Writing the Environment – A Workshop with Prof Tom Griffiths

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10 - 12.00noon, 16 February 2018

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Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney Macquarie University City Campus


In conjunction with a public lecture as part of the HumanNature Sydney Environmental Humanities Lecture Series (15 February 2018), multi-award winning author Professor Tom Griffiths will be leading a writing workshop on 16 February 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss techniques and approaches to writing non-fiction, with special attention to he challenges and opportunities of integrating the environment into historical narratives.

The workshop is open to those working in the Environmental Humanities. Preference  will be given to HDR students and academics from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, and Macquarie University.

In preperation for the discussion, participants will be asked to read some selected work on this topic, which will be circulated one week prior to the workshop. The workshop is free of chareg but places are strictly limited and participants will be selected based on a 100 word expression of interest.

Please submit your EOI here by 1 February 2018 (via google forms)

Professor Tom Griffiths
is the author of Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia (1996), Forest of Ash: An Environmental History (2001) and Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica (2007). His most recent book is the Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft (2016), which was awarded the 2017 Ernest Scott Prize for History and ACT Book of the Year Award. Tom is the W K Hancock Professor of History in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Chair of the Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary Biography and the Director of the Centre of Environmental History at ANU. His books and essays have won prizes in history, science, literature, politics and journalism including the Douglas Steward prize for Non-Fiction the Eureka Science Book Prize and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. In 2014 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

The HumanNature Lecture Series is jointly funded and coordinated by the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum.

Enquiries please contact: emily.ogorman@mq.edu.au