Maastricht 2015

We are delighted to announce that the third Natural History of Memory seminar will be held at Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Generously sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Limburg University Fund/SWOL

Climate, Change, Literature

Maastricht University, 6-7 February 2015

The third Natural History of Memory workshop





Friday February 6, 2015

14.00-14.30: Coffee and Registration

14.30-15.30: Maps and Narratives (chair: Ben De Bruyn)

  • Pieter Vermeulen (Leuven), “Future Historians: Narrative Knowledge in the Anthropocene”
  • Annika Richterich (Maastricht), “Mapping the Anthropocene: Environmental Maps in Fiction and Non-Fiction”

15.30-16.00: Coffee

16.00-17.30: (Post)National Climates (chair: Stef Craps)

  • Jessica Rapson (King’s College), “Hiroshima Remediated: Commemorating Nuclear Future in The War Game (1965) and ‘The Museum of Ante-Memorials’ (2012)”
  • Agnes Andeweg (Maastricht), “Ploughing the ‘Inky Waves’: The Flying Dutchman and the Sea as Archive”
  • Isabel Hoving (Leiden), “Bones, Buried Deep: The Anthropocene as the Frame for Memory and Identity in Caribbean Writing”


18.30: Dinner at Petit Bonheur


Saturday February 7, 2015

9.30-10.30: Unhuman Histories (chair: Pieter Vermeulen)

  • Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths), “American Climate Change Fiction and Memory Studies”
  • Stef Craps (Ghent), “Proleptic Mourning in Climate Change Fiction”

10.30-11.00: Coffee

11.00-12.30: Urban Environments (chair: Lucy Bond)

  • Axel Goodbody (Bath), “Aesthetics in the Anthropocene: Coal Mining in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times and Volker Braun’s Bottomless Sentence
  • Véronique Bragard (Louvain-la-neuve), “New Wastelands: Memory and Dumping Sites in Contemporary Fiction”
  • Astrid Bracke (Nijmegen/Amsterdam), “Urban Landscapes of Loss and Mourning: A Twenty-First Century Nature Aesthetics”

12.30-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Posthuman Imaginations (chair: Isabel Hoving)

  • Lucy Bond (Westminster), ‘‘‘Forget What It Means to Be Human’: Memory, Subjectivity, and Representation in Contemporary Fiction and Theory”
  • Ben De Bruyn (Maastricht), “Menagerie Music: Capturing Animal Sounds in Birch and Ledgard”

15.00-15.30: Coffee and Conclusion

Maastricht Abstracts


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