Dimensions of Contemporary Injustice Masterclass

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Wednesday 20 November 2019
2.00 - 5.00pm

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Room 538, Level 5, Social Science Building, Science Road, University of Sydney



FASS FutureFix Multispecies Justice Research Project

A postgraduate masterclass with visiting scholar Professor Kari Norgaard (University of Oregon).

Questions of gender, racial, Indigenous and environmental injustice lie at the centre of much contemporary social science research. Increasingly, scholars and activists are becoming more attuned to the intersections of these dimensions of injustice, and to the institutional arrangements and power constellations that they share as ‘common cause’.

In this masterclass, we will consider the theoretical frames and methodological approaches that we use to study these dimensions of justice and illuminate their relationship with each other. The objective of the workshop is to share approaches, reflect on each other’s work, and hopefully open possibilities for richer and more productive thinking through this process.

The masterclass will be led by Kari Norgaard, who Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at University of Oregon. Dr. Norgaard’s own research spans gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, social movements and the sociology of emotions. She will present some of the research in her most recent monograph, Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People, which draws on nearly two decades of examples and insight from Karuk experiences on the Klamath River to illustrate how the ecological dynamics of settler-colonialism are essential for theorizing gender, race and social power today.

Postgraduate research student participants will be invited to present a theoretical or methodological idea, discovery, knot or dilemma concerning intersections of injustice arising in their own research. All participants will be asked to send a brief (up to 750 words) discussion of this idea, discovery, knot or dilemma one week before the masterclass and to read those of other participants.

Numbers are limited to 8 students to allow for a rich and intimate discussion. If you are interested, please send an expression of interest to gemma.viney@sydney.edu.au with subject line: ‘Norgaard Masterclass’ by no later than Monday, 4 November.

Your EOI should include:

  •  A description of your research (200 words);
  • The idea/discovery/knot/dilemma you are thinking of bringing (100 words);
  • A brief bio (150 words).

This event is part of the Sydney Environment Institute’s Sites of Violence research project.


Professor Kari Marie Norgaard (B.S. Biology Humboldt State University 1992, M.A. Sociology Washington State University 1994, PhD Sociology, University of Oregon 2003) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at University of Oregon. Dr. Norgaard trained as a postdoctoral fellow in an interdisciplinary IGERT Program on Invasive Species at University California Davis from 2003-2005 and from there joined the faculty as Assistant Professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA from 2005-2011. She joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2011.Norgaard is Past Chair of the Environmental Sociology Section of American Sociological Association and author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life (MIT 2011). She is recipient of a University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award in 2017, the University of Oregon Graduate Mentoring Award in 2011 and the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Practice Award for 2005. Her latest book Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature and Social Action was published by Rutgers


Professor David Schlosberg is a Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses on contemporary environmental and environmental justice movements, environment and everyday life, and climate adaptation planning and policy. He is the author of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). His latest book is Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life, that was published by Oxford earlier this year.

Michelle St Anne is the Deputy Director the Sydney Environment Institute. She oversees the overall operation of the Institute as well as curates a strategic and dynamic outreach programme. Outside of SEI, Michelle is the Artistic Director and founder of the award winning Sydney based theatre company ‘The Living Room Theatre’. She has produced and written over 21 ambitious new works which has had seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2018 she became an Honorary Associate with the School of Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Literature, Art and Media, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of Sydney