Natures 2017

Collisions and Collaborations within Contact Zones

The Natures 2017 conference convenes April 21, 2017 on the campus of La Sierra University (Riverside, CA USA).  Learn more about the Natures Conference here.

Our 2017 theme invites exploration of collisions and conflicts occurring within contact zones.

We seek papers on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Close readings of texts (written, physical, and/or visual; literary, historical, musical, cultural; etc.) from any period, using any critical approach, which reveal environmental themes
  • Multispecies interactions, competition, collaborations, mutual destruction, symbiosis
  • Eco-tones, spaces and places, boundaries and borders; food studies and culture; environmental narratives, urban ecologies
  • Interdisciplinarity, defining and redefining environmental humanities, navigating academic sites of conflict and collaboration

Deadline for title, 50-word summary, and a 250-word abstract submission to the online submission form is February 20, 2017 (President’s day).

Replies to submissions will be made by March 10, 2017.

Deadline to register for the conference is March 20, 2017.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth DeLoughrey, University of California, Los Angeles

Questions? Contact: Lora Geriguis ( and Cassie Hicks (

See the Natures_2015_program_FINAL.

See important dates and deadlines under Calendar

The story and motives behind the establishment of the Natures conference at La Sierra University, including why we call it Natures, can be read at About. See Pastconferences for a history of prior years' events, including links to news articles. View pictures of past presenters and plenary speakers in Pictures.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the role Natures plays in the MA in English program at La Sierra University where the conference is currently hosted, see About or ContactUs.

Thank you for your interest in Natures. We hope to see you in April!







The Natures Conference

The Natures conference was established in 2009 out of a growing awareness that environmental studies was an arena in which various disciplines could find common ground. While papers delivered at the conference cover a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to environmental ones, that original value for interdisciplinary representation persists. Natures provides young and seasoned scholars the opportunity to share their work from across the broad spectrum of the humanities, explore the variety of critical identities, and participate in the growing field of ecocriticism.

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