116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Acting Out: The Role of Environmental Humanities in the Anthropocene I

Session Chair: 
Rachel Rochester, University of Oregon
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 17


  1. Yun Ha Kim, Yonsei University
    This paper investigates the narrative structure of Tears of Antarctica (2011), a South Korean wildlife documentary, to articulate the most pressing challenges that wildlife films face in the increasing awareness of today’s ecological crisis. Paying close attention to the documentary’s dramatization of its own production process, I argue that in Tears of Antarctica we witness a complex negotiation of pressures between anti-colonialism, globalism, and the Anthropocene.
  2. Seoyoung Park, The University of Arizona
    Considering the contradictory nature in the conception of the Anthropocene, this paper will examine the implications of ambivalent and contradictory voices of Emily Dickinson’s poetic persona to suggest that the dialectic investigation of existential humility and cognitive self-assertion embodied in her poetry provides an opportunity to reflect on the bitter irony of as well as the extended understanding for the Anthropocene literature beyond the level of apocalyptic imaginings or evocations of ecological pathos.
  3. Graydon Wetzler, UC San Diego
    I share an original participatory ethnographic experiment conceived in collaboration with visual artist and book translator, Yayu Tseng. My hope is that both our method and the experience of sharing its performance with others can evoke rather unexpected double translations of humanities and non-human mediums across scales tiny and geopolitical.
  4. Ned Schaumberg, University of Texas at Arlington
    This paper examines Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones to highlight the ways Mississippi Gulf Coast residents are exposed to, and learn from, the dynamic waters surrounding them. The novel uses descriptions of water to complicate understandings of Hurricane Katrina as an “unnatural disaster” without ignoring legacies of racial and environmental injustice that shape life in the region.
Session Cancelled: