News from the Field

Once Upon a Time Were We Ever Premodern?

Oecologies is pleased to share the news that one of our directors, Tiffany Jo Werth, will be giving a talk in the newly inaugurated premodern studies seminar series at the Newberry Library in Chicago on February 22, 2019. Her paper “Once upon a time were we ever premodern?” will be followed by a response from Adam Hooks.

Radical Cultures: Lively Vegetation in Literary Studies: A Symposium

Oecologies is pleased to share that Oecologies director Dr. Vin Nardizzi will be giving a plenary presentation entitled “In Gloucester’s Footsteps: Vegetality and Disability in King Lear” at the University of Texas- Arlington on February 22nd. His talk will be followed by a roundtable with Jacqueline Fay, Jason Hogue, Neill Matheson, and Jeffrey Marchand.

Harvesting Books and Uprooting Poems: Circulation and Vulnerability in Elizabethan Botanical Cultures

Oecologies is pleased to share that Dr. Jessica Rosenberg will be giving a talk titled ‘Harvesting Books and Uprooting Poems: Circulation and Vulnerability in Elizabethan Botanical Cultures’ on February 25 at UC Davis.

Lecture: OEcotheology – Courtney Barajas at UBC

Oecologies is looking forward to Courtney Barajas’ upcoming talk at University of British Columbia, entitled “Oecotheology: Natural Wisdom in Old English Poetry.”

The talk will be January 10, 2019 at 2:30 PM in Buchanan Tower, room 323.

Lecture: Jessica Rosenberg at UC Davis

Oecologies is pleased to welcome Jessica Rosenberg, Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, and currently a fellow at the Huntington, who will be giving a talk entitled “Harvesting books and uprooting poems: Circulation and vulnerability in Elizabethan botanical cultures” at UC Davis on February 25 at 4:10 in 126 Voorhies.

Libertine Botany in Los Angeles

Oecologies is pleased to spread the news that one of our members, Dr. Vin Nardizzi, will be speaking at this fabulous event, “Libertine Botany,” in Los Angeles this week. Check it out November 29-30 if you are in the greater Los Angeles area.


Oecologies is pleased to share the great news that one of our University hubs, UC Davis, is the recipient of a Green Power Leadership Award from the Environmental Protection Agency in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solution. It is also ranked in the Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges” for 2018. See the write-up on UC Davis at the link here.

ASLE 2019: “Paradise on Fire”

As ASLE’s gears up for the 2019 Conference “Paradise on Fire,” check out collaborator Allan Mitchell’s session “Oecologies I: Premodern Horizons.”

From the CFP, linked here:
“Horizons indicate apparent boundaries: where earth and sea meet sky, the past borders on the future, and human vision encounters its limit. Horizons also seem relative and recessive, introducing new and unusual perspectives. For this panel we invite speakers to consider premodern moments in which humans are on the verge: contact zones and ecotones where those in the past found themselves situated and across which they desired to move, whether towards remote kingdoms, the Garden of Eden, the Land of Faerie, or through the Sphere of Fire. Presenters are encouraged to address how early literature and culture traversed environmental and ontological boundaries, imagined atmospheric or global phenomena, and took up planetary vistas and scales (physical, conceptual, or fictional). How were distances calculated and charted in the sciences? What is the effect of flying through ethereal realms in dream visions? Other ideas include the development of three-dimensional globes, the mapping of the sky, or the depiction of cityscapes or landscapes in the visual arts. We are interested to discover whether and how premodern pasts open new ecological horizons for the future.”

Submission deadline is December 15!

Lecture: Vin Nardizzi at UC Davis

University of California, Davis hosted Dr. Vin Nardizzi on Friday, October 5th for his lecture “Tulips and Turbans in Renaissance Art and Natural History.”

Update: Vin’s visit included an illuminating trip to UC Davis’ special collections to see a copy of John Gerard’s Herball.