NATURE: Narrative, Authorship, Textual Ecosystems, a Comparative Literature Conference

WhenNovember 10, 2017 02:00 PM - November 11, 2017 08:00 PM
WhereClassics Building, Room 21
Contact InformationComparative Literature Department
DescriptionWe often assume we know what nature is when we talk about it, whether in everyday speech or in academic discourse. But what exactly do we mean by the term “nature” and the semantic field surrounding it? Some scholars, such as Dipesh Chakrabarty, have thought about ways in which we narrativize nature and our relationship to it. This raises a set of further questions that we want to explore in our conference: What kinds of relationships does nature have to text, narrative, and authorship? By our count, there are at least four ways in which this relationship manifests itself: nature writes itself (shifting coastlines, eroding mountains); nature writes us (genetics, climate impact, sounds); we write nature physically (pollution, technology); and we write nature as narrative (literary, scientific texts). Moreover, there might be yet another way in which we create nature narratives in the form of robotics, urban soundscapes or thingscapes, virtual networks, and artificial habitats by means of technology.

Nov 10, held in Classics 21 // Nov 11, held at the Franke
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Conferences, Discussions, Lectures, Research, Graduate Students
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