‘Transitions’ Friday Full Programme

Programme: Friday 1 September 2023

This page includes the programme for Friday 1 September 2023.
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 502 Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool.

8.30am: Registration and Refreshments 

9.00am: Parallel Sessions 5

Zoom link for ALL FRIDAY PANELS (click link and then choose the breakout room that corresponds to the physical room in which the panel is taking place): https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/97354521316?pwd=dDJqVUwxcExPRzNzbVB3NjcwZmZaQT09

Meeting ID: 973 5452 1316

Passcode: t^T2XDuB

5.1 Gardeners Whirled

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 9.00am – 10.45am
Chair: Daniel Abdalla
Room: Teaching Room 4

Jude Piesse (Liverpool John Moores University) Darwin’s ecological vision and the garden at The Mount
Alice Burns (University of Liverpool) The Transformation of Beatrix Potter: Author, Landowner, Conservationist
Benjamin Ong (University of St Andrews) From Kew to Kiew: Habits and habitats in transition
Andrea Raso (Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy) Com-posting New Ecological Memory: Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature as a Sympoietic Transition towards Death

5.2 Ecopoetic Energies

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 9.00am – 10.45am
Chair: Harriet Tarlo
Room: Flex 1

Sarah Daw (Cardiff University) Quantum Physics and Concrete Ecopoetics: Eric Mottram and Allen Fisher
Martin Schauss (University of Edinburgh) Transitioning Ecopoetic Energies
Fred Carter (The University of Glasgow) Forms of Exhaustion: Poetry, Entropy, & Kinetic Aesthetics
Marc Charron (University of Ottawa) Recycling Translations as an Eco-Responsible Creative Practice

5.3 Transitional Aesthetics

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 9.00am – 10.45am
Chair: Enaie Maire Azambuja
Room: Flex 2

Helen Tookey (Liverpool John Moores University) Thinking with the Swerve: Carola Luther’s Poetics of Engagement
Matthew Lear (The University of Edinburgh) Rewriting as Transition: Thick Language and the Ecological Stuplime in Juliana Spahr’s Well There Then Now (2011)
Sreya Chatterjee (University of Leeds) An Ocean of Stories: Tentacular Thinking in Amruta Patil’s Adi Parva

Aedín Ní Loingsigh (University of Stirling) Hedged in? Branching out? The hedge as symbol of transition in Jean-Loup Trassard’s L’Homme des haies [The Hedges Man]

5.4 Communicating and Co-Creating Transitions

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 9.00am – 10.45am
Chair: Jasmine Kirkbride
Room: Teaching Room 5

Hannah Little (The University of Liverpool) The Cultural Evolution of Climate Science Stories
David Shackleton
(Cardiff University) Inspiring Transitions: Afrofuturist Counter-Moods and Environmental Activism
Sophia Brown
(Freie Universität Berlin) Literary prize culture, ecofiction and environmental displacement: A case study of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones

5.5. ‘Verse with wings of skill’: Examining Transitions Between Literary and Practical Texts in the Early Modern Period (Moved to Thursday Morning)

5.6 Ecologies of Reparation and Maintenance (Roundtable — Cancelled!)

5.7 Green & Blue Transitions II: Thinking Forward with the Ocean for more Sustainable Futures

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 9:00am – 10.45am
Chairs: Giulia Champion and Alison Glassie
Room: Lecture Theatre 2


Yi Fong Loh (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
JR Carpenter (University of Southampton)
Anna Selby (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Julia Jung (German Marine Research Alliance)

5.8 (Un)Just Transitions: Modelling Intergenerational Climate Futures in Recent Anglophone Fiction and Non-Fiction

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 9:00am – 10.45am
Chairs: Adeline Johns-Putra
Room: Lecture Theatre 3

David Higgins (University of Leeds) Procreation, Modelling, and Uncertainty in the Climate Essay
Julia Hoydis (University of Klagenfurt) Resilience, Routines, and the Figure of the Child to Come in Realist Disaster Novels
Roman Bartosch (University of Cologne) Teaching the Future Imperfect: Intergenerational (In)Justice and Future-Making in the Literature Classroom

10.45am: Break 

11.00am: Parallel Sessions 6

6.1 Coastal Zones and Littoral Literatures

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Carolin Böttcher
Room: Teaching Room 6

Jayd Green (University of Suffolk) Coastal pastoral: Exploring retreat and return in coastal towns through creative writing
Christian Schmitt-Kilb (University of Rostock, Germany) Genre and the Anthropocene: Focusing the Coast in Recent Literary Texts
Eleanor Rees (Liverpool Hope University) Stone to Sand: A Posthuman Lyric ‘I’?

