Draft Programme

ASLE-UKI 2011 Postgraduate Conference

Emergent Critical
Environments: Where Next for Ecology and the Humanities?

DRAFT PROGRAMME

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Kate Soper ‘Neither the “simple backward look” nor the “simple progressive thrust”: Eco-Criticism and the Politics of Prosperity’
Robert McKay ‘Reading the Politics of Species in Cold War Literary Culture: James Agee and Animals’
Tim Clark ‘Derangements of Scale’,
Timothy Morton ‘The Time of Hyperobjects: Hegel, Ecology, Aesthetics’

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Sam Solnick Queen Mary, University of London
Deborah Lilley Royal Holloway, University of London
Kate Parry
(ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Secretary)
University of Lincoln

SPEAKERS 

Katherine AngellLucy Burnett

Louise Chamberlain

Simon Coleman

Amy Cutler

Hala Ewaidat

Laura Frame

Keri Frank

Giles Goodland

Matthew Griffiths

Julie Hudson

Angharad Jones

Peter Jones

Alex Latter

Diana Leca

 

GarryMacKenzieJulia Martin

Nelly Maekivi

Hayley Meadows

Rowan Middleton

James Murray-White

Camilla Nelson

Deana Neubauer

Emma Nicoletti

Melody Niesen

Sabine Nollgen

Adam O’Brien

Chris Pak

Helen Price

Silver Rattasepp

 

James RidingElizabeth Robertson

Samuel Rogers

Hilary Savory

Ben Smith

Louise Squire

Anna Stenning

Kadri Tuur

Laura Webb

Rebecca Welshman

Daniel Weston

Oliver Wilson-Hughes

Chris Woods

David Wylot

Heather Yeung

 

PROGRAMME
OF EVENTS (SUMMARY)

Friday 9 September
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Opening remarks and housekeeping
09:15 – 10:15 Plenary – Robert McKay
10:15 – 11:45 Panel
1a
Panel 1b
11:45 – 12:00 Refreshments
12:00 – 13:30 Panel 2a Panel 2b
13:30 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 Panel 3a ( 2 person panel) Panel 3b (2 person panel)
15:15 – 16:15 Video plenary – Timothy Morton
16:15 – 16:30 Refreshments
16:30 – 18:00 Panel 4a Panel 4b
Saturday 10 September
09:00 – 10:30 Panel 5a Panel 5b
10:30 – 11:30 Video plenary – Tim Clark
11:30 – 11:45 Refreshments
11:45 – 13:15 Panel 6a Panel 6b
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panel 7a Panel 7b
15:30 – 15:45 Refreshments
15:45 – 16:45 Panel 8a Panel 8b (2 person panel)
16:45 – 18:00 Plenary and closing remarks – Kate Soper

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

 FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER
08:30 Registration
09:00 Opening remarks and housekeeping
09:15Robert McKay

Reading the Politics of Species in Cold War Literary Culture: James Agee and Animals

10:15Panel 1a  The Ecological Imagination and  Consciousness of Richard Jefferies

Room:

Chair:

Rebecca Welshman

Richard Jefferies: Nature’s Archaeologist.

Simon Coleman

‘The agitated pool of life’: Mankind and Nature in Jefferies’ Later Works.

James Riding

Literary Hitchhiking: The Edward Thomas Fellowship and the Richard Jefferies Society
in the South Country.

 

 Panel  1b  Place, Influence, Myth

Room:

Chair:

Keri Frank

Shades of Knowledge: Folklore, Natural History and Science in the Works of Andrea Barrett.

Anna Stenning

The ‘Global’ Dimensions of Nature and Place in Robert Frost’s New England.

Melody Niesen

Reconceptualizing the Beats: An Urban Ecocritical Examination of On the Road.

11:45 Refreshments
12:00Panel 2a Science Fiction

Room:

Chair:

Chris Pak

Science and Nature in Science Fiction.

Louise Squire

Atwood’s Discourse of Environmental
Crisis.

Emma Nicoletti

Reality-Hacking a Reality Check: The
Environmental Ethics of Jeff Noon’s Cyberpunk novels.

