Climate change has been identified as the major crisis facing the world, and a core issue for young people.
Addressing the climate crisis in education requires interdisciplinary approaches that reflect the urgency and scope and scale of the situation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander narratives provide new perspectives on interactions with Country, climate change, facilitating reader engagement with Indigenous knowledges and perspectives. While Indigenous writers’ contributions to understandings of climate are well documented, and the power of story to impact on understandings of significant environmental issues is well established, Indigenous writing remains significantly underrepresented in Australia’s secondary school and tertiary curricula.
This project brings into dialogue Indigenous authors, interdisciplinary scholars, English teachers and students through book clubs a public events.
Reading Climate: Indigenous literatures, school English and Sustainable Futures Symposium (January 2022):
This innovative symposium brought two of Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous authors and a leading geo-philosopher together to consider the power of interdisciplinary collaboration centred on the literary arts in our rapidly changing climate:
Ellen van Neerven
Professor Tony Birch
Professor Kathryn Yusoff
"Larissa McLean Davies is Professor of Teacher Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Larissa McLean Davies leads large-scale Teacher Education research which mobilises partnerships with Government agencies, Education Departments, and not-for-profit organisations. She is the co-convenor of the Literary Education Lab (with Dr Sarah E. Truman), where she leads research which draws together the digital and environmental humanities, literary studies and education around core issues related to teacher professional learning in the context of justice and sustainability
imperatives. Her co-authored book Literary Knowing and the Making of English Teachers will be published by Routledge in 2022."
Larissa McLean Davies
University of Melbourne
"Sandra Phillips is a member of the Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng nations of Queensland and Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) at University of Queensland. Prior to becoming an academic, Sandra had a successful career in Australian publishing and continues to be a widely recognised and valued leader in the Indigenous literary sector."
University of Queensland
"Sarah E. Truman is an interdisciplinary scholar whose interests intersect with English literary education, cultural studies, and the arts. From 2022-2025, Dr. Truman is an ARC DECRA Fellow conducting a project focused on speculative and science fiction as methods for for thinking critically about the world and proposing different futures on the themes of technology, climate, and social justice. Dr. Truman is co-director of the Literary Education Lab; co-Director of WalkingLab, and one half of Oblique Curiosities. Dr Truman’s most recent book is Feminist Speculations and the Practice of Research-Creation (Routledge, 2022)."
Sarah E. Truman
University of Melbourne
"Clare Archer-Lean is Senior Lecturer in English and Deputy Higher Degree Research Coordinator in USC’s School of Business and Creative Industries. Clare's research is focused on analysis of animals and environment in various cultural artefacts, but also in applied, trans-disciplinary work. Clare's work also explores how Indigenous storytelling provides vital insights into sustainability. SandClare is a committee member of Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) and on the editorial board for Social Alternatives and Animal Studies Journal."