IPRH-Mellon Symposium: Ecological Bodies

Date: May 1–2, 2014
 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 2.
Location: Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel Conference Center, 1900 South First Street, Champaign

This event is free and open to the public.

All speakers and moderators are from the University of Illinois unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, May 1

7:30 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dianne Harris, IPRH Director

7:30 p.m.

Keynote Address
Gregg Mitman (Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Ecological Imperialism Revisited: Entanglements of Bodies, Knowledge, and Commerce in a Global World”  

Moderator:  Bob Morrissey (History)

There will be a reception following the lecture.


Friday, May 2


8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dianne Harris, IPRH Director

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address
Catriona Sandilands (Professor and Canada Research Chair in
Sustainability and Culture, York University)
“Encountering Plants: Entanglements and Embodiments.”

ModeratorWilliam Sullivan (Landscape Architecture)

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.

Jenn Thomas (IPRH Graduate Fellow 2013–14 / Landscape Architecture)
“Landscape as Practical and Therapeutic Setting for Nineteenth-Century New York State Insane Asylums”

Aaron Carico (IPRH Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013–15 / English)
“On Slavery’s Remains and the American Voice of the Southern Frontier: A Literary Ecology”



1:00 p.m.

Keynote Address
Linda Nash (Associate Professor, History, University of Washington)
“From Purity to Risk:  Constructing Bodies and Health through Regulation in the Twentieth-Century US”

Moderator:  Paula Treichler (Professor Emerita, Institute of Communications Research / Media and Cinema Studies)

2:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:30 p.m.

Zachary Poppel (History)
“The Nature of Study Abroad: Rural Universities and the Management of Exposure in Postwar Sierra Leone”
Leslie Reagan (History / Gender and Women's Studies) “From Trees and Jungles to People: Agent Orange, 1963–Present”

Roderick Wilson (IPRH Faculty Fellow 2013–14 / History / East Asian Languages and Cultures)
“Risky Business: Japan’s Nuclear Power Industry and the Fukushima Disaster”


4:00 p.m.

Coffee Break



4:30 p.m.

Keynote Address                                               
Jim Endersby (Reader in the History of Science in the School of History, Art History and Philosophy, University of Sussex)
“Models and Metaphors, Orchids and Primroses:  When, Why and How Is a Person Like a Plant?”

Moderator:  Samantha Frost (Political Science / Gender and Women's Studies)