Environmental change seems to be happening all around us, and yet voices differ over its causes and consequences. At the same time, our human activity is playing an increasingly significant role in shaping the earth and its future possibilities.
This landmark lecture series will offer a range of talks by leading international scholars in the Environmental Humanities. It will draw on insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and related disciplines and explore the important roles that the humanities can play in addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day.
This Lecture Series is jointly funded and coordinated by the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum.
8 March 2018
Hear from Deborah Bird Rose from the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW, as she examines the intersection of humans, animals and landscape, and the fragility of their relationships in the face of environmental crisis and loss.
23 April 2018
Join Mike Hulme from the University of Cambridge, UK, as he explores some of the many fascinating ways climates are historicized, known, changed, lived with, blamed, feared, represented, predicted, governed and, at least putatively, re-designed.
24 May 2018
Delve into the intriguing possibilities that emerge when art meets biology, as Oron Catts, world-renowned innovator at the intersection of science, nature and art, asks: what is life?
14 June 2018
Explore the histories and future possibilities of Indigenous gardening in the Pacific region with Alice Te Punga Somerville, from the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato.
12 July 2018
Join Catriona Sandilands of York University in Toronto, Canada as she explores a feminist approach to our complex and fascinating relationship with plants.
23 August 2018
University of Alberta's Kim TallBear reviews the narratives of nature that have been central to building and maintaining US empire, portraying Natives as the less-evolved children of nature in need of elimination through massacre or assimilation.
18 October 2018
Take a new look at Australia’s past, through ground-breaking research by Bruce Pascoe, award-winning author of Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?, that reconsiders perceptions of pre-colonial Indigenous Australia.