'Earth' Conference

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This conference is part of the Earth, Sea, Sky: an Environmental Humanities Research Network which is supported by the TORCH International Partnership Scheme


Day 1

10:00 Coffee and light refreshments

10:30 Welcome to Earth (Tom White)
Philosophy Lecture Theatre, TORCH

11:00 – 12:30 Morning Paper Session: Perceiving Earth
Philosophy Lecture Theatre, TORCH
1. Lyle Massey –“Ascetic Ecologies: Deserts, Saints and Caves in the Renaissance”
2. Mo Pareles –“Nauseated Land: A Theory of Translation”

12:30 – 1:30 Catered Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Paper Session: (Un)covering Earth
Philosophy Lecture Theatre, TORCH
1. Hillary Eklund – “Unwatering Earth: The Control of Nature in Colonial Mexico"
2. Vin Nardizzi – “Flora’s Atelier”

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break

3:30 – 5:00 Career Roundtable (Todd Borlik, Vin Nardizzi, and Tiffany Jo Werth)
Colin Matthew Room, TORCH

5:00 – 6:30 Reception
With a reading of Leonie Mahri and Elinor Scarth’s ‘To Where it may Concern’


Day 2


9:00 Coffee and light refreshments


9:30 – 11:00 Morning Paper Session: Excavating Earth

Philosophy Lecture Theatre, TORCH

1. Bronwen Wilson – “Lithic Images, Jacopo Ligozzi, and the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia (1612)”

2. Liam Lewis – “Doing Prophecy with Earth Elements”


11:30 – 1:00 Workshop Sessions

Philosophy Lecture Theatre, Colin Matthew Room, Meeting Room 8, TORCH

1. Liam Lewis & Vin Nardizzi: “Earth’s Coverings: Animals and Plants, On and Off the Page”

2. Mo Pareles & Todd Borlik: “Migration, Survival, Ecologies” 

3. Lyle Massey & Bronwen Wilson: “Land/Landscape” 


1:00 – 2:30 Catered Lunch


2:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Paper session: Delimiting / Leaving Earth 

Philosophy Lecture Theatre, TORCH

1. Todd Borlik: “ How many people can stand on the earth? Malthusian Reckoning in Christopher Marlowe”

2. Tiffany Jo Werth: “Leaving Earth for yond Marble Heaven.” 


4:00 – 4:30 Health break & coffee


4:30 – 5:30 Closing Roundtable and Group Discussion

Philosophy Lecture Theatre, TORCH. Chair: Tom Whit

Kellie Robertson, Marjorie Rubright and Catherine Walsh will briefly reflect on some of our discussions over the last two days; we will then open the floor for questions, reflections and any other contributions from all participants.


6:30 – 8:30 Conference Dinner


Saturday: Field trip to “Lande: The Calais ‘Jungle’ and Beyond”, Pitt Rivers Museum

N.B: Attendance to the paper sessions is free and open to the public, but the careers roundtable and workshop session are only open to registered participants.