Reading Environments 2019: Landscapes, Waterscapes, Wastescapes

Wednesday, 6 March
2019, 4.00 - 6.00PM

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Seminar Room 226, John Woolley Building

University of Sydney


After a memorable 2018 series, Reading Environments returns to extend our discussion of key concerns in the Environmental Humanities.

Our first four meetings of the new year engage diverse matters and diverse methods, in Australian and international contexts. Aesthetics, fiction, ethics, the plastic arts, ecofeminism, photography, environmental education, and radical hope: these and more will intermingle in manners productively conversant, and productively discordant.

Reading Environments is sponsored by the Sydney Environment Institute, and as always, we welcome attendees from all fields and academic levels, from within and beyond the University of Sydney. We hope you’ll join us.

This month: Landscapes, Waterscapes, Wastescapes

Proposed Readings:

  1. Jill Gatlin, “Toxic Sublimity and the Crisis of Human Perception: Rethinking Aesthetic, Documentary, and Political Appeals in Contemporary Wasteland Photography,” ISLE 22.4 (2015): 717-41.
  2. Tony Birch, “The ghost river,” Griffith Review 42 (2013) (link)

Download the full Reading Environments 2019 Schedule and list of proposed readings.

For more information contact Killian Quigley (killian.quigley@sydney.edu.au), and/or Hal Conyngham (halconyngham@gmail.com).