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Ergebnisanzeige "From Ego to Eco. Imagining Ecocentrism in Literature, Film and Philosophy"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelFrom Ego to Eco. Imagining Ecocentrism in Literature, Film and Philosophy
BeschreibungThe German Department at NUI Galway will host an international conference on ecocentrism and ecocriticism. The conference will take place in the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway from 10 to 11 June.

For many centuries, anthropocentric world views were crucial for the implementation of nature toward man's ends and played a part in creating the multifarious imbalances that today threaten ecosystems on a global scale. In film, literature and critical thought alternatives to anthropocentrism are being outlined, sensitivities awakened towards a global eco-consciousness that pays attention to the interdependence of species and ecosystems. A shift from imagining homo sapiens at the top of a hierarchy of existence or, alternatively, at the centre of global concerns to imagining a unity of being is taking place in literature, art and film through the ages. A unique and different inventory of artistic techniques, modes of expression, structures of realising this shift towards ecocentrism go hand in hand with an academic shift of focus.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from various disciplines within the Arts and Sciences and the Humanities to reflect on these changes and on ways in which works of art and mind break free from anthropocentric paradigms. Artistic visions and theoretical concepts that place humans in neighbourly relations with the 30 million surrounding species shall be central but also the discontents and possible dangers inherent in ecocentrism.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include: Professor Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University; Professor Hubert Zapf, Professor of American Literature, University of Augsburg, Germany; and Dr Thomas Duddy, Lecturer of Philosophy, NUI Galway.

Commenting on the upcoming conference, Dr Tina-Karen Pusse, conference organiser and Lecturer in German at NUI Galway, said,

“Our conference is meant to inaugurate green studies at NUI Galway and beyond. It will be an opportunity for people from all over the world to come together and reflect upon a paradigm shift: So far Homo Sapiens was placed at the top of our concerns and the center of all our values and structures. The leading question of this conference is: How can we implement ways of thinking (and hence acting) that lead to a paradigm shift and displace the Ego from its central position? How, from within the different disciplines of the so tellingly called “humanities” can this shift be understood and implemented? Which pieces of art, texts, ideas, can help us in this endeavour? This conference shall answer a few of these questions but first and foremost it will be an occasion of weaving a global network of scholars who have been working ceaselessly in the field of “green studies”. We hope to strengthen these connections with the conference.”

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DAY ONE – Friday, 10th of June

9.30 Opening of the conference
10.00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Lawrence Buell (Harvard University) "Ecocriticism Now"

coffee break –

11.15 –-12.55 PANEL I: Inside the Animal Mind: Appropriating/Approximating the Non-Human Other

Dr. Ignasi Ribó (University of Barcelona): "Worlds and Words: Of Bats, Ticks, and Primates"

Roman Bartosch, M. A. (University of Cologne) "From 'Pathetic Fallacy' to 'Thinking With' Changing Functions of Literature and the Ethics of Reading"

Karla McManus (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec) "Above, Below and Behind the Camera. The Perspective of Animals"

Lunch Break

14.00 Keynote Lecture: Hubert Zapf (University of Augsburg "Cultural Ecology and Literary Creativity"

15.15 – 16.55 Panel II: Embracing/Rejecting Mortality : Death and the Limits of Anthropocentrism

Dr. (des.) Aengus Daly ( NUI Galway)
"Time, Nature and Transcendental Illusion. The Forgetting of Mortality in Kant’s 'Critique of Pure Reason'"

Sabine Lenore Mueller, M. A. (NUI Galway)
"'Be ahead of all parting!' Rainer Maria Rilke's Conception of dLeIaFtEh and his Orphic Ecocentrism in the Frame of Modernist Poetry"

Manus Dwyer (University of Santiago de Compostella ) "Death and Representation in Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man"

coffee break –

17.15 –-18.30 Panel III Environmental Film Aesthetics. Perception as Responsibility in an Age of Environmental Crisis

Prof. Peter Drexler: (Potsdam University) "A Cinema of Atmospheres. Towards a Natural Aesthetics of Film Experience"

Prof. Rod Stoneman (NUI Galway) "Crying Wolf Too Late" and screening of "Due to Lack of Interest Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled"

18.30 –-19.00 Round Table discussion:– Founding a “Green Studies Network”!

20.00 c o n f e r e n c e d i n n e r Ard Bia at Nimmos'

DAY TWO – Saturday, 11th of June

9.00– 10.00 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Tom Duddy (NUI Galway) "Walking Respectfully on the Earth. A Problem for Deep Ecology"

10.05- 11.45 PANEL I: Can Poetry Save the World? Eco- poetry and modes of dwelling

Prof. Murali Sivaramakrishnan (Pondichery/India): "Onion-Peeling: Eco/logy and Difference in the Upanishads"

Prof. Christian Schmitt-Kilb (University of Rostock):
"Political Ecopoetry? Recent Writings by Kathleen Jamie and John Burnside"

Dr. (des.) Katharina Walter (NUI Galway) "Irish and Galician Women's Poetry. Eco-feminist perspectives"

Lunch break

13.00 - 14.40 Panel II: Imagining Living Nature: Concepts, Visions and Practice

Dr. Elisabeth Juetten (Tübingen, Germany) "On the New Mythology of a Living Nature in Heinrich von Ofterdingen"

Prof. Torsten Pettersson (Uppsala University, Sweden) "Motivating Respect for Nature. An Appropriation of Nietzsche"

Dr. Usha V. T (Pondichery/India) "Women, Ecofeminism, Spirituality: The Indian context"

coffee break –

14.45 - 16.20 Panel III: Implementing Ecocentric Thought

Dr. Darrell Arnold (St. Thomas University, Florida) "Greening Democracy"

Mark Ryan M.A. (NUI Galway) "Sustainability - the Very Idea"

Prof. Dr. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa (NUI Galway):
"A Vegetarian Revolution? Animal Rights, Environmentalism and the New Literary Discourse on Ethical Food."

coffee break –

16.35 - 18.15 Panel V: Imagining Ecocentrism in Contemporary Fiction

Dr. (des.) Sabine Frost (University of Erfurt)
"Earth First! The Image of Radical Environmentalism in Literature"

Ciarán Dowd (NUI Galway)
"The Intestate Earth: Ecological Disinheritance in Cormac McCarthy's The Road"

Dr. (des.) Heike Schwarz (University of Augsburg) "'Wilderness was the Laboratory”' Ecocentrism as Remedy in the American Environ-Mental Novel"

20.00 Poetry Reading and dinner at Ard Bia at Nimmos'

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortGalway, Irland
PersonName: Dr. Tina-Karen Pusse 
Funktion: Lecturer 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: German Department, NUI Galway 
Strasse/Postfach: 60 Newcastle Road 
Stadt: Galway 
Telefon: 00353 91 49 5874 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
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