“Now, as before the fire, it is a constant shift of focus from wide view to detailed view. The details are just differently focused. How to hold the longer story in view while attending to the immediate. How to be patient and understanding in the face of so many differing emotions, energies and approaches. How […]


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” […]

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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? When: Wed Nov 27 4 – 5:30 pm Where: SOPHI Common Room (Brennan MacCallum 822) Lead COMPOSTERS: Ali Crosby & […]

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COMPOSTING #43: Action-Scale

What kind of action does climate emergency* hail? Unable to respond to everything all at once, how to prioritise? What’s the difference between a small action and a big one in a time of “great derangement”? How to we understand the action not only in relation to environment (extinction, warming, drought etc) but human social […]

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In this 42nd COMPOSTING we talk about death and its animations. How do we engage with and attend the bodies of the dead, in particular, the unknown and unclaimed? In India a longstanding, entangled, and beneficial relationship between vulture and human has been ruptured. It is a story that extends through the sacred bodies of […]

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COMPOSTING #41: Containers

“Put vegetables in the basket. Put people in the muang. —Thai proverb” [1] From coffee cups to dams, containers hold things for various purposes. Being able to parse the differences in type of container and the politics of different containers is an important task as plastics overflow the ocean and dams dry up. Following from […]

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COMPOSTING #40: Sounding

Sounding implies alternative sensoria of noise, listening, fathoming, seeking. In this month’s on-campus COMPOSTING session we will read about and practice listening as a mode of relating and mattering. Thinking alongside deaf poetics, we will also explore White’s reminder that “there are numerous ways to listen” (White, 2015). Readings/Soundings: Leah Barclay, Listening to Country (soundscape […]

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COMPOSTING #39: Wonder

A wonder is a marvellous object. To wonder is a state of marvel. In this composting session we build on a discussion that began in “decolonizing humour” about the essay by Brandi Nalini McDougall on the act of “wondering”. To wonder implies curiosity that can trigger investigation but, as an object, “a wonder” also might […]

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COMPOSTING #38: Crip Futures

Crip theories, critical access studies, and critical disability studies challenge normative ideas of time, place and “liveability.” Interrogating the intersection of “healthy” environments, body normativities, race, and the neoliberal economization of life, this week’s readings invite us to consider different kinds of futures at the so-called end of the world. Lead Composter: Astrida Neimanis When: […]

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