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Earth(ly) Matters: New Directions in Environmental Humanities

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street


Friday, April 6, 2018

8:45 am – 9:00 am | Morning coffee

9:00 am – 9:15 am | Welcome
Claire Brault, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Department of Political Science, Brown University
Iris Montero, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University

9:15 am – 10:45 am | Beyond the Human I: Suffering and Respect
Moderator: Tamara Chin, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University
Sharon Krause, Professor of Political Science and Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, Brown University
Political Respect for Nature (abstract)
Branka Arsić, Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Marvelous Extinctions: Melville on Animal Suffering (abstract)

10:45 am – 11:00 am | Morning break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Beyond the Human II: Sense-Making and Justice
Moderator: Jeffrey Moser, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University
Mark Cladis, Brooke Russell Astor Professor of Humanities and Chair of Religious Studies, Brown University
Racial and Environmental Justice in the Wild (abstract)
Katherine Behar, Associate Professor of New Media Arts, Baruch College, City University of New York
What Makes Sense? Environmental Sensing and Nonhuman Sense (abstract)

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch break

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Blue Ecologies I
Moderator: Brian Lander, Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society, Brown University
Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute
Disappearing Archipelagos (abstract)
Astrida Neimanis, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney
2067: The Sea and the Breathing (abstract)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Afternoon break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Introduction:  Leela Gandhi, John Hawkes Professor of the Humanities and English, Brown University
Amitav Ghosh, Writer
Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean Region (abstract)
Presented jointly as part of the OP Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series of the Center for Contemporary South Asia

Saturday, April 7, 2018

9:45 am – 10:00 am | Morning coffee

10:00 am – 11:30 am | Exploring Methods I
Moderator: Iris Montero, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University
Kyle Powys Whyte, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability and Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Michigan State University
Indigenous Science (Fiction) for the Anthropocene: Ancestral Dystopias and Settler Fantasies (abstract)
Vera Candiani, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University
The Costs of Environmental History: A View from Latin America (abstract)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Lunch break

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Blue Ecologies II
Moderator: Claire Brault, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities and Department of Political Science, Brown University
Stacy Alaimo, Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Arlington.
Composing Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss (abstract)
Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society
Whales, Whalers, and Thinking the Ocean through Cetacean Labor  (abstract)

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Afternoon break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Exploring Methods II
Moderator: J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies, Brown University
Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy and Director of the Animal Studies Initiative, New York University
Environmental Humanities: Three Tales (abstract)
Gregory Cushman, Associate Professor of International Environmental History, University of Kansas
How to Make the Environmental Humanities Central to Teaching Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies from the Start: A Case Study (abstract)