What Counts as Home in the Anthopocene?
Whether it’s a fire-lost mountain lion wandering unwittingly into somebody’s living room to take a nap, or a thirsty black bear taking a dip in a backyard swimming pool during a southern California heat wave, or wildlife looking for safe passage through human-built structures and spaces, what counts as “home” has become blurred for humans and non-humans alike. In the Age of the Anthropocene, we can no longer easily discern the boundaries between human-made and “natural” worlds—if we ever could.
In this presentation, Professor Propen will examine the value systems and lenses that inform decision making about our nonhuman kin at a moment of destabilizing ecologies. She asks, how might we best act with compassion and advocacy for vulnerable species while remaining mindful of their own agency and autonomy?
This event is free and open to the public.
Amy D. Propen is Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research on visual-material and environmental rhetorics, critical cartographies, animal studies, and rhetoric as advocacy has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly; Written Communication; Law, Culture and the Humanities; Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, ACME: An International E-Journal of Critical Geographies; and the edited collections Environmental Rhetoric: Ecologies of Place (Routledge, 2013) and Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory (Routledge, 2009). She is co-editor of Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman (Lexington Books, 2014), and author of Locating Visual-Material Rhetorics: The Map, the Mill, and the GPS (Parlor Press, 2012) and Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene, published this past September 2018 with The Ohio State University Press. She is also an animal care volunteer with the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network.
Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00pm
811 SW Jefferson Avenue Corvallis, OR 97333-4506