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2021 events

Public panels, seminars and more

2021 Events

  • 16/01/2021
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    Sydney Festival 2021: Requiem

    How do we mourn and remember the inestimable loss – of animals, of flora, of ecological worlds – wrought by the black summer fires of 2019-2020?
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  • 02/03/2021
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    The 2021 Iain McCalman Lecture

    Shallow and Deep Collaboration: Art, Ecology and Alexander von Humboldt
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  • 15/02/2021
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    NSW climate update 2021

    Join a panel of leading thinkers to review the latest developments and state-based responses to climate change in NSW.
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  • 24/02/2021
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    Wilful ignorance

    Drawing on the systemic mechanisms of violence they see emerging in their fields, an interdisciplinary panel, including award-winning journalist Jess Hill, will share their insights into the ways that cycles of violence endure within our society.
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  • 03/03/2021
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    The aesthetics of violence

    We can’t call out violence in its myriad forms if we don’t know what it looks like, what it sounds like, or what it feels like.
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  • 30/03/2021
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    the foul of the air

    In partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute, The Living Room Theatre presents its new major work, the foul of the air, in association with March Dance.
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  • 14/04/2021
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    Bottled Up festival

    The Living Room Theatre’s Bottled Up Micro-festival curated by Michelle St Anne and Jacques Emery in partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute and City of Sydney. A series of theatrical sound nights, academic panels and artist talks that explore themes of violence against women and the environment.
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  • 19/04/2021
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    Reimagining climate adaptation summit

    The Reimagining Climate Adaptation Summit from 19-22 April 2021 will discuss Australia’s need for an evidence-based policy response to the range of emerging threats posed by environmental change.
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  • 22/04/2021
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    The architecture of multispecies cohabitation

    The exhibition presents surprising and hopeful stories of human and other-than-human interdependence, through the architectures that host them.
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  • 15/05/2021
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    Ngarukuruwala means ‘we sing’

    Ngarukuruwala anganuwanga kukunari ngimpurumi. Ngarukuruwala means ‘we sing’ and it is who we are and it makes us well. A group of singers from the Tiwi Islands are performing a pop-up concert amongst Tiwi artifacts at the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
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  • 21/05/2021
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    Making matter great again? Ecofeminism, new materialism and the everyday

    That’s how the light gets in: In conversation with Sherilyn MacGregor and David Schlosberg.
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  • 24/06/2021
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    Writing the more-than-human

    A panel of critically acclaimed writers dissect dominating writing forms and explore how to move beyond human exceptionalism when writing about more-than-human worlds.
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  • 07/01/2021
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    The invisible now: writing crisis and the future imaginary

    A panel of critically acclaimed writers examines the power of writing during a moment of multiplying and interconnecting crises.
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  • 28/07/2021
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    Living with bushfire seminar series

    The Living with Bushfire: Emerging Research Seminar Series brings together researchers from around the University of Sydney and beyond to explore diverse approaches to the topic of bushfire from the humanities and social sciences.
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  • 25/08/2021
    Protest sticker with fist and the words "system change not climate change"

    Unravelling the capitalist state: crisis and opportunity

    In this PhD Seminar, SEI Doctoral Fellow Anna Sturman will draw upon her thesis to explore the capitalist state as a key terrain of inquiry for environmental and social justice movements. This analysis draws upon both the contemporary revival of state theory scholarship and on-the-ground responses from movements navigating rolling crises.
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  • 26/08/2021
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    Learning to live with climate change

    This event brings together leading feminist environmental scholars to launch Blanche Verlie’s new book on the cultural, interpersonal and sociological dimensions of ecological distress.
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  • 09/07/2021
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    Powering the Pacific: impacts, opportunities and challenges of a renewable transition

    Experts and activists discuss the prospects of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables in the Pacific as communities suffer from worsening disasters and low electrification rates.
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  • 09/09/2021

    Unsettling resources symposium: renewable energy in the Pacific

    This two-day symposium seeks to identify common themes and sources of contention for how we transition to renewable energy in the Pacific.
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  • 15/09/2021
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    Writing the environment

    This workshop for researchers explores potent ways for writing the environment as well as the ways in which this kind of writing can initiate change.
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  • 21/09/2021
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    SEI employment pathways workshop: NGOs

    As the effects of global climate change become increasingly clear, more and more students are seeking careers that will have a positive environmental impact.
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  • 21/09/2021
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    Learning to live with climate change

    Researcher Blanche Verlie leads two interactive workshops for educators of adults and children that assist in addressing the building anxiety and awareness felt by students towards the climate crisis and methods for support and care.
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  • 10/06/2021

    Protecting country, or extraction

    Is it possible to limit the damage of extraction using the law? Or is the law part of the damage?
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  • 10/12/2021

    From denial to delay: moving beyond Australia’s fossil fuel addiction

    Why is the Australian Government accelerating the expansion of coal and gas exports as other nations commit to emission reduction targets, and what could our future look like instead?
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  • 19/10/2021

    Worrying times: new image ecologies

    SEI’s 2021-22 Environmental Humanities Visiting Fellow, Jennifer Deger, experiments with the power of images to tell new kinds of environmental stories.
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  • 20/10/2021

    A world of oysters: protecting their future

    A panel of farmers, chefs and researchers discuss the vital role of oysters within Australia’s marine biodiversity and culinary culture.
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  • 28/10/2021
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    Emotion and anxiety in environmental history

    Hear from historians as they grapple with the emotional and psychological impacts of environmental change.
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  • 11/11/2021
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    How can finance address climate change?

    Will climate finance be a driving force in the shift towards a carbon-neutral future?
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  • 12/12/2021
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    Book launch: subjects of intergenerational justice

    Join us for a rich discussion as leading environmental scholars highlight the value Indigenous philosophies have for solving global environmental problems as we launch Christine Winter’s new book.
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  • 12/11/2021

    The toxic greed of Australia’s gas-led recovery

    A panel of activists, community members and experts unravel the true cost of gas extraction in Australia.
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  • 12/08/2021
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    Never again or never? Environmental justice in Australia

    PhilSoc in partnership with Sydney Environment Institute present a discussion on the legal and philosophical limits to environmental justice in Australia.
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  • 16/12/2021
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    Building communities of care for food systems change

    SEI Postdoctoral Fellow on the FoodLab Sydney project, Kate Johnston, explores the potential of care to address our broken food systems and inform our approach to designing food systems of the future.
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