COMPOSTING 2018

We post with well wishes for 2018 and an update on our plans.

Firstly, Happy New Year! We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you. Since our launch in August 2015, we have held 22 amazing gatherings; thank you for helping turn COMPOSTING into a generative, affirmative space for thinking feminisms with environmental humanities in so many different ways – by leading reading group sessions, by showing up (whether just once or twenty times), by helping organise events, by suggesting readings, by walkshopping with us, by being feminist-curious, by simply following along from afar and spreading the composty love in ways we don’t even know about! Our sincerest humble thanks. Go, feminist environmental humanities!

Secondly, imminent changes in the working lives of the core organisational duo mean structural changes for the reading group as a whole. Jennifer has taken up a job at the University of New England in Armidale and Astrida is on research leave all year. This means that how we tend to our compost pile will has to be different! We don’t want to let it sit and overheat or dry out, so to speak, so we are hoping others will add scraps to the pile or turn the stuff once in a while. In other words, we are going to open up the format for 2018 and, at year’s end, we will reassess how we continue based on this little experiment in dispersed and collaborative composting!

Here’s the plan:

We have two events already scheduled for 2018:
1) Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene III: (what do we) WANT. We have extraordinary visitors coming to town and will have a day-long symposium, but in a more interactive format to previous years. Stay tuned for information about the May 18 event!
2) Composting @ 4S. For the 4S conference in Sydney in August, Lindsay and Susie have developed a CFP for an Open Panel for COMPOSTING. Please submit your abstracts by Feb 1! http://www.aehhub.org/2017/12/cfp-4s-composting/

Our hope is that we will have two open reading group sessions – one leading up to each of these two events – but confirmation and more details will follow later.

The rest is up to you (and us!):
Following from these planned events, the format of the year will change from the monthly meetings organised centrally and based at USYD, to something more dispersed and ad-hoc. We hope to open up space for others who might want to hold “COMPOSTING” events – specific reading group sessions, workshops, walkshops, or other composty goodness at the intersection of feminisms and environmental humanities – at USYD or, indeed, somewhere else. Please get in touch at anytime during the year if you have an idea for an event you think is in the spirit of the reading group and we can discuss next steps! Please include both of us in your emails – jennifer.m.hamilton@sydney.edu.au & astrida.neimanis@sydney.edu.au. We really hope at least a few of you will offer up some opportunities for keeping the compost wriggling over 2018!

Warm wishes for now,
Jen + Astrida

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