Difference between revisions of "Creating Nature: Premodern Climate and the Environmental Humanities (conference)"

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'''Scheduled for May 23-25, 2019'''
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'''Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 23-24, 2019'''
  
In the premodern past, weather was never just weather. Storms expressed the rage of gods, drought punished human sinfulness, and fires provided revelations straight from divine mouths. To suffer in hostile environments meant encountering more-than-human forces with merely human flesh. The inhuman power Shakespeare calls “great creating Nature” touches and sustains human bodies, but opaquely, and sometimes painfully. Nature is creator and created, force and object, destroyer and home.  
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In the premodern past, weather was never just weather. Storms expressed the rage of gods, drought punished human sinfulness, and fires provided revelations straight from divine mouths. To suffer in hostile environments meant encountering more-than-human forces with merely human flesh. The inhuman power Shakespeare calls “great creating Nature” touches and sustains human bodies, but opaquely, and sometimes painfully. Nature is creator and created, force and object, destroyer and home.
  
This conference will bring together premodern environmental humanities scholars to explore the long and varied history of how humans have conceptualized their environment. Its invited speakers will explore historical and cultural forms in which humans have come to terms with their love for, dependence on, and need to manipulate the nonhuman world.  
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This conference will bring together premodern environmental humanities scholars to explore the long and varied history of how humans have conceptualized their environment. Its invited speakers will explore historical and cultural forms in which humans have come to terms with their love for, dependence on, and need to manipulate the nonhuman world.
  
Fourteen distinguished speakers will cluster their conversations around four environmental keywords: "storms," "sustenance," "shelter," and "spirits and science." Together with the conference-goers welcomed into conversation, "Creating Nature" will provide insights into premodern ideas about human entanglement with the nature they knew themselves to be creating and the nature that created them.
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The distinguished speakers will cluster their conversations around four environmental keywords: “storms,” “sustenance,” “shelter,and “spirits and science.Together with the conference-goers welcomed into conversation, “Creating Nature” will provide insights into premodern ideas about human entanglement with the nature they knew themselves to be creating and the nature that created them.
  
 
'''Organizers''': '''Steven Mentz''' (St. John's University, NY), with '''Owen Williams''' (Folger Institute)
 
'''Organizers''': '''Steven Mentz''' (St. John's University, NY), with '''Owen Williams''' (Folger Institute)
  
'''Invited Speakers''': '''Jeffrey Jerome Cohen''' (George Washington University) and '''Lindy Elkins-Tanton''' (Arizona State University) will open the conference with a public dialogue on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday, the following scholars will present their original thoughts on the topic: '''Liza Blake''' (University of Toronto), '''Dagomar Degroot''' (Georgetown University), '''Michael Dove''' (Yale University Forestry and Environmental Sciences), '''Chris Pastore''' (SUNY Albany), '''Jedediah Purdy''' (Duke University), '''Kellie Robertson''' (University of Maryland), '''Debapriya Sarkar''' (University of Connecticut), '''Mick Smith''' (Queen’s University Canada), '''Valerie Trouet''' (University of Arizona), '''Henry Turner''' (Rutgers University), '''Philip Usher''' (New York University), and '''Julian Yates''' (University of Delaware). '''Joseph Campana '''(Rice University), '''Anne Harris''' (Depauw University), '''Rebecca Laroche '''(University of Colorado), '''Jennifer Munroe '''(University of North Carolina), and  '''Karen Raber''' (University of Mississippi) will act as “conversation stewards,” who will chair the sessions, introduce the speakers, and guide the dialogue.
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'''Invited Speakers''': '''Jeffrey Jerome Cohen''' and '''Lindy Elkins-Tanton''' (both Arizona State University) will present a public dialogue on Thursday evening open the conference with a public dialogue on Thursday evening. On Thursday and Friday, the following scholars will present their original thoughts on the topic: '''Liza Blake''' (University of Toronto), '''Dagomar Degroot''' (Georgetown University), '''Michael Dove''' (Yale University Forestry and Environmental Sciences), '''Chris Pastore''' (SUNY Albany), '''Jedediah Purdy''' (Duke University), '''Kellie Robertson''' (University of Maryland), '''Debapriya Sarkar''' (University of Connecticut), '''Mick Smith''' (Queen’s University Canada), '''Valerie Trouet''' (University of Arizona), '''Henry Turner''' (Rutgers University), '''Philip Usher''' (New York University), and '''Julian Yates''' (University of Delaware). '''Joseph Campana '''(Rice University), '''Anne Harris''' (Depauw University), '''Rebecca Laroche '''(University of Colorado), '''Jennifer Munroe '''(University of North Carolina), and  '''Karen Raber''' (University of Mississippi) will act as “conversation stewards,” who will chair the sessions, introduce the speakers, and guide the dialogue.
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Provisional Schedule
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Thursday, 23 May
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All sessions will take place in the Folger Board Room unless otherwise noted.
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9:00-10:15
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'''Session One: Storms'''
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Chair: Joseph Campana (Rice University)
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'''''Shipwrecks, Tree Rings, and Hurricanes'''''
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Valerie Trouet (University of Arizona)
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Storm Time
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Kellie Robertson (University of Maryland)
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Storm, Complexity, Chaos: Nature and the Limits of Experience in Shakespeare’s Theater
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Henry Turner (Rutgers University)
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10:15-10:45
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Break
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10:45-11:45
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Moderated Discussion
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11:45-1:45
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Lunch (on your own)
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1:45- 3:00
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Session Two: Sustenance
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Chair: Karen Raber (University of Mississippi)
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Macbeth’s Bubbles and Shakespeare’s Cosmopolitics
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Julian Yates (University of Delaware)
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The Frigid Golden Age
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Dagomar Degroot (Georgetown University)
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Anthropocene Democracy
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Jedediah Purdy (Duke University)
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3:00-3:30
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Tea Break
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3:30-4:30
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Moderated Discussion
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5:30-6:30
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Opening Reception (Founders’ Room)
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6:30-7:30
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Public Plenary (Paster Reading Room)
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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lindy Elkins-Tanton (both Arizona State University)
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Friday, 24 May
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9:00-10:15
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Session Three: Shelter
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Chair: Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado) and Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina)
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Shelter in the Volcano
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Michael Dove (Yale University)
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Shore as Shelter
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Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut)
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No Globes Please: Moles not Astronauts!
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Philip Usher (New York University)
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10:15-10:45
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Break
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10:45-11:45
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Moderated Discussion
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11:45-1:15
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Lunch (on your own)
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1:15-2:30
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Session Four: Science & Spirits
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Chair: Anne Harris (Depauw University)
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Atmosphere: On being in touch with the (in)difference of the world
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Mick Smith (Queens University)
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Enter Heavens: Meteorology and Irregular Causation in Early Modern Drama and Science
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Liza Blake (University of Toronto)
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Dead Reckoning: Myth, Mystery, and the Poetics of Marine Natural Knowledge
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Christopher Pastore (SUNY Albany)
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2:30-3:00
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Break
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3:00-4:00
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Moderated Discussion
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4:10-5:30
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Session Five: Roundtable
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Chair: Steve Mentz (St. John’s University)
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5:30-7:00
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Closing Reception (Founders Room)

