Events

Beyond Survival: Austerity, precarity, resilience

Summary

This two day symposium organised by the Environmental Change research group seeks to spark conversations about the ways in which culture can respond to precarious environmental, economic, and social times.

Start Date

23rd Oct 2018 9:00am

End Date

24th Oct 2018 5:00pm

Venue

TBA

RSVP / Contact Information

E. naomi.milthorpe@utas.edu.au

Austerity, Precarity, Resilience

In periods of extended crisis, individual and collective goals orient towards concepts of “survival”. Acceptable definitions of survival are contested and the conditions for survival are vulnerable to exploitation and unequal distribution. Theoretical and political work alike are faced with the dual challenge that is the pursuit of the goal of survival while seeking also to surpass this goal, in search of richer possibilities of a liveable life.

Thinking ‘beyond survival’, this two-day symposium proposes to examine three crucial themes germane to environmental change: austerity, precarity, and resilience. In considering these themes, this symposium seeks to spark conversations about the ways in which culture can respond to environmental, economic, and social precarity; and about the resilience of humans and nonhumans alike in the face of the overlapping impacts of economic and environmental crisis.

We ask: what does it mean to go beyond survival as an acceptable political goal? What are meaningful representations of life in situations of extreme precarity and how do they operate? What is the role of activism in negotiating definitions and boundaries of survival (considering, for example, Invasion Day Rallies, the Stolenwealth Games, Black Lives Matter and Pacific Climate Warriors)? What does it mean to centre, support and learn from the vulnerability and resilience of the marginalised? What is the role of the humanities, social sciences and creative arts in these conversations?

With these increasingly urgent questions in mind, we invite proposals for 20-minute papers or 3 x 20-minute panel sessions from scholars across HASS-related disciplines that respond to topics that include but are not limited to:

  • living in precarious and austere times
  • imposed/policy-driven scarcity and precarity
  • cultural precarity: cultural survival, precarious languages
  • social precarity: austerity and dismantling the safety net
  • political precarity: austere political economies, wars, states, borders, refugees
  • Indigenous knowledges, politics and resilience
  • climate change and the Anthropoceneinter
  • sections between human survival and environmental/nonhuman survival
  • nonhuman ethics
  • representation of survival
  • discourses of disaster
  • human rights
  • precarious bodies
  • affect: vulnerability, insecurity, fear, hope
  • austerity and nostalgia, austerity chic
  • frugality and sustainability
  • food production and distribution
  • architectures of precarity/austerity/survival

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This symposium is organised by the Environmental Change research group. The group aims to advance HASS-led approaches to environmental change by understanding that the problems addressed by scientific research are constituted through cultural, social and political processes. We welcome submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers.