The History and Legacies of Environmental Violence - Research Roadshow 2020

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

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The History and Legacies of Environmental Violence: Research Roadshow
27 November 2020
McDonald Room, Menzies Library

Live + streamed

Welcome, Orientation, and COVID Safe requirements
Carolyn Strange


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Cameron Muir (co-editor of Living with the Anthropocene: love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis (2020), and Karen Downing, author of Tears, Laughter, Champagne: A Story of Friendship Forged Through Fire and Food (2017) – in conversation on each other’s book
(Moderator – Ruth Morgan)



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Anna Raupach – Augmented Tree Rings: Visualising Layers of Time
Deborah Cleland – Restorative Justice in Environmental Regulation: a pathway for healing legacies of harm?
11.45 Lunch


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Julie Rickwood – There’s no music on a dead planet: ‘Green Music’ Australia
Joy McCann – Ice Memory


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Jessica Urwin – Nuclear legacies: considering the history of nuclear colonialism in South Australia
Adam Broinowski – Atomic Bodies: Poetic Negotiations of Toxic Systems


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Hilary Howes – Violence to Country/Violence to Ancestors: Environmental Damage and the Threat to Australian Indigenous Burial
Daniel May – Violence, bushfire, and Indigenous burning practices
Ruth Morgan – Camel culls and the colonial present: controlling territory in the Australian desert


Video + live + streamed

Ngaio Fitzpatrick (artist-activist-curator) and Alec Hunter (soundscape musician) -Requiem for a Reef – video and discussion

Wrap-up and Fellows Pop-Up Bar Reception (Cash bar)

Cameron Muir

Cameron is a writer and environmental historian. His work has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards, the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism, and the Bragg Prize for Science Writing. He's co-editor of the literary anthology, Living with the Anthropocene: Love, loss and hope in the face of environmental crisis (NewSouth, October 2020).

Karen Downing

Karen is currently a visitor at the ANU School of History and a researcher on the Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences project. She has previously served on the Australian Historical Association’s executive committee and as their executive officer. She has authored two books – Restless Men: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 1788–1840 (Palgrave, 2014) and Tears, Laughter, Champagne: A Story of Friendship Forged Through Fire & Food (Obiter, 2018) – and is co-editor with Joanne Begiato and Johnathan Thayer of the forthcoming collection Negotiating Masculinities and Modernity in the Maritime World 1815–1940 (Palgrave, 2021).

Ruth A. Morgan

Ruth is an environmental historian and historian of science at the Australian National University, where she is the Director of the Centre for Environmental History. She has published widely on the climate and water histories of Australia and the British Empire, including her award-winning book, Running Out? Water in Western Australia (2015). She is co-author of the upcoming Cities in a Sunburnt Country: Water and the Making of Urban Australia (Cambridge University Press), and a Lead Author in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment Report 6.

Anna Madeleine Raupach

Anna is a multidisciplinary artist working with moving image, installation and AR, and a Lecturer in Printmedia & Drawing at ANU School of Art & Design. She has a PhD in Media Arts from UNSW Art & Design (2014) and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Montreal and Bandung. She has participated in residencies and research fellowships at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney (2020), the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2018); Bundanon Trust, NSW (2018); Common Room Network Foundation, Indonesia, through Asialink Arts (2017); and the University of Southern California (2016).

Deborah Cleland

Deb is a part-time researcher at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance, working with the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency to understand how restorative justice could be used to get better outcomes in environmental regulation In her academic life Deb works on how regulation can improve quality of life and citizen engagement in our democracy. In her other life she works on how play can do the same thing. Following knee surgery, rehab is still taking a lot of Deb’s time, so she is thinking a lot about the crossovers between restoration, rehabilitation and repair for people and planet.

Julie Rickwood

Julie is a music and performance researcher and practitioner based in Canberra, working at The Australian National University (ANU). Her research has concentrated on popular music and community choirs, examining intersections with cross-cultural exchange and common ground, gender, identity, place, heritage, and the environment.

Joy McCann

Joy is an environmental historian and writer now living in Tasmania. She has an MA in public history from Monash University and a PhD from the ANU School of History where she remains affiliated with the School’s Centre for Environmental History. Her writing encompasses the Southern Ocean, Antarctica and rural Australia, and focuses on human relationships with the non-human world, the ecological humanities, and community-based history and story-telling. Her book, Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean, was published by NewSouth Publishing (2018) and the University of Chicago Press (2019).

Jessica Urwin

Jess is a PhD candidate in the School of History, ANU. Her research focuses on the interactions between nuclear processes and colonialism in South Australia since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Adam Broinowski

Adam is currently based at the School of Culture, History and Language at the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. Adam researches and teaches in Modern and Contemporary History and Politics, with a particular focus on Northeast Asia, and Political Aesthetics. His three year DECRA research project (2013-2016) was on the social and cultural responses to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in the nuclear age. His work is published in a sole-authored research monograph – Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, 2017pb.) – book chapters in edited volumes, peer-reviewed journal articles and popular media articles. Adam is also a professional theatre and film-maker and has worked with many artists in Australia and internationally. Most recently he directed the award-winning production of Metamorphosis at The Street Theatre (2019).

Daniel May

Daniel is an environmental historian in the ANU School of History. His PhD thesis investigates the political and cultural history of Indigenous burning and fire management policy in Australia and the Western United States. He has participated in prescribed burns, worked with Indigenous fire practitioners, and presented to policymakers through bodies including the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre. Daniel has published on bushfire history, the politics of land management, and the integration of predictive modelling into decision-making. @DJMay19

Hilary Howes

Hilary is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at The Australian National University, working on Associate Professor Cressida Fforde's project 'Return, Reconcile, Renew: Understanding the History, Effects and Opportunities of Repatriation and Building an Evidence Base for the Future'. Her research addresses the German-speaking tradition within anthropology, archaeology and ethnology in Australia and the Pacific region during the long 19th century, focusing particularly on the removal and return of Australian Indigenous Ancestral Remains.

Ngaio Fitzpatrick

Ngaio Fitzpatrick is an artist, activist and Visiting Fellow with the ANU Climate Change Institute. Her practice is multi-disciplinary and encompasses site specific installation, performance, video and collaborative music interactions. She has a background in environmentally sustainable architecture and building which informs her practice.

Alexander Hunter

Alex is currently Composition Convenor at the ANU School of Music. He studied composition, double bass, viola da gamba and ethnomusicology at Northern Illinois University, and received a PhD in composition from Edinburgh Napier University. Since relocating to Canberra in 2014 he has taught composition, music journalism, multimedia performance, theory and history, founded the ANU New Music Ensemble and Experimental Music Studio, and co-founded the ANU Laptop Ensemble (LENS). His current practice-led research is based on collaborative multimedia works focussing on climate science communication, including current and ongoing collaborations with artist Ngaio Fitzpatrick.

Carolyn Strange

Carolyn founded the ANU research network, The History and Legacies of Violence, in 2019 with the support of the Research School of Social Sciences. She is a transdisciplinary historical scholar, working in the ANU’s School of History. She has published on the history of environmental determinism and prediction through her research on Griffith Taylor.