Extinctions and Rebellions: BSLS Winter Symposium 2019

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'Extinctions and Rebellions', is being held at the University of Liverpool in affiliation with the Literature and Science Hub.

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“We are at a time in history where everyone with any insight of the climate crisis that threatens our civilisation – and the entire biosphere – must speak out in clear language, no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable that may be.”

In 2019, extinction is no longer the province of dinosaurs, the Dodo, or species far away in space and time. As Greta Thunberg argued in her Davos speech earlier this year, and as the ongoing socio-political efforts of the Extinction Rebellion suggest, extinction of the human (as well as the non-human) is an immediate concern and a very possible outcome of the climate crisis, unless significant action is taken by all. With this in mind, the ‘Extinctions and Rebellions’ symposium will think about the varied cultural discourses of extinction, past and present. It will not only be a platform to discuss current environmental and ecological concerns of the Anthropocene in the cultural imagination, but it also offers a space to think about how previous literary and scientific forms have imagined extinction as a process or finality, and how these conversations speak to and could offer a means to think about our current climate crisis. Moreover, we will explore ‘extinction’ and ‘rebellion’ as they pertain to questions of literary form and scientific theory and practice. This one-day event will allow postgraduates, early-career researchers, and academics to think about how the sciences and humanities can work together, inform, and facilitate the “clear language” needed to rebel against human and non-human extinction.

The questions presented by this symposium theme are relevant to all researchers, and we welcome delegates from varied career stages to allow for a diverse discussion. However, ‘Extinctions and Rebellions’ will also focus on how researchers in the earlier phases of their career can start (or continue) to think about the relevance and impacts of their work. The question of ‘Impact’ for REF2021 is one often discussed by established academics, but through a ‘Literature, Science, and Impact’ roundtable, this event will encourage postgraduates and ECRs to discuss the ways in which this field and their work can create changes to thinking and behaviours, and what this can mean for their future research too.

BSLS Winter Symposium: ‘Extinctions and Rebellions’

Friday Evening:

19.00 - Meal at Bundobust (Vegetarian/Vegan Indian Street Food Restaurant on Bold St.)

http://bundobust.com/liverpool/

If you’d like to be included in this booking, please let us know as soon as you can (bslsrebellions@gmail.com)

Saturday:

9.45 -10.15 – Registration, tea and coffee (School of the Arts Library, 19 Abercromby Square)

10.15 -10.30 – Welcome and Introductory Remarks from Chair and Organisers

10.30 -12.15 – Panels 1 & 2

Panel 1: Extinction and De-extinction

- De-extinction and the ethics of modernity

(Professor Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester)

- “Test Tube Tiger: The Thylacine in Species Revivalist Fiction”

(Dr Sarah Bezan, University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre)

- The Grammar of Extinction

(Dr Michael Malay, University of Bristol)

- The Extinction of the Jabberwock: The Palaeontological Grotesque from the 1880s to the 1940s

(Dr Richard Fallon, University of Leicester)

Panel 2: Ecology in Children’s and Young Adult Literatures

- Environmental crisis and children’s picture books

(Dr Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier University)

- Weird Ecologies, Precarity and Care in Young Adult Fiction

(Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley, Manchester Metropolitan University)

- Of Moths, Chimney Sweepers, and Silent Springs: Storytelling Environmental Crisis and in the Victorian age and today

(Dr Franziska Kohlt, Brasenose College, Oxford)

12.15-13.30 – Lunch and Visit to Errant Muse exhibition at VG&M [optional]

13.30-15.00 – Panels 3 & 4

Panel 3: Biodiversity and Species Loss

- ‘Immortal Bird’? The nightingale in decline

(Dr Bethan Roberts, University of Liverpool)

- Beyond Skin: Encounters with the Paradise Parrot

(Miranda Cichy, University of Glasgow)

- Life, Territory, and Care in a Time of Annihilation

(Dr Aidan Tynan, Cardiff University)

Panel 4: Cli-Fi and Possible Futures

- Knowing and not-knowing: the future fate of humankind in Richard Jefferies’ After London and Robert Harris’ The Second Sleep.

(Dr Adrian Tait, Independent Scholar and Ecocritic)

- Trees, Entanglement, Extinction: Charismatic Megaflora in Contemporary Fiction

(Ida Olsen, Ghent University)

- Technological Consciousness and Duration in H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds

(Olly Teregulova, Durham University)

15.00 - 16.00 – Literature, Science, Environment, and Impact Roundtable

Professor Jerome de Groot, Professor Georgina Endfield, Dr Greg Lynall, Dr Franziska Kohlt, Mariana Roccia and Jessica Iubini- Hampton.

16.00 - 16.30 – Tea and Coffee

16.30 - 17.30 – Keynote by Dr Sam Solnick, University of Liverpool [Title TBD]

17.30 - 18.30 – Wine Reception

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United Kingdom

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