AN ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES LABORATORY
This workshop seeks to encourage new critical thought and exchange on Australian landscape poetry, with special emphasis on contemporary work in transculturalism, ecopoetics and literary decolonisation. It brings together a group of poets and poetics scholars whose creative and critical practices have in various ways helped define how landscape is imagined and represented poetically in Australia today, and whose work illuminates considerations of environment and country through the aperture of local Australian material, literary and philosophical conditions. In a day of latitudinous, exploratory exchange, our goal will be to attempt to define an emergent “field of practice” at the verge of neighbouring conceptual terroir and their genealogies. The ecopoetic, the decolonial and the transcultural can withstand archaic complexes such as nation, race and colonialism, while recasting compositional problems associated with, for instance, voice, dialect, mood, content and craft. They also yield alternative ways of thinking about the human and non-human, the existential and the cosmological. With these matters in mind, our focus will be on poetic utterance and the languages of landscape, and new horizons in their Australian milieux.
Stephen Muecke, Kate Rigby, Philip Mead, Stuart Cooke, Ann Vickery, Michael Farrell, Peter Boyle, Samuel Wagan Watson, Kate Fagan, Ben Etherington, Luke Fischer, Peter Minter, Berndt Sellheim, Rebecca Giggs.
Image: Allard, Carel, 1648-approximately 1709. “Nova tabvla India Orientalis” Courtesy of the NLA (http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-nk1578-sd-cd)