Public Lecture: Campaigning together? Relations between indigenous activist...
Campaigning together? Relations between indigenous activists and environmentalists in northern Australia
This is a public lecture sponsored by the School of Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University. The lecture is presented by Professor Jenny Pickerill, currently a Visiting International Fellow at Flinders University, from the University of Sheffield.
Please arrive at 5.15pm as the lecture will commence promptly at 5.30pm. There will be drinks and nibbles after the lecture and the chance to carry on this important conversation.
Indigenous-environmental relations in Australia have never been easy but remain crucial to enabling adequate environmental protection alongside necessary social justice outcomes. Using two examples from fieldwork in northern Australia – the Wild Rivers campaign in Queensland and contestations over Walmadany (James Price Point) in Western Australia, this talk explores the contrast between the sustained, multiple and detailed efforts that environmental groups have put into black-green relations and the public perception (reiterated in particular by national Indigenous spokespeople such as Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton) that environmentalists do not care about Indigenous people. It examines in detail what collaborations really exist, the complexity of how Indigenous and environmental activists work, or not, together, and some potential ways forward for the future.
Jenny Pickerill’s research connects three themes:
- Environment: a social science approach to how we understand, value and (ab)use the environment
- Difference: the importance of social justice, inequality, colonialism, racism and neo-liberalism in how the environment is understood
- Experiments: inspiring grassroots solutions to environmental problems and hopeful and positive ways in which we can change social practices
As a geographer Jenny is interested in how these different issues connect, relate and entangle at different scales and in diverse places. She has conducted research in Britain, Australia, USA, Spain, Thailand and Argentina.
Jenny developed these interests through an undergraduate degree and PhD in Geography at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a MSc in Geographical Information Systems at Edinburgh University. She taught at the universities of Curtin (Australia) and Leicester (England) before taking up a Chair in Environmental Geography at the University of Sheffield in 2014.
More information on Jenny and her research is available here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/geography/staff/jenny_pickerill/about