We are pleased to introduce “Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds,” a new Speaker Series at Green College at UBC!
The speaker series gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” We retain this defamiliarizing spelling because our speakers have been asked to talk about how we might rethink “ecology” through the study of premodern natural history, taxonomy, hierarchy, and categorization. By exploring an array of discourses about “oecology,” our series asks what conceptual or metaphorical resources might help us – as located moderns – reorient our perceptions about the premodern past and about our present and future moments. Among other matters, our speakers will discuss the relations among terms such as N/nature, landscape, ecology, economy, environment, and technology, and will ask how our regionally and temporally specific conceptions of these terms draw / differ from premodern inhabitations of the world.
For event details, abstracts, and speaker information, please visit oecologies.com or view the event poster. Also follow us on Twitter (@Oecologies) and “Like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/oecologies)!