You are invited to participate in the Oecologies Reading Group, which will take place in advance of each talk in the Oecologies Speaker Series (see below).
The first meeting of the reading group will take place on Wednesday 16th October, at UBC in Buchanan Tower 597/599 (TBA, depending on demand) from 6pm – 7:30pm, after which we may retreat somewhere to continue the discussion over drinks. Readings will be disseminated (electronically) this weekend to those who sign up via the email below.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Robert Rouse.
This reading group runs in tandem with the Oecologies Speaker Series at Green College: this 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)!
If you have other questions about Oecologies, please contact Carmel Ohman.