ASLEC-ANZ Advisory Board



Professor Kate Rigby

Kate Rigby has recently taken up a new role as professor of environmental Humanities at Bath Spa, Kate Rigby has had to resign as Head of the Advisory Board. The ASLEC-ANZ executive would like to thank Kate and wishes her well in her new role

In the meantime the Australian environmental philosopher Professor Freya Mathews has agreed to step into this role until the end of 2016

Acting Chair of Advisory Board: 

Professor Freya Mathews

Assoc. Prof Philip Armstrong, University of Canterbury

Philip Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, and Co-Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. He is the author of What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge 2008), the co-author (with Annie Potts and Deidre Brown) of A New Zealand Book of Beasts (Auckland University Press, 2013) and the editor (with Laurence Simmons) of Knowing Animals. He has also completed Sheep for the Reaktion Books Animal series (2015).

Unknown Dr Ruth Blair, UQ

Ruth Blair taught American and environmental literatures at the Universities of Tasmania and Queensland. In both places she collaborated in lively cooperative work in environmental studies, enjoying the exciting pioneering days of the 1990s. Currently an Honorary Research Fellow in UQ’s School of Communication and Arts, she advises postgraduate students in environmental literature. Her recent work in ecocriticism has drifted towards Australian writing – on coastal hinterland in The Littoral Zone (2007), Beverley Farmer for The Bioregional Imagination (2012), and Amanda Lohrey for a special issue of ALS on pastoral (2015). She looks forward to future work on contemporary manifestations of pastoral and on gardens. The photo was taken in a garden created by the landscape designer and philosopher Gilles Clément in the Parc André Citroën in Paris.

Andrew Denton, AUT University

Andrew Denton is a filmmaker and video artist who works with digital, analogue, and interactive media, with a focus on ecological subjects.  He is HoD: Postgraduate Studies at the School of Art and Design: AUT University, in Auckland, New Zealand.  His research interests include: cinema and the ecology, experimental cinema, film and technology, live performance (dance and electroacoustic sound) and mixed media – including performance capture and live video integration.

 Anne Elvey-photo by Di Cousens 2014 copy Dr Anne Elvey, Monash University

Anne Elvey is a researcher, writer and editor. Her publications include Climate Change—Cultural Change: Religious Responses and Responsibilities (coedited with David Gormley O’Brien); Reinterpreting the Eucharist: Explorations in Feminist Theology and Ethics (coedited with Carol Hogan, Kim Power and Claire Renkin); The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses (Sheffield Phoenix, 2011); and a poetry collection Kin (Five Islands Press, 2014) which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2015 in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She is editor of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review and managing editor of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. She holds honorary appointments at Monash University and University of Divinity, Melbourne.

Alexis2 Dr Alexis Harley, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Alexis Harley lectures in English at La Trobe University, with the Department of Creative Arts and English. Her books include Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self (2015), a study of how evolutionary theories shaped nineteenth-century autobiographical practices and refashioned the human subject – and also how the lived experience of individual theorists impacted upon their biological formulations – and Bloom’s Classic Critical Views: William Blake (2008), an annotated anthology of nineteenth-century Blake reception. She is associate editor of Life Writing. Abiding research interests include the Romantics, Victorian scientific culture, auto/biography, poetics, representations of animals (especially “invasive” species), and posthumanism. She is currently researching the construction of the idea of extinction in nineteenth-century literature and culture, particularly the relationship between extinction, ecological loss and the literary forms of grief and disavowal.

Peter Hay Reading 6 at Q'town LINC, April 2015 Pete Hay, U Tas

Pete Hay is a scholar of place, island dynamics, and environmental activism, and was formerly Reader in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, where he now holds an adjunct position.  He was the foundational Chair of the Ecopolitics Association of Australasia, and is a past Chair of the Board of Environment Tasmania.  He is also a poet, essayist, and commentator on cultural and social affairs.  His publication credits include Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought (2002), Vandiemonian Essays (2002), Silently on the Tide (poetry, 2005), The Forests (2007, with Matthew Newton, photographic  images and text), Last Days of the Mill (2012, with Tony Thorne, monologues and artworks), and Girl Reading Lorca (poetry, 2014).  A volume of poetry, Physick, is in press.

Emily O'Gorman IMG_1067-lowres Dr Emily Gorman, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Emily O’Gorman is an environmental historian with interdisciplinary research interests. Her research within the environmental humanities focuses on how people live with rivers, wetlands, and climates. Currently a Lecturer at Macquarie University, she holds PhD from ANU and undertook a postdoctoral candidacy at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (2012) and co-editor of Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand (2014, with James Beattie and Matthew Henry) and Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History (2015, with Beattie and Edward Melillo).

