MemberStacey Balkan

…2018  “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Thermocene: Documenting ‘Cheap Nature’ in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace.” NeMLA Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

2018  “Cultivating the Local in Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World and Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies.” MLA Annual Convention, New York City.

2018 “Inhabiting the Cthulucene: Tentacular Intimacies in Jamaal May’s Detroit.” MLA Annual Convention, New York City….

Rogues in the Postcolony: Developing Itinerancy in India (book manuscript)

Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere (edited collection, manuscript in progress)

“Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Thermocene: A Petro-Aesthetic Critique of Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace” (chapter for Oil Fictions, manuscript in progress)

“Inhabiting the Chthulucene: Tentacular Intimacies in Jamaal May’s Detroit.” (manuscript in progress…
…stmodern. Eds. Jessica Datema & Diane Krumrey. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.


2017 Rev. Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction by Laura Barbas-Rhoden. Configurations 25.2 (2017): 256-259.

2016 “Anthropocene and Empire.” Rev. of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh. Public Books. 15 Oct. 2016.



Stacey Balkan is assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities at Florida Atlantic University.  Her research focuses on postcolonial ecologies and the politics of representation in the Global South; landscape aesthetics and counter-pastoralism; Anthropocene studies; radical materialism; and environmental justice.  Stacey’s recent articles for The Global South and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment examine the legacy of uneven and combined development in Nigeria and India; and she is now at work on two book-length manuscripts–Rogues in the Postcolony: Developing Itinerancy in India and Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere. Critiquing development policies in colonial and postcolonial India, Rogues in the Postcolony  foregrounds the intersection(s) between landscape ideology, agricultural improvement, and historical trauma as each obtains in British-occupied Bengal, post- independence Mumbai and New Delhi, and late-capitalist Bhopal. From the transformation of commonly held land for agriculture, whether in the form of plantation regimes or contemporary agribusiness, to the emergent slum ecologies of India’s premier urban enclaves, modern improvement schemes have hinged on the removal of figures who have lately found expression in novels that replace the neoliberal fictions of the “new India” with the itinerant narratives of the postcolonial pícaro. These stories constitute what Balkan calls an “aesthetics of indigence,” which brings into sharp focus what picaresque enthusiasts have long characterized as la vida buscóna–translated loosely as the “low life” of the working-class protagonist. Stacey is also co-editing a forthcoming collection entitled Oil Fictions: World literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere–an anthology situated within the emergent field of Petrocultures. Oil Fictions presents an attempt to grapple with the pervasiveness of this often-invisible biocultural agent through the cultivation of a robust petro-aesthetic practice. Her recent work also includes essays on the Anthropocene and its relationship to Empire for Global South Studies and Public Books; and her earlier research, born of several years teaching Contemporary Latin American Literature and Anglophone World Literature at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, has been published in The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature, World Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Culture.  At BCC, she also served as the co-director of the college’s Literary Arts Series and as a fellow for the Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation.

MemberAnita Harris Satkunananthan

Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan is a senior lecturer at the National University of Malaysia.  She possesses a PhD in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Queensland at St Lucia, Australia. Her research interests: Postcolonial Gothic, Phenomenology: Spatial and Temporal studies encompassing Hauntology, Geocriticism, and Memory Studies.  Anita has been awarded grants from the Centre for Research and Instrumentation, UKM and the Malaysian Ministry of Education. She has recently been working on Anthropocene literary criticism and ecoGothic literature — both subfields deeply connected to her ongoing work on the postcolonial Gothic and the spatio-temporal configurations of phenomenology in literature.

MemberLisa L. Tyler

Lisa Tyler teaches literature, composition, and business communication at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She serves on the board of the Jane Austen Society of North America and on the editorial advisory board of the Hemingway Review. She is the author or editor of four books and has published more than 40 essays in academic journals and edited collections. She received Sinclair’s Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in 2017. Her research interests include intertextualities between Ernest Hemingway’s fiction and novels by women writers (including Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Virginia Woolf, and Edith Wharton), literary allusion and modernist writing more generally, Hemingway and the Anthropocene, and contemporary American dramatist Marsha Norman.

MemberSerpil Oppermann

…riticism. Eds. Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014.

New International Voices in Ecocriticism. Ed. Serpil Oppermann.  Lanham, New York: Lexington Books, 2015.

Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene. Eds. Serpil Oppermann and  Serenella Iovino. London, New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.


Oppermann, Serpil. “Storied Matter.” Posthuman Glossary. Ed. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova. London: Blo…

  Serpil Oppermann is Professor of Environmental Humanities at Cappadocia University, and currently President of EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment). She is also an active member of ASLE: The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, serving on ASLE Translation Grants Committee in support of work in ecocriticism from international scholars to expand exchanges across cultures and traditions, as well as ASLE Mentoring Program. She has published widely on postmodern, material, and feminist ecocriticisms, and ecocritical theory. Her edited collections include International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism  (with Greta Gaard and Simon Estok, Routledge, 2013), Material Ecocriticism (with Serenella Iovino, Indiana University Press, 2014), and Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene (with Serenella Iovino, Rowman& Littlefield, 2017). She has also edited Ekoeleştiri: Çevre ve Edebiyat (Phoenix, 2012) and New Voices in International Ecocriticism (Lexington Books, 2015).  

MemberSophie Christman

Sophie Christman Lavin recently earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook University in New York. Her research areas include: nineteenth and twentieth-century environmental literary criticism, ecocinema studies, and political and cultural ecologies. Her dissertation, “The Sustainable Victorians?” analyzes novels, poems, and prose to argue that a type of proto-sustainability emerged in the locus of the Victorian Anthropocene. Recent teaching experience includes: Introduction to Fiction, Nature in the Nineteenth Century, Ecopoetics, and The Modern Victorian Environment. Sophie has volunteered as an editor at the Cambridge journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She is also an Open SUNY fellow in the Center for Excellence in Online Teaching. Sophie’s recent research presentations include the keynote at Friends of Dickens NY, a session at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s 2016 online carbon-free conference The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures and the twenty-second annual Dickens Society Symposium. In 2017, Sophie was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies second place student essay award. During the 2018/19 academic year, she will continue to be in research residence at the Wertheim Study Room of the New York Public Library Her scholarship has been published in Adaptation,  The Journal of Ecocriticism, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Sophie’s co-authored article “The Climate of Ecocinema,” appears in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Her most recent publication is the “Foreword” for the Routledge text The Ecophobia Hypothesis.

MemberHeidi Bostic

“To Address the Anthropocene, Engage the Liberal Arts” (with Meghan Howey), Anthropocene 18 (2017): 105–10.

“ Greimas and Gender: Mere Recipe or Real Meal?” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association of Semiotic Studies 219 (2017): 33–54.

“The Business Case for Humanities Education” (with Ross Gittell), New Hampshire Business Review, September 29, 2017.

“The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges,” The Chronicle of Higher …

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MemberDaniel Williams

…‘Vile Attentions’: On the Limits of Sympathetic Imagination.” The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. Ed. Andrew Linzey. Brighton and Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2009. 206–220.Reviews“Victorian Ecocriticism for the Anthropocene.” Review Essay for Victorian Literature and Culture (commissioned, under review).“Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species, by Ursula K. Heise.” Comparative Literature Studies (forthcoming).“Emp…

British Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Romanticism, South African Literature, Novel, Poetry, Literary Theory and Criticism, Philosophy, Intellectual History, Science, History of Science, Literature and Science, Mathematics and Literature, Law and Literature, Animal Studies

MemberCaleb Andrew Milligan

…“Rewriting Against Obsolescence: The Tentacular Life of Media After the Anthropocene.” (co-presented with Elizabeth Chamberlain) The Conference on College Composition and Communication (forthcoming March 2019).

“The Textual in the Tactual: Gestural Manipulation as Grammatization across Media,” Roundtable: How Do Computers Read?. Modern Language Assocation Conference (forthcoming January 2019)….

I am a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teacher of Record in the Department of English at the University of Florida, specializing in comparative media studies, digital humanities, and embodied rhetorics. I teach, research, and publish broadly across intersections between literature, film, and digital media. My current research project, Post-Digital Touch: Writing Embodiments, Affective Interfaces, and Haptic Media, builds from my published and forthcoming work to account for the importance of touch to textual encounters in an age of ubiquitous computing devices which change the ways we compose our media and our bodily selves. In addition to my research agenda and teaching record, I am a 2016-2018 HASTAC scholar, founding member of the TRACE Innovation Initiative, and coordinator of interdisciplinary digital humanities conferences and workshops at UF.