22 Apr Climate Realism | Media@McGill International Colloquium


Climate Realism names the challenge of representing and conceptualizing climate in the era of climate change. Climate has traditionally referenced the weather it gathers, the mood it creates, and the settings it casts. In the era of the Anthropocene—the contemporary epoch in which geologic conditions and processes are overwhelmingly shaped by human activity—climate indexes not only atmospheric forces but the whole of human history: the fuels we use, the lifestyles we cultivate, the industrial infrastructures and supply chains we build, and the possible futures we may encounter. In other words, with every weather event, we have become acutely aware that the forces indexed by climate are as much social, cultural, and economic as they are environmental, natural, and physical. By starting with this fundamental insight, Media@McGill’s international colloquium intervenes in the well-established political and scientific discourses of climate change by naming and exploring emergent aesthetic practices, and the conceptual project of mediating the various forces embedded in climate.

Schedule with links to recordings of each panel and bios of each panelist:

9:00-9:15:       Opening words
9:15-10:15       Keynote: Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University)
“Perplexing Realities: Practicing Relativism in the Anthropocene”
10:15-10:30:    Coffee Break
10:30-12:00:    Panel 1: The Climate of Representation
  • Amanda Boetzkes (University of Guelph) “Ecological Postures Towards a Climate Realism
  • Anne-Lise François (University of California, Berkeley) “Figures of Improvisation, or what to Glean from a Climate Realism”
  • Alessandra Ponte (Université de Montréal) “Governing Climate”
12:00-13:30:    Lunch break
13:30-15:00:    Panel 2: The Subject of Climate
  • Kathryn Yusoff (Queen Mary University of London) “Geologic Realism: Epochal Thoughts and the Terminal Beach of Geologic Time”
  • Nicole Starosielski (New York University) “Thermal Vision”
  • Michelle Ty (Clemson University) “Realism’s Phantom Subjects”
15:00-15:15:    Coffee Break
15:15-16:45:    Panel 3: Climate and the Critique of Realism, or Realism and the Critique of Climate
  • Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State University) “Indigenizing the Time, Memory and History of Climate Change”
  • Ingrid Diran (Pacific Northwest College of Art) and Antoine Traisnel (University of Michigan) “Climate Change, Natural History, and the Extinction of Thought”
  • Graeme Macdonald (University of Warwick) “Petrorealism and the Figure of the Offshore”
16:45-17:00:    Break
17:00-18:00:    Keynote: Pierre Bélanger (Harvard University) “EXTRACTION”

http://www.climaterealism.ca/ // http://www.realismeclimatique.ca/