Workshops and Activities

Upcoming Events:

There is nothing planned right now due to COVID-19. But we will be supporting some local mutual aid activities in Armidale and sending out Zines/Poetry. Stay tuned…

CORONAVIRUS prototype fabirc facemask and toilet paper.

Past Events :

Weathering Everything: A Mini-symposium

Dr Astrida Neimanis (USYD), Tessa Zettel (Artist-Researcher), and Dr Jennifer Hamilton (UNE)

Tuesday, March 3: 5pm for 5.00-7pm – Public Lecture: Dr Astrida Neimanis “We are all bodies of water; we are always weathering” atOorala Lecture Theatre, University of New England, Armidale Campus.

Wednesday, March 4: 7.30am-9am – Community Weathering Station Breakfast, Lake Madgwick UNE Armidale Campus

Wednesday, March 4: 2pm-4pm – Weathering the Apocalpyse: Survival Skills Workshop – A1 Arts Theatre Stage, UNE Armidale Campus.

For more information and to register for these events go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/community-weathering-station-27783513667

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Tuesday, March 3: 5.00 – 7pm – Public Lecture: Dr Astrida Neimanis “We are all bodies of water; we are always weathering” at Oorala Lecture Theatre, University of New England, Armidale Campus.

The summer of 2019/2020 was marked by extreme weather events involving too little, then too much, water. These meteorological and hydrological crises are linked to bigger planetary changes, but we also experience them as bodies: we are all bodies of water, and we are all bodies of weather. How we experience these events—and how we contribute to them–are tied to our specific historical, social, cultural and geographical locations in the world. In this lecture Astrida Neimanis offers a watery foray into over a decade of research that brings together feminist theory, place-based thinking, embodied research methods, and our current environmental situation. How might understanding ourselves as bodies of water help us weather these troubling times in more socially just and ecologically attuned ways? If you are not on campus, join via Zoom: https://une-au.zoom.us/meeting/677978312

Astrida Neimanis is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and a Key Researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute. Her research interests include posthuman feminisms, experimental writing methods, nature/culture, water, climate change, environmental humanities, environmental justice, embodiment, (bio)coloniality, biotechnologies and feminist STS. She is particularly interested in the common and queer intersections of these things. Her book Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology is available Open Access via Bloomsbury Collections https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/bodies-of-water-posthuman-feminist-phenomenology/

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Wednesday, March 4: 7.30am-9am – Community Weathering Station Breakfast, Lake Madgwick UNE Armidale Campus

This is a free event where we gather by a stormwater lake, eat and drink and think about big things like colonisation and climate change

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL FOR CATERING PURPOSES

Weathering names a reflective practice of attending to one’s relationship with the diversity of environmental forces we live amongst, and it also seeks to think about how these forces are differently felt in different bodies. We are always weathering, but not always in the same way. This breakfast opens up space to reflect on these environmental forms of weathering alongside colonial stormwater management architectures. How is the weather managed for us and to what end? A question to think about while eating a croissant.

Coffee, Tea, Fruit and Pastry will be provided.

BYO: Mug, Pinic Rug, any other breakfast stuffs and Note Book

The event is supported by the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England. Donations can be made to the Nēwara Aboriginal Corporation (Formerly the Anaiwan Language Revival Program).

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Wednesday, March 4: 2pm-4pm – Weathering the Apocalpyse: Survival Skills Workshop – A1 Arts Theatre Stage, UNE Armidale Campus.

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL

Why do preppers get to have all the fun? Skilling up for a feminist, anticolonial and demilitarised response to climate emergency

What is survival? What is the apocalypse? Here are two answers: first, as Callum Clayton Dixon shows in his recent book, Surviving New England, Aboriginal people from these tablelands have already survived the apocalypse of colonial invasion. Second, since the Cold War, anxieties of a world-ending apocalypse have been structured by nuclear fears. This explosion ends it all, and the few survivors remain in underground bunkers until the dust settles. But what if climate change plays out in uneven ways across time? What if it is more like a civilisational whimper than one big bang. If this is the case, a bunker might not be that useful after all.

In the spirit of acknowledging that climate change is not the first apocalyptic event to occur in Armidale and rejecting both spectacular militaristic apocalypticism and business as usual ‘late liberalism’ (to borrow Elizabeth Povinelli’s term), this workshop raises questions, and eyebrows, at certain practices that facilitate survival and opens up space for thinking, making, doing alternatives

For more information and to register for these events go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/community-weathering-station-27783513667

For questions email jennifer dot hamilton@une dot edu dot au

Community Water Forum in Armidale – Feburary 6 2020 – https://slarmidale.org/2020/01/15370

2019

Groundswell in Bingara on September 7/8 – https://www.ksca.land/event/2019/9/7/groundswell-where-art-farming-and-science-meet

Armidale Farmer’s Market on September 15

26 October, 2019: Lake Zot Breakfast, UNE – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-weathering-station-breakfast-at-lake-zot-tickets-78116569763

9 November, 2019: Black Gully Festival Stall – https://www.facebook.com/blackgully

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