Education book talks: Climate Change, Interrupted: Representation and the Remaking of Time
May 23, 2023 —12 - 1 PM
Join us for this education book talk, an initiative supported by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the office of the Vice-Dean Governance and Student Affairs (VDGOUV) and the office of Vice-Dean Research (VDRE), to discuss Barbara Leckie's book "Climate Change, Interrupted: Representation and the Remaking of Time."
In this moment of climate precarity, Climate Change, Interrupted considers the climate crisis as a problem of time. Spanning the long nineteenth century through our current moment, its interdisciplinary treatment of climate change at once rethinks time and illustrates that the time for climate action is now.
Climate Change, Interrupted argues that linear, progress-inflected temporalities are not adequate to a crisis that defies their terms. Instead, this book advances a theory and practice of interruption to rethink prevailing temporal frameworks. At the same time, it models the anachronistic, time-blending, and time-layering temporality it advances. In a series of experimental chapters informed by the unlikely trio of Walter Benjamin, Donna Haraway, and Virginia Woolf, Climate Change, Interrupted reinflects and cowrites the traditions and knowledges of the long nineteenth-century and the current period in the spirit of climate action collaboration. Climate Change, Interrupted, in short, invests in interruption to tell a different story of the climate crisis.
Professor at Carleton University
Barbara Leckie is a professor in the Department of English and the Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University, Ottawa. She is the author of Climate Change, Interrupted: Representation and the Remaking of Time (Stanford UP, 2022). She is also the founder and coordinator of the Carleton Climate Commons; and the academic director of Re.Climate: Centre for Climate Communication and Public Engagement.