Elena Fratto (Princeton University), “Metabolic Modernities” (Whitney Humanities Center)

Event time: 
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 3:00pm
HQ 109 (320 York Street) See map
Event description: 
Join us Friday, February 23rd at 3 pm at HQ 109, for a first installment of Eurasian Ecologies Lecture Series Spring 2024. Professor Elena Fratto (Princeton University) will present her current book project, Metabolic Modernities, which situates itself in the field of the environmental humanities and investigates the concept of “metabolism” as energy transformation in Russian literature and culture at the turn of the twentieth century. By employing the concept of “metabolism” as energy transformation, Fratto aims to highlight epistemological continuities between pre-Soviet science and early Soviet imagined futures.

About: Eurasian Ecologies Lecture Series Spring 2024 (Theme: Energy, Metabolism, Waste).

This colloquium, hosted by the Yale Whitney Humanities Center (WHC) Working Group Eurasian Ecologies, aims to foster discussion amongst graduate students and scholars working on ecocritical topics with a geographical focus on Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and/or the Caucasus, regions thus far understudied from an ecocritical perspective. Each workshop will include a brief presentation by a scholar on their current research followed by an interactive discussion of the topic and of broader questions related to the intersection of environmental humanities approaches and the field of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Upcoming events: 

  • March 4 at 4 pm: Mining Narratives in Fin-De-siècle Russia: A Conversation with Colleen McQuillen (USC) – on Zoom (email for the link)
  • April 23rd at 4:40 pm: Economy of Waste in the Post-WWII Soviet Union: a Workshop with Nataliia Laas (Jackson School) (HQ 109)