E. Ann Kaplan

‘Getting Real About the Anthropocene’: Pretrauma and Cultural Politics in Futurist Dystopian Film

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directed The Humanities Institute. A number of Kaplan’s many monographs, edited collections and articles on cultural studies, media, and women’s studies, from diverse theoretical perspectives, have been translated into six languages. Her most recent book is Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction (2015).

Kim Stanley Robinson

Climate Change Forces Post-Capitalism

Kim Stanley Robinson is likely the most respected cli-fi (climate-fiction) novelist writing today. He has published nineteen novels, including the Mars trilogy, 2312, Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica. He has been recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Heinlein awards, among others. In an article for the New Yorker, Tim Kreider suggested that Robinson may be our greatest political novelist, as he explores alternatives to capitalism in a range of his novels.

Peter Singer

The Ethical Challenge of Climate Change

Peter Singer is the DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975.  Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), The Life You Can Save, The Point of View of the Universe (with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek), and The Most Good You Can Do.

Ashley Dawson

The End of the World As We Know It

Ashley Dawson is Professor of English at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is the author ofExtinction: A Radical History (O/R Press, 2016), The Routledge Concise History of Twentieth-Century British Literature (2013) and Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007). He is currently completing work on a book entitled Extreme City: Climate Change and the Urban Future for Verso Books.

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