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The Australia Pacific Observatory

Ocean Imaginaries

The Australia- Pacific Observatory’s mission is driven by an increasing public realization that our globe has entered a new geological and social age, the Anthropocene, in which humans for the first time have begun to influence planetary change. In undertaking research into this time of accelerating transformation, we aim to explore the unique contribution that our region can offer to the emerging global field of environmental humanities by honoring the concept of ‘caring for country’ - a unique tradition of philosophical and practical ecology that has been espoused and practiced by Indigenous Australians and Islanders for centuries.

The Reef

Ocean Issues "Bringing underwater worlds to the surface" Using the interdisciplinary methods and approaches of the environmental humanities, we are investigating the problems and futures of the Great Barrier Reef within the context of the broader oceanic issues impacting our globe including coral bleaching, species extinction, depletion of fish, declining health and changing chemistries of sea water, and loss of human habitats and cultures. We explore and analyse the stories, theories and representations describing Western and Indigenous relationships with the oceans, at the intersections of art, science and the humanities to conduct research that informs and advocates change.

Members

Alison Bashford

Key Researcher

Professor Department of History, School of Philosophical Inquiry Full Biography

The Bawaka Collective

Key Researcher

Deborah Bird-Rose

Key Researcher

Professor of Environmental Philosophy and Anthropology Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of New South Wales Full Biography

Thomas (Tom) Bristow

Key Researcher

ARC Postdoctoral Fellow Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions University of Melbourne Full Biography

Margaret Cohen

Visiting Fellow

Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization Stanford University Full Biography

Caitilin de Bérigny

Artist in Residence

Media Based Artist and Researcher Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning University of Sydney Full Biography

Tom Ford

Key Researcher

Australian Postdoctoral Fellow Humanities Research Centre Australian National University Full Biography

Jodi Frawley

Co-Convener

Research Fellow of Historical Studies and Cultural Studies Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design Queensland University of Technology Full Biography

Andrea Gaynor

Key Researcher

Professor of History School of Humanities University of Western Australia Full Biography

Heather Goodall

Key Researcher

Professor of History Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Technology, Sydney Full Biography

Tom Griffiths

Key Researcher

William Keith Hancock Professor of History Director, Centre for Environmental History Australian National University Full Biography

Gay Hawkins

Key Researcher

Director and Professorial Research Fellow Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies University of Queensland Full Biography

Lesley Head

Key Researcher

Distinguished Professor of Geography Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research University of Wollongong Full Biography

Leah Lui-Chivizhe

Key Researcher

Lecturer Nuri Gilli Indigenous Programs Unit University of New South Wales Full Biography

Freya Matthews

Key Researcher

Professor of Philosophy Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences La Trobe University Full Biography

Iain McCalman

Convener

Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute Faculty of Arts and Sciences University of Sydney Full Biography

Jennifer Newell

Visiting Fellow

Pacific Ethnography Curator Anthropology Division American Museum of Natural History Full Biography

Dr. Emily O’Gorman

Key Researcher

Senior Lecturer Department of Geography and Planning Macquarie University Full Biography

Jude Philp

Key Researcher

Senior Curator Macleay Museum University of Sydney Full Biography

Elspeth Probyn

Key Researcher

Professor Department of Gender and Cultural Studies University of Sydney Full Biography

Haripriya Rangan

Key Researcher

Associate Professor School of Geography & Environmental Science Monash University Full Biography

Kate Rigby

Key Researcher

Professor of Environmental Humanities School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Monash University Full Biography

Libby Robin

Key Researcher

Professor Fenner School of Environment and Society Australian National University Full Biography

David Schlosberg

Key Researcher

Professor Department of Government and International Relations University of Sydney Full Biography

Thom Van Dooren

Observatory Member

Senior Lecturer School of Humanities and Languages University of New South Wales Full Biography

Kirsten Wehner

Key Researcher

Head Curator People and the Environment National Museum of Australia Full Biography

Linda Williams

Key Researcher

Associate Professor of Art, Environment and Cultural Studies School of Art RMIT University Full Biography

Josh Wodack

Observatory Member

Interdisciplinary Artist and Researcher, Honorary Research Fellow Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning University of Sydney Full Biography
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Alison Bashford

Key Researcher

Professor Department of History, School of Philosophical Inquiry Full Biography
close

The Bawaka Collective

Key Researcher

close

Deborah Bird-Rose

Key Researcher

Professor of Environmental Philosophy and Anthropology Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of New South Wales Full Biography
close

Thomas (Tom) Bristow

Key Researcher

ARC Postdoctoral Fellow Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions University of Melbourne Full Biography
close

Margaret Cohen

Visiting Fellow

Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization Stanford University Full Biography
close

Caitilin de Bérigny

Artist in Residence

Media Based Artist and Researcher Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning University of Sydney Full Biography
close

Tom Ford

Key Researcher

Australian Postdoctoral Fellow Humanities Research Centre Australian National University Full Biography
close

Jodi Frawley

Co-Convener

Research Fellow of Historical Studies and Cultural Studies Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design Queensland University of Technology Full Biography
close

Andrea Gaynor

Key Researcher

Professor of History School of Humanities University of Western Australia Full Biography
close

Heather Goodall

Key Researcher

Professor of History Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Technology, Sydney Full Biography
close

Tom Griffiths

Key Researcher

William Keith Hancock Professor of History Director, Centre for Environmental History Australian National University Full Biography
close

Gay Hawkins

Key Researcher

Director and Professorial Research Fellow Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies University of Queensland Full Biography
close

Lesley Head

Key Researcher

Distinguished Professor of Geography Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research University of Wollongong Full Biography
close

Leah Lui-Chivizhe

Key Researcher

Lecturer Nuri Gilli Indigenous Programs Unit University of New South Wales Full Biography
close

Freya Matthews

Key Researcher

Professor of Philosophy Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences La Trobe University Full Biography
close

Iain McCalman

Convener

Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute Faculty of Arts and Sciences University of Sydney Full Biography
close

Jennifer Newell

Visiting Fellow

Pacific Ethnography Curator Anthropology Division American Museum of Natural History Full Biography
close

Dr. Emily O’Gorman

Key Researcher

Senior Lecturer Department of Geography and Planning Macquarie University Full Biography
close

Jude Philp

Key Researcher

Senior Curator Macleay Museum University of Sydney Full Biography
close

Elspeth Probyn

Key Researcher

Professor Department of Gender and Cultural Studies University of Sydney Full Biography
close

Haripriya Rangan

Key Researcher

Associate Professor School of Geography & Environmental Science Monash University Full Biography
close

Kate Rigby

Key Researcher

Professor of Environmental Humanities School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Monash University Full Biography
close

Libby Robin

Key Researcher

Professor Fenner School of Environment and Society Australian National University Full Biography
close

David Schlosberg

Key Researcher

Professor Department of Government and International Relations University of Sydney Full Biography
close

Thom Van Dooren

Observatory Member

Senior Lecturer School of Humanities and Languages University of New South Wales Full Biography
close

Kirsten Wehner

Key Researcher

Head Curator People and the Environment National Museum of Australia Full Biography
close

Linda Williams

Key Researcher

Associate Professor of Art, Environment and Cultural Studies School of Art RMIT University Full Biography
close

Josh Wodack

Observatory Member

Interdisciplinary Artist and Researcher, Honorary Research Fellow Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning University of Sydney Full Biography