Thinking Space Series #5

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Wednesday 27 March, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

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Rm 449, Madsen Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney



School of Geosciences

‘Thinking space’ is an established hour-long seminar series, held throughout the semester by the School of Geosciences. This interdisciplinary series aims to provide a generative space where new research from academics of all stages can be shared within the school as well as to a wider audience. Come along for some lunch time food for thought! All welcome.

This Week

Animal political space: the participation of wolves in the management of human and non-human predators

The author visited Sweden in December to attend a workshop on the constitution of legitimate concerns in processes of participatory governance. She works insights from this conversation into a discussion on how to infuse considerations of multi-species justice into large carnivore management decision-making.

Hélène Le Deunff is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Humanities at the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (University of Sydney). Her thesis explores new ways to think participatory water governance in more-than-human waterworlds.

Geographies of fear: gorilla tourism, securitisation and violence around the Virunga Conservation Area

The author recently returned from twelve months of fieldwork in the Virunga Conservation Area straddling Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo –  last habitat of critically endangered mountain gorillas while infamously holding the title of ‘Africa’s World War’. She wants to shed light on how geopolitics and the lived experiences of individuals living and working for and through the conservation areas, reciprocally interact in creating hierarchical geographies of fear in conservation.

Lisa Trogisch is a PhD candidate at the Political Ecology department of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her project seeks to analyse the contested concept of ‘Peace Parks’ in the Virungas examining the relationship between gorilla tourism, security and violence.

For information, updates and RSVP, contact: nicola.perry@Sydney.edu.au or elizabeth.duncan@sydney.edu.au