2017 Spring Symposium

Thought and Action in the Anthropocene


Speakers’ bios here.

Schedule below.

Friday April 28, 2017

All events in New North Building, Georgetown University

10:00 am | Breakfast and registration, New North 311

10:30-12:30 | Opening Remarks and Keynote, New North 311

Introduction: Nathan Hensley & Dana Luciano, English, Georgetown University

Welcome: Kelsey Lawson, Georgetown Native American Student Council


Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene

Eduardo Kohn, Anthropology, McGill University

12:30-2:00 pm | Lunch, New North 408

Presentation on Earth Week Art Installations

Chad Davis and Maddy Rice, Environmental Futures Initiative, Georgetown University

2:00-3:30 pm | PANEL A: Imagining Otherwise, New North 311

Nathan Hensley, chair 

Souls on Ice: Matthew Henson’s A Negro Explorer at the North Pole and Isaac Julien’sTrue North     

Jennifer James, Africana Studies/English, George Washington University

The Pitfalls of Geologic Consciousness

Jennifer Wenzel, English and Comparative Literature/Middle Eastern, SouthAsian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Winter; or, Difference

Tita Chico, English, University of Maryland, College Park

3:30-4:00 pm | Coffee break, New North 311

4:00-5:30 pm | PANEL B: Reconstructing Worlds, New North 311

Dana Luciano, chair 

Infrastructure and Modality in Urban Tanzania

Michael Degani, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Freedom and Violence in the Anthropocene

Elisabeth Anker, American Studies/Political Science, George Washington University

Ethics of Political Research in the Anthropocene

Paul Wapner, Global Environmental Politics, American University

5:30-6:30 pm | Reception and Closing Address, New North 408


Chase Iron Eyes, Indigenous Activist, Lawyer, and member, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Cosponsored by the Georgetown Indigenous Studies Network and Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice