Storifying Science: Translating Environment through Ecobiography​

Presented by Dr Jessica White

Date: Friday 29 March, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 

Abstract:

What can the writing of a 19th century English lady of leisure transplanted to a European colony in south-west Western Australia say about our environment? More than one might initially think. This paper examines how the mode of ecobiography, a form of life writing which represents the imbrication of a self with their environment, can represent the critical importance of the lives upon which we depend. Using the story of Georgiana Molloy, who through her botanical endeavours became Western Australia’s first female scientist, it illuminates how European classification systems and land management methods were applied to an environment to which they were grossly unsuited, and how the ramifications of this are resounding today. In doing so, it demonstrates how stories can be used to convey scientific information which is critical to our survival in the Anthropocene. It argues that creative writing is useful to the translation and communication of environmental concerns to new audiences, both within and beyond the academy.

 

Presenter:

Dr Jessica White is an ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her first novel, A Curious Intimacy (2007), won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award, was shortlisted for Dobbie and Western Australia Premier's awards, and longlisted for the international IMPAC award. Her second novel, Entitlement, was published in 2012. Jessica is the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts, as well as residences in Tasmania and the Australia Council's BR Whiting Studio in Rome. Her short fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Australian and international literary journals including Review of Australian FictionOverland, Island, Griffith Review and Southerly. Her hybrid memoir, Hearing Maud, will be released in July 2019.

 


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 1, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 26 July
3-4pm

Book Launch / Research Celebration

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

 

Friday, 2 August
3-4pm

Who Owns Your Face? Personal Identity Rights in the Era of Augmented Reality and Facial Recognition Technology

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Gordon Finlayson

Friday, 9 August
3-5pm

 

CommArts Postgraduate Society Launch/ new HDR student welcome

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

 

Friday, 16 August
3-5 pm

CommArts Postgraduate Society Panel: “How to Write a Journal Article and Target the Right Journals”

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

 
Friday, 23 August
12noon-1:00pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Jennifer Clement

Friday, 6 September
3-4pm

BlackWords: Directions and its Role in Reconciliation

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Kerry Kilner and Emily McConochie

Friday, 11 October
3-4pm

Selfies, Affordances, and Situational Properties

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Katrin Tiidenberg

Friday, 18 October
3-4pm

Enacting a Sense of Home Among Older Chinese Migrants in Australia

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 25 October
3-4pm

TBA

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2),
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Dr Andrea Bubenik

 

Venue

Room: 
Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)