Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

International scientific workshop "Ecocriticism: indigenous voice, global voice"


On 14 th December 2017, in the 3D Hall, Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, the Literature Institute of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (Academy) held the national scientific seminar. The theme is "Ecocriticism: indigenous voice, global voice". The conference was honored to welcome Mr. Nguyen The Ky, Member of the Party Central Committee, General Director of the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council for Literature and Arts.

Prof. Dr .Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of VASS made an opening speech at the workshop   Assoc. Nguyen The Ky, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan and Assoc. Nguyen Dang Diep (from right to left) presided over the opening session at the workshop

Attending the workshop were Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the Academy; Assoc. Nguyen Dang Diep, Director of the Institute of Literature; together with Vice Directors - Assoc. Nguyen Huu Son, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary Studies and Assoc. Vu Thanh; delegates from the Central Committee for Propaganda and Training; Vietnam Writers Association; Universities in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City and the presence of international scientists from universities, research centers of  United States, the United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan ...

Ecocriticism is an interdisciplinary, potential research trend, especially in the context of global environmental crisis and environmental problems caused by industrialization and modernization. The development of ecocriticism is a manifestation of the dramatic increase in academic research with the practical problems of society, between literary research and other social and human sciences. Vietnamese literature has many ecological-centered compositions or deep ecological themes. This needs to be thoroughly discussed from a compatible theoretical perspective.

Opening speech at the workshop, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan warmly welcomed the participation of the participants; At the same time, this is the first international conference about ecocriticism in Vietnam, demonstrating the keenness and responsibility of the social sciences, humanities in the times of environmental crisis.

With great significance and full of humanity, the Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan wants scientists from a technical perspective to focus on some important issues:

First, further clarify the most important aspects of Ecological critique as an adaptive navigation of literary research during the crisis of the environment.

Second, on the basis of interdisciplinary analysis and approach, scientists will identify and affirm the emergence of a new philosophical view of the relationship between man and nature in the contemporary cultural context. 

Third, offer scientific proposals, multidimensional modes of cooperation between literature and other disciplines; between research organizations and social organizations; between Vietnam and the world to ensure sustainable development in countries, especially developing countries, including Vietnam.

 Workshop Overview


In the report, Assoc. Nguyen Dang Diep outlined the birth and development of ecocriticism; featured and ecocriticism in Vietnam. At the same time, he also emphasized the importance of the topic of the conference to discuss the ecocriticism dialogue, confirming the significance of ecocriticism in the modern human sciences. Thereby, Assoc. Prof. PhD Nguyen Dang Diep hoped that analysis, interpretation and discussion of Vietnamese and international scientists at the conference will contribute to deepen the philosophical foundation and the most important issues of ecocriticism, from object to nature, functions, tasks and approaches, text analysis methods ...; It is hoped that, with the appearance of human ecology, a new humanitarian movement will be formed on the basis of harmony between one-tier: human-social-natural in the cultural context  nowadays.


Discussion activities at sub-committees

The workshop received over 100 reports, including 23 presentations by authors from major national and international research centers, divided into three main committees, focused on discussion and presentation. (1) Developments of ecocriticism in recent time; (2) Experience in ecological literature research; (3) Opportunities and capabilities of ecocriticism in Vietnam.

The reports are articles of a scientific quality, containing valuable information on ecocriticism, history, development, ecocriticism in continents, countries, theoretical and practical issues.  Ecocriticism in general,  ecocriticism in literature in particular, ecocriticism interdisciplinarity and ecocriticism expressions in literary writing from pre- ecocriticism to the current period.

 Delegates took a photo at the workshop

The ideas and discussion of the delegates at the workshop are aimed at striving for the will to protect the global ecological environment; points out the pre-emptive challenges of the ecological environment for literary creation (especially in the urbanized environment, breaking down the structure of the traditional ecological environment); commenting on works in the pre-ecological period (the problem of living in the Xo Dang epic with the Central Highlands environment, the arts of Tran Nhan Tong from the ecological perspective ...) to the problems of ecology in modern Viet Nam culture as well as in many countries in the world ... This has helped to clarify important aspects of ecocriticism as an adaptive trend of literary and cultural research during the crisis of the environment, aiming to establish a close relationship between human and natural in the context of contemporary culture, creating a multi-dimensional link between literature and other disciplines, Vietnam and the world, promoting social connections and creating practicality of literature in the period between the connection culture, literature of Vietnam to the world.

Workshop are an objective academic exchange forum, open and straightforward. The results of the workshop are vivid proof of the scientists’s responsibility for the development of human beings in  living environment. The voice of the workshop is not only for the present but also for the future, for the sustainable development.

Nguyen Thu Trang


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