Cosponsored Event

Metamorphosis and the Environmental Imagination, from Ovid to Shakespeare

Friday, October 11, 2019–Saturday, October 12, 2019
12:00 am PDT

Royce Hall, Room 314
10745 Dickson Plaza

Narratives of metamorphosis, from human into other living and mineral forms, have long provided an important tool for thinking through the complexities of our relationship with the world around us. From Ovid to David Cronenberg, thinkers and artists have used the trope of physical transformation to figure the ways in which human and non-human agencies have evolved from and adapted to one another in a relationship characterized by fluctuating perceptions of friction and symbiosis, distance and proximity. This conference seeks to locate the theme of metamorphosis in the early history of the western environmental imagination, from Classical antiquity to the Early Modern period; and to explore the ways in which the various cultural and historical manifestations of metamorphosis from this earlier period resonate with the environmental approaches and concerns of our present day.

Organized by Francesca Martelli (Associate Professor of Classics, UCLA) and Giulia Sissa (Distinguished Professor of Classics and Political Science, UCLA).