September 15, 2017

Evans Room, Special Collections Department, M.D. Anderson Library

8:30-9:00 Breakfast: Evans Room, Special Collections

9:00-10:00 Warm-Up Session

Discussion of readings:

Manny Fernandez and Richard Fausset, “A Storm Forces Houston, the Limitless City, to Consider Its Limits,” The New York Times, August 30, 2017

Martha Serpas, “The Water,” “The Dirty Side of the Storm,” and “Fais Do-Do,” three poems from The Dirty Side of the Storm (New York: Norton, 2007).

“Angela Trahan” and “Glenda Jones Stevenson Harris,” two survivor narratives from Second-Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita, ed. Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, and Carl Lindahl (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013)

Ted Steinberg, “Can Capitalism Save the Planet? On the Origins of Green Liberalism,” Radical History Review 107 (Spring 2010): 7-24.

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 Panel 1: Worlding ecoGenres

Allen MacDuffie, “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief and the Victorian Environmental Imaginary”

Tobias Menely, “Locodescription to Lyric: Reading Wordsworth, Once Again, in the Anthropocene”

Philip Steer, “‘Was such a change in the seasons credible?’: Climate Extremes, Climate Knowledge, and the Victorian Novel”

Lynn Voskuil, “The Peepul, the Banyan, and the Baobab: Territories of Rootedness in British South Asia”

12:00-1:00 Lunch: Evans Room, Special Collections

1:00-2:30 Panel 2: Energetics and the Extraction

Dennis Denisoff, “William Sharp’s Breathing Landscapes”

Richard Menke, “Little Nell in Coketown”

Elizabeth Miller, “Extraction Ecologies and Victorian Literature”

Benjamin Morgan, “Coal Forests and Black Diamonds at the Holocene-Anthropocene Boundary”

2:30-3:00 Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 Panel 3: ecoScience

Kathleen Frederickson, “Sex on the Commons”

Devin Griffiths, “Memes v. Pangenes”

Deanna Kreisel, “Troubling Organicism”

September 16, 2017

Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library

8:30-9:00 Breakfast: Evans Room, Special Collections

9:00-10:30 Panel 4: Leveling Ontologies

Michael Gamer, “Theatrical Ecologies and the Problem of the Child/Animal Actor”

John MacNeill Miller, “The Nature of Political Economy: Denaturing the Social in the Social Problem Novel”

Sue Zemka, “Hodor and the Knot of Time”

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Panel 5: Agencies

Siobhan Carroll, “Dangerous Energies: Excavating the Peat Archive with Scott and Hogg”

Nathan Hensley, “‘And like myself lone wholely lone’: Mutuality and Form in Emily Brontë”

Jen Hill, “Nineteenth-Century Data Visualizations and Literary Form”

Daniel Williams, “Tempests in State: Agency and Ecology in the Social Problem Novel”

12:30-1:30 Lunch: Evans Room, Special Collections

1:30-2:30 Debrief | Futures

3:00-6:00 Group Volunteer Project