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[cfp] Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature (Collection)

Posted 15 Jan, 2005

Editors Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey seek proposals for a new collection of original articles to be published by State University of New York Press that address the role of visual rhetoric and picture theory in understanding the construction and contestation of space, place, nature, and environment. This collection will consider how and what imagesnmental rhetoric, and visual rhetoric to more fully develop theories of ecosee. Growing from M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline S. Palmer's attempt to understand "the relationships among language, thought, and action in environmental politics" as expressed in their landmark book Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America, Ecosee moves to take into consideration a crucial facet of environmental rhetoric: ecosee, the visual (re)presentation of space/environment/nature in photographs, paintings, television, movies, video games, computer medias, and other forms of image-based media.

The editors seek proposals for innovative papers that bring together an array of approaches to developing ecosee theories. The editors of this collection seek articles that approach ecosee from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to:

  • issues of visual semiotics, the role of image in defining the abstract principle of "Nature"
  • filmic representations of nature/space
  • computer generated images
  • "false" or manipulated images
  • the image/imaging of extinct species (consider, for instance, The Discovery Channel's series When Dinosaurs Roamed America)
  • simulations of nature
  • counter images
  • third-space representations of nature
  • images and hyperreal nature
  • the ethics of (re)presenting nature visually

The editors will not seek articles that offer simple "readings" of specific images, but instead look for articles that forward picture theory, visual rhetorical theory, and other new media theory as they pertain to "seeing" nature in order to further develop ecosee theories. The editors encourage contributors who wish to include readings of images to couch those readings in the hermeneutic work of a contributor's theoretical address.

Please send a proposal of 500-750 words and a contributor's bio by March 15, 2005 to (preferably) e-mail or snail mail address below. (Early inquiries and submissions are highly encouraged). Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2005. Final drafts of articles will be due: September 1, 2005.

For more information, inquiries, or submissions, please email the editors. Sdobrin@english.ufl.edu, swmorey@english.ufl.edu

Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey
Department of English
University of Florida
PO Box 117310
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7311

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