Plotting the Future | Towards Sustainability: Environment, Society, Economy

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LECTURE I Climate Change, Literature, and the Future of Memory

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Dr Rick Crownshaw, Goldsmiths, University of London

'Climate Change, Literature, and the Future of Memory'

When: Thursday 7 November 2019

Where: UCD Humanities Institute - room H.204

Dr Rick Crownshaw is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he teaches American literature. Rick’s research has mainly focused on American literature and culture but often within transnational and even planetary contexts. His research career began with an interest in US representations of the Holocaust, which informed his first book The Afterlife of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). This monograph explored and scrutinised notions of secondary witnessing and postmemory (the way cultures remember experiences that have not been witnessed first-hand) in German fiction and memorials, American museum practice, and recent European and American trauma theory. This in turn led to a more general interest in Memory and Trauma Studies – resulting in the co-edited books Transcultural Memory (Routledge 2014) and The Future of Memory (Berghahn 2010, 2013) – and a continuation of his interests in post-1945 and contemporary US fiction upon which he has published in a number of scholarly journals. More recently Rick has turned his attention to the Environmental Humanities and literature of the Anthropocene. He has co-edited, with Stef Craps, a special issue of the journal Studies in the Novel (2018) on climate change fiction, and is currently finishing a monograph, Remembering the Anthropocene in Contemporary American Fiction. This latest monograph focuses on, among other things, the potential of cultural memory and trauma studies in analyzing literary narratives of climate change, extinction, pollution and toxicity, the resourcing of war, American petrocultures, and post-oil worlds.

Plotting the Future | Towards Sustainability: Environment, Society, Economy

Plotting the Future | Towards Sustainability: Environment, Society, Economy is a joint initiative of four research institutes at University College Dublin – the Earth Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Geary Institute for Public Policy and the Institute for Discovery. Building on the success of the first Plotting the Future series: Scenes and Scenarios of Speculation, which addressed the social, cultural and economic impact of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, this series explores the question of whether and how life in the Anthropocene can be made sustainable. The series consist of public lectures, thematic workshops, interviews and other outreach activities and will be launched with Rick Crownshaw's lecture.

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