Breaking New Ground: Pluralistic Approaches to Global Ecocriticism is a Graduate Colloquium sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the University of Maryland-College Park. The colloquium will be held on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Tawes Building on UMD's campus. All are welcome to attend this free conference. The keynote speaker is Dr. Stephanie Posthumus of McGill University. Graduate student speakers from across the US will present their work on topics related to global literature and ecocriticism. For more information, directions, and the conference schedule, please see our website: www.breakingnewgroundumd.weebly.com or contact email@example.com.
“For technological breakthroughs, legislative reforms, and paper covenants about environmental welfare to take effect, or even to be generated in the first place, requires a climate of transformed environmental values, perception, and will. To that end, the power of story, image, and artistic performance and the resources of aesthetics, ethics and cultural theory are crucial.”
—Lawrence Buell, The Future of Environmental Criticism (2005)
It is this transformation of values, perception, and will that is the ultimate goal of “Breaking New Ground”: to engage the interdisciplinary scholar through an examination of these representations. Our interdisciplinary scope of engagement with the field of ecocriticism draws from multiple languages and cultures. Within the ecocritical foreign language tradition, every contributing voice represents a unique and different history, a separate cultural truth and identity. Contemporary scholars use ecocritical models and frameworks such as posthumanism, ecophilosophical positionality, the scientific sanctioning of literary value, and poststructuralism to better understand the impact of forces such as colonialism and global capitalism on both culture and biodiversity.