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Come and hear our expert panel discuss how climate change and environmental risks are represented from different positions in the arts, politics and in debates on nuclear energy.
An RMIT Gallery and Art + Climate = Change 2015 Festival event presented by Climarte: Arts for a Safe Climate in conjunction with the AEGIS Research Network. AEGIS is a network of artists and scholars focused on the question of how the arts and humanities can respond to natural history and the global problems of climate change and loss of biodiversity.
Kindly supported by Melbourne Conversations, the City of Melbourne’s program of free talks, and presented as part of the RMIT Gallery exhibition ‘Japanese Art After Fukushima: Return of Godzilla’.
- Chair: Associate Professor Linda Williams (RMIT University)
- Dr Helen Caldicott (Author and environmental activist)
- William L. Fox (Author, Nevada Center for Art + Environment)
- Professor Paul James (UWS & RMIT)
- Professor Kate Rigby (Monash University)
- David Buckland (Cape Farewell).
Linda Williams is an Associate Professor in the RMIT School of Art where she leads the AEGIS research network. She is a key researcher at the HfE Mellon Observatory in Environmental Humanities at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and president of ASLEC-ANZ (Association for the study of Literature, Environment and Culture Australia & New Zealand).
Dr Helen Caldicott has written and edited nine books on environmental issues and has devoted the last 42 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behaviour to stop environmental destruction.
William (Bill) L. Fox is Director of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada of Museum of Art; a writer whose work is a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land into landscape.
Professor Paul James is a social theorist with three overlapping areas of research focus. The first is globalisation and its impact upon social relations, from national community to local community. The second is social change and the human condition, including the impact of modernisation on customary and traditional ways of being. The third is sustainability with an emphasis on sustainable urbanisation.
Professor Kate Rigby became Australia’s first Professor of Environmental Humanities in 2013, and is senior co-editor of the ecological humanities journal, PAN (Philosophy Activism Nature). Informing her more recent research in the Environmental Humanities is her strong interest in ecocriticism, ecophilosophy and ecotheology.
David Buckland is an artist, film-maker, writer and curator who has created and now directs the international Cape Farewell project. Bringing artists, visionaries, scientists and educators together, Cape Farewell continues to build an international collective awareness and the cultural response to climate disruption.
Registration and bookings
Free but bookings essential.