Vcologies is a working-group of Victorianists partly affiliated with Oecologies. Listed below are details of their previous and upcoming talks, events, and activities.

Vcologies 2017, University of Houston

 Friday, September 15th 2017:

9:00-10:00 Warm-Up Session

Discussion of readings:

Manny Fernandez and Richard Fausset, “A Storm Forces Houston, the Limitless City, to Consider Its Limits,” The New York Times, August 30, 2017

Martha Serpas, “The Water,” “The Dirty Side of the Storm,” and “Fais Do-Do,” three poems from The Dirty Side of the Storm (New York: Norton, 2007).

“Angela Trahan” and “Glenda Jones Stevenson Harris,” two survivor narratives from Second-Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita, ed. Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, and Carl Lindahl (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013)

Ted Steinberg, “Can Capitalism Save the Planet? On the Origins of Green Liberalism,” Radical History Review 107 (Spring 2010): 7-24.


10:30-12:00 Panel 1: Worlding ecoGenres

Allen MacDuffie, “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief and the Victorian Environmental Imaginary”

Tobias Menely, “Locodescription to Lyric: Reading Wordsworth, Once Again, in the Anthropocene”

Philip Steer, “‘Was such a change in the seasons credible?’: Climate Extremes, Climate Knowledge, and the Victorian Novel”

Lynn Voskuil, “The Peepul, the Banyan, and the Baobab: Territories of Rootedness in British South Asia”


 1:00-2:30 Panel 2: Energetics and the Extraction

Dennis Denisoff, “William Sharp’s Breathing Landscapes”

Richard Menke, “Little Nell in Coketown”

Elizabeth Miller, “Extraction Ecologies and Victorian Literature”

Benjamin Morgan, “Coal Forests and Black Diamonds at the Holocene-Anthropocene Boundary”


 3:30-5:00 Panel 3: ecoScience

Kathleen Frederickson, “Sex on the Commons”

Devin Griffiths, “Memes v. Pangenes”

Deanna Kreisel, “Troubling Organicism”


Saturday, September 16th 2017:

9:00-10:30 Panel 4: Leveling Ontologies

Michael Gamer, “Theatrical Ecologies and the Problem of the Child/Animal Actor”

John MacNeill Miller, “The Nature of Political Economy: Denaturing the Social in the Social Problem Novel”

Sue Zemka, “Hodor and the Knot of Time”


11:00-12:30 Panel 5: Agencies

Siobhan Carroll, “Dangerous Energies: Excavating the Peat Archive with Scott and Hogg”

Nathan Hensley, “‘And like myself lone wholely lone’: Mutuality and Form in Emily Brontë”

Jen Hill, “Nineteenth-Century Data Visualizations and Literary Form”

Daniel Williams, “Tempests in State: Agency and Ecology in the Social Problem Novel”


Vcologies 2016, University of California, Davis

Friday, September 16th 2016:

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1: Science Voorhies 120

Kathleen Frederickson, “Under Domestication”

Justine Pizzo (via Skype), “The Molecular Atmosphere of Thomas Hardy’s Return of the Native

Michael Ziser, “’The water understands / Civilization well’: Hydropower and Transcendentalism


1:30 – 3:00 Panel 2: Empire Voorhies 126

Elizabeth Chang, “Chrysanthemum Reform and the Middlebrow Exotic”
Gautam Basu Thakur, “Holes, Wells, and Caves”
Lynn Voskuil, “Alexander von Humboldt and the Environment of Empire”


3:30 – 5:00 Panel 3: Coal Voorhies 120

Nathan Hensley (via Skype) Philip Steer “Signatures of the Carboniferous: Coal Powerin the Age of Man”


Saturday, September 17th 2016:

9:00 – 10:30 Panel 4: Form Voorhies 126

Devin Griffiths, “The Ecology of Form” Barbara Leckie, “Climate Change, Interrupted
Jesse Oak Taylor, “The Novel After Nature, Nature After the Novel”



11:00 – 12:30 Panel 5: Utopia Voorhies 126

Deanna Kreisel, “Late-Victorian Eco-(Dys)topias  and the Problem of Sustainability”
Benjamin Morgan, “Utopian World Ecology: Samuel Butler’s Erewhon and A First Year in Canterbury Settlement
 Daniel Williams, “The Weather in Utopia”


2:00 – 3:30 Panel 6: Ecology & Energy Voorhies 126

Siobhan Carroll, “The Rainmakers” Tobias Menely, “Georgic Earth-Work; or, Power in Beachy Head
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, “Fixed Capital and the Flow: Water Power and The Mill on the Floss