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IEHN Network Meeting - Linda Williams - 10 December 2014

IEHN Meetings

10th December, 2014, Trinity College Dublin

The 23rd Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a lecture by Professor Linda Williams, entitled "Ocean Acidification, Affective Imaginaries and the Pivotal Role of the Longue Duree".

Drawing on sources from biosemiotics, the arts and materialist phenomenology, Dr Williams's talk focused on three specific geographical locations as spatial correlatives of both human histories and the lives of tiny marine invertebrates in order to explore the question of empathy for oceanic lifeforms. The first locale is a cultural artefact in the Museum of Natural History in London. The second, an unnamed point in the cold waters of the Great Southern Ocean between 50° and 60° parallels south. And the third resides in the human body itself.

Dr Williams is Associate Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, and Key Researcher at the Australia Pacific Observatory in Environmental Humanities at the University of Sydney. She was in Trinity as part of a joint collaboration between the Andrew W. Mellon-funded project "European Observatory of the New Human Condition" and the Irish Environmental History Network. The Meeting was Chaired by Dr. Charles Travis.

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