Thursday 8 September: Full Programme

Programme: Thursday 8 September

This page includes the programme for Thursday 8 September. Follow this link for the outline programme.

Abstracts for all papers and panels are available by following the links below.

All events take place in City Campus East One (CCE1). Plenary sessions, refreshments, etc, are on the ground floor. Breakout sessions are on the second floor.

8.30 am: Coffee and Registration (Lobby)

9.00 am: Parallel Sessions 5

5.1. Empire and Environment

Time: Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am – 10.45 am
Chair: Jeremy Davies (University of Leeds)
Room: 221

Hilary Bedder (Anglia Ruskin University) ‘The individual … perishes, the whole remains’. Exploring long-term continuous and multi-species life in Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm
Heather Craddock (University of Roehampton and Kew Gardens) Botanical Time: Writing the Colonial Plant in the Miscellaneous Reports of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Isabella Maria Engberg (University of Aberdeen) The Discrepancies of the “Anthropozoic Age”: Evolutionary Deep Time and the Age of Culture in Ernst Haeckel’s A Visit to Ceylon (1882; 3rd ed. 1893)
Richard Kerridge (Bath Spa University) Decolonizing the love of wild nature

5.2. Evolution and Transformation

Time: Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am – 10.45 am
Chair: TBA: Please Volunteer
Room: 214

Karin M. Danielsson (Mälardalen University) Time to Cultivate Your Inner Seal: Eric Linklater’s “Sealskin Trousers” as Posthumanist Guide to Mutability
Ines Kirschner (University of Aberdeen) ‘The Pinnacle of Apishness’: Evolution and (Un)Becoming-Human in Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear
Heather Milligan (University of Edinburgh) Queer Ecology and Evolutionary Time in K-Ming Chang’s Bestiary

5.3. The North

Time: Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am – 10.45 am
Chair: Vera Fibisan (University of Sheffield)
Room: 223a

Jenny Bavidge (University of Cambridge) ‘A place of endless magic’: Childhood and Time in the work of Robert Westall
Hilary Bowling (University of Liverpool) The emergence of the ecospectre in contemporary fiction set in the British north
Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University) Spillways: creative cross disciplinary responses to the South Yorkshire Hydrosphere

5.4. Without End: An Interim Ecology of Forms (Roundtable)

Time: Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am – 10.45 am
Chair: Henry Ivry (University of Glasgow)
Room: 213


Jos Smith (University of East Anglia)
Henry Ivry (University of Glasgow)
Julia Jordan
(University College London)
Maria Sledmere
(University of Strathclyde)
Ben Smith
(University of Exeter)

5.5. Writing the Anthropocene

Time: Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am – 10.45 am
Chair: James Kelly
Room: 226

Santi L. Famà (Stockholm University) Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Narration: Comparing Gadda’s and VanderMeer’s Storyworld Building
Karen Lloyd (Lancaster University) The Cultural Landscape in the Anthropocene
Sanchar Sarkar (Indian Institute of Technology Madras) The Carbon Coin: An Eco-speculative Approach to Decarbonise the Earth in Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future

5.6. Decomposition/Recomposition: From medieval to modern literature (Roundtable)

Time: Thursday 8 September, 9.00 am – 10.45 am
Chair: Rosamund Paice (Northumbria University)
Room: 222


Francesca Brooks (University of York)
Hannah Armstrong 
(University of York)
Rebeccca Drake 
(University of York)
Catherine Evans (University of Manchester)

10.45 am: Coffee (Lobby)

11.15 am: Parallel Sessions 6

6.1. Animal Histories (Preformed Panel)

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair: John Miller (University of Sheffield)
Room: 226

Laura Gelfand (Utah State University) Love, Respect, and the Legacy of the Lupa Romana
Indigo Gray (University of Sheffield) Slime and Protoplasm: Evolution and Descent in the Animalia of Germinal
Mo O’Neill (University of Sheffield) The Vegetarian Limits of Edward Carpenter’s Modernist Self-fashioning

6.2. Daily Time and Deep Time: form, language and writing the earth (Preformed Panel)

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair: Andrew Webb (Bangor University)
Room: 221

Elizabeth Edwards (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) Home Circuits: queer temporalities and Welsh landscapes
Diana Wallace (University of South Wales) ‘Eternal time’: place, space and time in Margiad Evans’s Autobiography (1943)
Matthew Jarvis (Aberystwyth University) Singing in Deep Time: The Work of John Barnie

6.3. Disaster, Trauma, Apocalypse

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair: Arthur Rose (University of Exeter)
Room: 213

Andrea Ashworth (Edge Hill University, Ormskirk) ‘Maybe the Birds’: A Short Story Contemplating Environmental Disaster
Reigine Davenport (Plymouth University) Traumatic Encounters, Insidious Futures: Anticipating climate change in Oana Aristide’s Under the Blue
Anastasia Natsina (University of Crete) The end of time: Apocalypse and post-apocalypse in Modern Greek fiction

6.4. Improving Nature in Early Modern England

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair: Todd Borlik (University of Huddersfield)
Room: 214

Chloe Fairbanks (Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford) ‘Marry, sir, she’s the kitchen’: women’s work and transcultural encounters in Shakespeare’s Windsor
Bonnie L. Johnson (Newnham College, University of Cambridge) Trees, Ballads, and Iconoclasm in Richard II
Tess Somervell (Worcester College, University of Oxford) The Wand’ring Glebe: Georgic Histories of the Soil

