Ghent 2014

Venue: Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, B-9000 Gent

Faculty Room (first floor, right above the main entrance)

Monday June 30th

5.00 – 6.15 p.m: Keynote address (Chair: Rick Crownshaw)

Paul Outka (University of Kansas) – “The Tallahassee Lynching Tree”

6.15 – 7.15 p.m.: Wine reception

Tuesday July 1st

9.30 – 10.00 a.m.: Coffee

10.00 – 11.15 a.m.: Keynote address (Chair: Stef Craps)

Rosanne Kennedy (Australian National University) – “Reading Narratives of Contact in the Anthropocene”

11.30 a.m. – 12.50 p.m.: Ecologies of American Memory (Chair: Lucy Bond)

Paul Outka (University of Kansas) – “The Sins of the Fathers: Epigenetics and Traumatic Inheritance”

Anna Hartnell (Birkbeck, University of London) – “Unfathomable City: Excavating Urban Ecologies after Katrina”

Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London) – “Oil Pasts and Oil Futures in Contemporary American Fiction”

Dries Vrijders (Ghent University) – “‘Whitnessing’ the American Landscape: Kenneth Burke’s Eco-poetry and the Rhetoric of Impossibility”

12.50 – 2.00 p.m.: Lunch

2.00 – 3.20 p.m.: Representation and Memory in the Anthropocene (Chair: Jessica Rapson)

Lucy Bond (University of Westminster) – “From the Landscape of Collapse to the Ecology of interstices: the Anthropocenic Imaginary in Blake Butler’s Scorch Atlas and There is No Year

Pieter Vermeulen (Stockholm University) – “Immemorial Life: Memory, The Anthropocene, and the Novel”

Rosanne Kennedy (Australian National University) – “What if the Angel of History were a Whale?”

Ben De Bruyn (Maastricht University) – “Anthropocene Audio: Literary Memories of Animal Sounds”

3.20 – 3.40 p.m.: Coffee break

3.40 – 4.20 p.m.: Memory and the Nuclear Imaginary (Chair: Pieter Vermeulen)

Jessica Rapson (King’s College London) – “‘The Museum of Ante-Memorials’: Commemorating Nuclear Futures”

John Beck (University of Westminster) – “A Territory of Images: Michael Light in the Archive”

4.20 – 5.00 p.m.:Roundtable

Full abstracts for papers are available here: Natural History – Ghent Abstracts

Generously sponsored by the University of Westminster and LITRA, Ghent University

All welcome! 

Please register here.


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