Moderated by Carolyn Fornoff (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). Organized by Sebastián Figueroa (Spring 2021 Andrés Bello Postdoctoral Fellow)
Tuesday, March 30 | 2:30pm EST This event is in SPANISH with captions
“Plants beyond plants - Toward a generic, post Homo sapiens humanism” Juan Ramón Duchesne Winter (University of Pittsburgh) is author of Plant Theory in Amazonian Literature (2019) and another 10 books and numerous articles related to twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literatures in their cultural and political milieux. His recent research and publications focus on indigenous literatures and Amazonian thinking, as well as West Indian Creole Caribbean expressions in Spanish-dominant contexts. As part of his geo-poetic approach to literary fieldwork concerning indigenous literatures, he has travelled extensively in the Guajira Peninsula (Colombia and Venezuela), the Mirití-Paraná River basin (Colombian Amazon), the Upper Putumayo (Colombia) and Old Providence island (Western Caribbean).
“Flowers in the Tongue” Gina Saraceni (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) is a scholar and poet from Caracas, Venezuela, who specializes in Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, Venezuelan poetry, critical and cultural theory, biopolitics, travel writing, migration, and memory. Her books include La soberanía del defecto (2012), Escribir hacia atrás (2008), La llegada inconclusa (1997), and Rasgos comunes. Antología de la poesía venezolana del siglo XX (co-authored with Antonio López Ortega and Miguel Gomes, 2019). As a poet, she has published Lugares abandonados (2018), Salobre (2004), and Entre objetos respirando (1998). Her new collection of poetry, Adrático, is forthcoming in March 2021. She is the editor of the journal Cuadernos de literatura.
Carolyn Fornoff (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is co-editor of two volumes in the environmental humanities: Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema (SUNY Press, 2021). Her work examines responses to climate change and environmental justice in contemporary Mexican and Central American literature and film.
Sebastián Figueroa (Andrés Bello Postdoctoral Fellow, KJCC) is currently working on a book manuscript titled Poéticas de la extracción. Literatura, naturaleza y capitalismo en América Latina, in which he analyzes the relationship between capitalist development, resource extraction, and ecological crisis in Latin American literature from the 20th and 21st centuries.