Virtual International Conference on

Environmental Imagination & Greening of Literary Studies

27 & 28 July 2022


Registration & Abstract submission : 30 June 2022
Full paper submission : 05 July 2022


Registration link:


Faculty / Academicians: Rs. 500 / $ 6.50
Research Scholars: Rs. 300 / $ 4.00
Post Graduates & Research Scholars: Rs. 300 / $ 4.00
Co-authored papers : Rs. 700 / $ 9.10
The registration fee is non-refundable.

Mode of Payment

Online Payment: Account No. : 4134000100125368
Bank : Punjab National Bank
IFSC Code : PUNB0413400
Payment link:
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Important Dates

Abstract submission : 30 June 2022
Full paper submission : 05 July 2022

The College

Bishop Heber College is a religious minority educational institution established by Tiruchirappalli – Thanjavur Diocese of the Church of South India. The College traces its origin back to Heber Memorial School in 1864. It was the first College to be established in Tiruchirappalli. It is named after Reginald Heber, the Lord Bishop of Calcutta. The College was closed in 1934 owing to financial crisis and was revived in 1966. The College celebrated its Golden Jubilee in February 2016. The University Grants Commission, New Delhi granted Autonomy to the College during 2004-2005. The College was accredited with 5 stars by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council at the A+ level in March 2007. In March 2015, the college was reaccredited (3rd cycle) at A Grade by NAAC with CGPA of 3.58 on a 4-point scale. The College has been recognized by the UGC as “College with Potential for Excellence” in September 2011 and was elevated to the status of “College of Excellence” in April 2017. The College has established a great reputation for its high academic standards and attracts students from all over India and abroad.

Department of English

The Department of English was established when the college was revived in 1966. It was upgraded as a post-graduate department in 1979. The M. Phil. Research program was begun in 1988 and later Doctoral Research in 1994 making the department a full-fledged research department enrolling full time and part time scholars. The department functions in two streams, the government aided and management financed, staffed with 74 qualified teachers.

The Department brings out a registered International ISSN Journal, Literary Explorer, annually, to which both research scholars and teachers contribute their critiques and creative outputs. The language lab, equipped with individual computer facility for hundred and twenty students at a time, provides interactive programmed lessons on English grammar and communication.

Bishop Heber College is one of the pioneering institutes in the study of Literature and Environment. It has been offering a core paper titled ‘Ecoliterature’ at the Postgraduate level since the early 2000s. It aims to study literature from an inter/multidisciplinary perspective to address ecological concerns of today. The critical practice of reading literature through an ecocritical lens also provides new insights into literary study. The department encourages research in Ecocriticism at the postgraduate and doctoral levels leading to significant scholarship.

The Concept Note

This conference on Environmental Imagination and Greening of Literary Studies inaugurates an exciting new series of research papers and deliberations on environmental - philosophy, imagination, crises, ethics, literature and writings - one of the enormous and complex areas to explore and draws attention towards more practical insights on today’s environmental issues.

This conference initiates a special attention to and a newer consciousness towards the natural world and the physical environment, with special emphasis on - ‘environ’, ‘place’, ‘’space’ be they social, political, cultural, natural or religious in the pandemic Covid-19 world. This Eco-conference calls for a fresh shift in the critical thinking on political and spiritual decision making processes, on restructuring our ideological praxis and to ruminate on the quality of life-to-be in the post-pandemic Covid-19 world. Inventive reflections on how this Covid-19 state has changed our way of thinking and the pattern of our life are a matter of interest from the ecocritical, ecopolitical and ecoconscious perspectives. Hence, the deliberations are entitled to focus on the need for a modified understanding of our present environment and the ongoing crises/ reality which threaten human and the non-human today.

Environmental concerns have become ubiquitous. When all the other spheres of human endeavors have gone green, namely, architecture, religion, philosophy, technology, economy, industry, business and management, and while many green movements with an array of agenda crusade to preserve the rights of the non-human, the literary academia is goaded to heed to the wakeup call to draw more action plans to make literary studies green and safeguard the integrity of the living planet in the best way possible.

