Ecotheories Colloquium

The Ecotheories Colloquium gathers scholars from across the environmental humanities to ask: what ecotheories become possible if poiesis (or environment-building) rather than representation guides analysis? How do we de-metaphorize and re-materialize terms like ecology and ecosystem within the context of literary studies? And how might ecotheories help construct a decolonial ethics and politics for our contemporary moment? In the past, we have hosted critics including Cary Wolfe, Ada Smailbegović, Kimberly Bain, and Anna Tsing. This year, the Ecotheories Colloquium invites you to focus on the ecological efficacy of forms. We ask: how does form shape and limit human, nonhuman, and interspecies subjectivity? How does form register human industry's intended and unintended consequences?

Upcoming Events

Ecotheories Colloquium
Mar 20, 2024, 4:30 pm

Monique Allewaert works at the intersections of 18th and 19th-century hemispheric American colonialisms, the environmental humanities, literary and cultural studies, and science studies. In Ariel’s Ecology, Allewaert explored how 18th and 19th-century Afro-diasporic persons’ experiences of the body shaped…

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East Pyne 111
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Ecotheories Colloquium
Feb 5, 2024, 4:30 pm

This talk retells the social and environmental upheavals of the Klondike Gold Rush through stories from two kinds of beavers: the furry 50-pound dam building kind, and Beaver — a critical figure in the origin stories and legal ideas of the Han Hwech'in, the Indigenous people of the Klondike region. It asks how thinking with such sources of…

Location
East Pyne 111
2023 - 2024
Ecotheories Colloquium
Mar 27, 2023, 12:00 pm

“Feral Atlas: Toward a Collaborative Environmental Humanities”

Monday, March 27, 2023, 12:00pm-1:30pm in McCosh B14 (Hinds Library)

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Professor Anna Tsing will gather us for a lunchtime conversation on Monday, March 27,…

Location
Hinds Library, McCosh B14
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2022 - 2023
Ecotheories Colloquium
Feb 15, 2023, 4:30 pm

Ecotheories Colloquium: 

Kimberly Bain, University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literatures. Kimberly Bain earned a Ph.D. in English and Interdisciplinary Humanistic Study from Princeton University. Bain's most pressing intellectual interests have consolidated around questions…

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via zoom
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2022 - 2023
Ecotheories Colloquium
Nov 14, 2022, 4:30 pm

Ecotheories Colloquium: 

Ada Smailbegović, Brown University, Assistant Professor of English at Brown University. Her writing explores relations between poetics, non-human forms of materiality, and histories of description. She is a co-founder of The Organism for Poetic Research.

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East Pyne 111
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2022 - 2023
Ecotheories Colloquium
Nov 3, 2022, 4:30 pm

Ecotheories Colloquium: 

“Ecology/Echography: Heidegger's Hut—Three Displacements” 

Cary Wolfe, Rice University, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English. He has written on a range of topics, from American poetry to bioethics. He is series editor for Minnesota Press's Posthumanities Series…

Location
East Pyne 111
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2022 - 2023