Published 26 November 2019
The Sydney Environment Institute’s annual Iain McCalman lecture celebrates interdisciplinary scholarship, and we are thrilled to announce Dr Dinesh Wadiwel as the 2020 keynote.
Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy here at the University of Sydney, is a lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies and Director of the Master of Human Rights. With a background in social and political theory, he has had over fifteen years experience working within civil society organisations, including in anti-poverty and disability rights roles.
Dr Wadiwel is a research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute and a researcher on the SEI/FASS Multispecies Justice Initiative. He is currently writing a book exploring the relationship between animals and capitalism, building on his 2015 monograph, The War Against Animals.
Dr Wadiwel will explore the impact of animal agriculture on climate, planetary health and justice, and the issues with focussing on individualised responsibility, rather than structural and institutional reform.
“This talk seeks to swing the pendulum from the politics of consumption towards the politics of production. A key focus will be seeking to understand the global “metabolism” of the historically unprecedented expansion of animal-based foods under capitalism.
The industrialisation of production within the context of capitalist economies has led to the mass production of animal foods as a source of profit, producing deep environmental impacts, and simultaneously exposing trillions of animals annually to the violence of intensified farming and fishing. This talk will highlight that thinking about production, rather than consumption, allows us to explore the way the economies and institutions might be enlisted to create a “just transition” away from industrial animal agriculture.”
The Iain McCalman Lecture, created by Michelle St Anne, celebrates SEI co-founder and former co-director Iain McCalman’s generous and compassionate spirit, and his dedication to fostering and pioneering multidisciplinary environmental research. The lectures aim to highlight the work of early to mid-career researchers working across disciplinary boundaries to impact both scholarship and public discourse.
The inaugural lecture was held on February 6 2019, given by Dr Frances Flanagan, 2019 University of Sydney Fellow and research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. Frances’ research investigates the past and future of work, environmentalism, gender and social change and her talk titled, ‘Climate change and the new work order’, explored how the workforce can become a site of social and ecological renewal.