116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Acting Out: The Role of Environmental Humanities in the Anthropocene II

Session Chair: 
Jessica Holmes, University of Washington
Time: 
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: 
Miller Hall 17

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Simon C. Estok, Sungkyunkwan University
    Understanding ecophobia and human exceptionalism permits analyses of the staging of the Anthropocene and the human role in acting out Anthropocene fantasies: without the Humanities, such recognitions are simply not possible in any meaningful way.
  2. Dylan Bateman, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    This paper shows how Sherwin Tija’s choose-your-own-adventure book You are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse plays out concerns of the Anthropocene and its alternate terms. I argue the choose-your- own-adventure form is conductive to thinking through Anthropocene scholarship with literature, as the form mirrors Anthropocene scholarship.
  3. Rachel Rochester, University of Oregon
    Colonize Mars, a video game/cli-fi novel hybrid, invites users to consider how Earth’s environmental decimation is linked to colonial efforts on Mars, layered onto a 3D map of the red planet. The project models how humanists and scientists might effectively collaborate to improve public climate change education.
  4. Sean Collins, University of Utah
    Endgame’s anti-realist depiction of nature’s end engages much contemporary environmental thought. Theoretically informed by Object-Oriented Ontology and Actor-Network Theory, I argue that Beckett unveils the role performativity and theater have for renewing our attention to the contingent and precarious assemblages between the human and nonhuman within the Anthropocene.
Session Cancelled: 
No