Environmental Writing: Creativity and Social Efficacy
Macmahon Ball Theatre
Old Arts Building
University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010
This symposium explores the process of storytelling and creativity during our time of human-induced global environmental change.
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’.
This event is co-hosted with the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. It is convened by Dr Saskia Beudel and Dr A Frances Johnson.
Image: Supported exotic_Brachychiton rupestris, Bottle tree (Amanda Johnson, 2010, oil on canvas)