Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

26-03 Forest-Lore in the Pyrocene

Update Oct. 14: Jenny Ingridsdotter has withdrawn.


Tuesday, October 19, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online


Chair: Jo Ann Conrad (Diablo Valley College)

5:15 pm
Disenchanting the "Magical Forest": Breaking the Nature/Culture Divide
Jo Ann Conrad (Diablo Valley College)

5:35 pm
Burning the Bond? Agitating Relations in the Northern Montane Forest
Flora Mary Bartlett (Goldsmiths University of London and Stockholm University)

5:55 pm
Along a Burned Forest Trail: Oblivion and Invention in a Haunted Landscape
Lotten Gustafsson Reinius (Stockholm University)

This panel looks at narratives in the time of the Pyrocene -- the geologic age of fire. The ontology of these fires are violent penetrations into our realms of being; their proximity and pervasiveness have shown our previous narratives to be inadequate. We seek to tell the Terrible Stories in a different ways; to challenge the binary logic that dis-aggregates the human and the natural world, and to present alternatives -- historical, visual, ethnographic, personal. All are connected to place, a connection systematically broken in the Pyrocene. These “attachment sites” bind the personal and natural through embodied, ritualistic, kinesthetic, and performative interactions in space, creating an affective ecology and offer a change in spatial perspective.