Writing Climate Now
Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 4-6 pm | Copley Formal Lounge
A roundtable discussion of strategies for writing persuasively and accurately about environmental disaster and climate change. Pessimism or optimism? Scientific or poetic? We discuss matters of tone, audience, venue, and tactics with four writers. Participants: Dagomar Degroot (GU), Mabel Gergan (GU), Shiloh Krupar (GU), and Evan Berry (AU)
Genres of the Anthropocene: On the Aesthetic Forms of Climate Change
Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | Healey Family Student Center
A daylong symposium, followed by morning seminar, that gathers poets and critics from a range of traditions to consider the relationship between genre and environmental disaster. Tragedy and comedy, lyric and epic, poetry, film, and the novel: what formal templates help us most to understand climate change, and its human causes and human effects, in geological time? Participants: Juliana Spahr (Mills), Christopher Nealon (Hopkins), Jennifer Chang (GWU), Mark McMorris (GU), Sonya Posmentier (NYU), and Anna Henchman (BU).
Bodies / Water: Knowledge and the Hydrosphere
Friday, November 3, 2017 | Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice
A daylong event featuring an interdisciplinary group of scholars, activists concerned with the changing face of water: themes include human and nonhuman assemblages; infrastructure and environmental change; temporality and memory; the politics of water and its pollution; acidification, plastics, eutrophication, and pipelines. Featuring a keynote lecture by Nicole Starosielski, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and author of The Undersea Network (Duke University Press, 2015). Followed, on November 4, by the Georgetown Environmental History Graduate Conference, “Our World of Water: Histories of the Hydrosphere.”
Watermark Film Screening
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 8 pm
(Advance planning notice: More information available soon)
How Should We Eat? Eating in the Anthropocene
Friday, February 9, 2018 | Time and Location TBA
An all-day symposium examining the question “How should we eat?” and responses to it. Finding an answer now seems imperative given that the status quo drives climate change, environmental degradation, food insecurity, and diet-related illness. But what does asking this question presuppose about us, the askers and the eaters? And why don’t we seem to be satisfied with existing answers? Panelists will approach these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, literature, history, and the social sciences. Featuring a keynote lecture by Alexis Shotwell, Associate Professor of Sociology at Carleton University and author of Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
Decolonial Ecologies: Climate Justice in the Anthropocene
April 5th, 2018 | Time and Location TBA
Keynote lecture by Neel Ahuja, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species (Duke University Press, 2016).
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
April 22-28, 2018 | Times and Locations TBA
A weeklong series of events, featuring art, performance, and presentations by students, faculty, and visiting scholars and activists.