The EMC is pleased to announce the schedule for the “EcoMaterialisms: Organizing Life and Matter” graduate conference. Participants represent eleven different disciplinary backgrounds from just as many universities and while we soon wished we had planned for a two-day event after the number of excellent submissions we received, we think we have managed to put together a strong and intellectually stimulating lineup. Click on the paper titles to view the abstracts.

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Humanities Gateway 1030, UC Irvine

Friday, May 15, 2015

730am — Breakfast

800am-920am — Untimely Meditations: Wandering in the Histories of Materialism

Michael Berlin, UC Irvine Classics/Comparative Literature, On the Use and Abuse of History for Thought and Matter

Alexander McAdams, Rice University English, “His will though free, Yet Mutable”: Materialist Wandering and the Lucretian Model of Desire in Milton’s Paradise Lost

Shyam Patel, UC Irvine English, All for Nothing: Materiality, Utility, and Normativity in Bataille and Marx’s Critiques of Political Economy

 930am-1050am — Eco-Aesthetics: Queer Ecologies, Inhuman Objects, and Geo-Memory

Finley Freibert, UC Irvine Visual Studies, Plastic Pastoral

Baron Haber, UC Santa Barbara English, “How good to eat!”: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Queer Ecology, and the Eco-Aesthetic of Metamorphosis

Victoria Saramago, Stanford Iberian and Latin American Cultures, The Mimetic Materiality of Pedro Páramo

Jess Ziegenfuss, UC Irvine Visual Studies, Mad Prometheus: Energy Futurism in Inhumanly Collaborative Objects

 1100am-1220pm — Biopolitics: Law and Resistance

Bridget Glenn, SFSU Women and Gender Studies, The Intersection of New Materialism and the Prison Industrial Complex: Neoliberalism, Justice, Criminality and Prison Building

Crystal Hickerson, UC Irvine Comparative Literature, Becoming-Fairy: Targeting Everyday Life in the UC Global Food Initiative 

Andrew Johnson, UC Santa Barbara Political Science, A Manifesto of Resistance: There Is No Alternative but the Im-possibility of An-other World

1220pm-100pm — Catered Lunch for Conference Participants

100pm-220pm — And Say the Body Responded? Zones of Corporeal Indistinction

Chun Wai Chau, UC Davis Cultural Studies, “From My Bedroom Thousands of Miles from Here”: Environmental Debilitation and the Material Objects of Sleeplessness

James R. Goebel, UC Irvine Comparative Literature, Organism it never is”: Tracking the Body (without Organs)

Andy Murray, UC Santa Cruz Sociology, Meat Cultures: The Media and Mess of Making “Just Meat” Matter

 230pm-350pm — Eco-Poetics: Reflections on Unruly Matters

Ana Baginski, UC Irvine Comparative Literature, A Shameful Return: On the Pastoral and Poetic Agency

Danilo Caputo, UC Irvine English, Fluid Matter: Reading the Global Ocean in Shakespearean Locales

Andrew Johnson, University of Virginia English, Reading the Unspeakable: Responding to Material Bodies in the Textual Bogs of Seamus Heaney

Judith Levy, Emory University Comparative LiteratureThe Responsibility of a Diffracted Memory: Water, Diaspora and Intra-Relations in M. NourbeSe Philip and Karen Barad 

400pm-520pm — Thinking with Matter

Marie McDonald, UC Davis Anthropology, Fractured Flows: Anticipating Ambiguity through Disaster Preparedness

John Moran, Stanford Anthropology, The Muddy Anthropocene: Defiguration and Liberal Biodiversity in the Florida Panhandle

David Thompson, UC Berkeley Anthropology, What in the Blue Hell? The Material Tactics of Protest

Christopher Walker, UC Santa Barbara English, Romance and Radioactivity: H.G. Wells at the Limits of Materiality

530pm-700pm — Keynote

Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, The Fossils and the Bones

This talk critically encounters two strands of the new materialism — speculative realism and object-oriented-ontology — through the geontological analytics of my contemporary Indigenous colleagues. The talk begins on the edge of a reef in the Top End of Australia in the midst of ongoing settler colonial liberalism and then turns to the work of Quentin Meillassoux, Graham Harman, and others in order to ask a series of questions: How is the emergence of the new materialism merely a symptom of a broader collapse of biopower best analyzed from the edge of a reef in settler colonialism rather than the spine of Kantian philosophy? How are the attributes of objects in the new fundamental ontology infected by the end of biopower and its biontological imaginary? As philosophy reclaims ontology what roles are assigned to those who differ in the manner in which entities are thought and practiced?

700pm — Open Reception in HG 1030


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