participants

 

Katja Aglert - Katja Aglert is an independent artist and researcher whose practice – situated in feminist, more-than-human imaginaries – is transdisciplinary in nature, and includes both individual and collaborative projects. Currently she examine through hybrid forms of storytelling how we through the experiences of multi-beings-encounters can investigate what it can mean to materialise perspectives beyond the human centered narratives. She exhibited widely including exhibitions at Marabouparken, Sweden; Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow (RU); Polarmuseet, Tromsø (NO); Biologiska Museet, Stockholm (SE); FLORA ars+natura, Bogota (COL); Museum for Contemporary Art, Santiago (CHL). She teaches regularly at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design. katjaaglert.com

Safdar Ahmed - Safdar Ahmed is a Sydney-based artist, musician and academic. In 2010 he completed his PhD with the Department of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Sydney and his dissertation Reform and Modernity in Islam was published by IB Tauris. Before that, Safdar completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sydney’s National Art School. He is a founding member of the Refugee Art Project, for which he conducts art workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in detention. This organization was founded to facilitate art workshops for detained asylum seekers, and to display their work in public exhibitions. Detainees would be able to express themselves through the medium of art, and to convey something of their experiences to the broader Australian community. The Refugee Art Project aims to deepen public understanding about the asylum seeker issue and the realities of Australia’s detention regime. In 2015 Safdar won a Walkley Award in the Artwork category for his documentary webcomic, Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre

Naama Blatman-Thomas - Naama is a lecturer at the School of Geoscience, the University of Sydney. An urban geographer and ethnographer, Naama’s research engages issues of place, identity and rights in settler-colonial cities. For her PhD, Naama carried out research with Indigenous communities in Israel/Palestine and Australia, exploring entanglements of land and property, housing practices, enacted territorial belongings and activism among Palestinian citizens of Israel and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in north Queensland. Naama’s work has been published in leading geography journals including International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Geoforum. She is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation.

Xan Chacko - Xan Chacko is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working on an Australian Research Council Laureate project, ‘Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security’ at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. She completed a PhD in Cultural Studies with emphases in Feminist Science and Technology Studies from the University of California, Davis. By looking at the material traces of plants found in colonial gardens, botanical art, and seed bank laboratories, Xan investigates the history and practices of scientific research, to propose a re-envisioning of credit in the traditional forms of authority and credit in science.

Sophie Chao - Sophie is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney’s School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Charles Perkins Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Oriental Studies (First Class) and a Master of Science in Social Anthropology from The University of Oxford and a PhD (Cum Laude) in Anthropology from Macquarie University. Sophie’s research explores the intersections of capitalism, ecology, and indigeneity in Indonesia, with a specific focus on changing interspecies relations in the context of deforestation and agribusiness development. Her current research deploys inter-disciplinary methods to explore the nutritional and cultural impacts of agribusiness on indigenous food-based socialities, identities, and ecologies. Sophie's research interests include human-plant relations, multispecies ethnography, race and human difference, ontological anthropology, biocapitalism, colonial and postcolonial studies, post-humanism, phenomenology, and the senses.

Ute Eickelkamp - Ute Eickelkamp is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney. She has conducted long-term research with Anangu families in Central Australia, most recently on the relationship between shifting conceptions of 'nature' and subjectivity (as an ARC Future Fellow). In the making is a new collaborative research on the ecological imagination in a deindustrialising working class milieu in Germany. Her work engages philosophical anthropology and psychoanalytic ethnography.

Ann Elias - Ann Elias is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney, and a Key Researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute. Research interests include: camouflage as a military, social and aesthetic phenomenon; flowers and their cultural history; coral reef imagery and the underwater realm. Books include Camouflage Australia: Art, Nature Science and War (2011). A new book, Coral Empire, is due for publication by Duke University Press in May 2019.

Liam Grealy - Liam Grealy is postdoctoral research fellow in the Housing for Health Incubator at the University of Sydney. His incubator research is concerned with housing policy and permeable housing in northern Australia and southeast Louisiana. Other research interests include media classification systems, higher degree research supervision, youth, and criminology.