Indicative themes pertaining to the discipline of literature around which the events will be structured will include (but not limited to) the following:

  • 1. The Conception of Nature in the Fables around the World
  • 2. Climate Fiction
  • 3. Nature (Writing) in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • 4. Eco-crisis Narratives
  • 5. Empirical Ecocritical Approaches to Literary Studies
  • 6. Narrative Contagion
  • 7. Ecoprecarity
  • 8. Interdisciplinary Environmental Approaches to Presenting Information about Existential Crises
  • 9. Tension between Complacency and Vigilance in the Context of Public Health
  • 10. Ecological Crises and How Literature and the Arts can Help to Break Down Complacency
  • 11. Environmental Racism
  • 12. Medical-Environmental Humanities
  • 13. Culture and Environmentalism
  • 14. Postcolonial Ecocriticism (POCOECO)
  • 15. Environmental Ethics (extending the traditional boundaries of ethics to include the non human world)
  • 16. Environmental Aesthetics (the investigation of the aesthetic appreciation of natural environments)
  • 17. Ecofeminism (regards the oppression of women and nature as interconnected)
  • 18. Ecotheology (God exists internally in the environment), Convergence of Ecology and Theology, Environment and Nature in the Scriptures)
  • 19. Greening of Postmodernity (The Return to Nature and the Environment Consciousness in the Postmodern World)
  • 20. Justice and Peace towards Nature in the Literary Imagination
  • 21. Bioregionalism – Place & Identity, Political Policies, Sustainability
  • 22. Biopolitical Ecocritism
  • 23. Environmental Psychology in Literary Texts
  • 24. Environmental Thinking/ Imagination/ Humanities
  • 25. Environmental / Eco-Justice
  • 26. Eco-Philosophy/ Ecosophy
  • 27. Nature Writing and Ecocriticism
  • 28. Eco- Literary Anthropology
  • 29. Sustainable Development: Through Literary Narratives/ A More Practical Approach from the Literary Academia
  • 30. Alternative Energy Resources from the Energy Narratives
  • 31. Rewilding, Regeneration and Recycling for a Better Tomorrow: A Practical Approach through Narratives
  • 32. Neopastoralism
  • 33. Future Directions for a Pragmatic Approach towards the Creation of Ecoconscious Literature and the Recommendations for Ecological Criticism
  • 34. Human-Animal Studies (academic attention on how animals figure and are configured in human worlds - the relationships that humans share with animals/ representation of the non-human world in literary narratives)
  • 35. Ecolinguistics
  • 36. Environmental Posthumanism / Critical Ecologies of Posthumanism

Call for Papers

  • We invite original research articles from teachers and students (PG & Research) along with the plagiarism report attached to the paper
  • Papers will be checked for plagiarism before presentation on Turnitin
  • An abstract of the proposed paper, using MS-Word, and not exceeding 200 words should be sent along with the registration form.
  • The full paper must be formatted in MS-Word, adhering to the norms of the MLA 8 Edition format (Size: 12. Times New Roman) and not exceeding 2500 words should be sent before the deadline specified.
  • 20 select papers shortlisted by a jury will be published in the department journal Literary Explorer (ISSN 0973-0524)
  • Submission of full paper will be intimated on acceptance of the abstract
  • Registration is open from 01 June 2022
  • The abstract must include author's bio-note, e-mail ID/ contact no.
  • The email address for submission of abstract is:
  • Paper presentations will be conducted as parallel sessions. Each presenter is expected to present his/her paper in 15-20 minutes.

Resource Persons

Speakers on 27 July 2022

Prof. Scott Slovic

University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Humanities
Department of English, University of Idaho, Moscow

Title of Presentation

In Medias Res: Complacency,Vigilance, and the Practice of the Medical-Environmental Humanities during the Ongoing COVID Pandemic.

  • Professor of Natural Resources and Society
  • Editor-in-Chief, ISLE, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment/Oxford University Press 1995
  • Faculty Fellow, Office of Research and Economic Development 2017
  • Participating Faculty, Environmental Science Program, College of Natural Resources
  • Director of Strategic Initiatives for Cross-Disciplinary, International, and Public Impact Research
  • Series Co-Editor, Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment, Routledge 2017
  • Series Co-Editor, Environmental Humanities, Routledge 2018

Prof. Nirmal Selvamony

Writer and Eco-critic and Formerly Professor of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai & Head of the Department of English (Rtd.),
Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, S. India

  • The current president of tiNai (formerly, OSLE-India)
  • Former Visiting Professor at Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA, University of Hawaii, USA, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland, Elmhurst College, Chicago, USA, Free University and Dortmund University, W. Germany.

