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The Two Canaries Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, the pioneering international treaty on greenhouse gas emissions to which, in December 1997, 192 nations put their signatures. It is the first official conference of the re-envisioned South Pacific branch (SPACLALS) of the Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (ACLALS); and is supported jointly by the University of New England and Flinders University.

The climate is warming, frigid zones melting, seas rising. Yet to date only 75 nations have extended their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol by ratifying the Doha Amendment (2012). There are two kinds of canary in the climate system, sounding advance warnings of climate change – melting Polar Regions and shrinking islands. This conference includes insights from scholars working across the literary imaginings of either/or both.

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Emeritus Professor Geoff Davis University of Aachen, Germany

Geoff Davis is past-president of the umbrella organisaton (ACLALS) and also of its European chapter (EACLALS). He has taught at the universities of Nice, Verona, Trento, Essen, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Innsbruck. His has authored and/or edited approximately 40 books relating to his research interests in Colonial and Postcolonial Writing, Drama and Film, with a particular emphasis on Southern Africa, Canada, and Australia.

Professor Elizabeth DeLoughrey Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth DeLoughrey is founding editor of the online journal, Environmental Humanities. She is the author of the groundbreaking study, Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (2009) 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 (2016). In 2011 she co-organized the Legacies of Pacific Island Militarization workshop and in 2010 the Globalized Islands: Contemporary Literature & the Transnational Encounter conference.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane ARC Future Fellow, School of Humanities and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Elizabeth Leane is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Tasmania, where she holds an ARC Future Fellowship split between the School of Humanities and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. With degrees in both science and literature, she is interested in building bridges between disciplines, and particularly in bringing the insights of the humanities to the study of the Antarctic. She is the author of South Pole: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2016), Antarctica in Fiction (Cambridge UP, 2012) and Reading Popular Physics (Ashgate, 2007) and the co-editor of Considering Animals (Ashgate, 2011) and Imagining Antarctica (Quintus, 2011). A former Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow (2003-4), she is Arts and Literature editor of the Polar Journal and the co-chair of the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. In addition to her Antarctic work, her research areas include the relationship between literature and science and human-animal studies.

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