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Conference – Intermedial Ecocriticism: The Anthropocene Condition across Media and the Arts (Cluj-Napoca, 2019)

August 29, 2019 - August 31, 2019


Intermedial Ecocriticism: The Anthropocene Condition across Media and the Arts

Cluj-Napoca, Romania August 29-31

[Click here to read the Call for Papers]

Conference Organizers
Doru Pop (Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca), Liviu Lutas and Jørgen Bruhn
(Linnæus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies, Sweden)
The conference is a collaboration between Linnæus Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies and The Center for Transdisciplinary Research – Ekphrasis, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca

Anthropocene is a much-debated, yet highly influential catch-all term for a planetary
condition, which casts humankind as a geological force. Subsuming phenomena like
dramatically diminishing biodiversity, detrimental pollution, destruction of marine and
telluric ecosystems, and anthropogenic climate change, Anthropocene succeeds in capturing the contemporary moment of crisis, anxiety, and even “pre-trauma” depression (Anne Kaplan).

At the time the term was coined in the early 2000s, environmental alarms have been sounding for more than three decades, and environmental issues have already transcended the domain of natural sciences. Indispensable in diagnosing damage and construing simulated scenarios, when it comes to engaging the public at large, the natural sciences are no match for the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. For them, Anthropocene is a tool for making cultural, political, and ideological sense of irreversible environmental phenomena, for rendering them graspable, and even resolvable.


Confirmed Key Note Speakers
Lars Elleström, professor of Comparative Literature, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Simon Estok, associate professor of English and Foreign Languages, Sungkyunkwan
University, South Korea
Alexa Weik von Mossner, associate professor of American Studies, Klagenfurt University, Germany
Christina Stojanova, associate professor, University of Regina, Canada


The official language of the conference is English.

Conference registration deadline: June 15 th, 2019


Other Important Information
The conference fee is € 100, payable online. It includes conference dinner, and access to all conference activities and materials.
The organizers will provide a meal plan and housing at the Babeș-Bolyai University hotel for an extra fee of € 50.

Reduced fees for graduate students and independent artists/writers are to be discussed with the organizers.


Publication of Conference Proceedings
We are planning to publish a selection of the articles presented in the peer reviewed journal Ekphrasis (ESCI, ERIH/ EBSCO) – a separate volume edited by the organizers, to be published at an international publisher, pending on the range and quality of papers

[Click here to read the Call for Papers]


Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai
Mihail Kogălniceanu St. 1
Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania


Doru Pop

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