Yusko Ward-Phillips Conference: 1000 Years of Ice and Fire

Ecological Collapse and Migration from Vinland to the Anthropocene

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March 24–25, 2022

University of Notre Dame
McKenna Conference Center

The conference brings together key thinkers working in the long history of literature in English to discuss deep historical patterns, resonances, and critical flash-points that might help us better understand the complex relationship between ecological collapse, migration, and literary production. 

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Keynote lecture: “One Planet, Many Worlds: Modernity, History, and the Challenge of the Anthropocene”

Dipesh Chakrabarty
University of Chicago
Thursday, March 24
5 p.m. 
open to the public

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Department of English
Department of History
Environmental Change Initiative
Environmental Humanities Initiative
GLOBES Certificate Program in Environment and Society
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Fund
Mark and Stacey Yusko Endowment for Excellence in English
Minor in Sustainability
Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values


Thursday, March 24

5 p.m. Keynote Address: “One Planet, Many Worlds: Modernity, History, and the Challenge of the Anthropocene” — McKenna Auditorium

Dipesh Chakrabarty
University of Chicago

6:30 p.m. Reception — McKenna Gallery

Friday, March 25, 2022

9–9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast — outside McKenna 205–207

9:30–11 a.m. “Storms of Empire: Early Modern Europe in a Global Climate” — McKenna 205–207

Robert Markley, University of Illinois
Sam White, Ohio State University 
Respondent: Elliott Visconsi, Notre Dame

11–11:15 a.m. Coffee break — outside McKenna 205–207

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. “Unnatural Disasters: Literature, Sovereignty, and Science in the 18th and 19th Centuries” — McKenna 205–207

Lucinda Cole, University of Illinois
Malcom Sen, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Respondent: Joshua Specht, University of Notre Dame

12:45–1:30 p.m. Lunch — Morris Inn Private Dining Room

1:30–3 p.m. “Strange Weather: Ecological Disaster, Narrative, and Modernity, from 1350 to 2050” — McKenna 205–207

Kellie Robertson, University of Maryland
Claire Colebook, Pennsylvania State University 
Respondent: Amy Mulligan, University of Notre Dame

3–3:15 p.m. Coffee Break — outside McKenna 205–207

3:15–4:45 p.m. Concluding Plenary Discussion — McKenna 205–207
Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
Roy Scranton, University of Notre Dame
Francisco Robles, University of Notre Dame
Kate Marshall, University of Notre Dame

4:45–6:30 p.m. Reception — Morris Inn Private Dining Room