This seminar traces out the oceanic turn in the humanities, with an emphasis on contemporary Caribbean and Pacific Island texts and contexts. We will examine the ways in which the ocean is represented as a space of migration, climate change, embodiment, fluidity, habitation, and a place for an engagement with nonhuman others as well as alternative knowledges and sea ontologies.
Diving Deep: Island Perspectives on the Oceanic ImaginaryMon, Oct 18, 20216:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Tue, Oct 19, 20216:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Elizabeth DeLoughrey is a professor at UCLA who teaches postcolonial and Indigenous literature courses on the environment, globalization, critical ocean studies, and the Anthropocene and climate change, with a focus on the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (2007), and co-editor of the volumes Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (2011); and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (2015). Her latest (open access) book, Allegories of the Anthropocene, examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts and was published by Duke University Press in 2019. She is an advisory member of The Living Archive: Extinction Stories from Oceania Project and with Thom Van Dooren, was co-editor of the interdisciplinary open-access journal Environmental Humanities. Her scholarship has been supported by institutions such as the ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller, Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, Rachel Carson Center (LMU, Munich), the UCHRI, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. In the academic year 2021-2022 she will be on leave on a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Walcott, Derek. “The Sea is History.” Collected Poems, 1948-1984. United Kingdom: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986.
Hau’ofa, Epeli. “Our Sea of Islands.” The Contemporary Pacific 6, no. 1 (1994): 148-61.
Peters, Kimberley, and Philip Steinberg. “The Ocean in Excess: Towards a More-than-Wet Ontology.” Dialogues in Human Geography 9, no. 3 (November 2019): 293–307.
Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals. United Kingdom: AK Press, (n.d.).
Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna “Rise: From One Island to Another” (website)
Huggins, Nadia. “Transformations” (website)
Tony Capellán interview: “Poetics of Relation” at Pérez Art Museum Miami. (video)
Elizabeth DeLoughrey and Tatiana Flores, “Submerged Bodies: The Tidalectics of Representability and the Sea in Caribbean Art.” Environmental Humanities, 12:1, 2020. (PDF)