MOVIE SCREENING – “Terriens”, Montreal, 24 & 25 August

Terriens(français plus bas)

Two free screenings of the movie “Earthlings” (French version) in Montreal, Canada on August 24 (Parc Lafontaine) and August 25 (Parc Laurier):

« Terriens »
(Version française de “Earthlings”)
Narration de Georges Laraque

« Terriens » est un documentaire qui traite de la dépendance économique absolue qu’entretient le genre humain avec les animaux. Des séquences inédites, tournées avec des caméras cachées, démontrent les pratiques quotidiennes de plusieurs.

Date: le samedi 24 août 2013
Souper: 17h à 19h30 BBQ Vegan (La Cuisine du Peuple)
Film: 20h
Coût: gratuit
Où: Parc Lafontaine (entrée sur la rue Rachel)
Avec Patricia Tulasne (comédienne, auteure)

Date: le dimanche 25 août 2013
Heure: 20h
Coût: gratuit
Où : Parc Laurier (entrée sur la rue Laurier)

Carl Saucier-Bouffard (professeur en éthique animale à Dawson; chercheur-associé au Centre sur l’éthique animale de l’Université d’Oxford) présentera le film.

En première partie: Carl Saucier-Bouffard et Chuck Pepin présenteront une capsule vidéo de leur projet de mini série documentaire sur l’éthique animale. Ils animeront une discussion après la projection du programme principal.

Avertissement: certaines séquences risquent de choquer les jeunes enfants et les personnes sensibles.

N.B.: Remis au mois de septembre en cas de pluie.

FINAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Nature & the Popular Imagination

Henri Roussau's "The Snake Charmer" (1907), found at the Orsay Museum in Paris.The Fifth International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
–8-11 August 2012
–Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (USA)
Deadline for Proposals: April 1, 2012

Deadline pushed back to May 1st, 2012

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.” Malibu is located on the Pacific Ocean, just minutes from Hollywood, that archetypal place of imagination and dreams, the backyard and playground for practitioners of the cinematic arts. For generations, the interconnections between religion and nature have been expressed, promoted, and contested through the incubator of popular culture, and sometimes even in films produced in Malibu itself or the Santa Monica Mountains above it. As a global, symbolic center, both reflecting and inventing nature/religion representations, Malibu and its environs provide an ideal venue for critical reflection on the religion/nature nexus in the popular imagination.

The ISSRNC cordially invites creative proposals including but not limited to papers, panels, film screenings, and forums with “cultural creatives” from this region and beyond, to illuminate the conference theme. Specific proposals, for example, might explore:
Apocalypticism (Abrahamic, Mayan, Scientific, etc.).

• Documentary film: nature faking and realism
• Theatrical film and nature spiritualities
• Nature in cartoons and animated films
• Malibu (and/or California) as sacred, imperiled, and desecrated places.
• The spiritualities of celebrities, including as animal and/or environmental activists

As always, while we encourage proposals focused on the conference’s theme, we welcome proposals from all areas (regional and historical) and from all disciplinary perspectives that explore the complex relationships between religious beliefs and practices (however defined and understood), cultural traditions and productions, and the earth’s diverse ecological systems. We encourage proposals that emphasize dialogue and discussion, promote collaborative research, and are unusual in terms of format and structure. Individual paper and session proposals, as are typical with most scholarly associations, are also welcome. Presenters will be encouraged to submit their work for possible publication in the peer reviewed Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, which is the official journal of the ISSRNC, and has been published quarterly since 2007.

Given the ISSRNC’s commitment to internationality financial assistance will be available for a number of scholars from outside of North America. We anticipate being able to provide travel grants to at least ten international scholars. 

Submitting Proposals
Proposals for individual paper presentations, sessions, panels, and posters should be submitted directly to Sarah Pike at It is not necessary to be an ISSRNC member to submit a proposal. Individual paper proposals should include, in a single, attached word or rich text document, the name and email of the presenter(s), title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a brief, 150 word biography (including highest degree earned and current institutional affiliation, if any). Proposals for entire sessions must include a title and abstract for the session as a whole as well as for each individual paper. Proposers should also provide information about ideal and acceptable lengths for proposed sessions, and whether any technology, such as data projectors, are desired.

Most paper presentations will be scheduled at 15-20 minutes and a premium will be placed on discussion in all sessions. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by the Scientific Committee, but conference directors will be aware of proposers’ identities in order to select for diversity in terms of geographical area and career stage. Student proposals are welcome.

