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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Ecologies and the Arts

Environmental approaches to cultural studies have gained in visibility in recent years as they were moving beyond the exclusive focus on "wild" nature. An emphasis on the interconnections of environmental, social, cultural, political and economic issues is certainly not new: it builds on a whole body of works from a variety of traditions (eco-socialist, anti-colonial, materialist, eco-feminist and indigenous). While these traditions tended to be sidelined within mainstream genealogies of (Anglo-American) eco-criticism, the understanding of nature as limited to "wild" spaces is now again being questioned from many different directions. This research group seeks to historicize the way in which the arts have articulated and thought through nature-society relations. Its discussions do not limit themselves to cultural artefacts that explicitly deal with "nature" (although these remain relevant). Romantic or environmentalist poetry is as appropriate a topic for discussion as novels that deal with energy regimes, financial crises, or artworks conceptualizing 'waste'.

For more information, please contact Kerstin Oloff (k.d.oloff@dur.ac.uk) or Laura Chuhan Campbell (l.j.campbell@durham.ac.uk).

Term 1 Events:

17th November 5-6pm ER149. Dr Caitríona Ní Dhúill, The Gender of Energy

6th December, 6pm, ER 140: Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum, 'Bestiary Puzzles'.

Term 2 Events:

8th February, 5pm, ER 205: Dr Elizabeth McKinnell, Department of Philosophy, 'Thinking on One’s Feet: Solitary Walkers in Social Landscapes'. All welcome.

16th March, 5pm, A56: Dr Rebecca Jarman, Latin American Studies, Leeds University.'The Nature
of Revolution: Disasters, Citizenship and Countercultures in Bolivarian Venezuela'
. All welcome.

Term 3 Events:

25th April 2017, 4pm, ER145: Professor Ann Davies, University of Stirling. Title tbc. All welcome.

17th May, 3:00-4:30, Palace Green Learning Centre: Professor Connie Scarborough, Texas Tech University: Workshop on Ecologies in conjunction with IMEMS. https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/workshops/?eventno=33094

Research Group Convenor


Dr Kerstin Oloff

Dr Laura Chuhan Campbell

School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham University
Elvet Riverside
Durham
DH1 3JT