Dr Kate Wright
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - School of Arts
Kate Wright is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New England, Armidale. The focus of her research is the important role played by more-than-human communities in working toward social and environmental justice, with a particular emphasis on decolonisation in Australia. Her current project is a collaboration with Armidale’s Aboriginal community to develop and maintain a community garden at the old East Armidale Aboriginal Reserve site as an activist platform for Aboriginal reclamation and cultural revival. This public environmental humanities research project experiments with novel multispecies assemblages and more-than-human methodologies to develop alternatives to neoliberal, colonial and anthropocentric modes of living and thinking. Kate recently published her first monograph, focused on decolonising philosophy and writing through intimate, embodied and situated encounters with the more-than-human world, titled Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More-than-human Encounters in the Routledge Environmental Humanities Series (2017). Kate holds a PhD from Macquarie University that received the Vice Chancellors Commendation for Excellence in Research, and is co-editor of the Living Lexicon section of the Environmental Humanities journal.
Before commencing her full time research role, Kate tutored, lectured and convened 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.
Co-founder and Coordinator, Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden http://armidalecommunitygarden.org
Co-editor with Emily O’Gorman of the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities, a special section of the Environmental Humanities journal. http://environmentalhumanities.org/profiles/
Convenor, Anti-Racist Anti-Colonial Reading Group (UNE)
Member, Weathering Research Collective weatheringstation.net
Member, Posthuman Literary and Cultural Studies Research Cluster (UNE)
Member, Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture
Member, International Society for Environmental Ethics
Member, Australasian Animal Studies Association
Member, Environmental Humanities Network (UNE)
Member, New England North West Regional Science Hub
Associate Member, Anaiwan Language Revival Program
Environmental Humanities; Environmental Philosophy; Cultural Studies; Multispecies Ethnography.
Wright, K. (2017) Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More than Human Encounters. Routledge, Environmental Humanities Series: London.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Wright, K. (Under Review) ‘Gleaning the Soils of Silver City’, Australian Humanities Review.
Clayton Dixon, C. and K. Wright (Under review) ‘Nyala gara-nda uyi-di-na urala-gu, gyuna-gu’ (We are Speaking our Path to Home, to Country): A Manifesto for Creature Languages’ Hacking the Anthropocene Conference Proceedings (Living Book)
Wright, K. (2018) ‘In the Shadow of a Willow Tree: A Community Garden Experiment in Decolonising, Multispecies Research’, Cultural Studies Review 24 (1) pp. 74 – 101 http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/4700/6386
Wright, K. (2014) ‘Becoming-With,’ Environmental Humanities 5, pp. 277 – 281. Wright, K. (2014) ‘Entangled Ethics for the Anthopocene,’ SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture 10 (1). Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal/vol11number1/Kate-Wright.html
Simpson, C. and K. Wright (2014) ‘Rethinking Ecology in the Anthropocene: Knowledges, Practices, Ethics and Politics’ [editorial] SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture 10 (1). Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal/vol11number1/Simpson-Wright.html
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Bunnies, Bilbies and the Ethic of Ecological Remembrance,’ M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture 15 (3). Online. http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/507
Simpson, C. and K. Wright (2012) ‘Ecology and Collaboration’ [editorial] 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. (2012) ‘Pining for the Present: Ecological Remembrance and Healing in the Armidale State Forest,’ 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 pp. 172 – 183.
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.) Proceedings of Curtin University ‘Creative Margins’ Conference, 2009.
Co-editor (with Emily O’Gorman) of the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities, a special section of the Environmental Humanities journal: http://environmentalhumanities.org/lexicon/
Co-Editor with Catherine Simpson (2014) ‘Rethinking Ecology in the Anthropocene’ edition of SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture 10 (1) Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal.html
Co-Editor with Catherine Simpson (2012) ‘Ecology’ edition of M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture 15 (3). Online. http://journal.mediaculture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/issue/view/ecology
Postdoctoral Research Project Website: armidalecommunitygarden.org
Postdoctoral Research Project Facebook Page: facebook/armidalecommunitygarden
Weathering Research Collective Blog: weatheringstation.net
Short online publications:
Wright, K. (2017) ‘Iwata’ in Everyday Futures: Australia in the Age of Humans https://everydayfutures.com.au/project/iwata/
Wright, K. (2014) ‘B for Becoming’ in the ABC’s of Multispecies Studies The Multispecies Salon: A Companion to the Book. Online at http://www.multispecies-salon.org/becomings/
Wright, K. (2010) Review of ‘Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies’ (Edited by Amit and Reema Sarwal), Media International Australia, 134.