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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Ecologies and the Arts Research Group Seminar: Professor Kate Rigby 'Anthropocene Romanticism: Ecopoetic Arts of Resistance'

3rd May 2018, 16:00, ER144, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

You are all warmly invited to a talk organised by Daniel Finch-Race for the Ecologies and the Arts group. In this talk, Prof Rigby will undertake a lively defence of defining aspects of European Romanticism, reconsidered from the perspective of current thinking around human entanglement with the material agencies, communicative practices, and ethical considerability of diverse beyond-human others.

Professor Kate Rigby FAHA is Director of the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University and Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Melbourne). Her research lies at the intersection of environmental literary, philosophical, historical and religious studies, with a specialist interest in European Romanticism, ecopoetics, and eco-catastrophe. A founding co-editor of the journal Philosophy Activism Nature (, she is currently co-editor of the University Press of Virginia series, Under the Sign of Nature, and her books include Topographies of the Sacred: The Poetics of Place in European Romanticism (2004), Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (co-edited, 2011) and Dancing with Disaster: Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times (2015). A key researcher with the Humanities for the Environment Mellon Australia-Pacific Observatory, she was the inaugural President of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture (Australia-New Zealand), and the founding Director of the Australia-Pacific Forum on Religion and Ecology.

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