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Varuna Fellowship

In August I spent a week at Varuna, the National Writer’s House, thanks to a Griffith Review Contributor’s Circle Fellowship. It was the first time in more than a year that I was able to spend a few days in a row on the death penalty book. It was great to meet fellow residents Frances Chapman, […]

Launch of Climate Change and the Health of Nations

You are invited to the launch of Tony McMichael’s last book, completed by Alistair Woodward and Cameron Muir, and published by Oxford University Press. The message of this masterful book from the late Professor Tony McMichael is that in facing climate change, we must put aside our presumptions about humans dominating nature. History shows that […]

Copy edits done…

We’ve just sent the copy edited version of Tony McMichael’s posthumous manuscript, Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers, and the Fate of Populations back to OUP’s production contractor. Working for someone you can’t speak to hasn’t been easy. Historians are used to the frustration of sources who are dead. Whatever they’ve left behind is […]

Keynote at East Asian Environmental History conference in Japan

I was honoured to give the keynote address to an open symposium at the Association for East Asian Environmental History conference (EAEH 2015), held in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, 22-25 October. The theme of the conference was ‘Beyond borders: Oceans, mountains, and rivers in East Asia’.   Part of the trip included a study tour of […]

Melbourne Environmental Humanities

It was fantastic to catch up with Thom van Dooren and Tom Bristow for two environmental humanities events in Melbourne. The first was the Plenary session at the CHASS conference in Melbourne, organised by Thom, titled ‘Agricultural Landscapes: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities.’ The following day Thom and I gave papers at the launch of the […]

My book shortlisted in NSW Premier’s History Awards

I’m honoured my book The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An Environmental History is shortlisted for the Community and Regional History Prize in the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The book explores the ecological disorder and inequity at the heart of our food system in a local, national and international context and the judges deemed […]

Redesigning the Centre for Environmental History site

Well this took way more work than I expected! I’ve updated the Centre for Environmental History’s website with a new theme. The main reasons: The old site’s homepage had a big ‘hero image’ slider for news items at the top. It was often difficult finding the right image (one that wouldn’t obscure the title text) […]

Slamming the Anthropocene

How do we tell stories for the ‘Age of Humans’? How do we bring emotions and moral choices into debates about climate change and economics? IN THIS paper, we review some recent international museum and events-based ideas emerging around the concept of the Anthropocene, the proposition that the Earth has now left the Holocene and entered […]