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Webinar: Alison Sperling on Weird Queer Ecologies

Please join us tomorrow at 15:15 hrs CET for our next Posthumanities Hub and EBL Webinar. Zoom –

In 2010, Thomas Friedman announced that “Global Weirding is Here” in a widely-cited op-ed in the New York Times. With a nod to environmentalist Hunter Lovins as the coining the term, Friedman’s piece and “global weirding” as a concept have since gained traction across popular media as well as in the academic world, particularly within the environmental humanities. In other words, as an ecocritical category or frame, the weird is neither new nor is it restricted to an historical moment, though it has perhaps acquired a particular cultural currency in the context of an increasing awareness of a climate-changing world.  “The weird” as a broader cultural mode or aesthetic has also maintained attention in cultural studies, literary criticism, philosophy and contemporary art, and has emerged as a possible way to structure our way of related to this unprecedented ecological moment. This presentation will build on the concept of global weirding by introducing queer and feminist studies of affect, aesthetics, and archive in order to enliven the juncture of weird and more established notions of queer ecology.

The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Dr. Line Henriksen (University of Copenhagen)

Welcome to The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Dr. Line Henriksen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) on “Weird Ecologies – Stories from the Void and the Web”!

The seminar takes place on 12 March 2019 at 10:15 – 12:00 in the room HYPATIA at the Department of History and Philosophy (a corridor opposite to the usual seminar location at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Teknikringen 74D, level 5, SE-114 28 Stockholm).


Weird Ecologies – stories from the void and the web

Line Henriksen


In the podcast series Welcome to Night Vale, the host of the show – Cecil Palmer – warns his listeners about the night sky: behind the stars there is nothing at all, he says, and who knows what might be staring back at us from this nothingness? Who knows what will arrive from out of the void? “Fear the night sky!” he concludes, for it is unfathomable. Disregarding Cecil’s impossible but otherwise excellent advice to avoid the night sky at all cost, this seminar explores portrayals of the void in contemporary digital storytelling, focusing especially on the speculative sub-genre of ‘the weird’. In digital weird fiction, the nothingness of the void seems to hint at the limits of human thought and imagination, which makes it a favoured antagonist – but perhaps there is also a promise to the void, as it reminds us that the world is always much more complex than we can possibly know, and the ecologies we form part of much weirder than we can ever imagine? In other words, perhaps what is arriving from out of the void of the night sky is not something to fear, but a promise that the impossible (something arriving from out of nothing) is possible, including – maybe – a more just world?


Line Henriksen is a lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MA in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication, both from the University of Copenhagen, as well as a PhD in Gender Studies from The Unit of Gender Studies at Linköping University. She is the author of the monograph In the Company of Ghosts – Hauntology, Ethics, Digital Monsters (2016), and she has published on the subjects of monster theory, hauntology, creepypasta, speculative fiction and digital storytelling. She is the author of award nominated speculative fiction and a founding member of The Monster Network as well as Queer Death Studies Network.

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