This month has been a bit wild, so we haven’t included a more detailed explanation of why we chose “protocol” as a good thing to compost. Nonetheless our reading group protocol demands we say something to whet your whistle, so here goes: Like other kinds of infrastructure, protocols can help us be together, well. This […]
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We are planning this event just after latest IPCC report was released (dire), with large swaths of wildfire still raging where we live and where we don’t (again), and with COVID-19 case counts mounting (again). Some days, it is hard to muster the energy. In spite of all this – and because of all this […]
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There are many different (competing, contradictory and ultimately incommensurable) feminist positions on human labour today. To roughly map it onto a spectrum, at one end there remains the call for equality and equal opportunity within the hegemonic labour marketplace–more diverse CEOs, for example—and at the other end there is the question of who does the […]
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Pursuing equality within patriarchal colonial and capitalist economies is a known problem for inclusive feminisms: especially those in the business of deconstructing the binary logics of gender, queering sexualities and pursuing anti-colonial and intersectional justice. And yet, liberal notions of equality remain important to many feminisms. Moreover, and arguably rightly so, inequality within patriarchal colonial […]
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Starting again, enduring, and moving on. As the deluge currently extinguishes the remaining fires in Australia, we ask, What does the beginning of the end look like? And how might we think and proceed through the horrors of the fire? This month, the virtual compost pile opens up space to imagine what comes next for […]
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Root, branch, nest, grow, breathe. Communicate deeply, make your body a home for others, bear witness. At this COMPOSTING session we will learn things from trees. Lead composter: Astrida Neimanis WHEN: Wednesday 12 February 4-5:30 pm WHERE: Under the tree in the garden outside of Astrida’s office window. (If you don’t know where this is: […]
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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 […]
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What does it mean to unsettle dialogues? Where are we talking from, who are we talking to? What work do settlers need to undertake in order to ethically engage in dialogue with first nations people and knowledge? This composting will provide a tender space to discuss the risks, responsibilities and possibilities of unsettling dialogues and […]
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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” […]
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Alexandra Crosby and Jesse Adams Stein are interested in what happens when we consider repair as a design practice. Can thinking through repair help us make connections between design studies, feminism and the environmental humanities? https://repair.design/ When: Wed Nov 27 4 – 5:30 pm Where: SOPHI Common Room (Brennan MacCallum 822) Lead COMPOSTERS: Ali Crosby & […]
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