Ecological Australia: Ecocriticism in the Arts

3-4 October 2013, Australian Centre and the Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne.

3-4 October, Australian Centre and the Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne.

This symposium brings together cross-disciplinary approaches to ecological studies to explore symbioses between creation and criticism. With a view to clarifying Australia as both a case study in terms of postcolonial and indigenous conceptions of land and country, and a resource for intellectual scrutiny with respect to environmental ecologies, the symposium takes the project of ecocriticism from songlines and seed banks, to ecological arts praxis and poetic activism.

Emerging interpretative approaches to what might constitute the ecological – the material, physical world, and the intellectual idea – will be explored, tracing and evaluating critical shifts through attention to the written, visual and performed arts.

The symposium will be preceded by a Public Lecture by Dr Bob Brown on Thursday 3 October 6-7pm, Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building.

http://australian-centre.unimelb.edu.au/event/bob-brown-public-lecture-and-symposium-ecological-australia-ecocriticism-arts-3-4-october-2013

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