"Acceleration" artwork by Feifei Zhou
Reprinted from Feral Atlas(Stanford UP 2020)
Licensed under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Ecotheories Colloquium co-led by Kyra Morris and Denise Xu

This 2022-2023 colloquium explores the work of scholars for whom ecology becomes a foundation for theories of literature, and for whom literature becomes a foundation for theories of ecology. The series of four talks and workshops explored a capacious set of questions: What ecotheories become possible if poiesis (or environment-building) rather than representation guides analysis? What material, ethical, and aesthetic possibilities open up if we consider art not as a mirror but as a site of interaction for human and non-human actors? What are the processes, kinetics, and performances of ecological thinking? How do we de-metaphorize and re-materialize terms like ecology and ecosystem? What possibilities does such a recasting open up for literary form and literary theory? Finally, how might ecotheories help construct a decolonial ethics and politics for our contemporary moment?


  • The English Department’s Contemporary Poetry Colloquium The High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • The Bain-Swiggett Poetry Fund
  • The Effron Center for the Study of America
  • The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities
  • The University Center for Human Values
  • Blue Lab

Program for 2022-2023

  • Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (UC Santa Barbara) | March 27, 2023
  • Kimberly Bain (University of British Columbia) | February 15, 2023
  • Ada Smailbegovic (Brown University) | November 14, 2022
  • Cary Wolfe (Rice University) | November 3, 2022