Knowledge Systems Roundtable

Wednesday 18 November 2020
10.00 - 12.00pm

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The University of Sydney

Pushing the boundaries of artistic and scholarly practice, Sydney Environment Institute’s Sites of Violence project continues to explore the forms of violence that surround us, hidden in plain sight. Continuing to apply the transboundary approach to knowledge production and communication, Sites of Violence will be hosting two roundtables in mid-November. These events emerge from a wider project that combines artistic performance and academic scholarship to produce new perspectives and more engaging ways of communicating with each other and with our community.

Each roundtable will be shaped around a particular theme and question and will provide space for thought leaders to discuss these questions in a free-flowing environment of peers. This discussion will guide and ground scenes in the upcoming Sites of Violence immersive theatre work The foul of the air, directed and composed by Michelle St Anne. Sitting in on these sessions to listen and observe will be performers and musicians from this theatre work, who will take both the spoken and unspoken lessons from these roundtables and will interpret key messages through their arts practice. In this way, academic insight will shape the performance as points of discussion are first incorporated into rehearsals and ultimately into the final production to be premiered in early 2021.

In order to understand and dismantle human and non-human experiences of violence, we must begin with the knowledge systems that support and enable cultures of violence. This roundtable brings multiple perspectives into conversation, asking thought leaders from various disciplines to share their insights on the knowledge systems that currently exist, and how we can bring about change.



David Schlosberg 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 has nearly three decades of experience in environmental justice, which is often understood as the experience of slow, ongoing, relentless damage to everyday lives and communities.

Kari 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.

Danielle Celermajer is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research stands at the interface of theories exploring the multi-dimensional nature of injustice and the practice of human rights, focusing on the relational intra-space between human and non-human animals. Along with her multispecies community, she has recently lived through the NSW fires, writing in the face of their experience of the “killing of everything”, which she calls “omnicide”. Danielle is the Research Lead on Concepts and Practices of Multispecies Justice. Her publications include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge, 2009) and The Prevention of Torture; An Ecological Approach (Cambridge, 2018).

Megan Mackenzie is Professor of Gender and War and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. She is also a Research Fellow with the Sydney Environment Institute and as a research lead on the Sites of Violence project. Her research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies. Her book, Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development examines women’s participation in the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and the challenges and insecurities they faced during the post-conflict reintegration process.

Christine Winter is a lecturer in the Department of Government & International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses at the intersection of intergenerational, indigenous and environmental justice. She is the Research Lead on The Re-(E)mergence of Nature in Culture.