Call for Applications: SEI Accepting Applications to Special Environmental Filmmaking Workshop

Are you writing a PhD or MA in environmental history or humanities, and are interested in the relationship between writing and filmmaking?

The Australia-Pacific Environmental Humanities Observatory will be joining with the ANU’s long-established program of environmental history postgraduate workshops to hold a joint workshop in May 2015 at the University of Sydney. Postgraduate students from all over the country will be eligible to apply for this special filmmaking workshop, with Gregg Mitman.

Visualising environmental humanities and history‘ will be an opportunity for doctoral and masters students within the broad area of the Environmental Humanities to explore how they may communicate the subjects and themes in their field through writing and filmmaking. No prior knowledge or expertise in filmmaking is required.

Students will be expected to participate by speaking, writing and storyboarding elements of their own research, and by doing some preparatory reading in advance. Sessions will be held between Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May.

Course organisers will be Professor Iain McCalman (Sydney Environment Institute, USyd ) and Professor Tom Griffiths (Centre for Environmental History, ANU). Our national and international guest teachers will be environmental historian and filmmaker Professor Gregg Mitman, (University of Wisconsin, Madison), award winning producer and director Moira Fahy, filmmaker Rob Nugent (ANU) and Dr Josh Wodak.


The workshop is designed primarily for doctoral and master students currently enrolled at universities in Australia and New Zealand who are undertaking studies in the field of environmental humanities (broadly defined). The number of participants will be strictly limited in order to facilitate discussion and practical teaching attention. There is no registration fee.

Please provide the following:

1. a brief curriculum vitae

2. two short statements, one describing the subject of your research and the other explaining what you hope to get from the workshop. Together, these statements should not exceed 500 words.

3. documented support for your attendance from your supervisor (a signature or email will do). Send your application via email to by Monday, 16 March 2015.

Financial support will be available to participants from outside Sydney. We will include reimbursement for a return discount economy fare plus a contribution of $180.00 per night to cover your accommodation expenses.

To apply please send all application documents to Marie Mckenzie:

For more information or to follow up on the progress of an application, contact The Sydney Environment Institute:

For more details about the event.