Keynote Speaker Profiles

We are delighted to confirm that the following speakers will be delivering keynote papers at Locating Ecocriticism:

Sharae Deckard, University College Dublin

Pablo Mukherjee, University of Warwick

Anne Milne, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Brycchan Carey, Kingston University London

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Sharae Deckard

University College Dublin

Dr. Sharae Deckard is a lecturer in world literature at University College Dublin. Her current research lies at the intersection of world-ecology and world-systems approaches to world literature and environmental humanities. She recently edited a special issue of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism on “Global and Postcolonial Ecologies,” co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing on “Postcolonial Studies and World Literature,” and is in the process of co-editing two further special issues of journals on “Experimental Writing and Globalization” (ARIEL) and “Ireland and the World-System” (JWSR). She is a member of the editorial board for Green Letters, and on the editorial committee for Ecologies Technics & Civilizations, a new journal to be launched at the end of the year, which will provide a platform for the “world-ecology perspective.”

Her monograph, Paradise Discourse, Imperialism and Globalization, was published with Routledge in 2010. With the Warwick Research Collective, she is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature. Recent publications include articles on Rana Dasgupta and global ecogothic (EcoGothic 2013), Romesh Gunesekera and coral ecologies (Postcolonial Green 2010), and Lindsey Collen and storm ecologies (Interventions 2014). Publications in press and forthcoming with a ‘resources’ or ‘world-ecological’ focus include articles on lycanthropy, commodity frontiers and energy regimes in Russian, Caribbean and Irish fiction; storm ecologies in Caribbean fiction; war ecologies and tea plantation in Sri Lankan literature; and petro-magical realism in Latife Tekin, among others. She is currently working on two book projects, a monograph, Fictions of the World-Ecology: Neoliberalism and Global Environments, and a shorter book, Boom and Doom: Irish Neoliberal Ecology and Literature.

Pablo Muckherjee

University of Warwick

Pablo Mukherjee is a Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Warwick University, UK. He researches and supervises in the areas of Victorian literatures and cultures, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Environmental Humanities and Comparative World Literatures. He is the author of Crime and Empire (OUP, 2003), Postcolonial Environments (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Natural Disasters and Victorian Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has published a wide range of scholarly articles, essays, edited volumes and co-authored books, including Victorian World Literatures: A Special Issue of Yearbook of English Studies, (2011) and with colleagues of the WREC collective, Peripheral Modernism and World-Literary Systems (​Forthcoming, LUP, 2015).  He is currently a co-investigator of a Leverhulme Trust funded international research network involving colleagues at Oxford, King’s College London, the Open University called Planned Violence: Urban Planning, Infrastructure and Literature. (2013-15). Alongside this, he is developing two research projects – one on the relationship between on the ‘Non-Aligned’ movement, science policy and science fiction in mid-20th century India, Cuba and Yugoslavia; the other on the reception, circulation and adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the late-Victorian and Edwardian port cities of the Indian Ocean.  He has served as a judge for the Commonwealth Prize for Literature, and contributes reviews and comments to print, film, television and new media programs.

 Anne Milne

University of Toronto, Scarborough

Anne Milne is an ecocritic who specializes in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. She holds a Ph.D. in English from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She was a 2010-2011 Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilians University and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany and is the author of ‘Lactilla Tends Her Fav’rite Cow’: Ecocritical Readings of Animals and Women in Eighteenth-Century British Labouring-Class Women’s Poetry (Bucknell, 2008). Her current research focuses on land-use transformation, local cultural production and the role(s) of British eighteenth-century labouring-class poets in both shaping and being shaped by dynamic and often chaotic landscapes.  She is currently editing (with Brycchan Carey and Sayre Greenfield) The Eighteenth-Century Bird in Literature and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

  Brycchan Carey

Kingston University London

Brycchan Carey is a Professor of English Literature at Kingston University in London. His most recent monograph was From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658–1761 (Yale University Press, 2012). Brycchan’s most recent collection, Quakers and Abolition, co-edited with Geoffrey Plank, was published by The University of Illinois Press in 2014. He is currently writing a book on the relationship between slavery and natural history as well as co-editing books on Early Caribbean Literary Histories (with Nicole Aljoe and Tom Krise) and Birds in Eighteenth-Century Culture (with Sayre Greenfield and Anne Milne).

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