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Dr Tracey Benson
ANU Professional Associate of Institute of Applied Ecology UC
Transdisciplinarity, cross-cultural knowledge, sustainability behaviour change, augmented reality, renewables. Website http://www.bytetime.com
Fiona Edmonds Dobrijevich
University Technology Sydney
Practicing artist. Research interests: Oceanic Imaginary, Human/animal relations, cultural and material understandings of the ocean.
Dr Anne Elvey
Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University
I am a researcher and poet with interests in ecological criticism, theology, biblical literature and ecopoetics. Honorary Research Associate, Trinity College Theological School & Member of the Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, University of Divinity Managing Editor, Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. Chief Editor, Melbourne Poets Union.
University of Bern, Department of English, Switzerland
I am both a visual artist and an academic researching contemporary English literature. In both disciplines, my area of interest is in ecocriticism, biosemiotics and the way manifestations of an environmental consciousness might intersect with models of human community and sociality. My paintings, in particular, ask after the connection between the social contract and environmental impact.
Dr. Johanna Garnett
University of New England, Armidale
Environmental peace, environmental humanities, connection to place and local epistemologies.
Dr Greg Pritchard
My 2004 PhD from Deakin was an ecocritical reading of whaling texts, of which the main feature was a Schopenhauerian reading of Moby Dick. I subsequently did my Masters at RMIT in Shadows and Performance. My writing, visual art and performance is influenced by Environmental Philosophy, Schopenhauer, and contemporary non-human philosophies.
University of Sydney, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
I’m an PhD candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. I’m also a writer and poet. My dissertation project uses an Environmental Humanities approach to explore urban ecological development and high-tech sustainable solutions. Across my research and creative works, I am interested in looking for the agents that enact sustainable story-making and may open up some other possible futures.
Dr Robert Crocker
Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia
I teach history and theory of design and design for sustainability at the University of South Australia. My background is in the (early modern European) history of science, religion and philosophy, and my current research interests focus on the relationship between consumption, waste, sustainability and design. My most recent publication was Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Design and Sustainability (Greenleaf / Routledge 2016), and I am the co-editor of two new collections of essays, currently in press, Subverting Consumerism: Reuse in an Accelerated World (Routledge) and Unmaking Waste: Towards a Circular Economy (Emerald). I am very keen to support the environmental humanities (and its variants) in any way I can.
Massey University College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi
I am a visual artist and current PhD candidate at Massey University in Wellington NZ. I work with experiential and participatory art practices to address relationships of domestication as a site of human/nonhuman interaction. My research posits and sets out to test the veracity of a working methodology that deliberately cultivates a hopeful space for imagining and feeling, in tandem with intellectual and informational research. This is a working hypothesis in two parts; firstly, navigating a methodology through which to nurture re-imaging; through the ‘mindful fostering of a practice of durational, conceptual and intellectual holding-back from familiar ways of perceiving’. With the hope that I might open these relationships for re-negotiation on new terms, understood experientially and viscerally, as well as intellectually. Part two of the hypothesis is that an immersive art experience might hold open such a space for a viewer and encourage an attitude of observant waiting and active reimagining in relation to nonhuman entities.
Honorary Research Fellow, Australian National University; Environmental Humanities Switzerland
I am an ecologist and environmental photographer with a particular interest in the fungal and the spineless. Other areas of research interest include environmental history, ecocriticism, Australian literature, forest ecology, conservation and other field-based research.
Dr Sarah Edwards
Sarah Edwards is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Her PhD research – The Museum Hummingbird: Transforming Nature, Creating Wonder – took its inspiration from the methods used by natural history museums to prepare specimens. By appropriating these transformative processes, Sarah questioned our relationship with nature as mediated through natural history collections. Experimenting with light and sound, Sarah’s artwork examines pre-sixteenth century concepts of the world as represented through mythology, alchemy and poetry. Framed by Foucault’s seminal The Order of Things (2007), Sarah reflects on systems that ascribe meaning to the natural world.
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.
