‘The 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability’
Winning entry to be delivered at the 2013
INSPIRE is pleased to announce a public lecture competition, the winner of which will present their paper at the 2013 Hay Literature Festival.
Please note that this competition is now closed to entries.
The Call for Entries read as follows:
The Brundtland Report (1987) defined sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ Since then, the concept of ‘sustainability’ has entered a wide range ofspheres within socio-politico-cultural life as an idea that aims to recalibrate models of living, that is focused around interrelations between economy, society and environment and that has the general aim of safeguarding human and non-human life as well as the planetary home.
Notionally a catalyst for change, ‘sustainability’ can also be a buzzword, a smokescreen, a tick in a box, afundraiser. In seeking out action in the present that functions to ensure a future, ‘sustainability’ poses fundamental questions for both environmental and socio-cultural practice.
This competition invites entrants to submit the text of a half-hour public lecture that considers the potential relationship between literary study and the sustainability debate. A wide range of approaches to this issue is welcome. However, entrants should bear in mind that the primary aim of the lecture should be to investigate literary-critical practice within the context of issues raised by questions about sustainability.
The competition seeks to further scholarly activity in the field of environmentally-informed literary criticism. As such, entries will be judged according to the highest academic standards. However, material submitted must also strive to be accessible to an audience that mayrange from interested lay-people to professional literary critics and sustainability practitioners.
The competition will be judged by Dr Adeline Johns-Putra (Chair of ASLE-UKI), Dr Matthew Jarvis (Anthony Dyson Fellow in Poetry, UW:TSD) and Dr Paul Wright (Head of the School of Cultural Studies, UW:TSD).
The winner will be announced at the ASLE-UKI Symposium on Literature and Sustainability, which will be held on the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on 15 March 2013. The winner of the competition will be invited to deliver her/his submission as ‘The 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability’ at the 2013 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 23 May–2 June 2013).
Delivery of the lecture itself will befollowed by a public discussion between the competition winner, Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Minister of Sustainability, and a representative of ASLE-UKI.
ASLE-UKI is funding a discretionary travel bursary for the winner, to a maximum of £150.