Julia Horne - Julia Horne is associate professor in the department of History and University Historian at the University of Sydney. She writes on the history of higher education, women and war, as well as the history of landscape and travel. She is author (some co-authored) of six books including the The Pursuit of Wonder (MUP, 2005), Sydney the Making of a Public University (with Geoffrey Sherington, MUP 2012), Preserving the Past: The University of Sydney and the national unified system 1987-96 (with Stephen Garton, MUP, 2017) and is co-director of Beyond1914.sydney.edu.au.

Patrick Horton - Patrick is a PhD candidate with the University of Sydney’s Department of Anthropology. His research in concerned with the everyday impacts and experiences of hyperincarceration for Aboriginal people living in remote Northern Territory communities.

Zsuzsana Ihar - Zsuzsanna Dominika Ihar is a HDR scholar in her infancy, still wide-eyed when it comes institutional frameworks. She is interested in the forms of storytelling which emerge from, and within, militarised ecologies, and the potential in storying more-than-human scales when it comes to conflict narratives. Her work hones in on the afterlife of military debris and the reanimation of matter, often deemed damaged or unrecoverable, by local communities. In tracing the discarded and leftover objects which continue to be entangled in networks of both contamination and livability, she hopes to suggest an ambivalent reading: where matter is seen to circulates in unruly ways, overriding conclusive narratives which either end with a damaged landscape, or otherwise, spotless recovery.

Anja Kanngeiser - Dr Anja Kanngieser is a political geographer and sound artist. They hold a Vice Chancellors Research Fellowship in Geography, University of Wollongong, Australia. They are the author of Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013), and have published in interdisciplinary journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Progress in Human Geography and Environment and Planning D. Anja’s work looks to the intersections of political economy and ecology, sound and social movements; their current projects use oral testimony, field recording and data sonification to amplify community responses to ecological violence and environmental change in Oceania. http://anjakanngieser.com/

Caren Kaplan - Caren Kaplan is Professor of American Studies at the University of California at Davis. Her research draws on cultural geography, landscape art, and military history to explore the ways in which undeclared as well as declared wars produce representational practices of atmospheric politics. Recent publications include Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above (Duke 2018) and Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke 2017).

Lindsay Kelley - Working in the kitchen, Lindsay Kelley's art practice and scholarship explore how the experience of eating changes when technologies are being eaten. Her first book is Bioart Kitchen: Art, Feminism and Technoscience (London: IB Tauris, 2016). Bioart Kitchen emerges from her work at the University of California Santa Cruz (Ph.D History of Consciousness and MFA Digital Art and New Media). Her published work can be found in journals including parallax, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Angelaki, and Environmental Humanities. Kelley is currently undertaking a project about biscuits called ‘Tasting History,’ funded by an Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Joshua Kim - Joshua Kim aka Kim Keedin, is a multimedia artist practicing the 'any medium necessary' method. Kim has a BFA (University of Washington, Seattle) and MFA (University College London, Slade) in photography, and creates non-camera centered, but camera contextualized art experiences. His intention for the audience is to experience a trans-media exploration of collective and individual memories in materials and ephemera.

Gabi Kirk - Gabi Kirk is a PhD student in Geography, Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory & Research, at University of California, Davis. Working between political ecology, feminist studies, and transnational settler-colonial studies, her dissertation project examines how Palestinian farmers and sustainable development institutions in the northern West Bank use agro-ecological practices in order to challenge normative notions of indigeneity and sovereignty. She is interested in the militarized landscapes and infrastructures of settler-colonial societies. She also has a project examining the transnational circuits of racial capitalism through agricultural scientific expertise between California and Palestine-Israel.

Tess Lea - bio coming soon!

Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks, ‘Snack Syndicate’ - Snack Syndicate is Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks. They are a critical art collective that produces installations, video and sound work, texts, and talks. They have exhibited/presented at Artspace, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the TarraWarra Biennial, the Biennale of Sydney, Liquid Architecture, Alaska Projects, and the NOW now. Recent work has looked at bodies and their regulation/mediation via pharmacopornographic technologies (Little Pharma, Artspace Ideas Platform, 2016) and psychoanalysis (Cold Cuts, Alaska Projects, 2017), surveillance and fashion (Camel Coat, Firstdraft, 2018), and infrastructure (Infrastructural Inequalities, Artspace Ideas Platform, 2018).

