Archive for September, 2012
Tom Griffiths is the W K Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University and has written a history of Antarctica entitled Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica. In January this year he joined the centennial voyage to Mawson’s huts in Antarctica. Tom’s books and essays have won prizes in literature, history, science, politics and journalism, most recently the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History in 2008 and the 2009 Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate.
TEDxSydney 2012 took place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Carriageworks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, many thousands online via YouTube and ABC Big Ideas … and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National.
Watch Tom’s presentation.
Photo: Fe Lumsdaine, Lumsdaine Photography [Flickr].
By Emily O’Gorman
Available now: http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/21/pid/6650.htm
Flood Country examines changing understandings of the rivers, floods and floodplains of the Murray-Darling Basin since 1850. It examines many tensions, ranging from early exchanges between Aboriginal people and settlers about the dangers of floods, through to long running disputes between graziers and irrigators over damming floodwater, and conflicts between residents and colonial governments over whose responsibility it was to protect townships from floods.
Flood Country draws on the author’s doctoral research, undertaken in the School of History at the Australian National University. The final stages of research and writing were carried out at Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong as part of a postdoctoral candidacy. Flood Country is available now from CSIRO Publishing.
Emily O’Gorman is an Associate Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong.
The New Scholars group of the Network in Canadian History and Environment would like to invite submissions for the 3rd annual Place and Placelessness Online Workshop, taking place October 18-19, 2012.
This online symposium is intended for graduate students and recently graduated scholars from all disciplines that seek to better understand the complex relationships between nature and culture, with particular attention paid to the theme of climate. The workshop attempts to replicate the collegiate atmosphere of a shared-space meeting by using a variety of internet tools, including WordPress, Skype, Google Maps, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to share ideas and participate in engaged discussion. This model should appeal especially to those who are eager for academic gatherings without the cost or carbon footprint of in-person meetings. The workshop encourages participation from students across the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences in an attempt to facilitate trans-disciplinary and transnational dialogue for global issues such as anthropogenic climate change.
Although the expectation is that most submissions will come in the form of in-progress pieces of writing, the organizers welcome submissions of alternative multi-media projects that utilize online tools to stimulate arguments about our relationship with local, regional, and transnational environments. All interested presenters must submit a CV, as well as a 300 word abstract outlining their topic, what format their contribution will take, and how their paper or project aims to broaden, illustrate or complicate the notion of ‘climate’ by September 4th, 2012.
The theme of climate is loosely defined, and may include perspectives on:
governance and policy history
environmental history and industry/industrialization
histories of activism or environmentalism
global climates, international relations and geopolitics
histories of ecology, geology or geophysics
primary source documents in climate history
climate regions (such as arctic or tropical)
new digital climates and virtual communities
The organizers would also like to invite others not submitting papers/projects to ‘attend’ the workshop as participants. This two-day event will take place entirely online, using Skype to communicate, and the website to provide access to the program, papers, presentations, blog posts, feedback, and links to relevant websites. All participants will receive a FREE Skype headset. The workshop has no registration fee, but only limited space, so sign up early.
If you would like to contribute a paper or project, or would like to simply participate in the discussions, please register by sending emails to workshop co-chair, Mike Commito (email@example.com). A full schedule will be announced September 15th, 2012. The project website can be found at http://virtualeh.wordpress.com/