“Emerging Forms” (Dec. 6)

Published: November 27th, 2019

Category: News

The Symposium features presentations and readings by PhD and MFA students working in the emerging genres of climate fiction, –poetry, and –film.

Emerging Forms: Inaugural UF Graduate Student Climate Fiction Symposium

December 6, 2019
Pugh Hall 210
10 AM – 4 PM

“While it is clearly time to dismantle Anthropocene logic, there is no need to wait until the end of this world to begin to conjure livable ones. There are as yet other worlds in this world. And there are, as yet, worlds to come. But which worlds will be livable? And what makes a livable world?”

– Natasha Myers1

Our strategies for measuring the effects of climate change and for forecasting its impacts are not limited to the physical and social sciences.

Among humanities-centered responses to climate change are the emerging genres of climate fiction, –poetry, and –film, works of the creative imagination grounded in realities of planetary crisis, mass extinction, climate-induced migration, and economic collapse, and projecting futures in which our habits of mind and body will be challenged as never before. In thrall to the predatory hubris of Anthropocene logic, desperate and cruel imagined futures seem to forecast dire, inescapable fates. In contrast, imagined futures shaped by a resolve to see beyond the dark allures of ruin can give us hope: that we may find ways of being and living in reciprocity and resilience; that we may conjure, as Natasha Myers proposes, livable worlds before the end of this world.

This symposium’s presentations and readings by UF graduate students who are working across a wide range of literary, film, and poetic responses to climate change, will confront imaginative and ethical challenges of the diverse futures that are already upon us.

This event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

Symposium Program

9:30 – 10 AM – Light refreshments

10 – 10:10 AM – Introductory remarks

Terry Harpold, Director of Imagining Climate Change

10:10 – 11:25 AM – Altered landscapes

Andrea Medina (Moderator)

Amanda Rose, “No Stone Left Unturned: Environmental Catastrophe in J.G. Ballard’s The Day of Creation

Jacob Hawk, “Capitalism Behaving Badly: Potential Pasts and Imagined Futures in Young Adult Climate Fiction”

Danielle Jordan, “Dreams Gone Awry”: Examining The Climate Crisis Through the Works of Ursula K. Le Guin”

11:30 AM – 12 PM – Poetry reading

Gardner Mounce (Introducer)

Ashley Kim, “Mycorrhizal”

12 PM – 1 PM – Lunch on your own

1 – 1:50 PM: Visualizing change

Ayanni Cooper (Moderator)

Bri Anderson, “Hello, My Name is Flying Garbage Monster: Eco-Education and the Hyperobject in Rachel Hope Allison’s I’m Not a Plastic Bag

Luke Rodewald, “‘Our Place in the Dirt’: Slow Violence and the Cinema of Climate Change”

1:55 – 2:25 PM – Fiction reading

Gardner Mounce (Introducer)

Elizabeth Yerkes, “Paper Bullets”

2:30 – 3:20 PM – Overcoming inertia

Madeline Gangnes (Moderator)

John Mark Robison, “Climate Crisis and Weberian Disenchantment in the Medieval Worlds of George R.R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson”

Brandon Murakami, “(Against) Us-topia: Re-Envisioning the Biopolitical Ethics in George Turner’s The Sea and Summer and Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer

3:25 – 3:55 PM – Poetry reading

Gardner Mounce (Introducer)

Cheyenne Taylor, “The Long Emergency”

3:55 PM – Concluding remarks

Terry Harpold

1 Myers, Natasha. “How to Grow Livable Worlds: Ten Not-So-Easy Steps.” The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene, edited by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, 2018, pp. 52–64.

“Emerging Forms” is sponsored by the UF Department of English and Imagining Climate Change. “Emerging Forms” poster by Madeline Gangnes


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