Dr Grace Moore
Grace Moore is a senior research fellow at the ARC’s Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne, where she also holds a lectureship in the English & Theatre programme. Grace is at present working on a book-length study of settlers and bushfires, Arcady in Flames, while developing a research interest in emotions and the environment. Her other projects include work on nineteenth-century dingo-hunting and an edited collection on the Victorian environment. Before arriving at Melbourne in 2004, Grace taught at the University of Idaho, USA and the University of Bristol, UK. Details of her work are available here: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/researchers/grace-moore.aspx and here: https://unimelb.academia.edu/GraceMoore She is also—along with her colleagues—an occasional blogger at www.historiesofemotion.com.
Dr Andrew Denton
Vice President New Zealand
I am a film artist who works with digital, analogue, 360-degree cinema, and interactive time-based media, with a focus on the topic of ecological crisis. My doctoral research, Cinematic Affect in a Time of Ecological Emergency, was situated within a moving image practice that applies methods aligned with essayist cinema and video installation, as well as historical avant-garde film. The project worked from the position that another tactic for progressing discourses around anthropogenic climate and geological change might be poetic or affective modes that are often present in the aforementioned moving image practices. The research produced Crude (2016), an essayist film that attempts to see and hear some of the elusive signs of anthropogenic climate change in order to make what is invisible, visible, to evoke contemplations on the subject of ecological crisis, through affective cinematic devices. I lecture on practice-based/led research methods, and supervise PhD and Masters projects at Auckland University of Technology.
Dr Alexis Harley
Vice President Australia
Alexis Harley lectures in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She’s the author of Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self (Bucknell University Press, 2014), associate editor of Life Writing, and the annotating editor of an anthology of nineteenth-century responses to the life and work of William Blake. Current work concerns how nineteenth-century aesthetics shaped the representation – or disavowal – of species extinction, ecological change, and climate change in that century. She’s also co-editing a collection of essays on bees in nineteenth-century literature and culture.
Associate Professor Linda Williams
Immediate Past President
Linda Williams is Associate Professor of Art, Environment and Cultural Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne http://www.rmit.edu.au/staff/lindawilliams where she leads the AEGIS research is a key researcher at the HfE Mellon Observatory in Environmental Humanities at the University of Sydney, and in 2015 has been invited to be an associate investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/research/researchers/linda-williams.aspxLinda’s research is focused on the interdisciplinary fields of the environmental humanities and studies in human-animal relations – particularly histories of the longue durée, and the contemporary issues of climate change and mass species extinction. Her work on social theory, historical sociology and European philosophy is focused on issues arising from materiality—such as the ontological status of the animal and the nonhuman world in human history, and the connections between cultural history, science and technology. She also has a particular interest in 17th century studies. Her publications can be accessed at: https://rmit.academia.edu/LindaWilliams
Dr Debbie Symons
Debbie Symons is a multi-disciplinary artist who is based in Melbourne. She completed her PhD Anthropocentrism, Endangered Species and the Environmental Dilemma at Monash University in 2013. Symons collaborates with scientific organisations, such as the IUCN Red List to facilitate the statistical data pertaining to her works.
Dr Victoria Team
Victoria Team, MD, MPH, DPH, is a teaching associate at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, and a research fellow at Mother and Child Health Research Centre, LaTrobe University. Her research interests are in the area of women’s health and she is the author of the advanced review, Social and public health effects of climate change in the ‘40 South’, recently published in WIREs Climate Change.
Communications and Newsletter Editor
Alanna Myers is a sessional teacher and researcher in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD, ‘A Pinprick on the Peninsula’: Place, Media and Environmental Conflict at James Price Point, in 2016. Her research interests include environmental communication, indigenous and postcolonial studies, and cultural representations of wilderness and industrialisation. Alanna also works as a communications consultant in the not-for-profit/arts sector and is co-convenor, with Rod Giblett, of monthly environmental humanities meetings in Melbourne.
Emma Davies is a PhD student in Philosophy at the Australian National University. Her PhD is an investigation of how ethics in the human-nonhuman relationship is, and might be, informed by the affects. This project aims to explore connections between ontology, affect, framing and ethics in the human-nonhuman relationship. Broadly, the project aims to explore the plausibility of moving beyond a human centred ethics; more narrowly, examining the roles of the affects, in the ethical encounter between humans andresearch interests include 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Feminism, Ethics, and Environmental
My sculpture takes the form of installations, gallery exhibitions and public art. My work investigates the interdependence of living organisms as an impetus to shift from the anthropocentric gaze to a consideration of other than human life-worlds. I drive toward an awareness of the interconnectedness of species and vibrant earthly matter.
I use materiality to invite the viewer to experience a visceral sensibility, triggering sensual memory along with visual discussion. Working alongside scientific exploration, I trace relationships and states of transformation shared by different life forms, linking micro and macro worlds. By exploring frames of reference, I introduce new ways of seeing cooperation within nature. Informed by current post-humanist philosophical discourse about the Anthropocene, my sculptures and installations use poetic metaphor to offer immersion within the field of interconnected species, organisms and ecological systems.
I work with a diverse range of materials, dependent on the concept. My projects involve experimentation and embrace process as an essential part of the artwork. I like to involve processes of creation and destruction within each project, and to address notions of healing. My vision is to track and learn from symbiotic relationships and develop ideas on collaborative or mutualistic systems, cycles and structures.