Kathleen Birrell, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow
Siri Hayes, The Southern skies all a swirl 2016 (produced for the CLIMARTE poster project 2016).
This project considers the universalising imperatives of international climate change law, and the constitutive relation of this law to other laws – specifically, to the juridical, political and cultural narratives of climate change emanating from local and Indigenous communities. Now broadly conceived as an object of global discourse, governance and law, the impending catastrophe of climate change is generative of a particularly global narrative. Imagining climate change, however, and its historical, epistemological, sociocultural and regulatory dimensions, also requires an engagement with local and, frequently, Indigenous narratives. This engagement, moreover, reveals not the habitual subordination of the local to the global, but the generative resistance of the local, and its constitutive relation to the global.
This project considers apparently competing, yet mutually constitutive, narratives of climate change: those concerned with the global imperatives of international climate change governance now instrumentalised in international climate change law, which arguably extend to the ‘eco-discipline’ of local and Indigenous communities, and those concerned with the possibility of resistance to such governance and the articulation of alternative ontologies and epistemologies. In so doing, it considers Indigenous and local peoples as both subject to and subjects of global climate change governance and modern international rights discourses, yet as resistant rights bearers and storytellers.
In the context of contemporary critiques of the neoliberal and neocolonial biases of international human rights regimes, it particularly considers a recent ‘critical redemption’ of human rights and the potential difficulties of this redemptive move, and the capacity for local communities to articulate resistance to global climate change governance from within the language of rights. This analysis also extends to a reading of aesthetic representations of climate change, and an emergent ‘eco-cosmopolitanism’ in accordance with which international climate change law might be (re)imagined.
Early Career Workshop with Peter Fitzpatrick
Early Career Researchers and PhD candidates are invited to participate in this intimate workshop, to develop works in progress and to engage with questions concerning the foundations of modern law, its relationship to myth, and its pretensions to coherence, secularity and universality.
Writing Place, Writing Laws: Law and the Humanities in the 'Anthropocene'.
This workshop, featuring Professor Alexis Wright, award winning author, Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature, University of Melbourne, provided scholars with an interdisciplinary forum in which to critically consider intersections and encounters between laws and the humanities in the context of the proposed Anthropocene epoch.
LAWS & THE HUMANITIES IN THE 'ANTHROPOCENE' READING GROUP
We invite you to join a new interdisciplinary, cross-institutional reading group, meeting fortnightly, focused on intersections and encounters between laws and the humanities in the context of the ‘Anthropocene epoch’.
We will consider:
- narratives of climate change – juridical, literary, aesthetic
- encounters between laws, scholarly disciplines, human and non-human species
- critical environmental law, the anthropocentric/ecocentric binary
- global rhetoric and imaginaries in place
- political subjectivity, activism and resilience discourses in the context of ‘catastrophic imaginaries’
- rights language and discourses in the ‘Anthropocene’
Our first reading group session will begin on Wednesday 27th February 2019, in meeting room 831, with reading groups to take place on every second Wednesday. Our final reading group will be on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. A schedule of proposed readings appears below.
Please join us! Feel free to bring your lunch along. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please send any queries to Dr Kathleen Birrell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading Group schedule - Semester 2
Bruno Latour, “Fourth Lecture: The Anthropocene and the Destruction of (the Image of) the Globe” in Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2017) 111-145.
Jeremy Baskin, “Paradigm Dressed as Epoch: The Ideology of the Anthropocene” (2015) 24 Environmental Values 9-29.
Louis J. Kotzé, “Reflections on the Future of Environmental Law Scholarship and Methodology in the Anthropocene” in Ole W Pedersen, Perspectives on Environmental Law Scholarship: Essays on Purpose, Shape and Direction (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 140-161.
Vito De Lucia, “Beyond Anthropocentrism and Ecocentrism: A Biopolitical Reading of Environmental Law” (2017) 8(2) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 181-202.
- break - no reading group
Anna Grear, “Deconstructing Anthropos: A Critical Legal Reflection on ‘Anthropocentric’ Law and Anthropocene ‘Humanity’” (2015) 26(3) Law and Critique 225-249.
Zoe Todd, “Indigenizing the Anthropocene” in Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin (eds), Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environment and Epistemology (2015) 241-254.
Kathryn Yusoff, “Geologic Life: Prehistory, Climate, Futures in the Anthropocene” (2013) 31(5) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 779-795.
Sarah Whatmore, “Geographies of/for a More Than Human World: Towards a Relational Ethics” in Sarah Whatmore, Hybrid Geographies: Natures, Cultures, Spaces (London: Sage, 2002) 146-167.
Donna Haraway, “Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene” in Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017) 30-57.
Donna Haraway, “Making Kin: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene” in Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017) 99-103.
Thom Van Dooren, “Temporal promiscuities in the Chthulucene: A Reflection on Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble” (2018) 8(1) Dialogues in Human Geography 91-93.
Reading Group schedule - Semester 1
Critical Environmental Law as Method
in the Anthropocene
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, “Critical Environmental Law as Method in the Anthropocene” in Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Victoria Brooks, Research Methods in Environmental Law (2017) 131-155.
an Anarchist Research Method
Peter Burdon and James Martel, “Environmentalism and an Anarchist Research Method” in Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos and Victoria Brooks, Research Methods in Environmental Law (2017) 316-337.
Feeling the Djang:
The Camp of Senior Law Man Neidjie
Christine Black, “Feeling the Djang: The Camp of Senior Law Man Neidjie” in Christine Black, The Land is the Source of the Law: A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence (2010) 23-42.
The End of the Journey:
A Camp of Contemporary Concerns
Christine Black, “The End of the Journey: A Camp of Contemporary Concerns” in Christine Black, The Land is the Source of the Law: A Dialogic Encounter with Indigenous Jurisprudence (2010) 167-184.
No Reading Group
Slow Violence, Neoliberalism,
and the Environmental Picaresque
Rob Nixon, “Slow Violence, Neoliberalism, and the Environmental Picaresque” in Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011) 45-67.
The Power and Purpose of Literature
Alexis Wright, “The Power and Purpose of Literature” (2018) 77(4) Meanjin (pp)
Problems with Making and Governing Global Kinds
Mike Hulme, “Problems with Making and Governing Global Kinds of Knowledge” (2010) 20 Global Environmental Change 558-564.
Hybridity, Foresight, Meaning
Mike Hulme, “Cosmopolitan Climates: Hybridity, Foresight, Meaning” (2010) 27(2-3) Theory, Culture & Society 267-276.
Gaps’ in Climate Change Knowledge: Do They Exist?
Can They Be Filled?
Mike Hulme, “‘Gaps’ in Climate Change Knowledge: Do They Exist? Can They Be Filled?” (2018) 10(1) Environmental Humanities 330-337.
Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness
Thom van Doreen, Eben Kirksey and Ursula Münster, “Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness” (2016) 8(1) Environmental Humanities 1-23.
Lively Ethography: Storying Animist Worlds
Thom van Doreen and Deborah Bird Rose, “Lively Ethography: Storying Animist Worlds” (2016) 8(1) Environmental Humanities 77-94.