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Cli-Fi and Animals

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Organizer: Yanoula Athanassakis

Co-Organizer: Teresa Shewry

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Cli-Fi and Animals
Co-organizers: Teresa Shewry, UCSB; Yanoula Athanassakis, NYU
For this panel, we seek papers that address the intersections between climate fiction and animals (used here throughout to signify both human and nonhuman animals). We welcome diverse and creative understandings of climate fiction, following Kate Marshall’s recent argument, “to look not only for the primary genres of climate fiction but rather their hybrid traces in novels not otherwise considered within that frame.” We also welcome papers from a variety of fields and time periods, including but not limited to Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Science and Technology studies.We will explore how fiction represents the traces of the violence enacted against individuals and species, as well as aspirations of justice and repair that coalesce around animals, in the age of climate crisis. 
Questions and topics to consider: how can writing and other creative practices help us to imagine, remember, and perhaps to repair our entanglements with other beings? What genres and forms do writers mobilize to examine the relationships between human and nonhuman animals and climate change? In what ways are aspirations of climate justice conceived in more-than-human terms? What does it mean to fictionalize animals, or to imagine animals that do not (yet) exist? And what does it mean to imagine bringing back an extinct species? How might imaginaries of animals in different geographies and places such as laboratories, oceans, farms, and forests reorient our understandings of climate change? Are there relationalities that do not depend on the concept of the animal to be imaginable? What of stories of nonhuman animals that surprise, disgust, startle, and amaze us and that challenge “our” constructions of animality?
Topics might also include:

Concepts of animals in cli-fi (human and nonhuman and interactions between)
Animals and media (digital animals, reanimated animals, abiological/engineered animals)
Multi-species and interspecies relations
Climate change and industrial farming 
Vegetarianism and veganism 
Climate justice and climate change
Colonialism, racism, ableism, gender, and speciesism
Narratives of extinction
Narratives of aquatic and maritime animals
The Anthropocene and animals

Please submit 250-word abstracts via the ACLA website between August 30thand September 20th:

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