Requests for assistance with invitations to assist with visa processes must be included with proposals.  Requests for financial aid from scholars outside of North America must also be included with proposals, and provide a clear statement as to whether such aid is essential for attendance, the needed amount, and an explanation of supplemental travel resources that will be available to the proposer. Decisions on travel grants will be made by the ISSRNC Board of Directors based on recommendations from the conference directors and scientific committee.

Registration & Lodging
The cost for registration has yet to be determined. Inexpensive lodging will be available in the dorms at Pepperdine University. While additional lodging will be available at nearby hotels it will be comparatively expensive due to the summer tourist season, so we encourage all who can to stay on campus. Details about registration and lodging will be forthcoming here at the Conference Website and will be sent by email to ISSRNC members and any others who directly express interest in the conference to its directors.

Conference Directors
The Conference Directors are Chris Doran (, from Pepperdine University, and ISSRNC board member Sarah Pike (, from California State University, Chico. Professor Doran will head up the local organizing committee and Professor Pike the Program Committee, including the Scientific Committee, which will evaluate
proposals. Please direct inquiries to the appropriate conference director.

Special Events
A number of special events and excursions are in the works, including a scholar-led
tour of The Getty Villa in Malibu, discussions with prominent filmmakers and actors, hiking trips in the Santa Monica Mountains, and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful and famous Malibu coast. Some of these may be offered before or after the official conference period. Information about these events will be provided here as it becomes available.

Conference Sponsors
The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture is a scholarly organization, established in 2006, which is devoted to understanding the complex relationships. It has hosted conferences previous in Florida (USA), Mexico, The Netherlands, Australia, and Italy. The August 2012 will be the first conference in six years in the United States. The ISSRNC is especially grateful to Rick Marrs, the Dean of Seaver College at Pepperdine University, whose visionary leadership and generosity has made it possible to hold the ISSRNC’s 2012 International Conference in the iconic and beautiful seaside space known worldwide as Malibu.

WEBSITE – Ecomedia Studies

The primary mission of the Ecomedia Studies website is to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship by offering forums for cross-disciplinary communication. This site is a first step as it is designed to:

  • Generate dialogue through discussions
  • Post news on the current state of Ecomedia Studies
  • Advertise pertinent Calls for Papers
  • Provide resources such as scholarly bibliographies and teaching syllabi
  • Identify journals of interest and organizations that welcome ecomedia scholarship.

The site includes an extensive bibliography and filmography

FILM – Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethics for Our Time

Aldo LeopoldGreen Fire

Category: Ecocentrism & Ecological Ethics
Duration: 74 minutes
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The first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold’s idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation.  The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today.  Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community as they face 21st century ecological challenges.  Green Fire also features commentary and insight from some of today’s most recognized and credible scholars and conservation leaders, including: three of Aldo Leopold’s children—Nina, Carl, and Estella, Leopold scholars, noted environmental writers, scientists, humanities experts, public policy leaders, business leaders, and leaders of non-profit groups inspired by Leopold.

See the complete listing of Environmental Films.

FILM – Carbon Nation

People pushing up a Wind TurbineCarbon Nation
Category: Climate Change

Release Date: 2011
Duration: 82 minutes
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“Carbon Nation” bills itself as “a climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change”—which makes it the kind of film that even climate-change deniers can get behind.  The movie makes a very simple point: One does not have to believe in global warming to want clean air and water, more jobs, a sturdier economy, and cheaper energy.  In this way Carbon Nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film whose optimism and pragmatism are appealing across the political spectrum.  While other films might concern problems, blame and guilt, Carbon Nation is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.

See the complete listing of Environmental Films.

FILM – The Last Mountain

Personal standing in fornt of a huge coal truck, trying to stop it.The Last Mountain
Category: Mountaintop Removal Mining
Release Date: 2011
Duration: 75 minutes
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The central front in the battle for America’s energy future, with enormous consequences for the health and economic prospects of every citizen, is the fight for Appalachian coal. In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscape to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many. In small town in the West Virginia Appalachians, Massey Energy mining company is about to reduce the last remaining peak—Coal River Mountain—to a pile of ash.  But in the 2011 “The Last Mountain”, the residents of the town are ready to fight back, and with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (this time, apparently, a mountain advocate instead of a river advocate) lending his support, they’re standing up for their land, their children’s future, and their health. Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival, the film will be released June 3rd, 2011.

See the complete listing of Environmental Films.