Michael Chew is an sustainability educator, community cultural development practitioner and photographer, with longstanding passion for environmental sustainability and global justice. He co-founded the NGOs Friends of Kolkata and Friends of Bangladesh and the Melbourne Environmental Arts Festival, and has ran participatory photography projects across Asia. Michael is completing a PhD in the use of photography for stimulating grassroots environmental action between Bangladesh and Australia. His research interests include eco-phenomenology, eco-psychology and participatory photography.
Prof. Michael Adams
University of Wollongong
Michael Adams writes about humans and nature, and is Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Wollongong,. His research has examined relationships between Indigenous peoples and conservation, and recent work examines freediving and oceans. His work is published in Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Guardian, Griffith Review and academic journals and books. His essay ‘Salt Blood’ won the 2017 Calibre Essay Prize.
Poet and environmental activist. Has written extensively on the Snowy River.
Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU Canberra; Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia, Canberra AND Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm.
Dr. Thom Van Dooren
Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities
My research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and conservation. My most recent books are Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia University Press, 2014), and Making Worlds with Crows: A Multispecies Ethics (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). More information on my work is available at: www.thomvandooren.org.
Dr. Rod Giblett
School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University
My interests are in the transdisciplinary environmental humanities drawing on literature, history, philosophy, theology and cultural studies. I am the author of 14 previous books, 12 of which are in eco-criticism, eco-cultural studies and the environmental humanities. My latest own-name book is Cities and Wetlands (Bloomsbury, 2016). My next own-name book is on environmental theologies in the Routledge environmental humanities series (2018). I am also writing creatively and publishing in the area, including rewriting the legend of St George and the Dragon from an environmentally and animal friendly point of view for children and adults. With Dr John Ryan, I am co-editing and contributing to two collections, one on wetlands culture in Australia and the other on the natural and cultural history of south-west forests in Western Australia. With Dr Alanna Myers, I co-convene the Melbourne environmental humanities group that meets monthly to share papers and work in progress. We welcome offers to present in the non-university and comfortable context of a pub in Melbourne. I have also completed and I am seeking a publisher for a book on the environmental and cultural history of Melbourne. I am Honorary Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. For more information go to: https://muriuniversity.
Dr Dominic Redfern
I create video artworks focussed on the ways our understanding of place as informed by the relationship between social and natural histories. Over the last several years I have worked often around urban waterways where I use studies of plants, insects, microbes and human detritus to examine often overlooked elements of the environment that can tell us important things about how we are enmeshed within ecosystems. These interests are expressed with a self-conscious approach to the technology and culture of the moving image.
Dr Andrew Milner
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University
Andrew Milner is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Monash University. His current research is focused on representations of extreme climate change in science fiction. In 2010 he convened an international conference at Monash around the theme of ‘Changing the Climate’ and in 2011 published its proceedings as ‘Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe’, co-edited with Verity Burgmann and Simon Sellars. His 2012 book ‘Locating Science Fiction’ concludes with an appeal for ‘SF that takes environmental problems as seriously as Cold War SF took the threat of nuclear war’. In 2014 he published a chapter on George Turner’s ‘The Sea and Summer’, the earliest Australian ‘cli-f’’ novel, in ‘Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction’, edited by Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson; and in 2015 he co-authored an essay on ‘Ice, Fire and Flood: Science Fiction and the Anthropocene’ in an issue of ‘Thesis Eleven’ devoted to SF. He and J.R. Burgmann are currently writing a book on ‘Science Fiction and Climate Change’ for Liverpool University Press.
Dr Susan Pyke
University of Melbourne
Susan Pyke teaches creative writing, literature and environmental studies at the University of Melbourne.
Ms. Leanne Thompson
Current UNSW Post Graduate
Leanna is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art (practice-based research) sculpture, environmental, collaborative, art-science, socially engaged art practices.
Dr Deborah Wardle
University of Melbourne
Research for my writing and dissertation explores ways of giving expression to inanimate entities through climate fiction, finding in particular a narrative expression of groundwater’s vulnerability and potency.
Southern Cross University
In the broad field of the environmental humanities and environmental philosophy in the Anthropocene, my key concerns are upon creative practice, everyday life studies, multi-species ethnography and place investigation. Further to these are more specific interests in oceanic studies, blue eco-poetics and ontological studies in consciousness (contemplative science) germane to the poetics (making) of vernacular ecologies as co-creative engagement with the life-world.
Dr. Hannah Schurholz
La Trobe University
My research revolves around two main areas of interest: Postcolonial Literature, death studies and environmental studies on the one hand, and Learning and Teaching research into speaking anxiety and student success on the other hand. I have been exploring the Ophelian sympolic and (em)bodiment of death in contemporary Australian fiction and film, focusing on the representational aspect of the relationship between the dead woman and the natural environment by drawing from the Death and the Maiden trope and the Danse Macabre in particular. My other research addresses speaking anxiety among first-year undergraduate students and how assessment tasks can be better designed to teach speaking and teamwork to students with social insecurities and anxieties.
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. Debbie is a former secretary of ASLEC-ANZ.
University of Wollongong
I am a writer and researcher interested in the representation of climate change in fiction. My ‘novel in stories’ about grief and climate change, The Flight of Birds (2019) is published by Sydney University Press. I am also part of the multi-authored project, 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (Open Humanities Press, 2019), which rethinks creative practice in the Anthropocene.
University of Melbourne
Katherine FitzHywel is a Creative Writing PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. She is exploring how nonhuman animals are represented or misrepresented through the language employed in contemporary Australian poetry, and how poetic language might contribute to the perception and treatment of nonhuman animals.
Dr Julie Collins
University of New England
My research interests include the role of applied theatre and storytelling in evoking empathy and transforming behaviour in environmental and social justice contexts. I am also interested in the performative aspects of Reconciliation, especially in the context of the Myall Creek annual memorial ceremony, and in recreating and decolonising Australian history in performance. I am committed to engaging in research that respects the Indigenous values of Respect, Responsibility, Relevance and Reciprocity, and which is community-based and participatory.
Dr Catherine McKinnon
University of Wollongong
Catherine McKinnon is a novelist, playwright and academic. Her most recent novel, Storyland (2017), was published by Harper Collins. She teaches creative writing and performance at the University of Wollongong. Catherine’s current research investigates climate change and narratives around atomic energies.
She spent eighteen years as a military brat in occupied territories; migrated three times to two different countries, and lives now on an almost self-sufficient micro ‘farm’, in Tasmania, where she taught at the University for seventeen years. She is on the Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Her qualifications are in literature (University of Tasmania), and media (University of Texas). Website www.ca-cranston.com
Associate Professor Ann Elias
University of Sydney
Ann Elias’s relevant expertise lies in the history and theory of visual culture relating to relationships between human and non-human environments. Three projects (and books) on camouflage in war and nature, flowers and botany in visual culture, and representations of underwater ocean environments and coral reefs, bring art, science and popular culture to the study of human environmental impact.
Dr Susan Ballard
University of Wollongong
Su is an art historian and writer from Aotearoa New Zealand exploring the entanglement of nature and machines in contemporary art. Her thought is often infected with concerns for material objects, nonhuman foggy encounters, and wombats. Website http://suballard.net.nz
Dr. Perdita Phillips
Perdita is a contemporary artist and researcher who has worked with termites, stygofauna, rabbits (land degradation), cane toads, salmon gum trees, thrombolites, tammar wallabies, bowerbirds, glacial moraine, urban ecosystems, albatrosses and penguins. Working across media, recurrent themes of attention to ecological processes and a commitment to a resensitisation to the physical environment, are apparent in her practice. Her current work addressing how we can be ‘both’ and ‘and’ at the same time: the role of complicity in social-ecological systems and how to maintain a contingent – yet effective – position as an artist, consumer and great ape. She is interested in transdisciplinary collaborations around anticipatory archives, geological materiality, speculative ecological thought and disaster recovery.
