Date & Time: 
Thursday 29 October 2015

Join our panel of researchers in a lively discussion where they each use an object to communicate the Anthropocene on a human, every day scale.

The human capacity to alter the biological and physical systems of the earth has provoked a proposal for a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.

The fundamental relation between humans and the environment is the crucial problem of our time.  There is a political and cultural urgency embedded in issues such as climate change, global warming, sustainable energy, ocean acidification, coral degradation, water scarcity and pollution.
At this event we welcome Professor Libby Robin to introduce Queensland to the idea of the Anthropocene Slam. Libby argues for the importance of objects as material provocateurs in the quest to communicate the Anthropocene.
Presenters will use anything from a seashell to a water glass or an iPhone to comment on the Anthropocene, ensuring the ‘slam' is engaging, entertaining, interactive and - most importantly - thought provoking.

  • Professor Libby Robin FAHA is an environmental historian at ANU and the National Museum of Australia. She is also Affiliated Professor at KTH Stockholm, and has worked to develop the environmental humanities internationally. She was part of the team in the first ‘Anthropocene Slam’ in Madison, Wisconsin, in November 2014, and CLIMARTE in Melbourne May 2015.
  • Dr Keith Armstrong splits his time between being a Senior Research Fellow at QUT and an actively practicing freelance new media artist. His research focuses on how scientific and philosophical ecologies can influence the design and conception of networked, interactive media artworks. His latest show, Uncanny_Intimacy opened at the Object Gallery, Australian Design Centre in August 2015.
  • Dr Jodi Frawley is a DECRA research fellow in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. She is working on a history of estuaries and fishing communities along the east coast of Australia. In 2014, along with Professor Iain McCalman, she co-edited Rethinking Invasion Ecologies from the Environmental Humanities (Routledge).
  • Professor Joan Leach convenes the science communication program at the University of Queensland.  Her recent ARC-funded research with Dr Maureen Burns is on popular science since the 1960s.  Her research centres on public engagement with science, medicine and technology and she has been active in the Australian government's recent initiatives toward “Inspiring Australia.”
  • Professor Geoffrey Lawrence is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chair of the College of Experts at the Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland.  He is considered to be one of the world leaders in social science-based agri-food research. Geoffrey has been a government appointee on the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel and is currently President of the International Rural Sociology Association.
  • Dr Dolly MacKinnon researches the marginalized and institutionalized. Recent publications include Earls Colne’s Early Modern Landscapes (2014), ‘“Echoes of life if you lived in the world”: Soundscapes and museums for the institutionalised’ in P. Ashton and J. Z. Wilson (eds), Silent System: Forgotten Australians and the Institutionalisation of Women and Children (2014); and ‘Slave Children: Scotland’s Children as chattels at home and abroad in the eighteenth century’, in E. Ewan and J. Nugent (eds) Childhood and Youth in Premodern Scotland, (2015).

Thursday, 29th October 2015

3.00 - 4.30pm
followed by light refreshments

Global Change Institute
Group Learning Space
Building 20, Room 273
St Lucia Campus

Presented by the Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland and QUT Creative Industries Faculty


Global Change Institute Group Learning Space Building 20, Room 273 St Lucia Campus
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