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

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

Session Chair: 
Jessica Holmes, University of Washington
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 17


  1. Simon C. Estok, Sungkyunkwan University
    Understanding ecophobia and human exceptionalism permits analyses of the staging of the Anthropocene and the human role in acting out Anthropocene fantasies: without the Humanities, such recognitions are simply not possible in any meaningful way.
  2. Dylan Bateman, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    This paper shows how Sherwin Tija’s choose-your-own-adventure book You are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse plays out concerns of the Anthropocene and its alternate terms. I argue the choose-your- own-adventure form is conductive to thinking through Anthropocene scholarship with literature, as the form mirrors Anthropocene scholarship.
  3. Rachel Rochester, University of Oregon
    Colonize Mars, a video game/cli-fi novel hybrid, invites users to consider how Earth’s environmental decimation is linked to colonial efforts on Mars, layered onto a 3D map of the red planet. The project models how humanists and scientists might effectively collaborate to improve public climate change education.
  4. Sean Collins, University of Utah
    Endgame’s anti-realist depiction of nature’s end engages much contemporary environmental thought. Theoretically informed by Object-Oriented Ontology and Actor-Network Theory, I argue that Beckett unveils the role performativity and theater have for renewing our attention to the contingent and precarious assemblages between the human and nonhuman within the Anthropocene.
Session Cancelled: