‘Animisms’ featuring Peter Boxall, Jemma Deer and Nicholas Royle – Environnemental Humanities

Posted on December 10, 2020

10 December 2020 - 17 h 00 min - 19 h 00 min



featuring Peter Boxall, Jemma Deer and Nicholas Royle


5-7 o’clock, Paris time (4-6 London time) – December 10, 2020


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Peter Boxall will speak from his recently-completed novel tentatively entitled Estrangement, and in particular, relative to questions of radical animism, he will focus on sections of it that dwell on the painting of British artist, Eric Ravilious (1903-1942).


Jemma Deer will be speaking about her new book Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World (Bloomsbury 2020). Drawing on a wide range of modern writers and thinkers – from Freud and Darwin to Latour and Derrida, from Shakespeare and Carroll to Woolf and Kafka – Radical Animism develops a new theory of life for a planet in crisis. In the context of the ongoing climate catastrophe, this book shows how ‘literary animism’ – the active and transformative life of literature – can open our thinking to the immense power of the non-human world. An extract from its first chapter, herewith, gives us a springboard into it.


Nicholas Royle will read from the ‘Hides’ sections of his novel,  An English Guide to Birdwatching (Myriad 2017). Hélène Cixous writes of it: ‘Great books are still written, they just have to take place in Literature, the continent that never forgets. While reading An English Guide to Birdwatching, I travelled in all the time periods, places, countries of literature. It was more than an odyssey. […] And during this whole prodigious journey, I never stopped laughing. But also working. And since everything takes place in illyrical England—that is, in Verifiction, that is, in the World-Theatre—one inhabits here both a familiar and a supernatural climate: the characters come and go, by bike or by train, from one end to the other of existence; it happens that they die suddenly, but no death takes more than a few pages, the Guide and its birds are there to call the dead back to life.’


To find out more about our speakers please click here (link to our blog)


Sessions to come

Session 3 – 21 January 2021 Turner, Romantic Ecocriticism and the Anthropo(s)cenic Frédéric Ogée (Université de Paris) [with Art and Visual Culture, LARCA ]

Session 4 – 18 February 2021 Rethinking Photographic Environmental Aesthetics against the Anthropocene (starting from T. J. Demos) Chiara Salari (LARCA)

Session 5 – 8 March 2021 TBA Giovanni Aloi (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) [with Art and Visual Culture, LARCA ]

The rest of the programme is to be announced.