Earth Day first celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970 by millions of people and now mobilizing citizens and communities worldwide, represented the first massive expression of public concern with the ecological sustainability of our planet, launching the modern global environmentalist movement. As the world signals its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Symposium (Re)thinking Earth: From Representations of Nature to Climate Change Fiction, aims to bring together an intersection of plural perspectives and representations of the tropes of threatened nature and climate crisis, spread over time, place, formats and aesthetic models, under the collaborative interdisciplinary model of the environmental humanities.

We invite papers on a range of topics that may include:

  • Nature writing over time and space
  • Global voices in ecopoetics
  • Affect and ecocriticism
  • Climate change in contemporary fiction
  • Reimagined pastoral landscapes
  • Space and scale in environmental writing
  • Agroecological storytelling
  • Thinking the anthropocene
  • Representations of environmental science in literature and film
  • The climate change crisis in visual culture
  • Ecomedia and the communication of environmental science
  • Climate change in utopian and dystopian literature
  • Post-colonial and indigenous representations of environmental collapses
  • Science Fiction, fantasy and environmental crises
  • Film and the televisual representations of climate change
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental education and literacy

This conference is organized by the Strand American Intersections of CETAPS, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon.

Participants should submit a 250 word abstract in English or Portuguese by March 15, 2020 accompanied by a brief bio-note. Letters of acceptance will be sent no later than March 30th, 2020.

Inquiries and abstracts should be emailed to Teresa Botelho ( and to Isabel Oliveira Martins (

Registration fees for participants presenting papers: 40 Euros (full fee) // 20 Euros (student fee)