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The Invisible Now: Writing Crisis and the Future Imaginary

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SSB Lecture Theatre 200

Social Sciences Building

Science Road, University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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A panel of critically acclaimed writers examines the power of writing during a moment of multiplying and interconnecting crises.

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This event will be held in-person at the University of Sydney and will abide by NSW Covid restrictions.

Just as COVID-19 has laid bare the racial, gender, and economic inequalities upon which our societies are built, the accelerating climate catastrophe has made the violence of capitalism and colonialism inescapable. Yet as social and political structures around the world buckle and break, writers are finding new ways of representing and interrogating the world we inhabit. In doing this many are asking new and important questions about the nature and purpose of writing in a world in the midst of transformative change.

What is the role of the writer in such a moment? How does writing in a time of emergency alter the practice of writing? What might a literature capable of speaking about the violence of the past and its pervasive and continuing legacies look like? And perhaps most importantly, what is the role of writing in helping us imagine and reimagine the future? Join Evelyn Araluen, Tony Birch, and James Bradley as they discuss their own work and the broader challenges of writing into and out of crisis.

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Evelyn Araluen, Poet and Researcher

Tony Birch, Author

Dr James Bradley, University of Sydney

Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney

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SSB Lecture Theatre 200

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Science Road, University of Sydney

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Organiser Sydney Environment Institute

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Sydney Environment Institute is a cross-disciplinary research hub at the University of Sydney, which provides a platform to inform public discourse and decision-making in relation to the impact of climate change on society and the environment.

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