[H-verkko] CFP: Green Countercultures
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Call for Papers: Ecozon@ Issue 4.1 (Spring 2013)
Guest Editor: Peter Mortensen, Aarhus University
>From the late 1950s to the early 1970s an extraordinary
counterculture emerged among young people in various western
countries, opposing the values of mainstream society. The
counterculture originated in a protest again Cold War moralism,
conservatism and consumerism, and it was later galvanized by
opposition to ethnic discrimination and the US war in Vietnam. The
counterculture unfolded in a variety of forms – in political protest,
anti-war sentiment, expressive individualism, calls for women’s and
minorities’ rights, a new awareness of Eastern spirituality and
widespread experimentation with drugs, sex, diet, dress and other
forms of alternative lifestyle. Not coincidentally, the
counterculture also brought a heightened environmental consciousness
that was expressed both in new modes of collective activism and in
new concerns with individual lifestyle issues and consumption
This special section for Spring 2013 invites essays, of approximately
6,000-8,000 words, engaging with the greening of literature and
culture in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. We welcome a variety of
approaches reflecting the intrinsic pluralism, heterogeneity and
international/transatlantic scope of the counterculture. Questions to
be addressed may but need not include the following:
• What shapes does ecological anxiety take, and what importance
does it have, in the works of countercultural experimental artists
from different countries such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Werner Herzog,
Joseph Beuys, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Aldous Huxley, Ursula K.
Le Guin, Robert Crumb and Marvin Gaye?
• How were events like the Santa Barbara oil blowout (January
1969), the first Earth Day celebration (April 1970), the formation of
Green political parties in Switzerland (1972), Britain (1973), and
Germany (1980) and the attendant debates over overpopulation,
resource and energy scarcity, chemical toxicity, space exploration
and nuclear power reworked and refracted in the period’s high and
• To what extent and in what ways does countercultural
environmental protest writing accentuate and revitalize (or distort
and domesticate) already existing pastoral, decentralist and romantic
anticapitalist currents and traditions in Western thought and culture,
from Rousseauism to anarchism, Transcendentalism to vitalism?
• To what extent and in what ways do different versions of
countercultural environmentalism complicate the conceptual paradigms
and dichotomies underpinning debates within fields like environmental
history, green cultural studies and literary ecocriticism, including
the distinctions between anthropocentrism and biocentrism,
preservation and conservation, wilderness and urbanism, and “deep”
and “shallow” ecologies?
• How can we critically address the fact that the
counterculture tended to envision ecotopian alternatives by crafting
images of racial and cultural “others” – for example Fellaheen
Mexicans, ecological Indians, mystical Orientals, and chthonic earth
mothers – living in holistic harmony with nature?
• How can we productively engage with the ambiguous legacy of
countercultural life-reformist discourses, embodied practices and
anthropotechnics, including back-to-the-land homesteading, Buddhist
economics, organic self-sufficiency gardening, vegetarianism,
voluntary simplicity, do-it-yourself, yoga and appropriate
technology, and what do we make of their possible continued relevance
in the age of anthropogenic climate change and peak oil?
Please direct questions to Peter Mortensen (engpm at hum.au.dk).
Completed manuscripts have to be submitted via the journal platform
no later than September 15, 2012. Authors must comply with the
guidelines indicated on the platform, including 2 abstracts (English
and Spanish), keywords (English and Spanish) and MLA style citations.
Articles will be accepted in English and German.
Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 16.09.2012
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