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New Earth Histories Conference

This conference aims to produce a fresh and cosmopolitan history of environmental and Earth sciences, analysing the significance of geological time and multiple cosmologies for global modernity

6-8 December 2019

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Population in Histories and Ecologies of Health

Alison Bashford presents the Population in Histories and Ecologies of Health seminar at the Jockey Club Tower Centennial Campus, HKU.

13 December 2018, 9.45am - 10.30am
CPD 2.58, 2/F The Jockey Club Tower Centennial Campus, HKU

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Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life Symposium and Book Launch

Join New Earth Histories for a symposium on the theme of political geology followed by a book launch and reception for Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life (Palgrave).

Thursday 6 December 2018, 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Room 310, Level 3, Morven Brown Building, UNSW Kensington (map ref C20 (PDF))


2.00pm Introduction
Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life
Adam Bobbette (UNSW)

2:15 Session 1
Marilu Melo Zurita (UNSW)
Sinkholes, markets, three-dimensionality, Yucatan Peninsula

Elspeth Probyn (Sydney)
Fish, depth, extraction, resource epistemologies, ocean imaginaries

Matthew Johnson (UTS)
Geopower, metal, democracy, outer space, mineral sovereignty

3:45 Coffee/Tea break

4:00 Session 2
Emily Kern (UNSW)
Human origins, colonial geology, politics and paleoanthropology

Matthew Kearnes (UNSW)
Negative emissions, landscape and earth processes

David Turnbull (Melbourne)
Mounds, terps, points, territory, order

5:30 Drinks reception and book launch

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10 October 2018, Adam Bobbette presents his new research project, which aims to establish the first comprehensive and on-going environmental monitoring system within the Solomon Islands by working with churches, as part of Global Development Month at the UNSW Global Development Institute

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4 October 2018, Alison Bashford, Adam Bobbette and Emily Kern present the New Earth Histories seminar at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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26 September 2018, Alison Bashford delivers the World Maritime Day Public Lecture at the University of Tasmania, 'World History and the Tasman Sea'.

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In May 2018, Alison Bashford delivered the Wiles Lectures at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her four-lecture series is ‘Trustees of Evolution: The Huxleys from Empire to World, 1825-1975’

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Shaping the new world, UNSW Newsroom
World-leading historian Alison Bashford has always been interested in how the past shapes our present.
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