Wet Feet? Flood, resilience and the climate crisis

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A conference open to all engaging with flooding; especially resilience and the climate crisis.

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Wet feet? Flooding, resilience and the climate crisis will take an interdisciplinary approach to the aforementioned theme in societies and academia.

Generously sponsored by Sheffield Water Centre

Papers in this conference will explore and investigate conceptualisations of flooding; particularly flood resilience and impacts of climate change on flooding and water flow. This includes: how floods are depicted in contemporary narratives in a variety of forms and media as means as reflecting climate change; how social practices, policy and governance influence and shape flooding as well as our responses to them.

The conference will be held on the 19th May 2021, with access to posted papers available for one week before and after the conference. Please note: conference attendees must watch the panels in the week prior to the conference; on the conference day (19th May 2021) there will be live discussions about the presentations. It is free and open to all, but please conference delegates, including all speakers, register for the conference via Eventbrite by 19th April, or you will be unable to access the conference. Attendees will be sent a link to join the conference’s site and speakers’ talks, hosted by the University of Sheffield.

Schedule of Events:

19th May 2021 [itinerary in BST/GMT+1]

9.00 - 9.15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks from Organisers

9.15 - 10.00 Keynote and Q&A by Dr Kate Smith (University of Hull)

10.00 - 10.15 Coffee Break

10.15 - 11.15 Panels 1A: Conceptualising flooding and 1B: Nonanthropocentrism

11.15 - 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.30 Panels 2A:Adaptation/hydropolitics and 2B: Dystopia

12.30 - 13.00 Lunch Break

13.00 - 14.00 Panels 3A: Alternative futures and 3B: Landscapes

14.00 - 14.15 Coffee Break

14.15 - 15.00 Keynote and Q&A by Dr Katie Ritson (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

15 - 15.30 Informal Drinks


Panel session 1A: Conceptualising flooding

Guðrun í Jákupsstovu (University of Bern), ‘Complicating and materializing the ‘flood myth’ in Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen’s 'The Sea Letters’

Hannah Boast (University College Dublin), ‘Floods and the Climate Movement in the Contemporary British Graphic Novel’

Rosanne van der Voet (University of Sheffield), ‘Flooding in the Age of Asymmetry – Living with Water in the Netherlands’

Panel session 1B: Nonanthropocentrism

Şebnem Düzgün (Ankara Science University), ‘“Man,” Nature and Subversion in Maggie Gee’s 'The Flood'

Anindita Shome (University of Hyderabad), ‘Understanding Human-Wildlife Conflicts and Environmental Changes through the Fictional Narratives of Amitav Ghosh’

Elijah Two Bears (The University of Mississippi), ‘“‘Tis with him in standing water”: The Trans(formative) Power of Saltwater in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Panel session 2A: Adaptation/hydropolitics

Seb O’Connor (University of Leeds), ‘Living well with water; pluralising values in flood risk management’

Amrutha N.V (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi), Suman Sigroha (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi) and Shail Shankar (Indian Institute of Technology, BHU), ‘Designing A Resilient Future: Integrating Social Networks For Disaster Management’

Panel session 2B: Dystopia

Mario Daniel Martín (Australian National University), ‘Climate change in “Iridio Ennui vs the Boltzmann brains”’

Marinică Tiberiu Șchiopu (independent scholar), ‘The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood: A Geo-Ecocritical Analysis’

Ewa Rychter (The Angelus Silesius University of Applied Sciences), ‘Of Walls, Waters and (Dis)continuities: Climate Change and the Allegorical Impulse in John Lanchester’s The Wall

Panel session 3A: Alternative futures

Joanna Wilson-Scott (Bishop Grosseteste University),

‘Domestic deluges: flooded homes in anthropocene fictions’

Jovana Isevski (independent scholar), ‘The Liminal Space of the Intertidal in Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140'

Panel session 3B: Landscapes

Fabienne Blaser (University of Bern), ‘Resisting the Tides: The Hungry Tide, littoral logic and flood management’

Başak Almaz (Istanbul Aydin University), ‘Flooding due to Mountaintop Removal Mining in Ann Pancake’s Strange as This Weather Has Been

Klara Machata (University of Freiburg), ‘Disproportionate Disaster: Floods and Scale in Contemporary Climate Short Fiction’

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