Environments of Modernity Conference

Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 5:00pm6:30pm

Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut St

Environments of Modernity Conference

Opening Presentation

John Durham Peters

María Rosa Menocal of English & Film and Media Studies, Yale University

John Durham Peters is María Rosa Menocal of English & Film and Media Studies at Yale and is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (1999), Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and Liberal Tradition (2005), The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (2015), all from the University of Chicago Press, a co-editor of two volumes, and author of over a hundred articles, essays, chapters, and reviews. He has lectured or taught in over twenty countries, been translated into a dozen languages, and advised or co-advised over thirty doctoral dissertations.


Environments of Modernity
March 22-23, 2018

Does it make sense anymore to speak of the environment, singular —or of a singular humanity, given the world’s diversity and inequity? As we better appreciate the radical interdependence of humans with places, substances, and other beings, even our settled ideas about the nature of political and historical agency may no longer be of help to us. This symposium brings together humanists and social scientists to rethink environmentalisms in response to individuals, communities, and species whose needs conflict as much as converge in unequal landscapes of vulnerability and care.

Full conference schedule: https://environmentsofmodernity.wordpress.com/about/

With generous support from the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Cinema and Media Studies Program, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Wolf Humanities Center, the Modernism and Twentieth Century Reading Group, the Latitudes Reading Group, and the Anthropocene and Animal Studies Reading Group.