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Southern U.S. Landscapes, Gardens, & Environments in the Age of Global Warming (ASLE, June 2009)

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: U.S. Southern Literature [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-LIT@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Martyn Bone Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 12:36 PM To:
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      From: U.S. Southern Literature [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-LIT@...] On
      Behalf Of Martyn Bone
      Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 12:36 PM
      To: H-SOUTHERN-LIT@...
      Subject: CFA: Southern U.S. Landscapes, Gardens, and Environments in the
      Age of Global Warming (ASLE, June 2009)

      From: Jon Smith [mailto:jsa106@...]
      Sent: Wed 01-10-2008 18:43
      Subject: CFA for H-SouthernLit

      Call for Abstracts for a Proposed Panel: "Southern U.S. Landscapes,
      Gardens, and Environments in the Age of Global Warming"

      2009 ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment)
      Biennial Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, June 3-6, 2009

      For over a century, one foundation of U.S. Southern essentialism and
      exceptionalism was the region's climate: as in the global south, the
      heat was said to affect, even dictate, cultural attributes ranging from
      savage primitivism (Carl Carmer and W.J. Cash on Alabama as the Congo)
      to poor work habits (Bertelson's The Lazy South) to a general resistance
      to change of any sort, including racial change (In the Heat of the
      Night, Welty's "Where Is the Voice Coming From?"). Ironically, today-as
      the Arbor Day Foundation acknowledged in 2007 by shifting the USDA
      climate zones on its own maps several hundred miles north-the South's
      climate itself is changing, probably to a regime of more serious
      droughts, even greater heat, and stronger though less frequent rains.

      This panel seeks papers deploying cultural-studies approaches to
      climate-driven changes in such matters as U.S. Southern environmental
      concerns, gardening practices, and landscapes. Possible topics include,
      for example, water issues in Atlanta, especially during the 2007
      drought; related recent legal battles over water among Georgia,
      Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama; southern evangelical responses to
      climate change; similarities and differences between civil rights and
      climate-change rhetorics and responses to these rhetorics;
      disproportionate resistance to global warming evidence among southern
      state climatologists (e.g., those of Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi)
      and broadcast meteorologists (the Fox-fanned James Spann/Heidi Cullen
      flap); increasing use of tropicals and desert plants in Southern public
      and private gardens; rethinking the "Sunbelt"; CO2 emissions, southern
      automotive culture, and/or southern reliance on coal power; cultural
      effects of the increasing climatic "southernization" of such states as
      Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York (e.g., kudzu in
      Central Park), or, indeed, of British Columbia itself; cultural effects
      on the U.S. South of newer invasive tropical or subtropical species such
      as cogon grass and snakehead fish; management issues at disappearing
      "islands" of northerly flora such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park
      and Dolly Sods Wilderness; climatic/cultural aspects of the resurgent
      post-Katrina trope of the U.S. South as global-southern; comparative
      work on responses to global warming in the South and regions and nations
      further south or further north; etc.

      Preference will be given to abstracts that are both firmly grounded in
      empirical or textual evidence and conversant with the theory and
      practice of cultural studies, so that, at their best, they might model
      new ways of doing southern studies, environmental studies, and/or
      cultural studies.

      For more information on ASLE 2009, please see the conference website at

      Abstracts to Jon Smith at jon_smith@... by November 1, 2008. (The
      deadline for panel proposals is November 15, 2008.)

      Jon Smith
      Simon Fraser University
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