Megan MacKenzie - Megan MacKenzie is a Professor of Gender and War in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research is broadly aimed at reducing war; it bridges feminist theory, critical security studies, and critical/post development studies. Megan has contributed research on topics including sexual violence in war, truth and reconciliation commissions, military culture, images and international relations, and women in combat.

Talei Mangioni - Talei Luscia Catherine Mangioni is a Pacific studies PhD student, writer and artist. Talei was born and raised on Gadigal land of the Eora Nation, and is of Fijian (Rewa, Namosi), Samoan (Lotopa) and Italian (Poggioreale) descent. She focuses on legacies of toxicities in Oceania left by the “government-research-military” networks of American, British and French empires. Using Pacific research frameworks of t?-v?/vanua/kakala to counter foreign impositions of nuclear colonialism and militarism in the region, her current scholarship and film practice aims to chart the loose and shadowy anti-imperial networks of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement through historical ethnography, weaving archival records and material objects, with oral histories of activists and artists.

Robert Moeller - bio coming soon!

Astrida Neimanis - Astrida Neimanis is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, on Gadigal land. Often in collaboration with other artists, writers, and makers, her work examines water, weather, and bodies, from intersectional feminist perspectives. She is co-editor of Thinking with Water (MQUP 2013) and author of Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (Bloomsbury 2017). She is also a Key Researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute, Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities and with Jennifer Mae Hamilton, co-organiser of the COMPOSTING feminisms and environmental humanities reading and research group.

Helary Ngo - Boi Huyen (Helary), Ngo researches and writes connecting issues around the environmental humanities with the lived experiences of Vietnamese Australian migration. She completed her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. Titled ‘Memory and water: A Vietnamese Australian family’s sense of loss and homeliness,’ the dissertation was about the poetic presence of water within Vietnamese Australian memories. She teaches in UTS for the Faculty of Social Science and is a research assistant in Macquarie University for the Department of Geography and Planning, researching climate change and migration in Vietnam. Her writings encompasses materialities, species and relationships interconnected to water: ranging from water contamination, floods, water buffalos, fishing, boats, drowning.

Clare Nicholson - Sydney-based artist Clare Nicholson is a PhD candidate researching epigenetics and maternal-foetal programming at UNSW Art & Design. Recognising the increasing obsolescence of artmaking skills, Nicholson combines traditional sculpting methodologies with the theoretical lineage of material feminism in order to rewrite historical obstetric and gestational anatomical models. Through this Nicholson’s practice visually articulates not simply exterior environmental influences impressing upon and imprinting corporeality, but the entanglement and fusion of political, geographical, racial, biological and technological agencies that shape and reproduce bodies, suggesting the complexity of maternal life circumstances and lived experiences.

Justin O’Brien - Justin O’Brien is currently employed as Chief Executive Officer, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, a role he has held since October 2008. He was previously the Senior Policy Adviser to the Northern Land Council and a Senior Policy Adviser with the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister. Justin has worked extensively with Aboriginal communities and has published and presented widely on the history and impact of uranium mining on Mirarr Gundjeihmi country.

Natalie Osborne - Natalie is a Lecturer in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, lecturing and researching in the fields of critical human geography and urban and environmental planning. Informed by feminist and subaltern epistemologies, her work is collaborative and community-based, and she is committed to scholarship that engages, collaborates, and conspires beyond the university. Her current research program explores questions of hope, despair, grief, ecological anxiety, political depression, and storying futures in the Anthropocene. She is a co-producer of Radio Reversal, a weekly critical theory and politics radio program broadcast on 4ZZZ 102.1FM.

Elspeth Probyn - Elspeth Probyn is Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She has published several ground-breaking monographs including Sexing the Self (Routledge, 1993), Outside Belongings (Routledge, 1996), Carnal Appetites (Routledge, 2000), Blush: Faces of Shame (Minnesota, 2006), and Eating the Ocean (Duke, 2016). She is currently co-editing Sustaining Seas (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming), and building a new project on fish markets, gender, ethnicity and labour in the Global South.

Taylor Redwood - bio coming soon!

