Transatlantic Ecologies:
Utopia To Zoonomia

Francis Bacon's Instauratio Magna 1620 FrontispieceWilliam Bartram's Colocasia

May 16-17, 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara
Loma Pelona Center (1108) and McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce our thirteenth annual conference, “Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia,” to be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, featuring keynote speakers Daniel Brayton (Middlebury College) and Gordon Sayre (University of Oregon). This year's conference will be held in conjunction with the Literature and Environment Center’s Symposium on Climate Change and Disaster, with keynote speakers Adrian Parr (University of Cincinnati), Steven Vanderheiden (University of Colorado, Boulder), and Janet Fiskio (Oberlin College). There will also be a plenary roundtable on “Temporality and the Anthropocene” linking the conference and symposium. Conference attendees and presenters are encouraged to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events.

Transatlantic Ecologies seeks readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. When discussing burgeoning forms of early modern ecological awareness, how should we account for the complex networks of knowledge construction in the Atlantic world resulting from the confluence of European, African, and Amerindian cultures? And, how do nonhumans figure into this network? Namely, how do we account for the influence of diverse new world ecologies and changing conceptions of land, space, animal consciousness, and ecological interdependence? Broadly, we seek studies of early modern literature, history, and culture that explore how Atlantic peoples came to view themselves as world citizens through their interactions with nature, and as natural citizens through their interactions with an increasingly but inconsistently networked Atlantic world.

Call for Papers

Conference Flyer

Conference Schedule

Conference Dinner

Conference Hotel

Featured Talks and Panels

May 16, 2014: Literature and Environment Symposium on Disaster and Climate Change
1:00pm, Loma Pelona Center, 1108

May 16, 2014: Literature and Environment and Early Modern Center Roundtable on "Temporality and the Anthropocene"
4:30pm, Loma Pelona Center, 1108

May 17, 2014: Keynote: Daniel Brayton, "Theater of Fish: Staging Marine Environmental History"
12:45pm, McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

May 17, 2014: Keynote: Gordon Sayre, "American Degeneracy: Colonial Science and Environmental Anxiety in the 18th Century"
4:45pm, McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)


The EMC would like to thank the following conference co-sponsors:

Center for Literature and the Environment

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Graduate Division

UCSB Global and International Studies

Comparative Literature & Latin American and Iberian Studies Programs

Departments of English, Feminist Studies, Film and Media Studies, History, & Spanish and Portuguese