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Wicked Problems and Speculative Futures: Writing the Anthropocene

June 22


How do we write the Anthropocene?

We are living in a period where we are reaping what we have sown since we first started pumping carbon into our atmosphere. The return of the repressed is erupting into the present with violent force in the form of climate catastrophe. So how are our artists and critical theorists engaging with the climate change and its material effects? What are the most appropriate literary forms and genres to be tackling the issue, and how are artists bending them to their own needs?

Wednesday 22– Thursday 23 June 2022

The symposium will commence with an In Conversation Session with Noongar speculative writer Claire G. Coleman. This will be followed by a series of papers ranging from a panel on AustLit, to Green Theatre-Making, to Writing the Anthropocene and much more. In the evening listen to a keynote address by international climate fiction theorist Professor Adeline Johns-Putra (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China). Please note that this page will be updated with additional details closer to the event.

‘The virus manufactures really dangerous ideas as arsenal’: contextualising climate fiction
Presented by Dr Deb Jordan (in-person)

Alexis Wright opens The Swan Book (2013) with an account of a pure full blood virus which manufactures really dangerous ideas as arsenal. A decade earlier historian Tom Griffiths and critic Libby Robin challenged us to think about Australian literature and history as paradigmatic for global narratives of climate change given a sustainable Indigenous culture and imperialism. Now with the Anthropocene and colonialism more in focus, is it more important to address Kim Stanley Robinson’s contention that we must imagine the end of capitalism rather than the end of the world?

FACEBOOK EVENT – https://www.facebook.com/UQCom.Arts/posts/390178082894432

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Centre for Critical and Creative Writing Symposium
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University of Queensland
University of Queensland
St Lucia, Queensland 4072 Australia
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