Dr Kate Wright
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - School of Arts
Kate Wright joined the School of Arts in July 2014 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow after completing her PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Kate spent her childhood in Armidale, and her PhD thesis (which will be published as a book in 2015) is an auto-ethnographic account of relationships between human and non-human life in the New England region, titled ‘Cross-Kingdom Encounters: Journeys to the New England Tablelands’.
Kate’s research is situated in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities and looks at the way interspecies relationships nourish and sustain resilient environments and communities, with a particular focus on social and environmental justice. Her current postdoctoral project ‘Nourishing Culture and Developing Social Capital in a Community Garden’ involves working collaboratively with local Aboriginal community members, organisations and Elders to develop a community garden on a block of land that was once part of an Aboriginal reserve.
Through the lens of multispecies ethnography, the garden will be a space to experiment with alternatives to neoliberal, colonial and anthropocentric modes of thinking and living. The project will expand the notion of community into a ‘mixed community’ of humans and non-humans to ask innovative questions, such as: Can a plant be a mentor? Can bush foods retain cultural knowledge? Can worms teach us how to develop more sustainable modes of living? Community members will be co-researchers, bridging the gap between traditional and academic knowledges and between local action and global change.
This research project is integrated with an innovative training and education pathway program that links Aboriginal environmental knowledges with sustainability and environmental science. This program will be conducted through the garden site by UNE in partnership with TAFE New England, Jobs Australia, Best Employment, BackTrack Youthworks, and the Clontarf Academy (Armidale High School).
Kate is co-editor of the ‘Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities’, a special section of the open-access journal Environmental Humanities. Kate has also convened and lectured units across a range of disciplines in the Arts and Science faculties at Macquarie University (2009 – 2013) including Environmental Humanities, Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Media, and Science Communication.
Bachelor of Media (First Class Honours) 2008; PhD (Vice Chancellors Commendation for Excellence in Research) 2013 - Macquarie University.
Environmental Humanities; Environmental Philosophy; Cultural Studies; Multispecies Ethnography.
Wright, K. (Forthcoming 2015) Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More than Human Encounters, Routledge Environmental Humanities Series: London
Wright, K. (2014): ‘Becoming-With’ Environmental Humanities 5, pp 277 – 281.
Wright, K. (2014): ‘Entangled Ethics for the Anthopocene’ in SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture 10 (1). Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal/vol11number1/Kate-Wright.html
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Bunnies, Bilbies and the Ethic of Ecological Remembrance’ in M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture 15 (3). Online. http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/507
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Pining for the Present: Ecological Remembrance and Healing in the Armidale State Forest’ in Journal of Environmental Philosophy 9 (1) pp. 109–126.
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Armidale’s Imported Autumn’ in Transformations: Journal of Media and Culture 21. Online. http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/titles.shtml
Wright, K. (2012) ‘An “Upside-Down land”: Contested Rock Formations in the New England Landscape (Australia)’ the Permanent European Conference for the Study of Rural Landscapes Conference Proceedings. Online. http://www.lza.lv/LZA_VestisA/66_3/16_Katherine%20Wright.pdf
Wright, K. (2010) ‘Signatures of Resistance: Graffiti as a Form of Self-Inscription at Thunderbolt’s Rock, Uralla (NSW)’ in Anthony Lambert (ed.) NEO: Journal for Higher Degree Research Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities 3. Online. http://www.arts.mq.edu.au/documents/6_Katherine_Wright.pdf
Wright, K. (2009) ‘Manicured Nature: Nativism, Authenticity and Belonging in the Armidale State Forest (NSW)’ in Julie Lunn (ed.) Provoking Texts: New Postgraduate Research from the Edge. Proceedings of Curtin University ‘Creative Margins’ Conference, 2009.
Wright, K. (2014) ‘B for Becoming’ in the ABC’s of Multispecies Studies The Multispecies Salon: A Companion to the Book. Online. http://www.multispecies-salon.org/becomings/
Simpson, C and K. Wright (2014) ‘Rethinking Ecology in the Anthropocene: Knowledges, Practices, Ethics and Politics’ – editorial in edited collection of SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture 10 (1). Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal/vol11number1/Simpson-Wright.html
Simpson, C. and K. Wright (2012) ‘Ecology and Collaboration’ – editorial in edited collection ‘Ecology’ of M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture 15 (3). Online. http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/538
Wright, K. (2010) Review of ‘Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies’ (Edited by Amit and Reema Sarwal), Media International Australia, p134.