Recent Research:

Modern Languages Association Virtual Conference, 2021

Singh, Preeti. "Indigeneity as Exception: Humanist Pedagogy in Mahasweta Devi's Writings." in the forum on Postcolonialism and Indigeneity at the Modern Languages Association Annual Conference. January 7, 2021.

2019 Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) at the University of California, Davis, June 26-30, 2019

Members of VitA presented papers and participated in workshops to promote their research in the environmental humanities:

Mercedes Chavez, "Birds, Bugs, and Trains: Sound, Kelly Reichardt, and the Anthropocene Western," presented with the "Western Film and Television as Ecological Narratives" Panel, and participant in the "Affective Eco-Criticism" Pre-Conference Workshop

Preeti Singh, "An Upside-Down Humanism for the Anthropocene: Three Scholar Activists from India," presented with the "Resisting Otherwise: Mobilizing Submerged Perspectives in Global Social Ecologies" Panel

Jordan Lovejoy, participant in the "Using Maps in Scholarship and Creative Projects: Integrating ArcGIS Online, Story Map Apps and Story Map Journals" Pre-Conference Workshop

2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society in Buffalo, NY, October 17-20, 201

Members of VitA organized and participated in a short paper panel presenting research on legacy, heritage, and emergent strategies in the Anthropocene:

Environmental Legacies: From Crisis to Toxic Heritages to Mitigating Future

Legacies of environmental risk and harm—from the declaration of the Anthropocene to its explosive ruptures in the form of weather events to simmering toxicities and their decades-delayed exposure effects—operate through a variety of temporalities. Rooted in vernacular cultural scholarship, radical applied folklore praxis, and allied cultural text work, and set at fieldwork and cultural sites across the U.S. and globe, this panel takes up the questions of what folklore might bring to an understanding of the “environmental legacies,” from toxic heritages to vernacular models of resistance, that we inherit; and what it might mean to (re)think our collective environmental futures.

Chair: Jess Lamar Reece Holler (Caledonia Northern Folk Studios)

Mercedes Chavez (The Ohio State University), "Atomic Heritage: Nuclear Culture and the Nuclear Family in Northern New Mexico"

Kate Hartke (The Ohio State University), “'Nature and the Heart Are Inexhaustible:' Colonial Legacies of Paul and Virginia, Le Prince Maurice Prize, and the Heart"

Jess Lamar Reece Holler (Caledonia Northern Folk Studios),"Toxic Heritages, Toxic Witnessing: Tracking Temporalities of Exposure and Harm in Site-Based and Everyday Toxicity"

Tessa Jacobs (The Ohio State University)"Catastrophic Legacies: Environmental and Community Heritage in Times of Crisis"

Jordan Lovejoy (The Ohio State University),"Redneck Solidarity and Selective Resistance: Material Performance and Coal Legacies of the West Virginia Teacher Strike"

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