Global Thought in the Anthropocene – A Panel Discussion with Ursula Heise

In this CIS "Thinking Globally" event, Ursula Heise (UCLA) joins a panel of UChicago faculty to discuss the concept of the Anthropocene and its implications for global thought.

The CIS 50th Anniversary Thinking Globally dialogue series brings together acclaimed scholars to discuss the global stakes and global scale of contemporary research.

In this panel discussion, Prof. Ursula Heise (UCLA – English & Institute of the Environment and Sustainability) joins UChicago faculty members Bill Brown (English), Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (History) and Benjamin Morgan (English) in a conversation on recent approaches to the Anthropocene and the global environment.

This event is cosponsored by the Neubauer Collegium for Society and Culture through its project on Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. She is a past Guggenheim Fellow and former President of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). Her research and teaching focuses on contemporary literature and the environmental humanities, environmental cultures in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan, literature and science, science fiction, globalization theory, and narrative theory. Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur (After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture, Suhrkamp, 2010). She is editor of the bookseries, Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment with Palgrave-Macmillan and co-editor of the series Literature and Contemporary Thought with Routledge.She is also the Managing Editor of the ACLA’s current State of the Discipline Report, Futures of Comparative Literature, which is set to appear with Routledge in 2016. Her book Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species will appear with the University of Chicago Press in August 2016.

Bill Brown is Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture in the Department of English and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson is Associate Professor of British History, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College at the University of Chicago.

Benjamin Morgan is Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago’s Department of English.

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