The USYD reading group came up with an idea too good not to replicate in the online space: an emergency meeting to take stock and process what happening in Australia this summer and to reflect on what this might mean for our work in COMPOSTING during 2020. Where do we place our energies? Is this a scholarly space and networking base? Or do we need to do more directly and materially in response (beyond what we might already be doing outside of this group?)? Or something else (is it strange versions of both?)? And, then, following these questions, what does Composting Online look like in 2020? Composting #43 “Action-Scale” asked these questions before the fires: do we need to drop everything now or can we transition slowly? Can small actions count or do all our actions need to be big? What should we read in March?
During this reflection and planning session we will share ideas and thoughts along these lines. All ideas welcome! All people welcome: old, new, curious composters welcome. Click on the link to join in, and feel free to stay for as long or as short a time as you like.
Lead Composter: Jennifer Hamilton
When: 10am – 11.30am AEDST (GMT +11), Wednesday 5th February, 2020
There is no specifically set reading for this session, but here are some op-eds, conversation pieces, essays and poems that could become touchstones for our conversation…
Alexis Wright, Deep Weather
Alexis Wright, We all smell the smoke, we all feel the heat
Audre Lorde, A Litany for Survival
Blanche Verlie, Now Australian Cities are Choking on Smoke
Brigid Delaney, The Apocalyptic Australian Summer is our Sandy Hook moment
Dany Celermajer, The tragedy of two Australias: A lament for New Year’s Eve and Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?
Marjorie Banard, “The Dry Spell”
Nigel Clarke and Kathryn Yusoff “queer fire: ecology, combustion and pyrosexual desire”