Environmental writing: creativity and social efficacy

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Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and the banning of synthetic pesticides. Henry Thoreau’s writings are commonly understood to have founded the modern environmental movement. Despite such examples, many writers concerned with environmental issues prefer to protect their writing from what author Robert Macfarlane calls an ‘instrumentalising view’. Such a view ‘subdues literature to a single end and presupposes a simplistic model of consequence: that Cultural Action A leads to Political Outcome B’.

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Participant keynote speakers:
Professor Alexis Wright (Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne) and Professor Tom Griffiths AO (W K Hancock Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University)

Each has been invited to speak about their creative research and the ethical imperatives undergirding their imaginative responses to anthropogenic environmental change.

This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra and the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.