Environmental storytelling in diverse media

SEI Visiting Fellow and multimedia artist Jennifer Deger invites researchers to experiment with storytelling to communicate their research across different mediums.

This workshop brings together researchers working in a variety of forms and media to explore how to tell difficult stories differently. Jennifer Deger, a visiting scholar at the Sydney Environment Institute and co-director of the Centre for Creative Futures at Charles Darwin University, will share reflections on conceiving and curating the collective experiment Feral Atlas: the More-than-Human Anthropocene, both in its online and exhibition formats. An interdisciplinary panel of SEI researchers will respond with reflections of their own. The workshop will include time for participants to think through their own storytelling practices and how they might engage in different types of media to tell environmental stories.

The workshop is open to SEI members and University of Sydney researchers only.

We invite contributions from researchers with creative practices including curation, performance, filmmaking, photography, and architecture as well as those without a formal practice, but who are interested in working in new ways.

This workshop was held at the University of Sydney and online on Tuesday 20 September 2022.


Jennifer Deger is Professor of Digital Humanities at Charles Darwin University and SEI Visiting Fellow 2021-22. Her work moves between images and words through the intertidal zones of art, anthropology, and environmental humanities. Jennifer has worked on co-creative media projects under Yolŋu leadership for several decades and writes on photography, digital aesthetics, indigenous media, and ethnographic film. She is co-editor of Feral Atlas: the More-than-Human Anthropocene (Stanford University Press, 2021) and co-curated two exhibitions of this project at the Istanbul Biennial and Sharjah Architecture Triennial in 2019.

Danielle Celermajer is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, and Deputy Director – Academic of the Sydney Environment Institute. She is Director of the Multispecies Justice Project and along with her multispecies community, she lived through the 2019-20 NSW bushfires, writing in the face of their experience of the “killing of everything”, which she calls “omnicide”.

Header image: 'Feral Atlas' by Jennifer Deger with Anna Tsing, Alder Keleman Saxena and Feifei Zhou.

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