental History

Fellow Environment and Culture caucus members, this session is seeking a fellow panelist for this year’s American Society of Environmental History meeting—themed “Crossing Borders”—in San Francisco March 12-16.

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CFP: “Climate Debt: Employing the Logic of Debt for Environmental Justice”

While the logic of debt has typically been used by the wealthy and powerful as a means of enforcing and perpetuating existing relations of power and powerlessness, it has also been wielded by less powerful groups calling for reparations.  In this spirit, less developed countries, environmentalists, and indigenous groups have advanced the concept of climate debt - compensation, in the currency of dollars or carbon emissions, owed to current and future victims of anthropogenic climate change by the heaviest emitters. Whereas powerful nations and transnational bodies have mercilessly demanded the repayment of monetary debts, they have been much less willing to even acknowledge the existence of climate debt.

This panel, organized by the American Studies Association’s Environment and Culture Caucus, seeks to explore the theory, application, and potential of climate debt.  Possible topics include but are not limited to

    The theory and history of climate debt
    Formulations and applications of the concept
    Climate debt in popular culture
    Analysis of specific calls for considerations of climate debt
    Climate debt in relation to other forms of debt
    Strategy and ethics of using the logic of debt for environmental justice

Panelists are invited to explore these and related topics through the lenses of environmental justice, transnational environmentalism, environmental history, social movement studies, popular culture studies, anthropology, economics, environmental communications, and other perspectives.

Please send an abstract (approximately 300 words) and a CV to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before January 22, 2013.

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Environment Keywords Project

Invitation to Join the “Environment” Keywords Working Group

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