Annual Conference

Unfortunatley, due to recent events, the Annual Conference has been cancelled for Spring 2020. However, due to overwhelming support for the topic and the willingness of participants to revisit the issue at a later date, the confernence is now slated to take place in Fall of 2020. Please check back in August for more details. 

Climate Fictions

2020 GCLR Graduate Student Conference 

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Venue: HSSB, McCune Conference Room, UCSB campus

Time: April 18-19, 2020

As climate change has become a central topic of discussion, laced with the uncertainty of tomorrow, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to reframe their conversations with a focus on this ubiquitous topic as it has been interpreted in literary fiction, as well as within the arts. 

Originally coined by Dan Bloom, Climate-Fiction, popularly known as Cli-Fi, is a type of fiction that explores what the earth might become if climate change continues at its current rate, and specifically if humans do not intervene to save the planet. 

As many successful authors, such as Margaret Atwood, T. C. Boyle, Amitav Ghosh, Ursula Le Guin, Lydia Millet, David Mitchell, and Leslie Marmon Silko, have contributed to promulgating the topics of climate change and global warming into the public eye, Cli-Fi has gained prominence as more than a fringe genre.

Your paper can discuss the following questions: 

  • In terms of climate change, and the mediums that engage with it, are genre fictions, fict-documentaries, mainstream novels, poetry, works of nonfiction, and film, really so separable? 

  • What does each bring to the table? 

  • How do they overlap, and where do they diverge? 

  • How does climate fiction reflect and/or imagine the nonhuman/posthuman experience of environmental change and destruction? 

  • As climate change compels us to rethink geopolitics, how does it complicate questions of post-coloniality? 

  • How are people from around the world responding to climate change? 

 

Please send abstracts to Christene d’Anca at christene_danca@ucsb.edu by January 25, 2020. 

 

 

Keynote Speaker

John Shoptaw has been writing about and teaching ecopoetry and ecopoetics in the English Department at UC Berkeley. Currently, he is exploring the ecopoetics and ecopoetry of climate change. His most recent publication is a climate fiction, titled "Whoa!" that is a retelling of Ovid's Metamorphoses (book 2), in Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics. Among his other publications, is Time's Beach, a collection of poems that evokes the cultural and environmental history of the Mississippi watershed, and On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery's Poetry, a study of Ashbery's poems through the form of a flow chart. 

 

This is no longer the current schedule - Please check back in August for updates. 

 

Saturday, April 18

McCune Conference Room

6020 HSSB

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

9 :00   Breakfast and Coffee

9 :45   Opening remarks offered by Sven Spieker, GCLR Director, and Christene d’Anca, GCLR Research Coordinator

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

10 :00   John Shoptaw, University of California, Berkeley

              A Climate-Changed Ecopoetics

             

              Discussion

 

11 :30  Lunch

 

SITUATING CLIMATE FICTION

Panel Chair : Pujita Guja, University of California, Santa Barbara

1 :00   Lydia Borowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Performing Carbon Ruins: Climate Futures as Embodied Potential

1 :20   Margarita Delcheva, University of California, Santa Barbara

               Minimalism and the Revelatory Tool of Apocalypse in Ben Lerner’s Novel 10:04 and Béla Tarr’s Film The Turin Horse

1 :40   David Vivian, University of California, Santa Barbara

               Chaos in the Anthropocene: Subjectivity, Time, and the Role of Fiction in Ben Lerner’s 10:04

2 :00   Wendy Sun, University of California, Santa Barbara

Climate Fiction as World Literature? A Case Study on The Wandering Earth

 

Discussion

 

2 :45   Coffee Break

 

HUMAN/NON-HUMAN BINARY(?)

Panel Chair : Ben Beitler, University of California, Berkeley

3 :00   Rachel Feldman, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Green, Beige, White: Visualizing the Ends of the Earth

3:20    Michelle Robertson, University of California, Irvine

Nuclear Colonialism at the Twilight of Humanity: Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne

3:40    Maxximilian Seijo, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ecological Accounting: Transcending Essentialist Materialism in Marx, Heidegger and Vitalism

           

              Discussion

 

RECEPTION

 

Sunday, April 19

McCune Conference Room

6020 HSSB

University of California, Santa Barbara

 

9 :00   Breakfast and Coffee

9 :45   Opening remarks offered by Christene d’Anca, GCLR Research Coordinator

 

CLIMATE… FICTION?

Panel Chair : Christene d’Anca, University of California, Santa Barbara

10 :00 Sage Freeburg, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Nuance and the Anthropocene: Fictions in Animal Conservation Efforts

10 :20 Kio Griffith, University of California, Santa Barbara 

The Forecastings of Science Fiction Novels in Postwar Japan: From Atomic Ground-Zero to the Industrious

10 :40 Morgan Delgado, Arizona State Univeristy 

Can A Climate Film Lead to Corporate Change? The Intersection of Film, Science, and Corporate Scandals

11 :00 Sydney Lane, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Imagining Climate Migration Anxiety as the Horror of Interdependence in Ari Aster’s Midsommar (2019) and Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja’s Aniara (2018)

 

              Discussion

 

11 :30  Coffee Break

 

CLIMATE FICTIONS – UNIQUE REPRESENTATIONS

Panel Chair : Surojit Kayal, University of California, Santa Barbara 

11 :45  John Schranck, University of California, Santa Barbara   

Storms of Our (Un)Doing: Shakespeare’s AnthropoTempest and the “Brave New World”

12 :05  Olivia Leiter, University of California, Riverside 

Climate Change and the Apocalypse Through the Lens of Bruce Conner’s Crossroads

 

Discussion

 

12 :25   Closing remarks offered by Christene d’Anca, GCLR Research Coordinator