This digital symposium, organized by Joshua Shannon, 2019–20 Terra Foundation Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, will consider if the art produced in the United States over the last fifty years can help us model a new human-nonhuman relationship for the era of climate change. Has recent American art, to be slightly more specific, imagined any viable alternative to the modern idea of nature as the passive “other” to human agency, an object or image to be exploited or protected by “man”? What role might art play in the cultural transformation that will be necessary for stopping climate change? This symposium brings together a small group of leading scholars and invites them each, through close analysis of works of art, to propose answers to these questions.
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