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february, 2020

26feb12:00 pm3:30 pmExtinction Thresholds Symposium


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Extinction Thresholds Symposium


As both a conceptual category with purchase across academic discourses and a material reality at once hyperpresent and historically entrenched, “extinction” is a rich site for timely interdisciplinary interventions. This symposium brings together a group of writers and scholars whose work explores the literary, political, ethical, and ontological dimensions of extinctions past, present and future. Among other questions, we will consider how to think extinction in ways that open up generative new possibilities for communication, relation, and knowledge formation beyond the category of the human.


12:00PM | Introductions: Tiana Reid, IRWGS Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in English and Comparative Literature (Columbia University)

12:10PM | Talk and Q&A: “The Extinctions of Geontopower,” Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology (Columbia University)

1:00PM | IRWGS Graduate Student Panel:

– “On Surviving Extinction in the New World,” Ami Yoon (PhD Candidate, English and Comparative Literature)

– “Orchidelirium as Environmental Imperialism in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes,” Diana Newby (IRWGS Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in English & Comparative Literature)

– “Performing the Neurotic: Memory and Black Subjectivity ‘At the End of the World’ in Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts,” Noni Carter (PhD Candidate in French and Romance Philology)

2:15PM | Reading and Discussion: “The Breaks: An End of the World Reckoning,” Julietta Singh, ACLS Burkhardt Fellow (Columbia and University of Richmond)

Full conference program available here.

cosponsored by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

74 Morningside Dr


The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist and queer scholarship and teaching at Columbia University.

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