News from the Field
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.
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: http://ow.ly/aESm50xUKDQ
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.
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 the “Earth, Sea, Sky” project, please visit http://torch.ox.ac.uk/earth-sea-sky
For more information about TORCH, please visit https://torch.ox.ac.uk