Resource Persons

Speakers on 28 July 2022


Emerita Professor, Université Toulouse 2-Jean Jaurès,
5 Allées Antonio Machado, 31058 Toulouse Cedex, France

Title of Presentation

Perceive the Colors of the World and Be Aware of a Bond

Dr. D. E. Benet

Professor of English, National College (Autonomous),

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, S. India

Dr. Joyce Onoromhenre Agofure,

Ph. D. Fellow, Fulbright Foreign Student Program Postdoctoral Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies/AHP,

Lecturer, Department of English and Literary Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria


Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Chandrasekaran

CSI Tiruchirappalli-Thanjavur Diocese,

Chairman & Secretary, Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli

Dr. D. Paul Dhayabaran

Bishop Heber College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli


Dr. S. Sobana

Dean of Arts, Associate Professor & Head

Department of English, Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli-620017

Organizing Secretary

Dr. K. Shanthi

Associate Dean of Arts,
Coordinator - Other Languages & Assistant Professor of English

Advisory Committee

Dr. Suresh Frederick

Dean of Research & Development, Associate Professor & Head(UG)

Department of English, Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli-620017

Dr. C. Dhanabal

Dean of Training & Placement,

Coordinator - Shift II & Assistant Professor of English

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. G. Parvathy
  • Dr. A. Sheeba Princess
  • Dr. T. Esther Selvarani
  • Dr. C. Alex Rajkumar Paul
  • Dr. S. Azariah Kirubakaran
  • Ms. P. Elizabeth Easter Joy
  • Dr. K. Premkumar
  • Dr. E. Esther Rosalind
  • Dr. S. Navam Kirubai Rajan
  • Dr. R. Annie Karunya Bagyam
  • Dr. S. Newton Raja
  • Dr. S. Melwin
  • Dr. S.P. Ruth Rajathi
  • Ms. M. Looda Francia
  • Dr. S. Anand Arul Das
  • Mr. Prasath
  • Dr. R.S.A. Susikaran
  • Mr. J. Premkumar
  • Dr. W. Abraham Selvakumar
  • Mr. D. Steve Loney
  • Ms. S. Remali Sarah
  • Mr. J. Edwin Moses
  • Mr. A. Yacob
  • Ms. X. Jenitta Christy
  • Ms. Silvia Olives
  • Mr. P. Anand Stanley Jones
  • Ms. Magdaline Diyana Andrew
  • Dr. P. Sureshkumar
  • Mr. A. Benedict Paul
  • Ms. E.S. Nandhini
  • Dr. L. Ronald David
  • Ms.S. Devi Niveditha

  • Ms. M. Deborah
  • Dr. Geethanjali
  • Mr. S. S.Benlin Anand
  • Ms. G.Evelyn Jeevanandhini
  • Ms. R. Harni
  • Dr. John Arul Jothi
  • Dr. B. Aarthy Priya
  • Mr. Pagalavan
  • Ms. R. Geetha
  • Mr. J. Milton Ananiya
  • Mr. M. Dhanasekaran
  • Ms. Ressi Anugraha
  • Ms. X. Jenitta Christy
  • Ms. Silvia Olives
  • Mr. P. Anand Stanley Jones
  • Ms. Magdaline Diyana Andrew
  • Dr. P. Sureshkumar
  • Mr. A. Benedict Paul
  • Ms. E.S. Nandhini
  • Dr. L. Ronald David
  • Ms.S. Devi Niveditha
  • Ms. M. Deborah
  • Dr. Geethanjali
  • Mr. S. S.Benlin Anand
  • Ms. G.Evelyn Jeevanandhini
  • Ms. R. Harni
  • Dr. John Arul Jothi
  • Dr. B. Aarthy Priya
  • Mr. Pagalavan
  • Ms. R. Geetha
  • Mr. J. Milton Ananiya
  • Mr. M. Dhanasekaran
  • Ms. Ressi Anugraha

Contact Info

  • 1.Mr.J. Edwin Moses,Assistant Professor of English,
    Mobile No :+91 9360639646
  • 2.Dr. W. Abraham Selvakumar,Assistant Professor of English,
    Mobile No :+91 9952751142
  • 3.Dr. R. S. A. Susikaran,Associate Professor of English,
    Mobile No :+91 9600360192
  • Email your queries to: