34TH EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR AMERICAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
Proposals may address (but are not restricted to) the following topics
WASTELANDS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
- Environmental waste (water, land, e-waste, etc.).
- Anti-Waste: degrowth philosophy.
- “Zero waste” movement and consumerism.
- Food waste.
- Wastelands as devastation of spaces.
- Waste of resources (human, natural, economic, etc.).
THE ETHICS OF WASTE
- Moral waste: deterioration of democracies and other values. Empty discourses (political, cultural, etc.).
- Wasted opportunities (land of opportunities, American dream).
- Waste as a “negative store”, as opposed to the archive; forgetting, destruction, and latent cultural memory.
- Waste of information: useless and redundant data, technology, media, etc.
- Illnesses and pathologies.
- Age: The Growing Land.
- Emotional wastelands: real or metaphorical
- Pandemics and other physical threats.
LITERARY AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS OF WASTELANDS
- “Wasteland” as an image of decadence, crisis, and postwar.
- Barrenness vs. fertility, hopelessness vs. regeneration.
- S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and its literary / cultural influence.
- Literary representations of wastelands.
- (Audio)visual representations of wastelands.
- Ruins, trash, in painting, music, film, and other artistic representations.