Anthropology@Deakin and ACM18

I have not had much time to devote to this page in 2018 but rest assured things are going on and they are taking up my time. One of my favourite things, as may be pretty obvious, is a podcast I produce with my colleague David Boarder Giles. It originally started as a way of documenting the seminar series we here hosting, but it has grown over time into something slightly different, with David and I sometimes helping stage conversations with multiple others (some of them anthropologists), and sometimes just opportunistically grabbing a conversation with someone whose work we want to celebrate. I’m really proud of some recent episodes, including:

Episode 12 with Paige West and Jo Chandler

Episode 11 with Monica Minnegal and Victoria Stead

Episode 10 with Hugh Gusterson

We’ve got plans to maintain our episode-a-month pace for the rest of the year and, who knows, for years to come?

The other thing to publicise, which is a big part of my life right now, is the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne (or ACM18). I and others have lots of plans around this time, some just for Campus participants and some open to a broader audience, which I’ll publicise through this site and other venues when the time comes. One thing for PhD candidates and Early Career Academics to check out is the Masterclass with Karen Barad, applications for which close pretty soon.

Also, as is the way with these things, an essay I wrote back in 2016 has just come out as part of an excellent special issue edited by Gay Hawkins on ‘The Time of Materials‘. My piece is called ‘Digging for Fire‘ (with apologies to The Pixies) and reflects on what I see as the persistence (or reemergence?) of problematic ecomodernist ideas of ecological control in bushfire management. If you’re interested in reading it and do not have institutional access then please just email me.


IMG_6851An image of settler-colonial ecology, at a rubbish dump, taken during recent fieldwork in Darwin, NT. The tall grass to the right is Gamba grass (Andropogon gayanaus), an invasive species that is increasing the bushfire risk in the region (Neale, 2018).

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