We have just finalised the lineup for HumanNature, the inaugural Sydney Environmental Humanities Lecture Series.
The series includes nine esteemed international and domestic speakers. There is one lecture scheduled each month from February through to October.
In May and June of 2016 I travelled to Guam and Rota in the Mariana Islands on a research trip. My focus was the critically endangered aga or Mariana Crow (Corus kubaryi). During the trip I took photos of a range of related things. A few of them are included below.
As my time in Munich is coming to an end I thought I’d share a few photos and an audio clip of the fantastic corvid activity in the courtyard behind the apartment we’ve been staying in.
I’m very excited to announce a symposium to be held in Stockholm later this year: “Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities.”
The event is co-organised by Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh) and me and hosted by The Environmental Humanities Laboratory in the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. It will be on from 2-4 December 2014.
A few days ago Adam Bandt, the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, made a statement connecting the current bushfires in New South Wales with the government’s inaction on climate change. Immediately, critics pounced on the statement. Predictably, Greg Hunt, the Federal Environment Minister, accused Bandt of “politicising human tragedy” (link).
Last week I had the pleasure of launching a new book called Animal Death, edited by Jay Johnston and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Sydney UP, 2013). The little speech that I gave about the book is reproduced below.
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 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, I suspect, he stood as we approached – just long enough for me to snap this photo – and then settled back down on his egg as we passed.”
Read the rest here.