Readings and Conversations On The Climate Crisis

Stacey Balkan
Arts & Letters / Current Events

Course Description

If we are to engage substantively and sufficiently with the climate crisis, it may be in the realm of imagination where we ought to begin. But we must also recognize that this is a crisis a few millennia in the making. As a study in Global Environments, this 4-week seminar will explore the intersecting histories of aesthetic form, landscape ideology, and historical trauma. Our weekly discussions will be conducted in the spirit of conviviality and honest inquiry; we will engage in open dialogue, and no participant is expected to have prior experience with/knowledge of the field. We will read fiction and poetry from artists such as Jamaica Kincaid, Ursula LeGuin, Ken Saro-Wiwa, John Clare, William Wordsworth, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortíz, Derek Walcott, Octavia Butler, Amitav Ghosh, Pablo Neruda, Muriel Rukeyser, and Indra Sinha. Participants will receive pdf handouts via email prior to each lecture.


  1. “Imagining Arcadia”
  2. “The Trouble with Wilderness”
  3. “The Flowers of Empire”
  4. “Imagining the Future of Climate Change”

About the Instructor

  • Stacey Balkan is assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities at Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an affiliate faculty member for the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative. Dr. Balkan’s teaching and research focus on postcolonial ecologies, landscape aesthetics and counter-pastoralism, environmental justice, petrocultures, and petromodernity. She is now completing a book-length manuscript entitled Rogues in the Postcolony: Narrating Extraction and Itinerancy in India (Histories of Capitalism and Environment Series, West Virginia University Press); and she is co-editor of the forthcoming essay collection Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere (AnthropoScene Series, Penn State University Press). Stacey’s recent work also appears in The Global South, Revue Etudes Anglaises, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Global South Studies, Mediations, Social Text Online, and Public Books.

Upcoming programs presented by Stacey Balkan.

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4wk W022521 Stacey Balkan Readings and Conversations On The Climate Crisis

Thursdays, February 25; March 4, 11, 18: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm