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International Symposium on “Affective Anthropocene: Contextualizing Feelings and Environments under Climate Change”


International Symposium on “Affective Anthropocene: Contextualizing Feelings and Environments under Climate Change”
01 JUN 2023 | 02 JUN 2023
Dr Michael Bachmann, Dr Gladys Pak Lei Chong, Prof Minty Donald
9:00 - 17:00
WLB 105, Wing Lung Bank Building, and online
Corresponding GA(s)
Program on 1-2 June (HKT)

DAY ONE - 1 June (Thursday)
9:00 am Coffee and Refreshment
9:30 am Welcome Speech by the Executive Associate Dean of the Arts Faculty, Prof. Stuart Christie

Panel 1 Feeling Queer and Affective Meanings
Moderator: Timmy Chih-Ting Chen
9:40 am (Colorado 7:40 pm, 31 May, Wednesday, UTC -8) Scott Slovic, Emotion and Meaning in the Anthropocene
10:00 am Jeroen de Kloet, Queering Our Way Out of the Anthropocene – On the work of Zheng Bo
10:20 am (PacificTime 7:20 pm, 31 May Wednesday, UTC-7) Alvin Wong, Queering the Anthropocene: An Affective Impression
10:40 am Wai Ping Yau, Affective Anthropocene: The Geographical Imagination of Far Far Away
11:00 am Discussion

Panel 2 Multi-Species’ Affective Connections
Moderator: Howard Choy
2:10 pm Michael Bachmann, Between Bios and Anthropos: Plant-Human Relationships in Conceptual Art
2:30 pm Fiona Law, Polar Bears without Iceberg: Mediating Affective Apathy between the (In)Visible and the Viral
2:50 pm Haomin Gong, Of Feces and Blood—Affective Connection and Symbolic Differentiation
3:10 pm Emily Zong, Dark Humour and Eco-comic Storytelling of Invasive Species
3:30 pm Discussion

Panel 3 Passions for Land-scapes
Moderator: Daisy Tam
4:20 pm (Glasgow 9:20 am, Thursday, UTC +1) Minty Donald, Erratic Drift
4:40 pm (Finland 11:40 am, Thursday, UTC +3) Zimu Zhang, Death in the Cryosphere, Mourning the Anthropocene Loss
5:00 pm (Glasgow 10:00 am, Thursday, UTC +1) Carl Lavery, Getting a Taste for Landscape: An Argument for Enthusiasm
5:20 pm (Czech 11:20 am, Thursday, UTC+2) Jessica Yeung and Ahmet Hojam, Nostalgia and the Uyghur Identity: A Way Forward to a Less Anthropocentric Ethos?
5:40 pm Eric Feng, Sanmenxia: Visual Memories of an Era of Euphoria and Excitement
6:00 pm Discussion

DAY TWO-2 June (Friday)
Panel 4 Affective Commons Beyond Words
Moderator: Emily Zong
10:00 am Victor Fan, Interbeing and Ontogenetic Diversity
10:20 am Gladys Chong, Failure of the Commons? From Green Olympics to Beijing Mushrooms in China’s Call for Ecological Civilization
10:40 am Simon Estok, Moved Beyond Words: Anthropocene Affect Beyond Narrative
11:00 am Kwai-Cheung Lo, Feeling in Control of Happiness: Watering Down Xiong’an, the Utopian City in China
11:40 am Discussion

Full abstracts and speakers' biographies:
Anthropocene Studies Group official Facebook: