Sustaining the seas has an exciting line up

Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis joined the Gender and Cultural Studies program in 2015 after holding various teaching and research positions at universities in Canada, the UK, and Sweden. She is Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press), a Key Researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute and co-convenor of the Composting: Feminisms and the Environmental Humanities reading group hosted at the University of Sydney. She is also a founding member and University of Sydney contact faculty for The Seed Box: A MISTRA-FORMAS Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (a transnational research consortium based at Linkoping University, Sweden).

Sustaining the seas has an exciting line up

Michael Adams

Michael Adams teaches and researches at the University of Wollongong, and before that worked for environment NGOs, the national parks service and Aboriginal organisations. His focus is on human-nature relationships, especially with Indigenous and local communities, and he likes full-immersion methodologies. He was born in India, and spends lots of time outdoors in Australia, India, the USA and arctic Scandinavia; in the ocean and in the bush.

Sustaining the seas has an exciting line up

Jennifer Mae Hamilton

Jennifer Mae Hamilton is a postdoctoral research associate divided between the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, funded by the Seed Box: A Mistra+Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory at Linköping University, Sweden. Her research blog is here. With Astrida Neimanis she co-convenes the research group Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities. She also teaches ecocriticism at New York University, Sydney and her first monograph, This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear is out with Bloomsbury Academic.

Sustaining the seas has an exciting line up

Sue Reid

Susan Reid is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, researching ocean relationalities and juridical imaginaries. She is an arts developer, curator, and lawyer, and is active with a number of environmental advocacy groups.

Plenary

Embodying the Ocean (Writing on the Sea)

How do we embody the ocean? From our evolutionary fishy beginnings to the saltblood that travels through our veins, from our mammalian diving reflex to the watery mass that mostly comprises our human forms, our material and metaphoric connections to the seas invite contemplations on mortality, more-than-human kinship, human exceptionalism, and planetary health, among many other concerns. At the same time, an embodied intimacy with the ocean is always complicated by questions of alterity, unknowability, distance and scale. This panel uses writing practices such as lyrical theory, creative non-fiction and ficto-criticism as methods for grappling with these and related questions.

Organised by Astrida Neimanis with panelists: Michael Adams (Salt Blood), Jennifer Mae Hamilton (I drain east to the Pacific), Astrida Neimanis (What these waters remember), and Sue Reid (Soft flesh fallen heavy from the ocean).

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