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Ecological Inscriptions a Postgraduate Workshop


Workshop Outline - Monday 24th June

9.15 Welcome and introduction – Jemima Matthews and Jennifer Rich

9.20 Panel 1 – Ecological Crisis

Chair: Louise Chamberlain

  • Sam Solnick (English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London): ‘‘The Weakness Now of Names’: Philology, Landscape and Technology in Early Prynne’
  • Courtney Traub (English and American Literature, Linacre College, University of Oxford): ‘Incommensurable Ecologies: Complicating the Postmodern Tech Sublime in Recent Experimental American Novels’
  • Nicolas Brinded (English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London): ‘Imagining and Re-Imagining an American Sublime: Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow’

10.40 Break – coffee and tea

11.00 Panel 2 – Ecological Inscriptions in Water

Chair: Jemima Matthews

  • Jonathan Brettell (Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University): ‘Walking Severn Miles: Affective Ecologies of the Riverscape’
  • Michael Paye (English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin): ‘New Perspectives: Local Ecology and World Economy in Neil Gunn’s The Silver Darlings’
  • Ruth Olden (Human Geography, University of Glasgow): ‘Clydeside: Riverine Spaces and Ecological Inscriptions’

12.20 Lunch

13.20 Panel 3 – Ecological Inscriptions in Matter and Materials

Chair: Emma Zimmerman

  • Hannah-Lee Chalk (Social Anthropology, University of Manchester): ‘Fossils as Ecological Inscriptions’
  • Emma Curran (English Literature, University of Surrey): ‘Flora’s Garlands: Botany, Ecology and Weaving in Charlotte Smith’s Poetry’
  • Tim Robins (American Studies, University of Nottingham): ‘Enlightenment, Instrumentalism and Environmental Ethics in Paul Harding's Tinkers’

14.40 Break – coffee and tea

15.00 Panel 4 – Ecological Inscriptions and the Limitations of Language

Chair: Jennifer Rich

  • David Smith (Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, University of Nottingham): ‘The Language of Objects: Readdressing the Material World in the Poetry of Manoel de Barros’
  • Matthew Clements (Humanities and Cultural Studies, The London Consortium, Birkbeck, University of London): ‘The Circle and the Maze: Deciphering the Ecosemiotics of Jakob von Uexküll and Charles Sanders Peirce’
  • Sophia David (English Literature and Human Geography, University of Exeter): ‘Ecology and the Limitation of Language’

16.20 Short break

16.30 Roundtable discussion

With Dr. Neal Alexander (School of English, University of Nottingham) and Dr. Isla Forsyth (Department of Geography, University of Nottingham)

17.20 Close


The organisers would like to thank the University of Nottingham’s Landscape and Environment Group and the School of English for kindly sponsoring this event.

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