Presenter Registration extended to April 10, 2021

Because we are so excited to have you join us at our first virtual conference, we've extended the deadline for presenters to register to April 10, 2021.

What you can expect at the 2021 Conference:
  • A smooth, user-friendly conference experience on Pathable
  • Sessions from over 100 subject areas to enjoy from the comfort of your own home or office.
  • Special events including featured speakers, roundtables, and more!
  • A chance to speak one-on-one with representatives from major academic publishers

If Presenters do not register by April 10, they will be dropped from the program.

Non-presenter registration will continue up until the week of the conference.
Virtual Conference Prep #2: Tech
Although many of us have become very familiar with technology by working remotely, technology is often a concern. To combat this, Pathable has many measures to make sure your technology runs smoothly:

  • Presenters and Session Chairs have early access to the virtual room to test their screen sharing and multimedia.
  • Presenters will be able to upload images, documents, links, or other media to the session for attendees to view during the session
  • Virtual tech support is available in real-time during the conference

There have been several questions about recording sessions and submitting pre-recorded material. We will provide this information as soon as it is available.
Featured Speaker: Jane Caputi

An illustrated talk and discussion with Jane Caputi on Call Your ‘Mutha’”: A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene (Oxford, 2020).

This presentation spins off from Caputi’s book (Oxford University Press, Fall 2020) Call Your Mutha’ – A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene (Age of the Human or of Man) is said to be an era where “humans” now “overwhelm the great forces of nature” (Steffan et. al), which is conceptualized simultaneously both as “dead matter” and also as Mother Earth. The “man” in the Anthropocene reveals Sylvia Wynter’s understanding of Man as a masculine ethno-class, long “over-represented” as “the human.” It is Man, responsible for the ecocide of the era and the gendered, classed, racialized and sexualized violences that generate the Anthropocene, which is the Age of the Motherfucker.

Hip Hop artist André 3000 raps: “And when I say motherfucker I do mean motherfucker / Because Mother Earth is dying and we continue to fuck her to death.” According to Black American folk traditions, motherfucker originated in slavery when children born of mothers raped by white masters named him the motherfucker, the “worst thing.” The paradigmatic plantation rape, commoditization and exploitation of Black women’s sexuality and reproductive powers provides a paradigm for ecocide – invading and exploiting for reasons of pleasure, power and profit, turning a source into a resource, extracting from and ultimate wasting of that source.

The key word motherfucker evolved to also mean a “formidable and inexorable force.” To understand the aliveness, intelligence and agency of nature, recognize Mother Earth as the Mutha’ – the force-source capable of overwhelming Man in the Anthropocene, and not the other way around.
Jane Caputi is Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She has a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Ray Browne and Mike Marsden. In 2016, the Popular Culture Association named her the Eminent Scholar of the Year and in 2020 the Association for the Study of Women in Mythology gave her the Saga Award for contributions to women’s history and culture. She has written four books: The Age of Sex Crime, 1987 (winner of the Emily Toth Award), Gossips, Gorgons and Crones: The Fates of the Earth, 1993; Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture, 2004; and Call Your “Mutha’” A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene, 2020. She also has made two educational documentaries – The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006) and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016) – and published many articles in the field of Popular and American Culture Studies.