Dr John Stockfeld
Phenomenology of environmental valuing; environmental ethics; articulation of landscape in word and image; deep time and geological history of landscapes.
Charles Sturt University, NSW
Artist | Researcher | Bioregional Human
Practice/Research – Decolonisation and Reinhabitation – environmental mutualism – consilience thinking – critical practices of place – Yindyamarra – bioregional understanding of ‘living well’ within place – new cartographies – domestic history and contemporary practices - environmental-arts practice – arts.
Dr Emily O'Gorman
Emily O’Gorman is an environmental historian with interdisciplinary research interests within the environmental humanities. Her is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes. Currently a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, she holds PhD from ANU and undertook a postdoctoral candidacy at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (2012) and co-editor of Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand (2014, with James Beattie and Matthew Henry) and Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History (2015, with Beattie and Edward Melillo).
Dr. Michael Hewson
Dr Michael Hewson is a teaching and research physical geographer at CQUniversity. Michael is a landscape photographer and currently studying a Master of Letters. In that process, Michael wrote some ekphrasis poetry on some landscape photographs and further intends to undertake a research project in ecocriticism (scope to be determined). The intention is to synthesise; current teaching (including Environmental Policy), a spatial science research focus, and grow an interest in environmental critique in the Arts.
Dr. Elizabeth Leane
I work at the University of Tasmania, and currently, hold a Future Fellowship split between the School of Humanities (English program) and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. My current research is focussed on human engagement with the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean regions. My most recent publication is South Pole: Nature and Culture (2016). My original training is in science, and I also have research interests in literature and science and human-animal studies.
A creative writer currently studying a Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. My current research studies alternative approaches to environment and ecology in science and speculative fictions (SF), focusing particularly on Australian SF. This research is practice-based, and includes a SF novel: Maybe revolution is too strong a word….
I am interested in Australian Literature and environmental politics and ecocriticism. I am especially interested in multicultural writing in Australia and the relationship between multiculturalism and the environment in Australia. I have an interest in allegory and ecocriticism.
A/Prof Andrew Denton
School of Art & Design, Auckland University of Technology
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. I am a former vice-president (NZ) of ASLEC-ANZ.
Dr Julie Shearer
University of New England
Julie Shearer is a Theatre Studies lecturer at the University of New England in Australia. Her career began as a professional actor and theatre-maker in Australia, working with Bell Shakespeare and the QTC amongst others. After a number of years in Ireland, she completed an MA at University College Dublin and obtained her PhD from Trinity College. Her research areas include social geography, political theatre, contemporary Irish and Australian theatre, actor training and Renaissance drama. She is currently working on a book entitled Theatre in Action: A Practical Guide for Students and Teachers of Theatre, Drama and Performance.
Dr Martin Branagan
University of New England
Dr Marty Branagan has written extensively about nonviolent environmental activism in Australia and abroad, including in his 2013 book Global Warming, Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/
Dr Charles Dawson
Charles continues to be fascinated by human responses to rivers, and the metaphorical response to hydroelectric projects.
PhD candidate (Creative writing) La Trobe University, Victoria
Australian literature, rural issues, eco criticism, creative writing.
Dr Sue Lovell
School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University
Dr Sue Lovell teaches into Ethics, Literature and Academic Writing courses in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences in Queensland, Australia at Griffith University. Her research interests include narrative theory, embodiment, affect and performativity in narratives specifically in the field of critical posthumanism. She is particularly interested in developing an understanding posthumanist narratives in terms of subjectivity and identity. The fields of ecocriticism and environmental humanities are becoming increasingly important to Anthropocentric identities. She has published in a range of international journals. Her supervision areas are in areas relevant to discourses of identity formation and narrative work in any form.
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Prof. Susan Hawthorne
Humanities College of Arts, Society, and Education, James Cook University
I work across multiple areas of writing including poetry, fiction and non-fiction (books and academic articles). I have written extensively about ecofeminism, globalisation and biodiversity. My poetry includes work on climate change and human/animal co-existing relationships. My books and poetry have been translated into multiple languages.