6.2 Temporalities of Transition

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Sam Walton
Room: Teaching Room 4

Adeline Johns-Putra (Monash University Malaysia) Cultural Histories of Climate: The View from China
Kathrin Bartha-Mitchell (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) Transitioning to Intergenerational Justice: Reimagining Generational Crises through Transcultural Anglophone Fiction
Berna Köseoğlu (Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey) The Transition from the Agricultural to the Industrial System in J.G. Ballard’s The Drought: A Novel: Ecological Destruction, Water Crisis and Environmental Disaster

6.3 Metamorphoses and the More-Than-Human

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Jill Rudd
Room: Teaching Room 5

Madeleine Rose (University of Oxford) ‘You can hear the whole world whispering’: Transitions Between Human and Non-human Language in Charlotte Mew’s Dramatic Monologues
Alison Sharrock (The University of Manchester) Hunter and hunted: metamorphic relations

Jasmine Walker (The University of York) Transecology in Emmanuelle Pagano’s Les Adolescents Troglodytes

6.4 Migration and Diaspora

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Vera Fibisan
Room: Lecture Theatre 2

Stanislav Kolář (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic) Searching for the Pastoral in Anti-pastoral Environments in Jewish American Fiction
Mònica Tomàs (Rutgers University) Animal transformations and forced assimilation in Horacio Quiroga’s “Juan Darién” and Karen Russell’s “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”
Annie Webster (University of Edinburgh) Shadow Play and Migrant Justice at COP26: Tracing the Literary History of Little Amal Through Syria’s khayāl al-ẓill (shadow theatre)


6.5 Infrastructures for Transition

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Philip Dickinson
Room: Lecture Theatre 1

Xiaoxiao Ma (University of Leeds) ‘Stately roads / Easy and bold’: Transport and Transition in Wordsworth’s The Excursion
Anna-Tina Jedele (Tampere University, Finland) Promising Infrastructures? Imagining the Transition to Clean Energy in Ben Smith’s dystopia Doggerland
Madonna Kalousian (The University of Cambridge) The Cairene Ecocide: Carers, Carriers, and the Nature of Events

6.6 Re-thinking Crisis

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Axel Goodbody
Room: Flex 1

Matthew Griffiths (Independent Scholar) ‘No more returning’: Djuna Barnes’ interwar p/Pastoral as stalled transition
Tanya Gautam (The European University for Well-Being, Central Office, Cologne, Germany) Lyric Vulnerability and Multispecies Kinship in Contemporary Ecopoetry
Hannes Bergthaller (National Taiwan Normal University) Falling into the Anthropocene: Taiwan’s Great Acceleration, According to Huang Chun-ming

6.7 Estranged Earth: Terraforming Beyond the Human

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Chris Pak
Room: Flex 2

Peter Sands (University of York) Between Hopepunk and Misanthropy: Species Revival, Terraforming and Queer Planetary Futures
Samantha Hind (The University of Sheffield) Wilderness States: Speculative Conservation Zones and Rewilding in Diane Cooke’s The New Wilderness (2020)
Christie Oliver-Hobley
(Independent Scholar) Terra Beneath the Waves: The Earth-sculpting Aliens of John Wyndham’s The Kraken Wakes (1953)

6.8 Blue Humanities in Transition

Time: Friday 1 September 2023, 11.00am – 12.30pm
Chair: Rebecca Macklin
Room: Lecture Theatre 3

Hannah Boast (University of Edinburgh) Blue Humanities in Japan
Susanne Ferwerda (Utrecht University) Underwater and Outer Space: Blue Humanities in the Pacific
Ashley Cahillane
(Galway/UCD) Transnational thinking with hydrofictions: keeping us grounded

12.30pm: Lunch 

1.30pm: Plenary 3:

Brycchan Carey “An Unnatural Trade: The Ecopoetics of Antislavery” (Lecture Theatre 2)

Chair: Paul Baines

This will be a condensed version of the final chapter of my forthcoming book The Unnatural Trade which shows how abolitionists made use of natural history writing as evidence for the antislavery cause. This paper will concentrate on three poets, the Scot James Grainger and the Liverpool poets William Roscoe and Edward Rushton. It will show how they used the three Virgilian poetic forms – georgic, epic, and eclogue – to construct an argument that the slave trade was not ‘merely’ cruel and inhuman, but unnatural as well, disturbing the natural balance in Africa and the Caribbean.

Zoom link for plenary:vhttps://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/97402150058?pwd=WTZDeE95elYxQ0tzTS9LZzFFdHNJZz09

Meeting ID: 974 0215 0058

Passcode: ^.kpcF=5

3.00pm: Closing Remarks and Raffle: Samantha Walton (incoming ASLE-UKI President) and Conference organisers (Lecture Theatre 2)

4.00 pm: Conference ends