CELA 2015 Conference, March 24-28, 2015

Pre-Conference Workshops/Presentations

Green Roof Workshop

Green roof construction and research will be presented by three experts in the field. They will address fundamentals of green roof design, installation and maintenance as well as specific design considerations for green roofs to be used in research. Jeffrey L. Bruce is chairman of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and one of the first accredited Green Roof professionals in North America. He is a leading green roof practitioner and educator. Professor Lee R. Skabelund has designed, installed and monitored two green roofs at Kansas State University. Dr. Richard Sutton researches low input extensive green roofs and is editor of Green Roof Ecosystems in review by Springer Science.
Cost – $100

Landscape Journal Publishing Workshop  CANCELED

Landscape Book Publishing Workshop

Editorial representatives from Routledge/Taylor and Francis will present the basics of academic book publishing through an interactive discussion. Topics to be covered include: the publishing process, how to start a publishing career, what makes a good proposal, identifying your topic and your market, looking at the competition, choosing a publisher, the external reviewing of proposals, what makes a good book, contracts, permissions, ebooks, after publication, introduction to journal publishing. Along with presentations, there will be group tasks to prompt participants to think about how to frame proposals. Both good and bad examples will be offered for discussion. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout, and contact the organizers in advance with specific queries. Dependent upon viable enrollment.
Cost – $100

Language, Landscape, and the Ecology of Sensory Experience – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

David Abram, cultural ecologist and geophilosopher and author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, will present a workshop exploring the forgotten intimacy between language and the landscape. We will first ponder some ecological dimensions of sensory experience — the manner in which perception binds our separate nervous systems into the wider ecosystem. Then, drawing insights from phenomenology, and from several traditional, indigenous cultures, we’ll explore some of the ways in which language — the ways we speak — can either enhance, or inhibit, the ancestral rapport between the human senses and the earthly sensuous. (We’ll also pay heed to the way that specific communication technologies, like the alphabet, have influenced the experienced relation between humans and the more-than-human terrain).
Cost – $75 (limited to 10 participants)

Pre-Conference Presentation by David Abram – Sponsored by the Beach Museum of Art, the Prairie Studies Initiative, the Academic Excellence Fund, KSU Department of English, and K-State Libraries. Will take place at 7 pm at the Alumni Center. This presentation is free and open to the public.

David Abram is a cultural ecologist and geophilosopher and author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, and fellowships from Rockefeller and Watson Foundations. In 2014, David holds the honorary Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and Ecology at the University of Oslo, Norway.