Published 18 November 2020
Never has it been clearer that we humans are embedded in, and ‘in this together’ with all other earth beings.
The impacts of the fires of black summer fell unevenly on different human, animal, and plant lives, but they also exposed the shared vulnerabilities of all living beings and ecosystems, and our many entanglements. Never has it been clearer that we humans are embedded in, and ‘in this together’ with all other earth beings. As loss proliferated, we all confronted the truth that the condition for human life, and beyond this, the possibility of meaning in our lives rests on the worlds in which we are embedded. That humans and the more-than-human world do not exist in distinct and separate realms is inherent to the philosophies and lifeways of many peoples, including those of the First Peoples of this nation. The speakers on this panel will share their understandings and practices of what it means to live in and of an entangled world.
Sophie Chao is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Charles Perkins Centre. Her research explores the intersections of capitalism, ecology, and indigeneity in the Pacific. She is interested in the changing relationships between plants and people across indigenous, corporate, and scientific contexts. Her theoretical thinking is inspired by interdisciplinary posthumanist currents including multispecies ethnography and the environmental humanities, as well as plant science and Science and Technology Studies. Her new project investigates the nutritional and cultural impacts of agribusiness on indigenous food-based socialities, identities, and ecologies.
David King, is a Gundungurra Aboriginal elder from The Gully (Garguree) Katoomba region. He is a member of The Gully Traditional Owners and has founded and sustained five Bushcare groups. In 2015 he was awarded Bushcare Legend of the Year, the highest level of recognition given within the program, recognising sustained efforts over many years. He was also the driving force behind the creation and success of Garguree Swampcare.
Jakelin Troy is the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney. Professor Troy’s research focuses on documenting, describing and reviving Indigenous languages, including her new focus on the Indigenous languages of Pakistan, including Saraiki of the Punjab and Torwali of Swat. She is interested in the use of Indigenous research methodologies and community-engaged research practises. Professor Troy is an Aboriginal Australian and her community is Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in southeastern Australia.
Dinesh Wadiwel (Chair) is a lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, and Director of the Master of Human Rights, with a background in social and political theory. He has had over 15 years of experience working within civil society organisations, including in anti-poverty and disability rights roles.
This is a free event, registration is required due to limited numbers complying with NSW Covid restrictions. For more information, visit the 2021 Sydney Festival website.