International Conference, Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, 22 May – 24 May 2019
The word ecology appears to be on everyone’s lips today, but it is seldom scrutinized. Even though the term stems from biology and was defined as the „study of the economy, of the household, of animal organisms“ (which „includes the relationships of animals with both the inorganic and organic environments“) by Ernst Haeckel in the 1870s, it seems to be used interchangeably with terms such as ‘environment’ or ‘environmentalism’ today.
The revisiting and re-evaluation of ecology, (not only) in the broadest and traditional meaning of the term, becomes increasingly pressing today in the context of ideologies, new scientific breakthroughs or backlashes in the fight against global warming, for example. In 2018, the so called Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity has „used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year,“ (overshootday.org) fell on August 1 – the earliest date so far. This day raises awareness of mankind’s position within ecology and, by extension, also ties in with human beings‘ position in a glocal world.
Our conference aims at overcoming simplistic conceptions of ‚ecology‘ and at exploring the potential of the term as a perspective, vantage point, concept and epistemological approach. As Tucker and Bates (4) stress, „All ecological study is at once multidisciplinary“ and such inter- or multidisciplinary study is needed in order to explore contemporary ecological issues. We thus want to transcend the boundaries of disciplines and approaches to build fruitful relationships and establish bonds between disciplines such as History, Media, Arts and Culture, Economy, Politics, Natural Sciences, Linguistics etc.
Deadline for submissions: Nov. 15, 2018.