@RISK: Knowledge Practices, Environmental Crisis & Environmental Action

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Call for Participation in


Podcast Series (2021) and Symposium (24-25 February 2022)

Keynote Speakers: A/Prof Katerina Teaiwa(opens in a new window) (ANU) and Prof Juan Salazar(opens in a new window) (WSU)

We are learning to live with a world that is seemingly perpetually at risk of everything nowadays, where responses are time sensitive, with consequences extending far beyond human domains, and throughout the more-than-human world. The 2019-2020 Australian bushfires have brought into sharp relief how risk needs to keep being re-thought and re-practised, in and amongst climate shifts.

@RISK, which is both a Podcast Series and Symposium, addresses the profound differences in knowledge practices around the unfolding environmental crisis, and how any environmental action could, or should, respond, given the layered, multi-nodal risks involved. What is at risk? Whose risks matter? What knowledge do we need to effect change? How can we do better together from our diverse positions and situations? What are the personal and professional risks involved?

@RISK provides a platform for researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists who want to engage with this topic outside of their disciplinary or institutional constraints, are already doing so, and/or, have always done so. Why is this? And at what risk to them, and the expertise of those disciplines and their professional roles, do they do so?

We are inviting you to participate as a symposium presenter, panelist, poster creator and/or podcast interviewee, and contribute your risk concerns in relation to one or more of the following interrelated themes:

1. Knowledge practices - what risks do we take with what we know and how we know it(opens in a new window)? Examples include working beyond one’s disciplinary expertise, generating un/stable facts(opens in a new window), harnessing/rejecting the creative arts, and making reflexivity more accountable(opens in a new window).

2. Environmental crisis - the existential risks posed not only to humans(opens in a new window), but to the more-than-human world(opens in a new window) as a result of human action. How can we identify them and learn from them? Let alone understand and respond to them appropriately(opens in a new window)?

3. Environmental action - what risks arise from seeking to take meaningful action? Including in our institutions(opens in a new window), amongst colleagues, and with our social and biophysical environments. For example, asserting Indigenous peoples’ authority in contexts framed otherwise(opens in a new window).

4. Technoscientific interventions - what promises, potentials and pitfalls arise from seeking action through technoscience? In such arenas as synthetic biology(opens in a new window), assisted evolution(opens in a new window), & climate engineering(opens in a new window).

The Symposium will be held at the WSU Parramatta CBD campus, or, pending any COVID-19 restrictions, online. Virtual presentations can be pre-recorded or live. The podcasts will be created in collaboration with Gretchen Miller(opens in a new window).

Click here(opens in a new window) to view the Call for Participation, and to submit an application to participate visit this(opens in a new window) form.
For symposium inquiries contact Daniele Fulvi: D.Fulvi@westernsydney.edu.au
For podcast inquiries contact Gretchen Miller: gretchenmillermedia@gmail.com


@RISK Co-conveners  - Josh Wodak & Jessica Weir

@RISK is funded by The Seed Box – A Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, and is supported by the Institute for Culture and Society, WSU.

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Image: >2 degrees of separation <2028: Moira vs <2 degrees of separation <2028: Moira, Josh Wodak, 2011