6.5. Romanticism and Time

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair: TBA, Please Volunteer
Room: 002

Katerina Liontou (University of Leeds) Close Reading the Apocalypse: what can poetry reveal about the future of the planet?
Xiaoxiao Ma (University of Leeds) ‘Paths to freedom’: Nature and Circular Time in John Clare’s ‘The Mores’

6. 6. Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction 1

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair: Chris Pak (Swansea University)
Room: 222

Lucy Nield (University of Liverpool) ‘They’d think we were Gods’ Anthropocentrism, Dogs and The Natural World Paulo Baciaglupi’s ‘The People of the Sand and Slag,’ a haunting look at the future for humanity
David Shackleton (Cardiff University) “Failing Economies and Tortured Ecologies”: Octavia E. Butler’s Climate-Changed Worlds
Mònica Tomàs (Rutgers University) From colonial pasts to cosmopolitical futures: the telescoping timeframes of genre fiction

6.7. The English Countryside of the Mid-Twentieth Century

Time: Thursday 8 September, 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Chair:  Joanna Dobson (Sheffield Hallam University)
Room: 223a

Catherine Ellis (Independent Scholar) “When we walked in the woods your face was so young and happy, almost as it used to be”: nostalgia and the natural world in Agatha Christie’s The Hollow (1951)
Anna Kirsch (Durham University) Representations of English Heritage in Crime Fiction: Nostalgia for a Golden Age in Agatha Christie to P.D James and Ruth Rendell
Niall Oddy (The Open University) The country, the suburb and the city: An ecocritical reading of Barbara Pym’s ‘Less Than Angels’ (1955)

12.45 pm: Lunch (Ground Floor Hub)

1.30 pm: Parallel Sessions 7

7.1. Indigenous Literatures of North America: Charting Literary Territories

Time: Thursday 8 September, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Chair: Todd Borlik (University of Huddersfield)
Room: 221

Brianna Burke (Iowa State University) Remaking, Rewriting, Reimagining the world in Thomas King’s The Back of the Turtle
Anik Chartrand (Brandeis University) Beyond Storytelling: James Welch’s Fools Crow as a Contemporary Native American Bundle System
Abbey Ballard (University of Worcester) ‘Coax Stories out of the Permafrost’: Stories from the Ice Within Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth

7.2. Animal Temporalities (Preformed Panel)

Time: Thursday 8 September, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Chair: John Miller (University of Sheffield)
Room: 226

Vera Fibisan (University of Sheffield) Temporality and hydromaterialism in Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s Of Sea
Christie Oliver-Hobley (University of Sheffield) Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving’: Time, Melancholy and Migration
Dominic O’Key (University of Sheffield) The Rewilding Plot: Writing Conservation Futures in the Sixth Extinction

7.3. Contemporary Ecopoetics

Time: Thursday 8 September, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Chair: Julia Jordan (University College London)
Room: 223a

Sara Shahwan (Goldsmiths, University of London) Ecological Identity in the Making: The Role of the Environment in Migrant Children’s Poetry
Hazel Streeter (University of Bristol) ‘Keeping to its Clock’: Hearing More-than-human Temporalities in Alice Oswald’s Falling Awake

7.4. Environment on Screen

Time: Thursday 8 September, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Chair: Samantha Walton (Bath Spa University)
Room: 213

David Ingram (Independent scholar) Social realism, time and environment in Clio Barnard’s film ‘Dark River’ (2017)
Sofie Schrey (Northumbria University) ‘A Red Blight’: Fungal Biohazard Narratives and Environmental Decline in Modern Video Games
Andy Thatcher (Bristol University) Common Place – reporting on a practice-based PhD in Film

7.5. Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction 2

Time: Thursday 8 September, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Chair: David Shackleton (Cardiff University)
Room: 214

Ingemar Haag (Stockholm University) Time Regained
Jasmin Kirkbride (University of East Anglia) Timeless narratives: exploring chronological anonymity and hopeful longevity in dystopian climate fiction
Jonathan Thornton (University of Liverpool) Deep Time and Generational Time in Speculative Fiction: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time and Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift

7. 6. Time and Tide

Time: Thursday 8 September, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Chair: Melina Lieb (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/Germersheim)
Room: 222

Mandy Haggith (University of the Highlands and Islands) The Liminal Zone
Rachel Murray (Northumbria University) ‘a well excavated grave’: Marianne Moore’s Marine Archive
Helen Tookey (Liverpool John Moores University) ‘Hear Us O Lord’: an AHRC Research Network project taking Malcolm Lowry’s ecopoetical short stories to sea (co-presented with Alan Dunn, Leeds Beckett University)

3.00 pm: Comfort and Transit Break

3.10 pm: Plenary 3 (002)

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett (Northumbria University). ‘Earth, Sea, Sky and In-between: Readings from The Grassling, Swims, Of Sea and Moss’
Chair: Richard Kerridge (Bath Spa University)

4.25 pm: Closing remarks: John Miller, ASLE President, Conference organisers (002)

4.45 pm: Conference ends

5.00 pm: Informal social gathering at a local pub – The City Tavern, 10 Northumberland Rd, NE1 8JF