‘Affect in the Anthropocene: “What is Missing?”’, a lecture by Dr Jennifer Ladino (University of Idaho)

Via David FarrierEEHN

Please note Jennifer Landino is currently a international visiting scholar at the  University of Bath Spa Environmental Humanities  Research Centre 


Hi all,

Please come along to this fantastic lecture next month, on affect, extinction, and memorialisation, from Dr Jennifer Landino of the University of Idaho:

In an era of overwhelming species extinction and environmental degradation, environmental humanities scholars must consider how to represent, cope with, and perhaps deploy loss. This lecture will examine affects associated with loss—primarily nostalgia, solastalgia, and grief—as they function in the process of memorialization in the Anthropocene, an era some have characterized as a “melancholy” one. How does the Anthropocene challenge us to rethink memorialization and memorials themselves? What kinds of memorials might be most useful for environmental activism?

After a brief sketch of the recent history of memorial design and our contemporary era’s “memorial mania,” the talk will turn to Maya Lin’s “What Is Missing?” memorial project to think through these questions. Her “last memorial” addresses species loss via a multi-modal, multi-scalar experience that challenges the very notion of a memorial as a static, stable object. The website combines short videos, sound recordings, ecological history, and personal memories to create a “visceral” interactive encounter with species loss and environmental degradation. The site’s deployment of grief, nostalgia, and solastalgia, and its organization into temporal domains (past, present, and future), generate a mood of hopefulness. Finally, the lecture will speculate on how the Anthropocene designation might help us see “what is missing” in the field of affect theory, and gesture toward new affects that might emerge with the epoch.

Chair: Dr Thomas Bristow, (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne / IASH Research Fellow)

Jennifer Ladino teaches American literature and literature and the environment at the University of Idaho. Her current research project is a monograph on memorialisation, Memorials Matter: Bodies, Affect, and Environment at American Memory Sites

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About Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre
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