Dr. Iris Ralph
English Department, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Dr Caroline Tully
My research examines the archaeology of religion through the phenomenon of the numinous landscape, relationships with other-than-human-persons such as trees and stones, and transpecies communication – particularly between humans, plants, insects and birds – as depicted in ritual iconography from the Bronze Age Aegean, eastern Mediterranean and Egypt. I also have a strong interest in the history of western understandings of “Nature” and in indigenous Australian concepts of the seasons and astronomy. I am interested in thinking through societal models from the ancient world that help promote the re-enchantment of the landscape in western society, as well as aid in the envisioning of contemporary and future worlds that would be able to manifest if governments chose to see the environment as a prestigious brand for themselves and consequently sought alignment with the natural world rather than against it.
Dr. Rick De Vos
Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University
I am an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University and a member of the Extinction Studies Working Group <http://extinctionstudies.org/
Robyn Maree Pickens
University of Otago, NZ
Eco-sickness/eco-wellness – eco-poetics
Dr. Kay Are
University of Melbourne
I am a writer, maker and researcher, thinking through how we might re-vision the material spaces and technologies of writing practice and pedagogy through quantum mechanical precepts. I want to discover what this thinking can do to my writing, and to students’ writing, and to writing as a concept. Alongside this, I hope to learn what writing teaches science: creative writing as a mode of feminist science studies. Part of this project entails investigating models of kinetic and embodied teaching and learning through my employment in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Another part involves writing – conceptual, fictocritical, site-responsive and collaborative writing, and experimental translation. Some of the objects that come out of this research have been published or exhibited around the place, but others aren’t ready yet. (I like the work of making more than I do the work of being out around the place). I am now working on producing one creative and one scholarly monograph, and also a drifting-book, a sea-sponge book – an evolving, community-grown, web-based vision, still open to morphing.
University of Technology, Sydney
Phd student with the UTS Climate justice research centre. My PhD is a feminist ethnographic study of transitions to renewable energy in regional Australia. Research areas of interest include energy injustice, energy democracy, technofeminism, socialist ecofeminism and speculative feminism. I’ve been a climate and social justice activist for a decade and prior to commencing my PhD have worked for a few different NGOs and a federal Senator.
A/Prof Linda Williams
School of Art, RMIT University
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 network. She 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.aspx Linda’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. Linda is a former president of ASLEC-ANZ.
Dr Valentina Gosetti
University of New England
Most of my research so far has been aimed at revaluing the contribution of lesser-known poets, authors, and languages with the longer-term plan to achieve a fairer, more inclusive, and representative literary canon. My main research interests include nineteenth-century French poetry, especially by authors from the provinces of France, and the development of prose poetry. I am also interested in Comparative Literature, French-speaking women poets, and poetry translation, especially into minority languages. With Daniel Finch-Race, I am guest editing a special issue of “Dix-Neuf” on Ecoregions. I am a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of New England (Australia), following my years as a Junior Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, in the University of Oxford. My publications include the monograph ‘Aloysius Bertrand’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’: Beyond the Prose Poem’ (2016), the volume ‘Donne: Poeti di Francia e oltre dal Romanticismo ad ogg’i (2017), a bilingual anthology of French-speaking women poets from Romanticism to the present day, which I edited and translated with Adriano Marchetti and Andrea Bedeschi. My articles on Bertrand, provincialism, autoexoticist provincial practices, the provincial press, prose poetry appear in PMLA, The Australian Journal of French Studies, French Studies Bulletin, Romantisme (with Antonio Viselli), L’Esprit créateur (with Daniel Finch-Race), Revue Bertrand (With E.J. Kent), La Giroflée Bulletin Bertrand, and Dix-Neuf and edited volumes on multilingualism (with Paul Howard) and transnational encounters. I am now working on a book on the importance of Reclaiming Provincialism as an empowering tactic and the role of Provincial Poets in the Making of the Nation in Nineteenth-Century France.
La Trobe University
Ms Georgia Snowball
Federation University Ballarat
University of Melbourne
Freie Universität Berlin