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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 341: Connecting Ecocriticism: Intersectionality in Environmental Thinking

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Ecocriticisms
Organiser:Michael J. Warren, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Michael Bintley, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 341-aPutting the Non-Human in Its Place: The Mere of Beowulf and the 'Spatial Turn'
(Language: English)
William Brockbank, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 341-bFrom Human Ecodynamics Studies to Social Ecology: Studying the Past from an Ecocritical Approach for Assuring and Making a Better Present and Future
(Language: English)
Pablo Barruezo Vaquero, School of Humanities (Archaeology), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Mentalities

With ecocriticism's steady popularity in medieval studies, our understandings of pre-modern environmental thinking and practices have changed and developed profoundly. One facet that has been present within these endeavours from the start—and now recommends an important direction for the field - has been the capacity for ecological approaches to reveal and parallel depictions and treatments of the nonhuman world with those of other minority subjects. With strife in global political arenas in recent years affecting vulnerable and excluded individuals and groups, the need for intersectionality within ecocritical fields which amplifies a diversity of voices whose narratives converge is never more imperative.