BASCE Event: Criticism and Culture in the Anthropocene

Friday 15 April 20169781472506702


Utrecht University

Ravensteijnzaal, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80
In his recent book Ecocriticism on the Edge. Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept (2015), Timothy Clark argues for a revision of ecocriticism that requires other ways of grasping the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene, he argues, requires us to revise our interpretations of historical texts and artefacts, as well as those of our present since it “entails a chastening recognition of the limits of cultural representation as a force of change in human affairs”.

During this event organized by the Benelux Association for the Study of Art, Culture and Environment, we will discuss Ecocriticism on the Edge together, following an introduction by Astrid Bracke and a response by Tom Idema. We will explore the issues raised by the book, especially the ways in which the Anthropocene requires a reconception of our critical methods, our readings and our cultural artefacts – and whether culture and criticism can ever adequately respond to it.