Symposium is here! Program with locations included.

It’s time. We are so excited and looking forward to meeting everyone. There are so many interesting talks, and I wish I could be at every single one. Lots of interesting conversations will have to suffice, I suppose!

While the panels will take place in a few different buildings, headquarters will be the Farnsworth Pavilion inside the Rice Student Center. There is a map on that webpage, and inside the building it will be indicated where to go. After our morning coffee, Rice graduate students will help guide everyone to the panel rooms of preference.

Enjoy another look at the program!

Friday 09/13

10:00 – 10:20 – Coffee Service (Farnsworth)

10:20 – 12:00 – Panels 1 (Farnsworth) and 2 (Kyle Morrow)

11:40 – 13:00 – Lunch – Farnsworth

13:00 – 14:40 – Panel 3 (Farnsworth)

14:40 – 15:00 – Break

15:00 – 16:40 – Panels 4 (Farnsworth) and 5 (Sewall 303)

16:40 – 17:00 – Break

17:00 – 19:00 – Keynote: Prof. Tim Morton, Mal-Functioning


19:00 – Dinner

Saturday 09/14

9:30 – 10:00 – Coffee Service (Farnsworth)

10:00 – 12:00 – Panels 6 (Farnsworth) and 7 (Herring 125)

12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch

13:00 – 14:40 – Panels 8 (Farnsworth) and 9 (Herring 125)

14:40 – 15:00 – Break

15:00 – 17:00 – Keynote 2: Prof. Claire Colebrook, Sex and

the Anthropocene City (Herring 100


17:00 – Drinks (Rice Student Center)

Schedule and Panels Announcement

Program for Rice Graduate Symposium

Friday 09/13

10:00 – 10:20 — Coffee Service

10:20 – 12:00 — Panels 1 and 2

11:40 – 13:00 — Lunch

13:00 – 14:40 — Panel 3

14:40 – 15:00 — Break

15:00 – 16:40 — Panels 4 and 5

16:40 – 17:00 — Break

17:00 – 19:00 — Keynote 1: Prof. Tim Morton

19:00 – Dinner and Drinks

Saturday 09/14

 9:30 – 10:00 — Coffee Service

10:00 – 12:00 — Panels 6 and 7

12:00 – 13:00 — Lunch

13:00 – 14:40 — Panels 8 and 9

14:40 – 15:00 — Break

15:00 – 17:00 — Keynote 2: Prof. Claire Colebrook

17:00 – Art and Drinks

Panel 1: Joseph T. Carson IV, Rice University, “Transmogrified Hallucinations of Humanism: Faulkner’s Frenchman’s Bend and Spotted Horses”

Erin N. Bistline, Texas Tech University, “Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty: The American Humane Education Society and Public Change”

Hannah M. Biggs, Rice University, “Cleland’s Cartesian Prostituted Horse/‘Beast-Machine’: Women’s Corporeal Machinist Materialism in Memoirs of a Women of Pleasure

Panel 2: Charles S. Brown, Emporia State University, “Towards a Post human Eco-Phenomenology”

Brian Deyo, Grand Valley State University, “The Ecological Imagination in Richard Flanagan’s Wanting

Ross Arlen Tieken, Rice University, “The Spiral and the Circumpunct: Loyalty, Place, and the Shadow of Abstraction”

Panel 3: Charlie Nichols, Columbia University, “Dying Frogs: Locating Individual Responsibility Within Collaborative Enactments”

Meredith Farmer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Melville and Meteorology: Three Ways of Looking at a Vortex”

Derek Woods, Rice University, “BattleSwarm and The Glass Bees, Among Other Insects”

Panel 4: Juliette Lapeyrouse-Cherry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “Growing, Eating, Serving: Community Gardening Projects and the Environmental Humanities”

Adam Fix, Canisius College, “‘They Tie Us Together with the Creation’: Nonhuman Animals and the Idle No More Movement”

Rachel B. Conrad, Rice University, “The Environment and Social Contagion in Henry James’s ‘Daisy Miller’”

Panel 5: Diana Leong, UC Irvine, “An Ecology of Thirst: ‘Zong!’ and the Constitution of the Natural”

Susan Lewak, UCLA, “Ecologically Raw: American Poetry and Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Publications”

Maria Bose, UC Irvine, “Waste Management and DeLillo’s Branding of Environmental Crisis”

Panel 6: Michael Demson, Sam Houston State University, “The Biopolitics of Corn in American Romanticism”

Jessica George, Indiana University, “Good Time: The Circadian Ethics of Adam Bede

Lindsey Powers Gay, University of Texas at Austin, “Lonely Natures: John Clare’s (In)Human Alienation”

John W. Ellis-Etchison, Rice University, “‘This island’s mine, by Sycorax my mother’: Caliban’s Matrilineal Sovereignty and Topophilia in Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1610)”

Panel 7: Jacob T. Riley, University of Florida, “Interfacing Life: The Creative Posthumanism of Bioart”

Sarah Bezan, University of Alberta, “The Political Ecology of the Corpse and Carcass in Aurel Schmidt’s ‘Maneater’ Collection”

Javier O’Neil-Ortiz, University of Pittsburgh, “Ethology, Film, and the Digital Turn in the Visualization of Animal Perception”

Eric Magrane, University of Arizona, “Who is the Camera: Experiments in Material Poetic Geography at Biosphere 2”

Panel 8: Christy Reynolds, University of Oregon, “Personhood and Its Others: Ecology, Disability and Agency”

Mara J. Steele, Western Washington University, “Temple Grandin and The Gift of Death: Duty, Sacrifice, and the Animal”

Alanna Beroiza, Rice University, “Desiring Ecology in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood

Panel 9: Katie Lally, University of California Santa Cruz, “A Canine Kind of Dwelling: Posthuman Ecology and the Role of the Dog in John Berger’s King

Jasmine Johnston, University of British Columbia, “Being and Becoming Swan: Life and Death in Dane-zaa Narrative”

Teresa Lloro-Bidart, University of California, Riverside, “Wild Animal or Just ‘Like Me’? Re-imagining Avian-Human Relationships at the Aquarium of the Pacific”

Call for Papers

September 13-14, 2013
Ecology and the Environmental Humanities
Keynotes: Prof. Claire Colebrook, The Pennsylvania State University
Prof. Timothy Morton, Rice University

The 2013 English Symposium at Rice University invites responses to the ecological and nonhuman turns in the humanities. These turns are undoubtedly responses to environmental crises, food shortages, global warming, factory farming, and species extinction, but this symposium is also interested in discussing the emergence of nonhumans, such as matter, objects, animals, systems, technology, and media, in our critical conversations surrounding these problems.

While the humanities have an opportunity to challenge the problems and solutions put forth by scientific discourses, the Anthropocene, the post-Natural, and the Posthuman come to challenge humanism. What are humanities scholars able to contribute to the conversations concerning ecology and nonhumans?

Papers can address these topics across a variety of periods, genres, disciplines, and theoretical frames, such as:

Affect Theory
Capitalism and Political Economy
Critical Animal Studies
Critical Race Studies
Cybernetics and Technology
Disability Studies
Environmental Activism
Food studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Green Capitalism
History of Science
Medicine and Disease
New Materialism
New Media
Object Oriented Ontology
Population Studies
Settlement Studies
Social Movements
Systems Theory
Proposals (max 250 words) are due on July 1. Papers should be readable in 20 minutes, but shorter pieces are encouraged to allow more time for discussion. Please email proposals to as a word document or pdf file.

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