Venue: University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter St (Centre for the Arts Building).
From genetically modified foods to zombie apocalypse, concerns about the future are increasingly reflected in contemporary media, policy and culture. An "unnatural future" is being shaped by rapidly escalating anxieties about the social, cultural, environmental and technological risks that now pervade everyday life. This climate of fear and uncertainty about the future requires careful consideration around how best to respond and intervene in debates, discussion and media representations around our "unnatural future".
This conference brings together researchers from a range of academic disciplines, including those from the social sciences, humanities, and agricultural and environmental studies, to address the following questions: how do we imagine the future? What are the methodologies or theories that may help navigate these potential futures? The intention is to share and explore views of the possible natural and unnatural futures that loom large on the horizon.
Papers focus on:
Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University)
Professor Lesley Head (The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research; University of Wollongong)
Craig Norris - Journalism, Media & Communications, University of Tasmania;
Michelle Phillipov - Journalism, Media & Communications, University of Tasmania;
Felicity Picken - AHURI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Tasmania;
Yvette Watt - Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.
Supported by the Arts Environment Research Group.
Conference contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liese Coulter, Doctoral candidate at Griffith University, interviewed conference delegates for her project: "The Social Construction of 2035: Communicating the Imagined Future to Adapt to Climate Change." These can be found on her project website.
Authorised by the Dean, Faculty of Arts
10 July, 2014