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CALL FOR PAPERS: Lagoonscapes 3 | 1 | 2023
Framing Environments in Russia: Critical Reflections on Ecology, Culture and Power
Guest editors: Nadia Caprioglio, Roberta Sala (University of Turin)
Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2023
Over the last decades, the attention to environmental issues has seen an increasing growth, with many analytical studies from intellectuals and researchers around the globe. In particular, the ecocritical theory, with its intriguing approaches and essential ideas, has spawned a distinct area of diverse critical perspectives, exhibiting a dynamic, fast-growing development, from deep ecology to ecofeminism and social ecology, to material ecocriticism. Its privileged position is unlikely to change during an epoch marked by a multitude of conflicts, ecological questions, predicaments and social issues.
Russian scholarship in this field of studies has been particularly lacking, approaching nature mainly as a representational lens, or as a backdrop to more important “social” events. Nevertheless, the theme of nature occupies an important place in Russian literature and literary criticism, to the extent that the symbolism linked with some specific elements of Russian landscape (the forest, the river, the soil, etc.) has contributed to the shaping of Russian cultural identity. Despite this, environment in literature has mostly been related to the genre of nature writing, showing a deep connection with the idealistic view of landscape as a symbol of Russian traditions and Orthodox values.
In the early days of the Soviet Union, however, a nascent public ecological consciousness allowed for the development of environmental conservation laws as early as 1928. Just a decade later, geologist Vladimir Vernadsky would popularize the concept of the noosphere in the field of natural science. Indeed, in his seminal work Scientific Thought as a Planetary Phenomenon [Naučnaja žizn’ kak planetnoe javlenie] the researcher theorized the mutual relationship between human cognition and earth’s systems as a “sphere of reason”, providing the basis for the ecological discourse.
Presently, in Russia the cumulative crises of anthropogenic climate change, the indigenous land and water threat, the military conflicts, the role of energy resources for the country’s sovereignty are directing attention to the material structures of power that shape human and non-human interaction with the environment.
This has placed renewed importance on the environmental studies within Russian cultural space, highlighting new aspects of the relationship between nature, society and culture, as well as conceptualizing the consequent transformation of the role of nature from an object of human thought and action, to a more active participant in socio-political processes.
The cluster aims to present a collection of papers by researchers of several disciplines on various aspects of the prevailing themes in ecocritical theory and ecological thought, in order to shed light on the current ecocritical concepts in Russia. At the same time, new ways of exploring the relationship between ecocritical theory/ecological thought and some fundamental notions such as “energy,” “ecology,” “epoch,” and “humanities” will be examined, in order to truly comprehend the context and realities of twenty-first century Russia.
Possible topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Abstract submission: September 26, 2022
Article submission: March 31, 2023
If you would like to participate, please submit your abstract (no more than 350 words) using the link below and attaching a short bio by September 15, 2022.
We encourage proposals that emphasize expansive thinking about the topic from scholars at all stages of their careers.
Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 6,000 words, including abstract and bibliography. The instructions for authors can be consulted in the journal’s website: ‘Editorial Guidelines’. Submissions must be suitable for blind review.
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Lagoonscapes. The Venice Journal of Environmental Humanities is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.
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