SAM Seminar: Ecocriticism and the Climate Crisis

When:12 Jun 2019, 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue:Room G17, Robert Webster Building
Who:Dr Katja Lindskog (Yale University)

Please note the room change to G17, Robert Webster Building.

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Ecocriticism and the Climate Crisis

What is the role of the study of literature and culture in the climate crisis? Should it even have a role? Can literary study, and more broadly the study of the humanities, make a difference to environmental activism? This presentation will address those questions through a discussion of ecocriticism, British nineteenth-century literature, fossil capital, and climate change.


katja profileDr Katja Lindskog holds a joint appointment as Lecturer in the Department of English and the Humanities Program at Yale University. Her current research focuses on the ways in which we can contextualize British nineteenth-century literature within the onset of the Anthropocene era and the present-day climate crisis, particularly through our past and present relationship to fossil capital in its many forms. Broadly speaking, she is hoping to expand the parameters for what constitutes meaningful ecocriticism in the study of Victorian literature and culture.

Her essays have appeared in Victorian Poetry and Scandinavian Studies. She is currently working on an essay about Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times, as well as drafting a book manuscript about ecocriticism provisionally titled That Future Is Now: Ecocriticism in the Age of Climate Change.

Before joining the English Department at Yale, she was a Core Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Since arriving at Yale in 2015, she has taught courses on literature, climate change, cultural and intellectual history, and she has frequently designed and taught courses on all these together. From Fall 2019, she will serve as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Directed Studies Program at Yale.

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome!

Note: New dates in Term 2 - SAM Seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 4pm.

Coming next:
Week 4, Term 2 - Wednesday 26 June
The Truth about Narrative: Emergent Storytelling and Affective Publics in the Digital Age
Paul Dawson (UNSW)
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Finding us
Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. Room G17 is located on the ground floor. Please note the main entrance off the central walkway is on Level 1. 

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