Sertan Saral - Sertan Saral is a PhD candidate with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. He is interested in the discursive force of military service as a type of gender performativity and cultural capital; as a regulatory norm that stratifies bodies within society along identity markers; and as having a generative and inheritable quality which reproduces and perpetuates war-making. His current project is considering these ideas within two sites in the United States where militarism and democracy are entangled: memorials dedicated to military veterans in Washington DC and Mt Vernon IL, and military veterans who run for public office.

Toby Smith - Toby Smith is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis. Working across and between the disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, and Science & Technology Studies, Toby's dissertation project, Infrastructures of Invisibility: Habitable Forms and Everyday Materiality at the Seams, seeks to understand the connections between landforms, people, and practices of dwelling and movement that emerge under shifting conditions of visibility, temporality, and permanence at the margins of urban spaces. Toby’s attention to the spatial and material dynamics of space- and place-making is informed by various modes of sensorial engagement. When he is not researching you may find him riding his bike or attempting to meet the demands of his cat, Ben.

Michelle St. Anne - Michelle St Anne is the Artistic Director and founder of The Living Room Theatre where she has produced, created and performed in 22 original theatrical works in almost two decades. She identifies herself as a theatrical visual artist as her palette lies in the corridor of several artforms, and she delights in collaborations across genre, disciplines and industry. Through her body of work she has come to develop a methodology ‘Composing Self’ inspired by compositional frameworks from music where she has found a larger family in Europe who all possess similar lines of inquiry and methodology – known as Composed Theatre. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts 2003, Actors’ Centre Australia and the University of New South Wales. Michelle St Anne is the Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute  at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney.

Jennifer Terry - Jennifer Terry is Professor and Chair of Gender & Sexuality Studies at UC Irvine, with affiliations in the departments of Comparative Literature and Anthropology. Her books include Attachments to War: Biomedical Logics and Violence in Twenty-First-Century America (Duke University Press 2017), An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society (University of Chicago Press 1999), and two co-edited anthologies, Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture (Indiana University Press 1995) and Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life (Routledge 1997). She has written articles on reproductive politics, the history of sexual science, contemporary scientific approaches to the sex lives of animals, love of objects, and signature injuries of war. Her multi-media study of the relationship between war-making practices and entertainment can be found in an interactive piece called Killer Entertainments. She is currently working on a new research project titled Demented Doctors: Christian Misogyny and the Poisoning of Orange County.

Jessica Urwin - Jessica Urwin is a PhD student in the School of History at the Australian National University. She is interested in new imperial, post-colonial and gendered histories and their intersection with the nuclear weapons regime. Some of her past research has grappled with the gendered and colonial implications of the security rhetoric mobilised by the nuclear weapons regime, while her Honours thesis explored the ways in which imperialism was enacted in Australia through Britain’s nuclear weapons testing program during the 1950s and 1960s. Furthering her exploration of colonialism and imperialism’s interaction with nuclear processes, Jessica’s PhD research focuses upon the ways in which Indigenous Australians have been disproportionately affected by the search for, use, and subsequent disposal of nuclear material in Australia. Her research ties into growing international scholarship on nuclear colonialism.

Peter C. van Wyck - Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University’s Department of Communication Studies, Peter C. van Wyck’s work arises from his multidisciplinary training in forestry, ecological sciences, philosophy, and media studies. He has published widely on environmental themes including deep ecology and nuclear history and culture. Recent writings include The Highway of the Atom (McGill-Queen’s UP 2010); a photographic essay “An Archive of Threat” in Future Anterior (2012); chapters in Thinking with Water and Bearing Witness (both McGill-Queen’s UP 2013); “Theory in a Cold Climate,” a special volume of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (2014); “The Anthropocene’s Signature,” an essay for The Nuclear Culture Source Book (Black Dog, 2017); and “What was the Anthropocene?" for the collection Critical Topographies (forthcoming McGill-Queen’s). Current projects include experimentation with a cloud chamber to photograph radioactive decay from various forms of nuclear waste, and contaminated food from the Fukushima area; a catalogue essay for Mary Kavanaugh’s 2018 photographic exhibition Radium’s Daughters; an essay on fieldwork as method with Julie Salverson; and a monograph entitled The Angel Turns: Memos for the End of the Holocene – completing a trilogy of nuclear themed monographs.