Comfort Presents on Postcolonial Representations of Women and Ecological Debt

Posted on 8/25/2015 11:48:22 AM

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 colonized countries.

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