Revision as of 13:33, 6 November 2018

Scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 23-24, 2019

In the premodern past, weather was never just weather. Storms expressed the rage of gods, drought punished human sinfulness, and fires provided revelations straight from divine mouths. To suffer in hostile environments meant encountering more-than-human forces with merely human flesh. The inhuman power Shakespeare calls “great creating Nature” touches and sustains human bodies, but opaquely, and sometimes painfully. Nature is creator and created, force and object, destroyer and home.

This conference will bring together premodern environmental humanities scholars to explore the long and varied history of how humans have conceptualized their environment. Its invited speakers will explore historical and cultural forms in which humans have come to terms with their love for, dependence on, and need to manipulate the nonhuman world.

The distinguished speakers will cluster their conversations around four environmental keywords: “storms,” “sustenance,” “shelter,” and “spirits and science.” Together with the conference-goers welcomed into conversation, “Creating Nature” will provide insights into premodern ideas about human entanglement with the nature they knew themselves to be creating and the nature that created them.

Organizers: Steven Mentz (St. John's University, NY), with Owen Williams (Folger Institute)

Invited Speakers: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lindy Elkins-Tanton (both Arizona State University) will present a public dialogue on Thursday evening open the conference with a public dialogue on Thursday evening. On Thursday and Friday, the following scholars will present their original thoughts on the topic: Liza Blake (University of Toronto), Dagomar Degroot (Georgetown University), Michael Dove (Yale University Forestry and Environmental Sciences), Chris Pastore (SUNY Albany), Jedediah Purdy (Duke University), Kellie Robertson (University of Maryland), Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut), Mick Smith (Queen’s University Canada), Valerie Trouet (University of Arizona), Henry Turner (Rutgers University), Philip Usher (New York University), and Julian Yates (University of Delaware). Joseph Campana (Rice University), Anne Harris (Depauw University), Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado), Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina), and Karen Raber (University of Mississippi) will act as “conversation stewards,” who will chair the sessions, introduce the speakers, and guide the dialogue.


Provisional Schedule


Thursday, 23 May

All sessions will take place in the Folger Board Room unless otherwise noted.

9:00-10:15 Session One: Storms Chair: Joseph Campana (Rice University)

Shipwrecks, Tree Rings, and Hurricanes Valerie Trouet (University of Arizona)

Storm Time Kellie Robertson (University of Maryland)

Storm, Complexity, Chaos: Nature and the Limits of Experience in Shakespeare’s Theater Henry Turner (Rutgers University)

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Moderated Discussion

11:45-1:45 Lunch (on your own)


1:45- 3:00 Session Two: Sustenance Chair: Karen Raber (University of Mississippi)

Macbeth’s Bubbles and Shakespeare’s Cosmopolitics Julian Yates (University of Delaware)

The Frigid Golden Age Dagomar Degroot (Georgetown University)

Anthropocene Democracy Jedediah Purdy (Duke University)


3:00-3:30 Tea Break

3:30-4:30 Moderated Discussion

5:30-6:30 Opening Reception (Founders’ Room)

6:30-7:30 Public Plenary (Paster Reading Room) Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lindy Elkins-Tanton (both Arizona State University)


Friday, 24 May

9:00-10:15 Session Three: Shelter Chair: Rebecca Laroche (University of Colorado) and Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina)

Shelter in the Volcano Michael Dove (Yale University)

Shore as Shelter Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut)

No Globes Please: Moles not Astronauts! Philip Usher (New York University)

10:15-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Moderated Discussion

11:45-1:15 Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:30 Session Four: Science & Spirits Chair: Anne Harris (Depauw University)

Atmosphere: On being in touch with the (in)difference of the world Mick Smith (Queens University)

Enter Heavens: Meteorology and Irregular Causation in Early Modern Drama and Science Liza Blake (University of Toronto)

Dead Reckoning: Myth, Mystery, and the Poetics of Marine Natural Knowledge Christopher Pastore (SUNY Albany)

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Moderated Discussion


4:10-5:30 Session Five: Roundtable Chair: Steve Mentz (St. John’s University)

5:30-7:00 Closing Reception (Founders Room)