Seminar: Feminist Posthumanisms (Cate Sandiland), Sydney, 16 July 2018

25 Jun Seminar: Feminist Posthumanisms (Cate Sandiland), Sydney, 16 July 2018

Feminist Posthumanisms: Lives in Ruins
A workshop with Cate Sandiland

16 July, 2018
10 am – 12:30pm
SOPHI Common Room (822 Brennan McCallum Building)
University of Sydney

In conjunction with a public lecture as part of the HUMANNATURE Sydney Environmental Humanities Lecture Series (13 July 2018), Professor Catriona (Cate) Sandilands will be leading a seminar on 16 July 2018. The seminar’s purpose is to create a collaborative space for thinking through intersectional, multispecies feminist perspectives on posthumanism by reading and discussing Larissa Lai’s novel Salt-Fish Girl (2002), which highlights interspecies lives, memories, and intimacies in the midst of technocapitalist and other ruins.

In preparation for the workshop, participants are asked to read the novel and write an informal, one-page reflection (to share with others at the workshop) on the ways it might relate, potentially in unexpected ways, to their own area of research.

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Professor Catriona Sandilands is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University (Toronto, Canada). Her research, graduate supervision, and teaching lie at the intersections of environmental literature, history, and cultural studies; feminist, gender, and queer studies; and social and political theory. An internationally-recognized leader in the field of the environmental humanities, she is the author of over 60 scholarly papers, popular articles, creative works, and books including The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and Democracy (1999); and is co-editor of This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (2005) and Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (2010). She is currently completing two projects: an edited volume of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on climate change in the Salish Sea (to be published in early 2019), and a series of literary nonfiction essays on urban botany and environmental history. Much of her recent work focuses on the ways in which the arts and humanities– especially creative writing and literary criticism–illuminate and shape the cultural politics of environmental change.

The Sydney Environmental Humanities Lecture Series is jointly funded and coordinated by the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum.

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