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CfP AAG 2022: Un-Earthing the Environmental Humanities

                Hi everybody,

I hope this email finds you well. Please see our AAG 2022 call for papers
below. Deadline for abstracts is *October 12*. We look forward to reading
your proposals and having another great discussion next spring.

Very best,

*Call for Papers AAG 2022:* *Un-Earthing the Environmental Humanities*


Building on six years of Geographies of Outer Space panels at the AAG, this
panel seeks papers that address outer space from an environmental
humanities perspective. We situate this call in line with the Climate
Justice theme of AAG 2022. Amidst accelerating concerns about the climate
catastrophe, outer space has come to offer powerful images and imaginaries
of escape from an imperilled planet. This off-world thinking deflects
responsibility from pressing Earthly problems - especially that related
to 'outer space’ activities - whilst also overlooking the impact of human
activity on non-Earthly ‘environments’. As colonial logics of
and extractivism have extended beyond our planet’s atmosphere since the
mid-twentieth century, the places and spaces of our solar system have
become increasingly 'polluted' by technological debris (Gorman 2019) or
ecologically reconfigured through extractivist anthropogenic activities
(Klinger 2017). At the same time, outer space itself has come to be
conceptualised as an ecosystemic ‘environment’ (Olson 2018), attributed
with its own ‘weather’ (Taylor 2020). Following calls to ‘un-earth’
Anthropocene (Messeri and Olson 2015), this panel invites papers that
explore outer space through an environmental lens. Through this panel it is
hoped that we may expand perspectives on climate justice by shedding light
on the past, current and future relationships between human beings and
space environments. How might a focus on outer space reshape understandings
of Earthly climate change? Images of earth from space have played a key
role in environmental activism but in what ways are new space-based
technologies being mobilised in relation to the climate emergency – and
what imaginaries and values underpin these efforts? What role has outer
space played (or may yet play) in imaginaries of ‘Other’ climates or in
redefining what counts and matters as the environment? We particularly
encourage contributions that foreground the methodologies and methods that
are being used to undertake environmental humanities research on the
geographies of outer space.

*Format:  *

This will be organised as a hybrid panel session in which panellists
briefly share relevant work, findings, and theorizations; and a moderated
discussion in which panellists think collaboratively about outer space

*Deadlines: *

Please email an *abstract* (*250 words maximum*) with your *name, email,
institutional affiliation and whether you aim to attend virtually or in
person*, to the organisers by *Tuesday 12 October*.

Please CC all of the organisers into your email (the organisers’ email
addresses are below). Whether you opt to attend online or in person will
not affect the organisers’ selection decision - some of the organisers will
attend the conference in person, while others may join remotely. We are
happy to accept presentations delivered online and to make the session
hybrid (or completely online if required). Further enquiries are welcome.

The organisers will notify you with the selection decision by Thursday 14

Participants will then need to submit their abstract via the AAG’s online
platform by *Monday 18 October 2021* (this is a day in advance of the AAG’s
official deadline to give us time to organise the panel). *Please note:* *the
registration fee must be paid prior to abstract submission.*

*1)*    *To register* follow this link:

*2)*    *To submit your abstract* follow this link:

Please make sure your abstract follows the AAG guidelines (

*3)*    Please send the PIN number you are given to the organisers by *Monday
18 October 2021 *(again, this is a day in advance of the official deadline
to give the organisers time to submit the panel)


Dr Eleanor S. Armstrong, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of
Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Delaware:

Dr A.R.E. Taylor, University of Exeter:

Dr Tamara Alvarez, Jagiellonian University:

Dr Chakad Ojani, Jagiellonian University:

*References: *

Gorman, Alice. 2019. *Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the
Future*. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Klinger, Julie Michelle. 2017. *Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial
Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes.* New York: Cornell University Press.

Olson, Valerie and Lisa Messeri. 2015. Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing
an Epoch. *Environment and Society: Advances in Research*, 6: 28-47.

Olson, Valerie. 2018. *Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and
Politics Beyond Earth*. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota

Taylor, A.R.E. 2020. Space Weather as a Threat to Critical Infrastructure.
*Roadsides*, 3: 63-72.


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