Dr Lesley Instone, The University of Newcastle
 freya mathews pic 2 2014 Prof. Freya Mathews, La Trobe University

Freya Mathews is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Latrobe University, and Adjunct Professor at the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University. Her books include The Ecological Self (1991), Ecology and Democracy (editor) (1996), For Love of Matter: a Contemporary Panpsychism (2003), Journey to the Source of the Merri (2003), Reinhabiting Reality: towards a Recovery of Culture (2005), Ardea: a philosophical novella (2015) and Without Animals Life is not Worth Living (2015). She is the author of over seventy articles in the area of ecological philosophy. Her current special interests are in ecological civilization; indigenous (Australian and Chinese) perspectives on “sustainability” and how these perspectives may be adapted to the context of contemporary global society; panpsychism and the critique of the metaphysics of modernity; and wildlife ethics in the context of the Anthropocene. In addition to her research activities she manages a private biodiversity reserve in Central Victoria. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Dominic Redfern Assoc. Prof. Dominic Redfern, RMIT University

Dominic Redfern, PhD, Assoc Prof at RMIT creates video artworks focussed on the ways our understanding of ‘place’ is informed by the relationship between social and natural histories. These interests are expressed with a self-conscious approach to the technology and culture of the moving image.  In 2015 Dominic has been part of the Guirguis Art Prize as well creating an exhibition focussed upon the geo-social dimension of Australia’s role in WWI to coincide with the ANZAC centenary. Over the last couple of years Dominic has had exhibitions at home as well as in Tokyo, Stockholm and Shanghai and been part of the Spatial Dialogues ARC project on water in our region.

Libby in Hagalund Prof. Libby Robin, ANU

Libby Robin FAHA is professor of environmental history at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Senior Research Fellow, National Museum of Australia and Affiliated Professor, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm. Her most recent book is The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (Yale UP), winner of the 2013 New England Book Prize for Anthologies. Work in progress includes Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change, co-edited with Jennifer Newell and Kirsten Wehner. She co-convenes the Australian Environmental Humanities Hub Twitter: @LibbydeQ

Sept 2014 Dr Charlotte Sunde, The University of Auckland
Charlotte Šunde holds a Ph.D. in Resource and Environmental Planning with a focus on cross-cultural ecologies of understanding for environmental practice. Her research is strongly influenced by the intercultural philosopher and theologian, Professor Raimon Panikkar (1918-2010). She has applied Panikkar’s ontonomy of nondualism, ecosophy and sacred secularity to research on environmental cross-cultural relationships, in particular for the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her interests in promoting cultural and spiritual values of water extend to art-science-education public performances, with ongoing involvement in art*sustainability*environment*indigenous interfaces as a Research Fellow (Sustainability) with Earlier research on bicultural partnerships between Māori and government agencies for collaborative management of the conservation estate led to the first national hui on co-management (now significant in major Treaty of Waitangi settlement claims). Beyond New Zealand, Charlotte has held appointments at universities in Canada and France. Her publications reach out to different audiences, including the social sciences, ecological economics and systems sciences. She is currently employed at the University of Auckland. Email:
Mark Tredinnick
Dr Stephen Turner, The University of Auckland

Stephen Turner teaches in English, Drama and Writing Studies at the University of Auckland. He has published widely on questions of settler colonialism, Indigeneity and First law. Alongside an interest in writing and cultural transmission, he has published work with Sean Sturm on the contemporary university, and is currently co-writing a book with Sean Sturm about pedagogy, fractal life and social futures.

Alexis Wright
josh-wodak Dr Josh Wodak, UNSW

Dr Josh Wodak is a researcher, artist and design educator in the Faculty of Art and Design, UNSW. His work concerns the cultural and ethical entanglements between environmental engineering and conservation biology as means to mitigate extinction and biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene.

Josh holds a BA (Honours) in Anthropology from the University of Sydney (2002) and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research from the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2011) and has exhibited his media art, sculpture and interactive installations in art galleries, museums and festivals across Australia and internationally. He is currently an Associate Lecturer, UNSW Art and Design; Deputy Director of the Energies and Environments Research Group at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW; and a Chief Investigator on the 2016-2018 ARC Discovery Project Understanding Australia in The Age of Humans: Localising the Anthropocene.

tom ford Dr Thomas H.Ford, Monash University

Dr Thomas H. Ford is a lecturer in literary studies at Monash University. His current projects include The Romanthropocene, on the romantic-period philosophical and aesthetic origins of the Anthropocene concept, and an introduction to literary analysis, How to Read a Poem Closely in Eight Easy Steps. Tom’s most recent work includes Atmospheric Romanticism, which examines the intersections of scientific and aesthetic atmospheres around 1800, and a collected volume, A Cultural History of Climate Change, co-edited with Tom Bristow. His translation of Boris Groys’s The Communist Postscript was published by Verso in 2010. His video art installation on the history and present of clouds, Weathersounds, created in collaboration with Alexander James, has been widely exhibited in Australian and internationally.


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