CFP: Comics, Graphic Novels, and the Environment

panel at ASLE 2017
annual conforence of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
June 20-24 2017
Stichtag: 25.11.2016

This panel seeks to offer a range of explorations of environmental and ecological themes in comics and graphic novels. Whereas the conference’s “Rust/Resistance” special topic ( should provide cohesion to the panel, papers that expand the study of comics and graphic novels from any environmental lens are also welcome. Among others, the panel will be concerned with several questions, such as: What particular forms of visualization do comics and graphic novels offer us as conduits to imagine the environment? What specific narrative forms in the medium such as the sequence, the gutter, or the panel must be explored in considering the ways in which we can tackle environmental issues? In what specific ways can the “worlding” capacities of comics and graphic novels be understood in environmental terms? What approaches to comics might be most relevant to environmental studies and, conversely, what environmental approaches might be most productive for the study of comics? How are agendas of environmental resistance specifically articulated in the medium of comics and graphic novels?

Papers that explore these and related questions while focusing on particular works will be given priority.

Submissions are invited to explore a range of topics including, though not limited to, the following:

  • Environmental justice and social movements
  • Industrialization and modernity
  • Comparative and planetary reflections
  • Environmental and natural disasters
  • Climate change
  • Inhabitance
  • Energy
  • Material culture
  • Pollution
  • Modernity and technological advancements
  • The Anthropocene
  • Bioregionalism
  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives
  • Animal studies
  • Food
  • The weather
  • Graphic journalism
  • Science fiction
  • Eco-terrorism
  • Poverty
  • Agriculture
  • Landscapes
  • Water studies
  • Resources and infrastructures
  • Biopolitics
  • Geographical developments
  • Post-humanism
  • New media

Please send a 300-word abstract and short bio to by November 25, 2016.

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