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Please note: unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

The opening session of this series of events will have two talks and a Q&A that looks at how contemporary literature can be a vehicle for exploring the environmental anxieties of the current times.

Elahe Shabhani will give a talk on the fiction of Don DeLillo which is often preoccupied with how people deal with how to break through an anxiety-filled life, with one character asking “What good is a preciousness based on fear and anxiety? It's an anxious quivering thing”. Dr Stephen Butler will then discuss how Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou subverts the standard tropes of both post-apocalyptic manga and Artificial Intelligence narratives to offer a story that celebrates the human and not so human, even in a drowned world.

This is part of a series of talks 'Apocalypse Now, Then, Soon', focussing on apocalyptic scenarios in a range of media, from realist and dystopian fiction and comics to horror films as grim warnings of the future to come if humanity doesn't start addressing the horrors of climate breakdown. How can we achieve the breakthroughs needed to stem off this crisis? The events will also explore how eco-poetry and eco-criticism can help us establish a proper relationship with the Earth we live in and depend on for the future of Being Human.