Festival Nature Through her Eyes, VII Academy: Interview of Bénédicte Meillon

The Nature: Through Her Eyes festival was a special event with free admission celebrating and highlighting women’s roles in storytelling about nature and the environment, including writers, photographers, filmmakers, as well as camera and sound operators.

The festival was held in Perpignan, France from October 18-21st, 2019 with presenters from the media, literature, academia and research, and legal and commercial worlds. Programming included professional workshops, seminars, film screenings, and mentoring, and these videos offer a glimpse into the 4 days of exciting events.

The UPVD was a partner of the event.

Bénédicte Meillon is Associate Professor at the University of Perpignan, where she teaches literature and literary translation. She runs the ecocriticism and ecopoetics research group at the University of Perpignan Via Domitia and has organized two international conferences in Perpignan “Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth” June 2016, and “Reenchanting Urban Wildness: To Perceive, Think, and Live with Nature in Cities”, June 2019. Bénédicte is on the Advisory Board for EASCLE (European Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)and with the help of Dr. Margot Lauwers, she has created a network and Internet Platform dedicated to ecopoetics and ecocriticism (https://ecopoetique.hypotheses.org/). Her research explores ecopoetics of reenchantment, focusing mostly on neoregionalism, on magical realism, mythopoeia, ecofeminism, with close attention to the interactions between nature, cultures and the texture of language itself.

Learn more about the festival at: www.naturethroughhereyes.com


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