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
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