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Since 2013, the English Department has been organizing a one day continuing education program for teachers of English in secondary I and II schools, every year in early Autumn.

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“Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life“ (V. Shklovsky). How can literature help us reconnect with the non-human world in the Anthropocene ? Through lectures and discussions, the course will introduce participants to relevant literary texts and modes of reading, and to ecocriticism as probably the most topical and compelling emergent critical approach in the Humanities today.

On September 15th six renowned scholars have shared their favourite works and teaching strategies to sensitize students, teachers and the general public to this crucial issue. Participants have been encouraged to share their views on the role that literature, poetry and art-making can play in heightening a sense of connectedness with the fragile beauty of the non-human world and the need to preserve it for future generations.


Morning lectures :

  • Welcome 

Prof. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, Head of Continuing Education for English and Comparative Literature, UNIL

  • Of birds, bugs, poets and trees: Undersongs of the natural world

Prof. Rachel Falconer, Modern English Literature, UNIL

  • The Sketch: A Tradition of American Environmental Writing

Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, American Literature, UNIL

  • The Economy of Reading and ‘the lingua vernacula of Walden Pond’

Dr Boris Vejdovsky, Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche, American Literature, UNIL

Afternoon lectures and activities :

  • Global collapse and ecological catastrophe in post-apocalyptic literature from 1950s to the present

Dr Marc Atallah, Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche, Littérature moderne, UNIL

  • Reading in the Anthropocene: Theory and Conrad

Prof. Nidesh Lawtoo, ERC principal investigator, University of Bern

  • Walking workshop based on Where My Wellies Take Me

Rachel Nisbet, English Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies, UNIL

  • Q & A session
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