Monthly Archives: May 2014

10183379574_fbb93befe2_bWe can now announce further details about Elizabeth’s talk, which will be entitled ‘The Sea is Rising: Visualizing Climate Change in the Pacific’.

The talk will take place at 5pm on 1 July, in the Bowland Auditorium, which is in the Berrick Saul Building on the University of York’s Heslington West campus.

Elizabeth’s abstract is below.

‘Twenty years ago, the Tongan anthropologist Epeli Hau`ofa published his deeply influential essay “Our Sea of Islands,” arguing that the legacies of colonial belittlement that render the Pacific as “islands in a far sea” need to be replaced with a more accurate and world-enlarging view. Instead, he argued, we must recognize the primacy of the largest ocean on the planet which facilitated both the legacies of Pacific voyaging as well as contemporary circuits of globalization, rendering the region as “a sea of islands” better known as Oceania.

Hau`ofa’s work made a tremendous contribution to the fields of indigenous, cultural and literary studies of the region. While Hau`ofa was concerned with the ecological health of the ocean, he could not have foreseen the ways in which climate change, particularly sea-level rising, has transformed islands that are in fact threatened by the expansion of the sea, faced with a new era of what has increasingly been termed “carbon colonialism.”

The dramatic changes to the geographies of low-lying atolls in the Pacific have generated an unprecedented body of cultural narratives that are translating the urgency of climate change mitigation to a global audience. My paper will explore the rise in documentaries that are visualizing the challenges faced by  island communities such as Taku, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Kiribati as they adapt and, increasingly, migrate in response to the erosion and salinization of their lands, and will raise questions about a type of “salvage environmentalism” at work in the production of climate change discourse in the global north.’

Panel 1: Extraction, Exploitation and Exhaustion in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds

Ben Holgate – A Living Nightmare, not the Dreaming: Alexis Wright’s post-apocalyptic Australia

Jay Parker – “The supreme importance of material interests” – ironising silver and territory in Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo

Panel 2: Hydropolitical Resistance

Saira Fatima Dogar – Water “Matters”: Exploitation and Resistance in Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing

Christine Gilmore – Narrating a Nubian ‘Nile World’: Hydropolitics, Hegemony and Resistance in Mohammed Khalil Qasim’s Ash- Shamandoura (The River Gauge, 1968)

Panel 3: The Consuming Imagination

Bürge Abiral – Urban Permaculturists in Istanbul: Challenges and Strategies for Action

Hugh Crosfield – Don’t Squeeze A South Africa Dry!: mobilizing the orange as anti-apartheid antiracist resistance (1972-1974)

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay – An Uneven Modernity: Famine in the Colonial Imagination

Panel 4: Flows of Resources, Flows of Power

Hannah Boast – Pipelines: water infrastructure and the construction of Palestinian communities in Tawfik Abu Wael’s Atash (Thirst)

Treasa De Loughry: Plasticide & Petro-Modernity

Amber Murrey – Land, Place and Violence in ‘Narratives of Loss’ Along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline

Panel 5: Land, Environment and Resistance in Urban and Rural Spaces

Rebekah Cumpsty – Locating the Sacred in the City: Conceptual Mapping as Resistance in Johannesburg and New York

Puneet Dhaliwal – Zapatista Autonomy: Land and Indigenous Resistance

Dominic Davies – Infrastructural Reading: Towards A Spatial Resistance – The Case of Prester John (1910)

Panel 6: Aesthetics of Resistance and Resistant Reading Practices

Kristian Shaw – “One fine day a predatory world shall consume itself”: Cyclical Resistance and Narratives of Transformation in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

Karen Jackson – Modes of Revealing and Rupturing the Rhetorical and Cognitive Routines of Consumer Culture in Larissa Lai and Rita Wong’s long poem sybil unrest

Rebecca Duncan – Reader/Resource: An ‘Affective Turn’ in Contemporary South African Fiction?

Panel 7: Human and Nonhuman Selves

Frances Hemsley – Human hides, Animal skins: Marechera and Zimbabwean Environmental Policy

Margot Young – Decolonising Subjectivity and the Intolerable Bestial Other

Panel 8: Appropriating Conservation

Annette LaRocco – The comprehensive hunting ban: conservation, resource-use, and contestation in postcolonial Botswana

Sam Perks – Representing Homo Oeconomicus: Capitalist Relations in Planet Earth