News from the Field

Oecologies Reading Group

8 May 2020 | 11: AM PST

The Oecologies reading group will be meeting via Zoom to discuss Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, “Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic: Queer Imaginings of the Middle Passage,” GLQ: A journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 14. 2-3 ( 2008): 191-215.

A full article pdf can be accessed here:

Oecologies Reading Group

25 March 2020 | 11:00 AM

The Oecologies reading group will be meeting via web to discuss the introduction to Juno Salazar Parreña’s Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation

A full article pdf can be located here:

Sponsored Lecture — Dr. Daniel T. Kline Transcending Oikos and Oecology: A North-Pacific Medievalist Workshop

28 February 2020 | 6:00 PM | Harbour Centre | Room 5120

Daniel T. Kline (University of Alaska Anchorage) will present initial work into developing a North Pacific Medievalism that incorporates decolonizing methodologies, highlights indigenous ways of knowing, and remains centered in pedagogy and the student experience. Dan’s initial presentation will open into a workshop-style discussion of how we might collectively consider doing premodern studies differently and what that might look like, both personally and institutionally.

Noëlle Phillips — Craft Beer Culture and Modern Medievalism Book Launch

27 February 2020 | 4:30 – 7:30 PM | New Westminster Campus | Laura C. Muir Theatre foyer and Amelia Douglas Gallery

Join Douglas College English instructor, Noëlle Phillips, for a presentation and reading of her new book, Beer Culture and Modern Medievalism: Brewing Dissent.

Oecologies Reading Group

23 January 2020 | 11:00 AM

The Oecologies reading group will be meeting via web to discuss Tavia Nyong’o’s “Little Monsters: Race, Sovereignty, and Queer Inhumanism in Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

A full article pdf can be located here:

Celebrating Oecologies: New Work in the Environmental Humanities

29 January 2020 | 3:00-4:30
Buchanan Tower 323, UBC

In this event co-sponsored by the UBC Department of English and Department of FHIS, Dr. Daniella Boccassini (UBC), Dr. David K. Coley (SFU), Dr. Vin Nardizzi (UBC), Dr. Tiffany Jo Werth (UC Davis) and Dr. Nöelle Phillips (Douglas College) will launch their recent publications.

Sponsored Lecture: Brantley L. Bryant —
“The Blue King and the Power of Water in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Book of the Duchess

6 February 2020 | 4:45-6:15
Voorhies 126, UC Davis

In this talk co-sponsored with the UC Davis Department of English, Professor Brantley L. Bryant of Sonoma State University will present his talk “The Blue King and the Power of Water in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Book of the Duchess.”

The Book of the Duchess begins with storm, shipwreck, and revenant – the body of drowned King Ceyx is taken from the seafloor to speak with Queen Alcyone. This talk will argue that this aquatic beginning disrupts the text’s aspirationally anthropocentric preoccupations and puts the power of water at the beginning of Chaucer’s poetic making. In Chaucer’s poem we find a late fourteenth century conception of water as agentic, omnipresent, and estrangingly active on human bodies. Ceyx, the drowned king subject to inanimate forces, is a “Blue King” who provides us with a watery counterpart

A flyer for this event can be located here.

“Earth”: September 19th-20th, TORCH, University of Oxford

The “Earth, Sea, Sky” project will commence at Oxford on “Earth,” the most anthropocentric, localized, and thereby familiar of the domains. The panel will consider how premodern texts and visual culture configure earth in proximity to various vantage points: local, regional, and national as well as theological, cultural, human, non/human, and creaturely.

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For “Earth,” the project invites workshop participants to dwell on one or more of the following areas:
• Excavating earth (mines, resources, fossil fuels and other energy sources,
• Picturing earth (maps, globes, diagrams)
• Perceiving / Delimiting earth (borders, limits, perspectives)
• Covering earth (urban/rural, vegetation and crops, weather)
• Saving / Leaving earth (preservation, seed banks, travel, transcendence, catastrophe)

For more information about our upcoming “Earth” symposium, please see our schedule and workshop descriptions. Please note that events are for registered participants. 

For more information about the “Earth, Sea, Sky” project, please visit

For more information about TORCH, please visit