Past Natures Conferences
We were very pleased to have Dr. Scott Slovic, editor of ISLE and author of copious books and articles, serve as the plenary speaker at the milestone event
of Natures reaching its fifth anniversary. Conference presenters were invited to explore the way they found their critical identities in papers on that spanned the globe from John Smith's America to Sir Arthur Conan Doye's London. See the entire program here: N13_FINAL_program
PRACTICING HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Dr. David Biggs, associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, served as the Natures 2012 distinguished speaker.
Plenary address: "Between Wasteland and Wilderness."
Seminar on Academic Life: "Love, Money, and Glory."
Natures 2011: TEXTUAL POLITICS: INSPIRATION, INFLUENCE, INTERPRETATION
“Texts” was understood to include any of the following mediums: visual, written, physically constructed, filmed, performed, naturally occurring, manicured, or exhibited. Paper topics reflected the breadth of this definition.
Plenary address: Place, Space, and Los Angeles: Defining “Nature” in the City of Freeways and Concrete
Seminar on Academic Life: Professor Bryson discussed his discovery of Los Angeles literature in response to the needs of his students at Mount St. Mary’s after having already established a career as a noted ecocritic of American nature writing during his years of teaching in Kentucky and Texas.
Professor J. Scott Bryson (English, Mount St. Mary's College)
Natures 2010: THE LIFE OF THE TEXT: CREATION, RECEPTION, EXPLICATION
Disciplines represented by graduate presenters in 2010 included: English, history, French, American Studies, and environmental analysis.
Institutions represented included: UC Irvine, Claremont Graduate University, UC Riverside, CSU Fullerton, California Baptist University, Mt. San Antonio College, Brigham Young University (Utah), University of Dayton (Ohio), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Mc Gill U (Canada), U of Central Florida, and La Sierra University.
Plenary: “Streetscape Environmentalism: Flood Control and Social Justice in the American Southwest”
Seminar on Academic Life: “Making Book:Gifford Pinchot and the Historian’s Craft”
Professor Char Miller (Environmental Analysis Program, Pomona College)
Natures 2009: AUTHENTICITY, ARTIFICIALITY, AND AUTHORSHIP
Inaugural cfp language: Humans have long endeavored to better understand, for purposes ranging from celebration to exploitation, their own natures and the natural world. This impulse has inspired cultural expression in all genres, canons, and periods: ranging from the medieval poem Beowulf to the 21st century television series Lost. So too has literary and cultural criticism, across the broad scope of disciplines sheltered under the umbrella of ‘the humanities,’ sought to investigate and define the natural and the unnatural, the real and the unreal, and to understand how they function in relationship to the act of creative expression.
Plenary address: "Buyways: Billboards, Automobiles, and the American Landscape by Dr. Catherine Gudis (History, UC Riverside)
Seminar on Academic Life: "The Nature of Naturalization: Jungle Animals, Colonial Categories, and Academic Disciplines" by Dr. Jonathan Eacott (History, UC Riverside)
The Natures Conference
The Natures conference was established in 2009 out of a growing awareness that environmental studies was an arena in which various disciplines could find common ground. While papers delivered at the conference cover a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to environmental ones, that original value for interdisciplinary representation persists. Natures provides young and seasoned scholars the opportunity to share their work from across the broad spectrum of the humanities, explore the variety of critical identities, and participate in the growing field of ecocriticism.