Panel 9: Ecocriticism III
Towards a Benjaminian Environmental Historiography: Shattering the Anthropocene
Molly Hall, University of Rhode Island
This talk brings together the historical philosophies of Walter Benjamin with contemporary concerns about environmental discourse. By expanding his ideas of progress to the narrative of ecological collapse, this talk posits the ability for Benjamin’s thoughts to open up political models for sustainable subjectivity (more).
The Rills Not Taken: Hydropower in Early National Science and Poetry
Michael Ziser, University of California, Davis
Utilizing the poet-naturalist Alexander Wilson’s writings and the ornithological fieldwork revolution they inspired, this talk gives new insight into the cultural history surrounding energy and its production. This insight seeks to differentiate between what in our cultural past belongs to sustainable energy practices (and is therefore savable) and what is wedded to intensified carbon emissions (and is therefore not).
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