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Open lecture with Professor Ursula Heise


Open lecture with Professor Ursula Heise, Department of English, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability at UCLA, USA: "Where the Wild Things Used to Be: Narrative, Biodiversity, and Multispecies Justice". A mingle will take place after the lecture.

Ursula Heise is a Professor of English at UCLA and a faculty member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). She is also one of the founders of the UCLA Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS), which opened in 2016.

Heise's research focuses on literature and environmental studies as well as narrative theory applied in traditional natural sciences. She has written several books in environmental humanities where Sense of Place and Sense of Planet (2008) and Imagining Extinction (2016) are among the most noted. Ursula Heise is a sought after lecturer worldwide and her visit to Sweden is a joint venture between the University of Gothenburg and The Seed Box in Linköping.

The visit is funded by Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien, the Network for Environmental Humanities at the University of Gothenburg, and Ekogruppen at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg.

The lecture starts with the book Imagining Extinction and will be held in English.

Abstract: ¿Current discussions of decreasing bio-abundance and biodiversity rely on biological data, but also on story templates that shape narratives about ecological change, sometimes deliberately and sometimes unintentionally. This lecture focuses on the most frequent story templates in accounts of endangered and extinct species and a possible mass extinction in the contemporary age, many of which rely on the master narrative of nature's decline under the impact of modern society that has shaped environmentalist thought for the last 200 years. But narratives of species decline also form part of a more general tendency toward dystopian visions of the future in fiction and film in Western Europe and North America, while stories about species change are inflected differently in other cultures. From this comparatist perspective, possibilities for other story templates and ways of thinking about multispecies communities and multispecies justice emerge that reach beyond elegy and tragedy toward more constructive visions of our ecological futures.¿

Date: 10/26/2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Environment

Location: University main building Vasaparken, Universitetsplatsen 1
Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6 Torgny Segerstedtssalen, Vasaparken

Contact person: Camilla Brudin Borg


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