Report: a brief reflection on insect entanglements

Centre for Environmental Humanities

by Eline D. Tabak

The ‘Insect Entanglements’ workshop’s CFP was first shared online in the last week of February, when the effects of Covid-19 were still vaguely taking shape in the periphery of our academic community. Perhaps naively so, we—that is, my co-organiser Maia and I—spent some time thinking about how many participants we could host, whether or not we wanted to allow non-presenting attendees into the room, and where to get the best vegan lunch in Bristol. In the following weeks—after receiving cancellations, postponements, and some very reasonable updates saying “we simply don’t know yet”—we decided to move the workshop online. After all, insect entanglements had always been about inclusions and exclusions, and this way we hoped to include as many people as possible. In our online workshop, we had participants based in the States, Canada, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. While it’s definitely not…

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Blog: Place as experience

Last year, I was asked to write a short blog for the Problems of Place series at EnvHistNow, a website that highlights environmental history scholarship by women, trans, and non-binary academics. EnvHistNow is run by Elizabeth Hameeteman.

Writing about personal experiences is scary (especially when they’re not positive), but I’m grateful for the opportunity this gave me to write about academia, precarity, and the “places” you take with you as a firstgen academic.

Review: Timothy Clark’s Ecocriticism on the Edge (2015) and Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions (2015)

See my review of Timothy Clark’s Ecocriticism on the Edge: The Anthropocene as a Threshold Concept (2015) and Adam Trexler’s Anthropocene Fictions: The Novel in a Time of Climate Change (Bloomsbury 2015).

Published in Frame: Journal of Literary Studies 29.2, special issue on Perspectives on the Anthropocene (link). This issue also has essays by Lawrence Buell and Rosi Braidotti, and an interview with Cary Wolfe.