The Future of Fire – Mick Bourke, David Bowman, Neil Morris & Dean Yibarbuk

Mick Bourke, David Bowman, Neil Morris & Dean Yibarbuk, 11 March 2020

IPCS Projects for Coexistence: The Future of Food

The first in a series of four panel discussions associated with a new IPCS research project, the Future of Food.

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Ghassan Hage & Jessica Gerrard, “Toxic whiteness”

Ghassan Hage & Jessica Gerrard on Toxic Whiteness, 2 May 2019

Building on the argument of his recent book Is Racism an Environmental Threat?, Ghassan Hage traces the transformation of White ethno-nationalism into a toxic ecological problem, diffused through all aspects of society. As racism has become a pervasive environmental threat what is the impact of academic critique? Should academics fight, rather than just discuss and analyse? If so, how?

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“Is eating a settler-colonial act?” History, justice, and the future of food

Stefano de Pieri, Lauren Rickards, Nick Rose & Christopher Mayes, 9 May 2019

“If you eat, you are involved in agriculture” is a popular saying among agrarian and alternative food advocates. It is often attributed to the American poet and farmer Wendell Berry who wanted to draw attention to the way eaters are intimately connected with growers.

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Decolonising governance / Archipelagic thinking

Paul Carter, John Cunningham, Melinda Hinkson & Priya Srinivasan, 5 June 2019

Paul was in conversation with John Cunningham, Curator and Creative director, Melinda Hinkson, Anthropologist and Director of IPCS, and Priya Srinivasan, Performance Studies Scholar


Postdevelopment in practice

Elise Klein, Katharine McKinnon, Carlos Eduardo Morreo & Jon Altman, 17 October 2019

25 years ago postdevelopment critique destabilised the concept of development, challenging its assumptions and aims, but it has been necessary to push beyond theory to uncover alternatives in practice.


Creative disasters

Gemma Sou, Michael Fikaris, Jen Rae & Kate Sulan, 31 October 2019

What roles for artists in the coming disaster?

The number of “natural” disasters are increasing globally. Yet, disaster research is often trapped in a reductive paradigm couched in paternalistic and technocratic language of “solutions”, which are complicit with exclusionary approaches that re-entrench the very processes that exacerbate pre-disaster vulnerability. In addition, much of this research as well as mainstream media continue rely on colonial narratives that infantilize, dehumanize, and strip disaster-affected people of their identities.


Staying with Antigone

Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, Giuseppe Massa, Laura Lori & Suzanne Hermanoczki

Antigone is the protagonist of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, paying with her life the choice of rebelling against an ethically inadmissible law. Her tragedy highlights the question of disobedience when human dignity and life are at stake.


Nilmini Fernando: Bodies as Evidence

Bodies as Evidence. What work do black female bodies do at asylum borders in Ireland?

This is a talk given by Nilmini Fernando at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne, Australia, on 8 October 2015.

War Panel

This is an interdisciplinary dialogue about war. The speakers are from law, political science and spatial theory. It was held at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies in Melbourne, Australia, on 26 August 2015.

Patrice Naiambana, Max Gillies, Dianne Jones & Tarriro Mavondo: Committing Thought, Taking Action: art, justice, and resistance.

This is a panel held at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies on 24 September 2014, The panellists, Patrice Naiambana, Max Gillies, Dianne Jones and Tarriro Mavondo shared with the audience stories about a time they have “committed thought”: an action they took when provoked by a sense of personal responsibility, and the consequences that ensued.

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