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.

 


 

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School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

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

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
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Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

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Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

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In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

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