The EMC is pleased to announce the schedule for the second annual EcoMaterialisms graduate conference, “Scales of Matter(ing),” to be held at UC Davis May 13-14, 2016. We have thirty-seven presenters over two days, representing twelve universities, including two international universities, and thirteen disciplinary backgrounds.
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EcoMaterialisms: Scales of Matter(ing)
Friday, May 13th, 2016
830am – Breakfast
900am-1030am – Poetics of Scale: Climate, Crisis, and Collectivity
Annette Hulbert, UC Davis English, “The Still Portentous Sun”: Aesthetics of Disaster in Anne Finch’s “Upon the Hurricane”
Elizabeth Giardina, UC Davis English, A Discordant Sublime: Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetics and the Anthropocene
Kristin George Bagdanov, UC Davis English, Engaging Crisis: Lyrical Modeling in the Anthropocene
1045am-1215pm – Speculative Oikos and the Bitsy Bits
Ryan David Leack, UC Riverside English, An Event on the Horizon: Gertrude Stein and Quantum Physics
Chris D. Jimenez, University of Pennsylvania English, Bioeconomics: Speculative Fiction, Pandemics, and the Corporatization of Global Health
Stephanie Maroney, UC Davis Cultural Studies, An Organ, a Garden, a Holobiont: Conceptualizing the Human Microbiome
Melissa Wills, UC Davis English, Redemption of the Microbes: Bacterial Ecocatastrophe Narratives at the Advent of the Human Microbiome Project
1215pm-100pm – Catered Lunch for Participants
100pm-230pm – The Resistance of Objects in Narratives of Conquest
Martina Bortignon, Universidad Aldolfo Ibáñez / Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile Literature and Liberal Arts, How much does a butterfly weigh? Reading perceptions in Il peso della farfalla, by Erri De Luca
Sophia Booth Magnone, UC Santa Cruz English, Of Infection and Infatuation: Telling a Multispecies Love Story in Upstream Color
Vivian Underhill, UC Santa Cruz Feminist Studies, Frozen Resistance: Arctic Sea Ice as a Non-Human Actor in Imperial Narratives of Conquest
245pm-415pm – Toxic Matters: Petro-Capitalism and Climactic Economies
Sophia Bamert, UC Davis English, “Displacement without Moving”: Material and Narrative Constructions of Petro-Capitalist Space in Cities of Salt
Cristina Faiver-Serna, USC American Studies and Ethnicity, Tracing Toxic Matter
James R. Goebel, UC Irvine Comparative Literature, Neoliberal Environmentalism: Value | Speed | Sacrifice
430pm-630pm – Keynote
Eva Hayward, Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Wailing Bones: Ellen Gallagher, Drexciya, and Freud’s Oceanic
Looking at the artwork of Ellen Gallagher, this talk asks how race and racial thinking have shaped our understanding of seawater, oceans, and undersea life. Problematically, oceans are often deracinated in science studies, art history, and cultural studies, reinforcing an unspoken assumption that the politics of race stop at the shoreline. In her ongoing project titled Watery Ecstatic (2001-present), Gallagher juxtaposes Sun Ra’s afro-futurism and Freud’s often-overlooked interests in oceanography (a researcher of marine zoology in Trieste) with her own studies of the mythical Drexciya, an undersea world populated by those who were murdered or committed suicide along the slave routes of the “Middle Passage.” Through these paintings, reliefs, and drawings, Gallagher asks us to reflect on the relationship between Freud’s “oceanic feeling” and geopolitical trauma. How has ocean life become a melancholic domain for what cannot be remembered? In what ways does race shape marine matter(s)?
630pm – Open Reception
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
830am – Breakfast
900am-1030am – Texts as Transformative Models: Material Space and the Mechanisms of Scale
Benjamin Blackman, UC Davis English, Welcome to the Crisis: Mapping Environmental Simulacra in Don DeLillo and Juliana Spahr
Katherine Buse, UC Davis English, The Feedbacks of Frank Herbert’s Dune
Rachael DeWitt, UC Davis English, Dialectical Detection: Wild and Urban Frontiers in Poe’s “The Mystery of Marie Roget”
1045am-1215pm – Biopower and Sexuality: The Monstrous, the Insect, and the Synthetic
Anne O’Connor, UC Davis Cultural Studies, Scaling Prophylaxis: Sex and the Zika Virus Across Human and Insect Bodies
Ray San Diego, UC Irvine Culture and Theory, Synthetic Sensations with the Insatiable Asa Akira
Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media, A Behavioral Eye: Science and Power in the Work of John Dollard and Neal E. Miller
1215pm-100pm – Lunch
100pm-230pm – Lands and Oceans: An Archipelago of Recording
George Allen, UC Irvine Spanish and Portuguese, Hyperobjects at the End of the World: Water-Oriented-Ontology and the Limits of Memory in Patricio Guzmán’s El bóton de nácar
Tekla Babyak, Independent Scholar, Beyond the Scale: Kant, Beethoven and the Mathematical Sublime
Lucia Cash, UC Irvine Spanish and Portuguese, Galeano’s Genesis and the Re-articulation of “Land”
Heidi Hong, USC American Studies and Ethnicity, The Scales of Island Ecologies: Nationalism, Indigeneity, and Imagining Oceanscapes in Wen-Chen Tseng’s Fishing Luck
Rebeca Velasquez, University of Houston English, Towards a Reinterpretation of Geographical Space and Setting in the Postcolonial Novel
245pm-415pm – Tending to Scales of Ethnographic Attention
Gabriel Coren, UC Berkeley Anthropology, Ecologies of Encounter: Environment as Method
Jen Hoover, UC Davis Textiles, Social Fabric: A Matter of Scale
Mel Salm, UC Davis Anthropology, Scaling Practices of Collaboration: Experiments in Conduct and Attunement
Julia Sizek, UC Berkeley Anthropology, The Desert Aesthetic and Open Fencing: Restoration in the Eastern Mojave and Northern Colorado Deserts
Joshua Weiss, UC Davis Anthropology, Chasing the Sneakernet: Tracing Material Media Networks in Havana, Cuba
430pm-630pm – Keynote
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Department of English at George Mason University.
In a reading that pairs Frederick Douglass’s political speeches and 1845 Narrative with Toni Morrison’s Beloved, my presentation attempts to clarify the nature of the proximity between blackness and animality at the intersection of evolutionary theory and abolitionism. My paper will scrutinize debates concerning delimitations of species and sentiment at the turn of the century. Investigating black literary responses to the reciprocal production of discourses of blackness and animality, I argue that the existential predicament and mythic time of blackness suggests new objects and approaches for queer studies, feminist new materialism, and posthumanist animal studies.
630pm – Open Reception
Funding for this event has been generously provided by Science and Technology Studies, the Institute for Social Sciences, and the Departments of Anthropology and English at UC Davis.