Movements and Researchers: Defining the Questions

Friday 21 October 2016
9.00 - 5.00PM

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Holme Building, Science Road, University of Sydney


A day for movement activists and university researchers to explore key developments and issues within the environmental movement.

What can movements and scholars learn from one another and, more importantly, what are the key questions we should continue to explore together?

Day one of the ‘Hope in the Dark’  National Environmental Meeting is to get movement activists and university researchers to engage on key developments and issues, from justice to social media to hope and our everyday lives.

This a closed day for NGO staffers, activists and allied scholars. There will be four panels discussing crucial issues for the environmental sector, with key speakers providing their own knowledge and experience on how we can grow as a movement.

We will also hear from our keynote speaker on their work within the environmental movement, and their vision for a future challenged by environmental degradation and climate change.

The day will end with drinks and networking, to be held at the University of Sydney.


Panel 1: Justice and the Environment.

What role does the idea of environmental justice play in recent movement campaigns? How has this important discourse had an impact on groups, and what is unique about environmental or climate justice in the Australian context?

Archie Law, Action Aid
Dinesh Wadiwel, University of Sydney
Lauren Rickards, RMIT
Brendan Sydes, Environmental Justice Australia
Larissa Baldwin, SEED
(chair) David Schlosberg, University of Sydney

Panel 2: New forms of Political Organising – The Impact of Social Media.

How has the rise of social media campaigning engaged audiences – old and new? What lessons can movements learn from recent research on the relationship between new media and political campaigns?

Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney
Carolyn Hendricks, Australian National University
Felicity Ruby, Digital Rights Watch
Kajute O’Riordon, GetUp! Field Director
(chair) Stewart Jackson, University of Sydney

Panel 3: Everyday Life and the Australian Environment

Much environmental organizing now engages practices of everyday life – food, energy, transport, and more. What does this shift (or expansion) from the environment as ‘outside’ to the environment as everyday experience mean for organizing?

Rebecca Huntly, Author
Bronwen Morgan, University of New South Wales
Tania Lewis, RMIT
Kate Johnston, University of Sydney
Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria
(chair) Robert Macneil, University of Sydney

Panel 4: Hope in the Wake of Climate Change

‘This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.’ Rebecca Solnit. Discuss.

Peter Christoff, University of Melbourne
Tim Doyle, Adelaide University
Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll
(chair) Rebecca Pearse, University of Sydney