EcoLit meeting on petroculture and comics

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow Rinni Marliyana Haji Amran will present her project on oil, environment and national identity in Bruneian fiction, and Professor Rebecca Scherr will talk about what comics offer in terms of future-visualizing and future-thinking.

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Rinni Haji Amran at Petrocultures 2022 in Stavanger. Photo: Sissel Furuseth

The interdisciplinary research group Ecocritical Literary and Cultural Studies (EcoLit) will meet on Thursday, Oct. 13th, 3-5pm, P.A. Munchs hus: Seminarrom 8.

Rinni Marliyana Haji Amran (joining EcoLit as an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow with Sissel Furuseth’s Critical Petroaesthetics project) will present “Oil, Environment and National Identity in Bruneian Fiction.” Rinni will give a brief overview of the impact of the oil-and-gas industry on post-independent Brunei and how the resulting petroculture has changed perceptions of and attitudes towards the environment through a literary perspective. She will also consider the place of Bruneian oil narratives within current global discussions of fossil fuel extraction and climate change and how the former might complicate the latter.

Rebecca Lynne Scherr (Professor of English-Language Literature) will present “Comics, feminist futures, and knowledge.” Rebecca will discuss how comics scholars might start to think about what comics offer in terms of future-visualizing and future-thinking. To start a larger conversation about comics, futurism, and the production of knowledge, she focuses on feminist theory and feminist comics, as she sees feminism as one of the most productive areas for thinking speculatively. Feminism as a movement and as theory is, after all, at its very heart a speculative project. The project of feminism is to imagine and create new worlds (Haraway, Braidotti). Rebecca is interested in thinking about how feminist comics creators engage with the intricate knot of power, climate crisis, knowledge and ethics, and how this is communicated in the comics medium. Her guiding questions are: What kinds of stories do (some) feminist comics tell about the future? And what kinds of knowledge systems do comics creators engage with in speculating about feminist futures, and why might this matter?



Emneord: Ecocriticism, Oil, Fiction, Comics and Graphic Novels
Publisert 1. okt. 2022 04:05 - Sist endret 4. okt. 2022 16:31