[AIW] CFP: Transcreations - Creaturely encounters as cultural artefacts, University of Granada, Granada/Spain, November 3-6, 2020

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Call for Papers

9th Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of
Literature, Culture and Environment (EASCLE)

Transcreations - Creaturely encounters as cultural artefacts

University of Granada, Granada/Spain

November 3-6, 2020



2020 9th Biennial EASLCE Conference“There are no limits to the extent to
which we can think ourselves into the being of another. There are no bounds
to the sympathetic imagination”, Elizabeth Costello addresses her audience
in J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals. With this statement, Costello seems
to agree with Albert Einstein’s famous quote regarding the superiority of
imagination over knowledge, making the la:er responsible for our limited and
short-sighted human knowledge and understanding.


Literature and other artistic discourses feed on the imagination whenever
authors/artists render to their public any experience other than their own,
even those of individuals belonging to their own species. Thus, when it
comes to imagining and rendering the fictional experience of a member of a
different species, the role of the narrator/ poet/ filmmaker/ artist
resembles that of a translator who moves between the source language (that
of the other-than-human being whose experience is being rendered) and the
target language (that of the human audience). In so doing, the translator
may choose, or inadvertently fall into, the “compensatory humanism”


Braidoh (2012) warns against, which easily leads to instances of
anthropomor-phisation that eventually deny the specificity of the
other-than-human being. Alternatively, s/he may devise particular narrative,
poetic, artistic strategies in an effort to focus on the message, while
acknowledging proximity to the source language, even in the awareness that
the recreation of that experience will always be mediated by the fact that
the translator belongs to a different species, speaking a different
language. Borrowing the concept of “transcreation” from the field of
translation studies, which is closely connected to skopos theory, Carretero-
González (2019) refers to those cultural artefacts as “interspecies


The aim of this conference is to explore the way in which creaturely
encounters have been textually rendered in order to transfer the experience
of the nonhuman species to a human audience. As in all EASLCE conferences we
welcome contributions from literary and cultural studies, philosophy, art
history, translation studies, education, music, anthropology, and other
Fields of environmental humanities.


Proposed papers/workshops may focus on, but are not restricted to topics
such as:

*	Affective ecologies (Weik von Mossner 2017)
*	Allegorical functions of other-than-human nature
*	Biosemiotics and the language of more-than-human/other-than-human
*	Empathetic imagination and education
*	Ethical implications of textual representations of other-than-human
*	Interspecies transcreation
*	Pathetic fallacy and anthropomorphisation
*	Posthuman subjectivities
*	Textual representations of animal and plant communications in
literature and other artistic discourses.
*	Translation studies and foreign-language learning: changes in
appreciation of other-than-human nature in translation and foreign-language


Confirmed keynote speakers:

*	Margo de Mello: Canisius College (Buffalo, NY); Animals & Society
*	Carmen Flys Junquera: Universidad de Alcalá

Invited keynote speaker:

*	Florianne Koechlin: Blueridge Institute (Muenchenstein, Switzerland)


Conference languages: English and Spanish.


Please send your abstracts (300-500 words) and a short bionote to the local
organiser by March 31, 2020. We accept 20-minute individual papers,
pre-formed panels with three 20-minute papers and pre-formed roundtables
with 5-6 papers of only 10 minutes each and time for discussion


Local organiser: Dr. Margarita Carretero- González and the organising


E-mail: easlce2020 at ugr.es <mailto:easlce2020 at ugr.es> 



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