TIRUCHI: The Departments of English and Botany of the National College have joined hands to conduct the IV International Conference of Organisation for Studies in Literature and Environment (OSLE-India) on September 25 and 26.
The organisers see the conference as a path-breaking effort since it seeks to close the gap between disciplinary boundaries and bring together seemingly disparate disciplines with the objective of producing new forms of knowledge, raising consciousness, and sensitising scholars to new modes of thinking.
According to M. Shankaran, Head, Department of English, and M.N. Abubacker, Head, Department of Botany, literature is perceived closer to cultural geography and natural sciences, and ecocriticism explores the relationship between literature and culture as well as nature.
Papers are to be presented on the following themes: Ecofeminism, ecospirituality, ecosophy, toxic consciousness, land ethic, bioremediation, biosemiotics, and bioregionalism.
There will also be papers linking ecocriticism to drama and cinema.
Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur, B.P. Sanjay, will inaugurate the conference.
The organisers have invited Mark Harbold, Professor of Music from Elmhurst College, Illinois, USA, to deliver a talk on Music, Nature and Spirituality.
The participants will comprise scholars of both humanities and natural sciences.