Panel 3: The Anthropocene
“The Cloudflower Blossoms:” Doctor Atomic and Sublime Repetition in the Anthropocene
Patrick Milian, University of Washington
The idea of the sublime is still very much present in the 21st century, though no longer reserved for just natural events; as we’ve entered the Anthropocene, the awe and terror usually reserved for nature has come to include human events. Using the opera Doctor Atomic by John Adams as a case-study, the author presents an alternative way to view the sublime, one that is necessary given mankind’s profound abilities to alter the planet (more).
Vanua in the Anthropocene: Fijian Ontologies and Climate Change
Maebh Long, University of the South Pacific
This paper explores the complexities of the term vanua, an interconnectedness between people and place in which people are figured as belonging to the land. The term translates to ‘land’, which in Fiji includes the water and signifies the ocean’s significance within Pacific Island Discourse. Through the lens of vanua, the author examines the implications of anthropogenic sea-level rise in terms of a trespass and intrusion not merely into place, but into self (more).
Climate Change, AIDS, and Queering the Anthropocene: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America
Kristen Angierski, Cornell University
Queer theory and ecocriticism has a history of conflict rooted in what is deemed natural. This talk explores this clash in the play Angels in America by Tony Kushner where earth and queer crisis collide over what is natural. By studying the competing temporal systems present in the play, the author ultimately argues the necessity of a reconciliation of queer theory and ecocriticism to address climate change (more).
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