 

 Panel  2b  Ecopoetry and Practice

Room:

Chair:

Rowan  Middleton

Sleeping Giants – Mythology in Ecopoetry

Matthew Griffiths

Acclimatisation: Reconciling  Ecological Crisis and Poetic Practice.

Camilla Nelson

Reading and Writing with a Tree: An
Enquiry into the Performance of ‘Nature Writing’.

13:30 Lunch  
14:15Panel  3a  Climate Change and Theatre

Room:

Chair:

Elizabeth Robertson

Bad Science or a Means to an End?  Scientific Fraud on the Stage?

Julie Hudson

Climate Change: Theatre, or
Documentary?

 Panel  3b  Ecological Perspectives

Room:

Chair:

Hala Ewaidat

The Nile and Egyptian Revolution:
Ecology and Culture in Twentieth Century Arabic Poetry.

Deana Neubauer

From a Mechanistic to a Natural Interpretation of the World: A Biosemiotic Perspective.

 

15:15 Video PlenaryTimothy Morton

The Time of Hyperobjects: Hegel, Ecology, Aesthetics

Responders:

16:15 Refreshments
16:30Panel 4a   Sites of Engagement

Room:

Chair:

Hilary Savory

Natura Naturata or, Nature Ordered and Tamed: Edenic Recovery Narratives and the Transformation of Wild Nature into Cultivated Garden.

Chris Woods

The Irrepressible Wild: The
Biogeographical Imagination in the Anthropocene

Peter Jones

‘Moral Wastes’: Writing the Limits of
Value in the Nineteenth Century Street Market.

Panel  4b  Eco-Art and Practice

Room:

Chair:

Laura Frame

Looking for Art’s Value in a Mechanic
World.

Julia Martin

Ecocritical Art in Times of Climate
Change: Exploring Hyperextended Objects.

Lucy Burnett

Multi Generic Writing and Climate
Change.

18:00 Finish19:00 Field Trip: Walking
Tour of Olympic Site

20:00 Conference Dinner

 SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
09:00Panel  5a  Poetry Beyond Ecocriticism 1Room:Chair:

Giles Goodland

The  Early Poetry of Colin Simms: Dialect as Spatial Marker.

Alex Latter

Mapping Textual Spaces in The English Intelligencer

Amy Cutler

‘L/andedness Ends’: Peter Riley and Wendy Mulford’s Coastal Paradigms.

 Panel 5b  New Media and FilmRoom:Chair:

James Murray-White

Notes Toward Notions of Media
Ecologies Within the ‘2 Cultures’ Paradigm.

Adam O’Brien

How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying About Other Worlds and Love This One’: New Hollywood, Location Shooting and the Conundrum of Worldhood.

Sabine Noellgen

The Modern Agroindustry in Contemporary Austrian Documentary Film.

10:30 Video PlenaryTim Clark

Derangements of Scale

Responders:

11:30 Refreshments
11:45Panel  6a  Poetry Beyond Ecocriticism 2

Room:

Chair:

Heather Yeung

‘There will be no waste’: Thomas Kinsella’s Economy of Poietic Production.

Daniel Weston

‘Complex articulations / call it a place’: Representation and Experience in
Contemporary Poetic Landscapes.

Louise Chamberlain

‘We’re not just here to think about literature’: Alice Oswald and Ecocriticism.

 

 Panel 6b  Eco-History

Room:

Chair:

Hayley Meadows

(Post) Human Readings of Early Modern Utopias.

Helen Price

Looking Back for the Future: Anglo-Saxons, Objects, and Literary Ecology.

Angharad Eyre

Cedars, Olives and Wild Beasts –
Missionaries and the ‘Heathen’ Landscape.

13:15 Lunch
14:00Panel  7a  Posthumanism and Human-Animal  Relations

Room:

Chair:

Kadri Tuur

Like Fish Out of Water: Literary Representations of Fish.

Nelly Maekivi

Human Animals in the Zoo – Trying to Help Zoo Biology with Semiotics.

Silver Rattasepp

A Posthumanist View on Humans and Animals.

 

 Panel  7b  Ecopoetry 3

Room:

Chair:

Garry MacKenzie

Off the Beaten Track: Susan Stewart’s The Forest.

Samuel Rogers

Ideas of Place and Landscape in the Early Poetry of Lee Harwood.

