Narratives of Climate Change Symposium

Narratives of Climate Change Symposium
Narratives of Climate Change Symposium

Principal speaker

Ms Sally Abbott

Other speakers

Prof Nathan Bindoff, University of Tasmania Tim DeChristopher, Climate Disobedience Center Sue Higginson, Principal Solicitor, NSW Environmental Defenders Office Prof Lesley Hughes, PVC, Macquarie University Dr Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Researcher Dr Anne Poelina, Managing Director, Madjulla Inc Emeritus Fellow, Prof John Reid, The Australian National University Aidan Ricketts, Southern Cross University Dr Jason De Santolo, Researcher Prof Christopher Wright, University of Sydney

Griffith University in conjuction with the University of Newcastle and Southern Cross University are pleased to present the Narratives of Climate Change Symposium. This symposium will be an interdisciplinary collaboration inspired by the possibility that the gap between scientific knowledge and effective political, legal and social action can be bridged by alternative forms of narrative, incorporated into and developed by artistic creations, works of fiction, social and other media, performances of all types including theatrical, activist and absurdist, visionary planning and innovative litigation such as the Children's Trust lawsuits. In this collaboration, we envisage a partnership in which representatives from different communities and across academia work with diverse narratives, in particular the scientific narratives, to develop ways to ignite the public imagination and bring about effective action on climate change.

The collaboration acknowledges and seeks to support First Nations peoples' ways of knowing and being, diverse forms of story-telling, and collaborations that support pluralistic, flourishing lifeworlds, both human and more-than-human.

The insidious process of cognitive dissonance renders many scholars incapable of contributing their expertise to the critical issues of our times, such as climate change. The academy continues to labour within the confines of coloniality and within a politics of knowledge which transforms subjects worthy of our moral consideration into objects and thus contributes to social alienation and political disempowerment. To paraphrase Mary Midgely, we are not aliens on a strange planet: our history and biology, which place us here, ensure that the facts of this planet have abundant meaning for us.

Abstracts for symposium due 31 March.

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RSVP on or before Friday 29 June 2018 , by email, or by phone 02 49217204

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