COMPOSTING #45: Drought&Fire

Astrida and Jennifer will be co-hosting COMPOSTING #45 as part of this year’s CSAA conference, attendance IRL and Online. As we make our way to the conference, the eastern parts of Australia are gripped by drought and ablaze. In order to workshop composting’s methodologies at the conference, we will hold a reading group themed “Drought&Fire” to ask what the method of composting can bring to this specific topic, but also to model how the method can be applied to your own research questions.

When: Friday 6th December, 2019, 11.30am-1pm

Where (On Campus): Forgan Smith 01-E301, University of Queensland. We are checking on accessibility for the site, and will update ASAP. Please email or if you have any questions.

Where (Online):

Required Reading

(this can be read in advance, but we will also provide copies and read them aloud in the workshop; in solidarity with the method of Ecofeminist Fridays):

– Marjorie Banard, “The Dry Spell” in The Persimmon Tree and other stories (Sydney: Clarendon Publishing Co, 1943).

– Audre Lorde, “A Litany for Survival (1978)” The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc, 1998)

– Nigel Clarke and Kathryn Yusoff selections fromqueer fire: ecology, combustion and pyrosexual desirefeminist review 118 (2018): 7-24.



Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities Workshop

Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities is a critical concept and methodology for bringing inclusive (queer, crip, anti-colonial, antiracist) feminist questions into dialogue with environmental concerns, and for maintaining the visibility of the intersections of those questions. The COMPOSTING group is now operating multiple groups around Australia (in Sydney, Perth and Online). This workshop will be a collaborative session that makes use of some of our composting methodologies: reading together, articulating key “composting” questions with our own research concerns, and deploying artful/creative tactics as a way of grappling with what surfaces. Participants can expect to be introduced to the method and purpose of our composting project, meet other scholars who share these concerns, and explore ways to develop or deepen a composting ethic in their own work.

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