Program

Friday October 26 (La Maison Française, Washington Mews)

9.30: Opening Words

Frédérique Aït-Touati (CRAL [EHESS, CNRS]) and Phillip John Usher (NYU)(conference organizers)

Sarah Kay (Professor and Chair of French Literature, Thought and Culture, and Director of the NYU Center for French Language and Cultures)

Carolyn Dinshaw (Silver Professor; Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and English; NYU Dean for Humanities)

10.00-11.15: Our Troubled Planet. Chair: Phillip John Usher (NYU)

The World on Fire
Peggy McCracken (University of Michigan)

Dialectics of Meteors
Frédéric Neyrat (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

11.15-11.30: Break

11.30-1.15: Smokiness and Lightness Chair: Frédérique Aït-Touati (CRAL [CNRS, EHESS])

Sensing the Nature of Northern French Smokestacks from the 1860s to the 1880s
Daniel Finch-Race (Bristol University)

The Unbearable Lightness of Ecology
Pauline Goul (Vassar College)

1.15-2.30: Break

2.30-4.15: Fields and Beaches. Chair: Peder Anker (Gallatin, NYU)

Being on Earth, or The Cosmic Agriculture
Emanuele Coccia (EHESS)

Queer Ecology and the Modernist Beach
Hannah Freed-Thall (NYU)

4.15-4.30: Break

4.30-5.30: Pamela H. Smith, Making and Knowing: Material Imaginaries of the Early Modern (Columbia)

7.30: Bruno Latour, US-première of Inside (For more information, click here. Tickets available for purchase here.)

Saturday October 27 (La Maison Française, Washington Mews)

9.30-10.00: Reading of Olivier Kemeid’s Aeneid. Directed by Judy Miller (NYU) and Rachel Watson (NYU)

10.00-10.15: Break

10.15-11.45: Theatrical Natures RoundtableChair: Judy Miller (NYU) Featuring: Frédérique Aït-Touati (CRAL [EHESS, CNRS]), Una Chaudhuri (NYU), Sarah Cameron Sunde (director, New York).

12.00-1.00: Outing to Earth Room with Robin Joyce. The Earth Room has been open to the public (for free) since 1980 (Details and directions  here).

1.45-3.15: Territories (1). Chair: Hannah Freed-Thall (NYU)

Paysages de  France et paysage français dans la littérature (française) du XX ème siècle
Eugène Nicole (NYU)

Theological-Political Arborescences: Louis Dorléans’s La plante humaine
Rose Gardner (Columbia University)

3.15-3.30: Break

3.30-4.45: Territories (2). Chair: Jeanne Etelain (NYU)

Wild Diplomacy. Cohabiting With the Others Among Us
Baptiste Morizot (Université Aix-Marseille)

On the Exterranean
Phillip John Usher (NYU)

4.45-5.00: Break

5.00-6.45: Future Perspectives for Cohabitation on the Earth. Chair: Sarah Kay (NYU)

French Zoopoetics: Animals at the Intersection of Nature, Language, and Ethics
Anne Simon (CRAL [EHESS, CNRS])

Ferality in the Arts: Visualizing the Next Nature
Bénédicte Ramade

Reading Ecologically with Posthuman Cultures
Stéphanie Posthumus (McGill University)