Reflection on the Anthropocene

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013

Thom van Dooren: I recently wrote a short reflective piece on the anthropocene, prompted by an encounter with an albatross. ____ “As we approached this beautiful Laysan albatross nesting on the north shore of the island of Kaua’i, he stood to greet us. He may have been proud of his best essay writer egg and wanting to show it to us, but it is perhaps more likely that he was familiar with the routine of human visitors and knew that if he didn’t stand someone would soon start fishing around underneath him to check his leg band and inspect his egg. Wanting to get it over and done with,...

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Why More-than-Human Participatory Research?

Posted by on May 15, 2013

Michelle Bastian: This is an excerpt from a post that originally appeared on the More-than-Human Participatory Research project blog, which explores the theory behind the project. Our aim is to bring participatory research paradigms into conversation with work on more-than-human communities. ____ Inspired by a variety of feminist epistemologies, as well as emancipatory movements from South America and Africa (e.g. Freire 1970 [PDF]), the central components of the co-production agenda have been the desire to support the inclusion of marginalised voices in the research process, to make...

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Part of the feast: The life and work of Val Plumwood

Posted by on May 7, 2013

A celebration of the life and legacy of Australian environmental philosopher Val Plumwood, who was almost killed by a saltwater crocodile in Kakadu National Park in 1985. ABC broadcaster Gregg Borschmann leads this conversation with anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose, editor Lorraine Shannon, curator George Main and crocodile expert Grahame Webb, talking about Plumwood’s work and how it helps us understand our — and the crocodile’s — place in the world. Recorded at the National Museum of Australia on 7 May 2013, in conjunction with the launch of ‘The Eye of the...

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Night falls heavily in Sydney these days

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012

Two years ago I began investigating flying foxes and the people who rescue, foster, and rehabilitate them, and serve as their advocates. I didn’t (or couldn’t) imagine that Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens’ proposal to expel the flying foxes would be given ministerial approval. However, the programme of intense harassment, designed to protect heritage trees in which flying foxes were camping by forcing the animals out, was approved. Animal ethics protocols were established, and a costly program of monitoring was implemented. Co-existence didn’t seem to be a scenario the Garden was...

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