Rethinking Invasion Ecologies: Natures, Cultures and Societies in the age of the Anthropocene

From 18 June, 2012 to 19 June, 2012

A conference hosted by the Environmental Humanities Group
: Iain McCalman & Jodi Frawley

Charles Elton’s 1958 classic The Ecology of Invasions by Plants and Animals signaled a shift in the understanding of the global movement of biological species during the Anthropocene. Over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, new plants, animals and humans migrated to settler colonies, at the same time that biological material and ideas about nature transited to other parts of the world. Some species became threats to local environments across the globe. By the 1950s, acclimatisation and naturalization gave way to managing the ramifications of changes to ecologies, landscapes and environments. These changes had enduring impacts, some adverse, some beneficial, that are dynamic, unpredictable and often oscillating. This conference explores environmental thought about invasion ecologies for the Anthropocene and asks: How will biological and cultural invasions of the past impact on the futures of climate changing places? How should we think about the more-than-human roles of camels and carp; or willows and baobabs? What of the plants, animals, people and ideas that travelled and re-made other global places?

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Location: Sydney Law School Foyer

Contact:  Katherine Anderson
Phone:  61 2 9036 5347

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