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About the conference

Join us for the 2018 Victorian Studies Conference "Victorian Ecotime: Inventing, Forecasting, Temporalizing." Victorian ecological work allowed for an expanded sense of time, from deep time (geologic, pagan, archaeological history) to future catastrophe (sun death, resource depletion, catastrophic endings). This new temporality destabilized Victorians but also allowed for previously unimaginable forecasts. Looking at the temporal sweep of ecological discourse in the 19th century allows us to interrogate contemporary ideas of climate change, a link that will be heightened by our inclusion of a roundtable with specialists addressing how ecocriticism speaks to fields from postcolonialism to early modern culture.

Cosponsored by the Victorian Committee of the PhD Program in English, the CUNY Graduate Center, Dickens Studies Annual, he PhD Program in English and Advanced Research Collaborative.