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Elizabeth DeLoughrey receives UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship & Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society Fellowship

June 12, 2018

Congratulations to Elizabeth DeLoughrey, who has received two prestigious research awards, the University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society Fellowship at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is the founder and coordinator of the UCLA Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium and is co-editor for the online open access journal Environmental Humanities. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (2007), and co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture(2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment(2011); and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (2015).  Her forthcoming book, Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke University Press, 2018), examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts.

The award-winning project, “Outer Spaces: Imagining the Ends of the Earth,” shows how climate change discourse relies on visualizing three extraterritorial or ‘outer spaces’ as vital to our ecological futures: the atmosphere, the ocean, and the poles. The project is organized around these three spaces, theorizing how literary and visual media work to bring immediacy to a climate crisis that is imagined outside of the ordinary places of human habitation. While many scholars have emphasized the newness and novelty of the Anthropocene, arguing that its visual, narrative, and material effects are unprecedented, Outer Spaces argues that there are vital Cold War origins to how we both understand and represent this new geological epoch. Cold War-era science, in particular, was fundamental to imagining a new epoch of anthropogenic climate change termed the Anthropocene. Turning to artists, writers, and photographers who have produced an ecological imaginary of these outer spaces, DeLoughrey draws from postcolonial methodologies to foreground the history of Cold War empire and to argue for the importance of the environmental humanities in helping us understand the mapping of the planet.  While on fellowship, DeLoughrey will examine the representation of Antarctica and the nuclearized atmosphere by indigenous artists and authors from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Congratulations to Elizabeth DeLoughrey!