Climate Change and the Quest for Transformative Fictions

30 May 2017

Sydney Environment Institute in association with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies as part pf the event series Hacking the Anthropocene II: Weathering
Professor LeMenager's visit is funded by the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) in association with the ARC-funded History of Emotions

Since climate change began to show itself in the late twentieth century, varied literary genres or forms have come into being to speak of human extinction and the profound loss of animal habitats that climate change entails. Climate fiction, or Cli Fi, is the most well-known. Fictions called Cli Fi are remarkably diverse, ranging from psychological Realism to science fiction to newer genres attempting to stand apart from Cli Fi, such as Solarpunk. Cli Fi ranges across media, from digital to television, film, short fiction, novels, and memoir. Professor Stephanie LeMenager's discussion of climate change culture begins in the struggle to create transformative fictions, by which she means the struggle to find new stories and states of feeling, new patterns of expectation and means of living with an unprecedented set of limiting conditions. More broadly, this talk addresses the ways in which Cli Fi aspires to envision a climate change culture for readers who are in some cases losing their sense of what it means to be human, to strive for a common good, and to love.


Keynote: Professor Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon
Respondent: Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney Business School
Chair: Dr. Jennifer Mae Hamilton, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

  • Stephanie LeMenager is the Moore Endowed Professor of English at the University of Oregon. Over the years, her career developed toward the environmental humanities through programming and outreach work at my former university, UC-Santa Barbara, and through my founding roles in diverse green public humanities ventures, including the environmental humanities journal Resilience, co-founded with Professor Stephanie Foote of the University of Illinois. 
  • Christopher Wright  is Professor of Organisational Studies and leader of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the diffusion of management knowledge, consultancy and organisational change. 
  • Jennifer Mae Hamilton (chair)  is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney funded by The Seed Box: A MISTRA-FORMAS Environmental Humanities Collaboratory at Linköping University, Sweden. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Ecocriticism at New York University (Sydney) and an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions. 
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Event details

  • When: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
  • Where: Law School Foyer
    New Law School | Eastern Ave
    University of Sydney
  • Cost: Free
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Contact: Eloise Fetterplace
    T: 986275930 E:

Climate Change and the Quest for Transformative Fictions

Where Law School Foyer
New Law School | Eastern Ave
University of Sydney

30 May 2017

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