Program

Schedule:

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. No pre-registration required.

Thursday, October 20th: International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut St. Philadelphia 19104)

5:30-6:00 PM Registration (note that no pre-registration is required, and the registration booth will also be available on Friday & Saturday mornings)

6:00-7:30 PM Film Screening: Racing Extinction, directed by Louie Psihoyos

7:30-8:00 PM Q&A with Racing Extinction‘s co-producer Gina Papabeis, Tad Schurr, and Rahul Mukherjee

Friday, October 21st: Kislak Center (6th floor, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19104)

If you are not a UPenn student or faculty, ID will be required to enter the library. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. No pre-registration required.

8:30-9:00 AM Catered Breakfast

9:00-9:30 AM Introductory Remarks: Bethany Wiggin, Carolyn Fornoff, and Patricia Kim

9:30-10:50 AM DEEP TIME: moderated by Rita Barnard

  • Staffan Bergwik (Associate Professor, History of Science and Ideas, Stockholm University), “Layers of Time: Nature’s Archive in Early 20th-Century Geochronology”
  • Reed Goodman (PhD Candidate, Art and Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania), “Timing is Everything: Ecological Temporalities in Early Complex Societies”
  • Leah Rubinsky (PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Washington), “Through the Hourglass: Representations of (Deep) Time in Lyell’s Principles and Carroll’s Alice Books”
  • Frank Pavia (PhD Candidate, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Columbia University) & Jason Bell (PhD Candidate, English, Yale University), “Microfossils and Macrohistories”

11:00-12:00 PM How can historical particularity be translated? A conversation between Dagomar Degroot (Assistant Professor of History, Georgetown University) and Ömür Harmanşah (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Illinois-Chicago), moderated by Michael Solomon

12:00-12:45 PM Catered Lunch

12:45-2:20 PM TELLING TIME: moderated by Steve Dolph

  • Laura Ogden (Associate Professor, Anthropology, Dartmouth College), “Trace Impressions of Being: Inscriptions of Territory in the Fuegian Archipelago”
  • Elisha Cohn (Assistant Professor, English, Cornell University), “Realism, in Crisis”
  • Emily Wanderer (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh), “Games of Water: Modeling Extinction and Preservation with the Axolotl”
  • Hunter Vaughan (Associate Professor, Cinema Studies and English, Oakland University), “Avatar, Server Cinema, and Expediting the End of the World”
  • Caroline Wellbery (Professor, Family Medicine, Georgetown University), “Educating Medical Students and Peers about Climate Change: Lessons Learned”

2:30-3:20 PM “Vanishing Sounds: Thoreau and the Sixth Extinction,” a conversation with Wai Chee Dimock (William Lampson Professor of English, Yale University), moderated by Brooke Stanley

3:20-3:40 PM Snack Break

3:45-5:00 PM SPECULATION: moderated by Michael Leja

  • Caroline Hovanec (Assistant Professor, English, University of Tampa), “Disaster Time: Diaz, Trethewey, and the Post-Disaster Attention Span”
  • Jessica Hurley (Harper-Schmidt Fellow & Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of Chicago), “Modeling the Anthropocene: Probability and Risk in Deep Time”
  • Roger Eardley-Pryor (Research Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation), “Ancient Secrets for a Sunny Future? The Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Artificial Photosynthesis”
  • Jen Telesca (Assistant Professor, Environmental Justice, Pratt Institute), “Fishing for Time in the Technocratic Paradigm”

5:15-6:00 PM  Preview performance in conjunction with A Period of Animate Existence. Invite only.

5:30-8:30 PM High Tide at WetLand: Dinner and drinks at Bartram’s Garden. Invitation only; transportation to be provided. We will collectively take the 36 Trolley, departing from 36th St. Trolley Station and disembarking at 54th St.

Saturday, October 22nd: Kislak Center (6th floor, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19104)

If you are not a UPenn student or faculty, ID will be required to enter the library. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. No pre-registration required.

10:00-11:30 AM TRACES: moderated by Kim Thomas

  • Kate Galloway (Visiting Assistant Professor, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University), “Listening to and Sounding Discard: Locating the Sonic Traces of Discard Studies in Science and Technology Studies”
  • Amanda Starling Gould (PhD Candidate, Literature, Duke University), “Technospheric Media Theory in the Age of the Anthropocene: From Mythological Motifs to Models for Sustainable Digital Practice”
  • Iemanjá Brown (PhD Candidate, English, CUNY Graduate Center), “Dirt Eating in the Anthropocene”
  • Julia Novak Colwell (Visiting Assistant Professor, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University), “A Gendered Analysis of Fisherfolk’s Livelihood Adaptation and Coping Resposes in the Face of a Seasonal Fishing Ban in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, India”
  • Nicholas Shapiro (Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation), “Chemo-Chapital Succession: From Engineered Woods to Alter-Engineered Worlds”

11:30-12:45 PM PAST/FUTURE: moderated by Paul Saint-Amour

  • Meryl Shriver-Rice (Director of Environmental Media, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, University of Miami), “Bulldozing the Future and the Past: Cocaine, Wolves and Shark BBQs”
  • Paul Mitchell (PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania), “Voices in the Rewilderness: Reinhabiting Place, Practice and Knowledge with Human Rewilders in the Western USA”
  • Charles Tung (Associate Professor, English, Seattle University), Time Machines and Timelapse Aesthetics in Anthropocenic Modernism”
  • Jorge Marcone (Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University), “Fractal Historicities and the Amazonian Literary Imagination”

12:45-1:45 PM Catered Lunch

1:45-2:15 PM Performance in conjunction with A Period of Animate Existence

2:15-2:30 PM Coffee Break

2:30-3:00 PM Public Conversation and Q&A with A Period of Animate Existence, moderated by Marcia Ferguson

3:15-4:15 PM Are long-range data and human ethics commensurable? A conversation between Dave Evans (Professor of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University) and Dale Jamieson (Professor of Environmental Studies & Philosophy, New York University), moderated by Jane Dmochowski

4:20-5:00 PM Concluding Remarks: Etienne Benson, Simon Richter, and Naomi Waltham-Smith

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