Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People

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Monday 25 November 2019
3.30 - 5.30pm

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Law School Foyer, New Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney


Join visiting scholar Professor Kari Marie Norgaard, in conversation with Professor Jakelin Troy, as they discuss violence and denial, cultural identity and Norgaard’s latest book Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People.

Once the third largest salmon-producing stream in the Western United States, the Klamath River has, as of 2014, fallen to only 4% of its previous productivity. This gives the once wealthy Karuk Tribe the dubious honor of having one of the most dramatic and recent diet shifts in North America. Unable to fulfil their traditional fishermen roles, Karuk people are now among the most impoverished in the state.

In Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People, noted environmental sociologist Kari Norgaard draws upon 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 expanding theoretical conversations on health, identity, food, race, and gender that preoccupy many disciplines today.

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


Kari Marie Norgaard is 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. Over the past fifteen years Dr. Norgaard has published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, sociology of culture, social movements and sociology of emotions.

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 has two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects one with Prof John Maynard on the history of Aboriginal missions and reserves in eastern Australia and the history of Aboriginal people who were not institutionalised. The other DP is about the practise of ‘corroboree’ by Aboriginal people in the ‘assimilation period’ of the mid C20 in Australia. She is interested in the use of Indigenous research methodologies and and community engaged research practises. Professor Troy is an Aboriginal Australian and her community is Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in south eastern Australia.

David Schlosberg (chair) is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, Payne-Scott Professor, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and pollitical theory – in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. Professor Schlosberg’s more applied work includes public perceptions of adaptation and resilience, the health and social impacts of climate change, and community-based responses to food insecurity. His latest book, Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life, is due out with Oxford in 2019. Professor Schlosberg has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, Princeton University, University of Washington, and UC Santa Cruz, among others.