Susan Comfort of the IUP English Department gave a
presentation this summer at the 2015 Bi-Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and
the Environment (ASLE) held at University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
Her paper, “Unsettling Accounts:
Feminist Political Ecology and Embodied Debt and Iraq War Literature,” was
concerned with contemporary postcolonial literature representing the impacts of
trade imbalances and industrialization on women and the environment in formerly
This research came
out of her interest in how these impacts have been imagined in environmental
justice activism and literature as a form of ecological debt or embodied debt imposed
by centuries of global uneven development.
Comfort is currently preparing it for publication in an upcoming special joint
issue of Works and Days and Cultural
Logic on the topic of “SCHOLACTIVISM:
Reflections on Transforming Praxis Inside and Outside the Classroom.”
Department of English