As part of the Research Seminar Series, the English department organizes one talk every semester about the climate crisis. These events are an opportunity for students and staff members to come together and think about the role of language, literary works and grassroots movements in the struggle for climate justice.
Empirical Ecocriticism: Studying the Impact of Environmental Narratives
The third talk of the Ecological Emergency Series brings Prof Alexa Weik Von Mossner, from the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She is a writer and an ecocritical literary and media scholar. Her research explores contemporary environmental culture from a cognitive perspective with a particular focus on affect and emotion. She is especially interested in climate change (non)fiction, environmental documentaries, and food narratives. In this talk, she will present the development and methods of the field of ecocriticism along with her personal experience as someone who is coming to this interdisciplinary research as a humanities scholar and narratologist.
You can find Prof Weik von Mossner's slides below:
Ecological Emergency: What it is and what you can do
In this guest lecture we will talk about the climate crisis and discuss several actions we can take. The first part will be presented by Dr. Cécile Heim, currently working at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), who will talk about the ecological situation in Switzerland. In the second part, Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet and Beatriz Duarte Wirth will discuss concrete measures that we all can take on an individual level as well as collectively.
You will find our slides below: