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Resilience in a Multispecies World

McMaster University John Douglas Taylor Conference

April 21 – 23, 2017


AGH Design annex | 118 James St. N. | Hamilton, Ontario

Featuring Keynote Speakers: Madhur Anand, Daniel Coleman, and Nicole Shukin

Conference Schedule
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Madhur Anand
Friday, April 21st from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Public Poetry Reading

Madhur Anand’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America and in the anthology The Shape of Content: Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science. Her debut collection of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes was published by McClelland & Stewart in April 2015 to international acclaim. “Anand’s attention to and ability to evoke explicit, exponential beauty in scientific and natural form are simply stunning” (Publishers Weekly). Anand completed her Ph.D. in theoretical ecology at Western University and is currently a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph and interim Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation.

Daniel Coleman
Friday, April 21st from 9:15 – 10:45 am: “Broken Pine, Tree of Peace”

Daniel Coleman is a settler scholar who lives in Hamilton and teaches at McMaster University. His research and writing address Canadian Literature, the literary and cultural production of categories of privilege such as whiteness, masculinity, and Britishness, the literatures of Indigeneity and diaspora, and the spiritual and cultural politics of reading. He has published Masculine Migrations (U Toronto P, 1998), The Scent of Eucalyptus(Goose Lane Editions, 2003), White Civility (U Toronto P, 2006) and In Bed With the Word (U Alberta P, 2009). He has co-edited ten scholarly volumes on various issues including early Canadian culture, Caribbean Canadian writing, masculinities, postcoloniality, race, the retooling of the humanities, and cultural displacement. He is co-director, with his colleague Dr. Lorraine York, of McMaster’s Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts. His book, Yardwork: A Biography for an Urban Place, is forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn publishers in Spring 2017. This creative non-fiction work traces his effort to learn to read the multi-layered story of the exact land on which he lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Nicole Shukin
Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 am – 10:30 am: “Species of Resilience in Precarious Japan”

Nicole Shukin is Associate Professor of English and member of the graduate program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) at the University of Victoria. Her work engages with the politics of species at various sites within the history of capitalism, tracing material entanglements of human and non-human life (and death) across (post)industrial resource, cultural, and affective economies. She is the author of Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), as well as of numerous articles and chapters which bring biopolitical thought to bear upon work in animal studies (and vice versa) by theorizing the relationship between slaughter and cinematic affect, extending the study of pastoral power and governmentality to non-humans, and examining the interspecies bonds which emerge under the shadow of climate change and in the nuclear ruins of Fukushima.

Sponsored by the Department of English and Cultural Studies, supported by generous donations from the Taylor family, the Senator William McMaster Chair of Canadian Literature and Culture, and the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

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