Ben Smith

Beating the Bounds: The Significance of Border Spaces in John Burnside’s Ecopoetics.

15:30 Refreshments
15:45Panel 8a  The  Political Body

Room:

Chair:

Katherine Angell

How Monsters Rule the World: Richard Owen, Teratology, and the Natural History Museum of London.

Oliver Wilson-Hughes

Martin Amis and the Posthuman
Struggle.

David Wylot

Bodies of Emergence: The Biopolitics
of Infected Immunity in Charles Burns’ Black Hole

 

 Panel 8b  Animal  rights and representations

Room:

Chair:

Laura Webb

The Non-Human Animal in the Poetry of Ted Hughes.

Diana Leca

Biopolitics in ‘Zootown’: Preserving, Policing, and Peering at Captive Animals in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

 

16:45Kate Soper

Neither the “simple backward look” nor the “simple progressive thrust”: Eco-Criticism and the Politics of Prosperity

17:45 Closing Remarks

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Conference Accommodation

Please find below some links which may be useful to you when booking accommodation for the conference.

1.  There are a few rooms available at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus: http://www.accommodation.qmul.ac.uk

2. Alternatively, there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels located close to Queen Mary:  http://www.residences.qmul.ac.uk/alternative//hotels/index.html

These are suggestions only, and we are not making any specific endorsements or recommendations.

 

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Emergent Critical Environments: Where Next for Ecology and the Humanities?

ASLE UK POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE
9th and 10th September 2011
EMERGENT CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTS: WHERE NEXT FOR
ECOLOGY AND THE HUMANITIES?

ASLE UK (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK) http://www.asle.org.uk ) invites proposals for its Postgraduate Conference to be held from 9 to 10 September 2011 at Queen Mary University’s Mile End campus (London, E1) on the theme of ‘Emergent critical environments’: Where next for ecology and the humanities?’

Keynote speakers include:

Kate Soper

Robert McKay

Timothy Clark (Video Paper)

Timothy Morton (Video Paper)

We are looking for proposals from postgraduate students for papers, panels and roundtables which examine the relationship between the humanities, environmentalism and ecology in new and diverse ways. The conference will focus on the dynamic interrelation between ethics, aesthetics and socio-politics that is central to any critical or artistic configuration of local and global environments. We also welcome proposals for presentations and readings from creative writers, artists and activists.
The aim of the conference is to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between different approaches to the study of environments as both intellectual and physical spaces with animal, mineral, vegetable and academic inhabitants. We are especially interested in emergent critical approaches that are shaping the direction of the response to contemporary and historical ecological issues. This includes areas of thought not conventionally associated with what has come to be known as ecocriticism. We are happy to receive proposals exploring ecology, environmentalism or related topics from postgraduates working in literature and ecocriticism, cultural geography, media and cultural studies, film, environmental philosophy, animal studies, sociology or any other related disciplines.

The non-exhaustive list of possible paper topics includes:
The critical environment: art in the face of environmental crisis
The limits of ecocriticism: science in the humanities
Rus in Urbe: urban ecologies
Pastoral and its afterlives
The politicisation of nature: landscape, ecology and resources
(Post)Humans and other animals.
Evolution, extinction and apocalypse
Ecocriticism and Postcolonialism
Nature and nationalism
Chaos: Systems theory, complexity and imagining the environment
Environmental ethics and environmental justice
Waste, pollution and sustainability
Globalisation, place and space
Biotechnology, hybridity and monsters
Ecological histories and historical ecologies
Biosemiotics and zoosemiotics
Ecologies without nature?
Fact, fiction and myth

Individual papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Please send a 250 word abstract and a brief biography ( maximum 150 words) to Sam Solnick, Deborah Lilley and Kate Parry – emergentenvironments@gmail.com by 31 March 2011. Proposals for panels (3 speakers) and roundtables are also welcome: please send a 200 word summary of the rationale for the panel or roundtable, in addition to individual abstracts. Please send further enquiries to the above email address.

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Registration for the ASLE UK 2011 Postgraduate Conference – ‘Emergent Critical Enviroments: Where Next for Ecology and the Humanities?’ – is now closed.

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