Robin Bellingham

Reef pedagogy: A narrative of vitality, intra-dependence, and hauntingEducational Philosophy and Theory, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2021.1917365

This article is a reexamination of the author’s understanding of pedagogy, aimed at developing an increased awareness of the provinciality, limits and blind spots of the pedagogy and knowledge systems of colonial modernity. It engages with particular Indigenous epistemological theorisations of non-human agency, with Haraway’s notion of multispecies entanglement, and with the Australian Great Barrier Reef in an inquiry aimed at noticing absences and hauntings of pedagogies of modernity, including the absence of ways of knowing and being without separability and determinacy and the damage that has come of this. This opens space for contemplating separability and determinacy as ontological difficulties contributing to socio-ecological crises of our time. The article is intended as a move by the author toward developing greater capacity to stay with the trouble of educating and living on a damaged planet that is fast becoming uninhabitable.

Earth unbound: Climate change, activism and justiceEducational Philosophy and Theory – with Michele, M., Bedford, L., Bellingham, R. A., Davies, K., Halafoff , A., Mayes, E., Sutton, B., Marwung Walsh, A., Stein, S, Lucas, C 

This experimental writing piece by the Earth Unbound Collective explores the ethical, political and pedagogical challenges in addressing climate change, activism and justice. The provocation Earth Unbound:the struggle to breathe and the creative thoughts that follow are inspired by the contagious energy of what Donna Haraway (2016) calls response-ability or the ability to respond. This energy ripples through monthly reading groups and workshops organised by this interdisciplinary collective that emerged organically in January 2020.

Kristin Demetrious

‘Loss, awakening and American exceptionalism: A moment in contemporary US political communication’ Ethical Space: International Journal of Communication. Vol 17, No 2. 15-23

This paper analyses the website Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) before the 2020 US presidential election through the lens of a guiding visionary narrative: American exceptionalism. It argues that RVAT’s political critique is focused largely on President Donald J. Trump as a flawed individual rather than on the elite forces which propelled him into office. The dissenting intra-party activity performs as a values-based awakening, responding to feelings of embarrassment and shame amongst others, generated by the presidential communications and policy directions. The testimonials provoke the Republican Party to commit to interdependent ethical approaches and policies that reclaim a sense of decency. This study of contemporary US political communication sheds light on the growing appetite for relational ethical approaches and analyses potential impacts and implications for change in the conservative political imagination.

Jack Kirne

‘Other worlds: Multirealist writing as a strategy for representing climate crisis’ TEXT Journal of writing and writing courses. Vol 25, No1, 2021.

This article advocates for the utility of multirealism for writing about the climate crisis. Seeking to contribute to scholarly debates that have considered realist literary fiction’s capacity to represent climate crisis (Clark, 2015; Ghosh, 2016; Lockwood, 2018; Johns-Putra, 2018), I advocate for a multirealist literary mode. This mode seeks to destabilise the ontological foundations of realism by assembling narratives that draw into focus the other possible worlds that coexist alongside western modernity without resorting to speculative or spectacular digressions that otherwise exceed the bounds of literary realism. In doing so, I advocate for the utility of practice as an imaginative space to radically reimagine the world and our engagements with it without needing to defer to a possible future. My understanding of how the multirealist text represents the ontological crisis wrought by climate catastrophe is informed by my practice-led research as well as the work of other writers and literary scholarship. Specifically, I conduct my discussion here with reference to a range of ecocritical works, before turning my attention to Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead(2018), as well as my short story, “A Still Thing Shaken” (2019).

Gabi Mocatta

Environmental Communication Theory and Practice for Global Transformation: An Ecocultural Approach’ In Miike, Y and Yin, J (ed), Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory, Routledge, London. With Tema Milstein

Environmental communication research and practice exist in a time of accelerating urgency. Anthropogenic environmental crisis is now the daily content and context of communication, making the field’s early self-definition as a “crisis discipline” (Cox, 2007) ever more apt. The ways we understand and practice communication are also deeply implicated in the unfolding of, and offering solutions to, anthropogenic climate catastrophe. At this moment – as scientists warn we have under a decade left to avert the worst effects of climate change and as a global pandemic caused by unsustainable exploitation of the natural world upends lives across the planet – we survey environmental communication as a field of inquiry and as a transformative force in our current trajectory. We address communication and environment through an ecocultural lens, understanding ecological crisis as a manifestation of untenable sociocultural orientations. In this context, we examine current imperatives and exigencies in communicating “the environment”. We argue that there has never been a more urgent time to better understand the role of communication in the shaping of our socio-environmental futures. The ways we succeed or fail in this endeavour will have profound implications for how – or indeed whether – we address the existential challenges we face. 

‘Approaches in Environmental Communication’, ICA Routledge Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication, Routledge with Schmitt, CR and Mocatta, G and Tate, JM, Rhetorical

This chapter identifies and examines global trends in rhetorical approaches to environmental communication—symbolic and discursive frames that influence awareness of and orientation to environmental phenomena. It begins by defining and situating rhetorical approaches within environmental communication more broadly, then highlights six especially prominent (and sometimes overlapping) frame-types traceable during the early decades of the current millennium: those that decenter the human; those that prioritize specific human communities and needs; those that emphasize competition for resources; those that raise an alarm on resource exhaustion; those driven by appeals to fear; and those driven by appeals to hope. The chapter builds from contemporary criticism and theory that situate rhetorical analysis as an ethically and socially grounded practice, attending to where and how rhetoric dominates, oppresses, and silences, and then also presenting alternatives to existing or limited frames. Accordingly, amid the six core trends highlighted, the chapter thus also highlights recurrent frames for justice and equality in recent global rhetorical approaches. The chapter serves as an orientation to the larger discussions within environmental rhetoric and as a snapshot of major points of discussion in the field at this period in global history.  

N.A.J Taylor

The Visual Politics of Maralinga: Experiences, (Re)presentations, and Vulnerabilities, Journal of the History of Biology, Vol 54

Visual cultures are being increasingly discussed in the history of science literature, although relatively very little of that work concerns the nuclear age. In addition, within the discrete yet bourgeoning literature on global nuclear art and culture, Oceania is often overlooked despite its central role in the development of the American, British, and French nuclear weapon capabilities, as well as their associated colonial legacies. This article serves to redress both concerns by examining the visual politics of Maralinga in relation to settler-colonial and Aboriginal experiences, vulnerabilities and (re)presentations. I do so by surveying artworks with a connection to the Australian experience of nuclear colonialism and find that the figure of biological life has been conspicuously left absent from contemporary non-Indigenous Australian depictions of British nuclear testing in Australia

Jahnne Pasco-White: Kin

N.A.J has also collaborated with their partner, an artist on a book. Jahnne Pasco-White: Kin documents the artist’s pre- and post-pregnancy paintings and drawings, alongside a dozen essayists who interrogate the limits and possibilities of kinship. Edited by N.A.J. Taylor, the book includes original chapters by: Jessica Bridgfoot, Helen Johnson, Maya Hey, Redi Koobak, Umut Ozguc, Amelia Wallin, Abbra Kotlarczyk, Jennifer Mae Hamilton, Tara McDowell, Kate Wright, Stefanie Fishel and Jan Bryant. 

It is available for purchase here.