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Please consider submitting a proposal for the Women in German Panel for the Modern Language Association Conference in Jan. 2012 in Seattle. Women for Ecological Justice Given that the most pressing issue facing the world today is climate change, we need to ask how in our teaching and scholarship we in the humanities can be instrumental in re-conceiving our relationship to nature. This panel plans to address the role of gender and a feminist ethics of care within the following possible topics: German literature and ecocriticism, animals in German literature and philosophy, Romantic ecology and its theories of vitalism and organicism, “Naturlyrik,” colonialist expansion and the creation of the zoo, the history of “Lebensreform” movements, critiques of technology and anthropocentrism, “the Eternal Treblinka” (I. B. Singer), biopolitics, writing on weather or landscape, Green Party politics from the 1980s onward, a reevaluation of ecofeminism, the deconstruction of carnophallogocentrism, and green architecture and green spaces in Germany today . The panel hopes to span writings from Hildegard von Bingen to Marlen Haushofer. 1-page abstracts by 1 March to Alice Kuzniar <akuzniar[at]uwaterloo.ca> and Jacqueline Vansant <jvansant[at]umd.umich.edu>.