2021 Symposium Registration

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Humanities for a Changing Climate

Format: Webinar
Date: 15/11/2021 2:00 pm to 15/11/2021 4:30 pm AEDT

Session Information:

A three part session co-hosted with La Trobe University’s Centre for the Study of the inland.

2.00pm Session one: Conversation

  • Lilian Pearce (Centre for the Study of the Inland) will chair a conversation between Christof Mauch, Rachel Carson Center for environmental humanities, (partner to the pioneering Deutsches Museum, “Anthropocene” gallery 2014-2016, Munich), and Jenny Newell, Climate Projects Officer at the Australian Museum Sydney, whose new exhibition Changing Climate opened in 2021

2.50pm – Session two: Big Weather

  • Big Weather Indigenous Curator, Hannah Presley, will speak about the 2021 exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square

3.00pm – Session three: Roundtable

  • This roundtable will bring together a range of voices from across the environmental humanities. It will include Q & A and an open discussion between participant and audience.
    Libby Robin, FAHA, author of the essay ‘#Arts for Survival’, published in Humanities Australia, 2021 will be participating chair. Speakers: Barry Judd (Indigenous Studies), Susan Martin (Literature), Guy Abrahams (co-founder of CLIMARTE, lawyer and business leader), Graham Tulloch FAHA (Editor Humanities Australia), Katerina Teaiwa (Arts practice in the Pacific), and Anita Smith (World Heritage in Pacific Islands).

Listening to the Ancestors

Format: Webinar
Date: 18/11/2021 11:00 am to 18/11/2021 12:30 pm AEDT

Session Information:

Overview:  A session that explores how indigenous traditions of song and dance can inform our responses to current ecological challenges.

This panel comprises four papers, each of which looks at ways in which the ancient traditions of Australian Indigenous wisdom and knowledge embedded in ceremonial song and dance might inform our response to ‘the connected crises of climate change and biodiversity decline’ and the ‘multitude of threats to humanity’ that they pose. Are we able to value and protect these songs and dance tradition? Are we capable of the deep listening required to engage with the knowledge and wisdom that they contain? Can we grasp and apply what they have offer us in the midst of the present environmental crisis?


Allan Marett
Clint Bracknell
Trevor Ryan
Linda Barwick
Linda Payi Ford
Sally Treloyn
Matthew Dembalali Martin
Rona Goonginda Charles

Emerging Insights in the Environmental Humanities

Format: Webinar
Date: 19/11/2021 11:00 am to 19/11/2021 12:30 pm AEDT

Session Information:

Overview: In this session a group of early and mid-career researchers from a range of disciplines will present a key insight or idea from their research. Themes include oceans, drought, international policy and pastoral poetry, and the geographic spread extends from Australia to the Himalaya.


Lesley Head
Stephen Muecke
Alessandro Antonello
Sophie Chao
Diana Barnes
Ruth Gamble
Stephen Zagala
Ruth Morgan
Michelle Langley
James Dunk
Lauren Tynan

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.