Dr John Charles Ryan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

John Charles Ryan

Phone: +61 2 6773 1817

Email: jryan63@une.edu.au

Biography

Originally from the United States, Dr John Charles Ryan arrived in Western Australia in 2008 and is now Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017–20) in the School of Arts at UNE. His postdoctoral project is entitled “The Botanical Imagination: Poetry as a Means for Inspiring Ecological Appreciation and Community Wellbeing.” It investigates the potential of poetic practice to inspire understanding of the natural world and, in particular, to redefine human-plant relationships. The project combines creative, critical and community-based approaches focused on the plant diversity of the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Through poetry composition, workshops and collaborations, the research aims to foster greater empathy for Australia’s botanical life. Outcomes will include scholarly and creative (non-traditional) literary works that highlight the ways in which the arts support sustainability, heritage and community in rural Australia today.

Dr Ryan is a poet, theorist, ethnographer, and, in addition to his current role at UNE, serves as Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. From 2011 to 2015, he was a Sessional Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA. His teaching and research activities cross fluidly between the environmental and digital humanities. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than 10 scholarly books, including Digital Arts: An Introduction to New Media (as co-author, 2014) and The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (as co-editor, 2017).

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Environmental Design  (University of Massachusetts, USA)

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a focus on Biology (Excelsior College, USA)

Master of Arts in Values and the Environment (University of Lancaster, England)

Doctor of Philosophy (Edith Cowan University, Australia)

Memberships

  • Appointed as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) (2017–)
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
  • Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ)
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, ASEAN (ASLE-ASEAN)
  • International Centre for Landscape and Language at Edith Cowan University (ICLL)
  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC)
  • Posthuman Literary and Cultural Studies Research Group (UNE)
  • Environmental Humanities Research Network (UNE)

Consultancy Interests

  • Australian Biodiversity and the Arts
  • Botanical History of Australia (especially WA)
  • Creativity and Sustainability
  • Publishing Scholarly and Creative Works
  • Reviewer for numerous academic journals
  • Book proposal and manuscript reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Transcript Press, Brill, Margaret River Press, and others
  • Susquehanna University (US) Grant Program External Assessor (2017)

Research Interests

Research Grants

2015 Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship Program. The Botanical Memory Project: Conserving the Cultural Heritage of Western Australian Plants ($13,300)

2014 Edith Cowan University (ECU) Collaboration Grant. Re-imagining Perth’s Lost Wetlands (with R. Giblett, D. Brady and C. Kueh) in collaboration with the City of Perth and Landgate ($76,300)

2013 Edith Cowan University (ECU) Early Career Researcher Award. FloraCultures: Conserving Perth’s Plant-based Cultural Heritage through a Digital Repository ($23,300)

2009–15 ECU ASPIRE Research Awards ($16,000)

2009–15 ECU CREATEC Research Funding ($8,000)

Publications

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Books (Authored and Co-authored)

Ryan, J. and A. Hubbell. (2019). An Introduction to the Environmental Humanities (London: Routledge, under contract and in development)

Ryan, J. (2017). Plants in Contemporary Poetry: Ecocriticism and the Botanical Imagination (New York: Routledge) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2015). Posthuman Plants: Rethinking the Vegetal (Champaign, IL, USA: Common Ground Publishing) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2014). Being With: Essays in Poetics, Ecology and the Senses (Champaign, IL, USA: Common Ground Publishing) (publisher’s link)

Hope, C. and J. Ryan. (2014). Digital Arts: An Introduction to New Media (New York, USA: Bloomsbury) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2013). Unbraided Lines: Essays in Environmental Thinking and Writing (Champaign, IL, USA: Common Ground Publishing) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2012). Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language (Oxford, UK: TrueHeart Press) (publisher’s link)

Books (Edited and Co-edited)

Ryan, J. and R. Giblett, eds. (2017, under contract). Forest Family: Australian Culture, Art, and Trees (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill) (critical plant studies series)

Ryan, J. ed. (2017). South East Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher's link)

Gagliano, M., J. Ryan and P. Vieira, eds. (2017). The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature (Minneapolis, MN, USA: University of Minnesota Press) (publisher’s link)

Vieira, P., M. Gagliano and J. Ryan, eds. (2016). The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher’s link)

Books (Poetry)

Phillips, G. and J. Ryan. (2017). Primavariants: Poetry of Western Australia and the New England Tablelands (Mount Lawley, WA: International Centre for Landscape and Language Press) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2017). The Earth Decides (Allahabad, India: Cyberwit) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2018, in press). No Requiem for the Forest (Denmark, WA: Hallowell Press)

Ryan, J. (2013). In Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press) (anthology) (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). Two With Nature: Illustrations by Ellen Hickman and Poetry by John Ryan (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press) (link)

Ryan, J. ed. (2012). Sunlight of Ordinary Days (Joondalup, WA: Twelve Poets of Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre) (anthology) (reprinted by Vivid Publishing) (link)

Ryan, J. (2011). Katoomba Incantation: Poetry (Allahabad, India: Cyberwit Press) (link)

Book Chapters

Ryan, J. (2017, in press). The Sweetness of Flowers in the Air: Literary Ethnobotany and Classical Burmese Poetry, in R.S. Silvest & S. Uddin (eds.), Regional Writings in World English Literature (Latur, India: Viswabharati Research Centre) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2017, in press). Imagining Plant-Like Futures? Vegetal Intelligence in Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse, in R.S. Silvest & S. Uddin (eds.), Regional Writings in World English Literature (Latur, India: Viswabharati Research Centre) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2017). Epilogue: Ziggy Stardust and the Irrawaddy Dolphin: Prospects for a Transboundary Ecocriticism in Southeast Asia, in J. Ryan (ed.), Southeast Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2017, in review). From Cape to Cape: A Literary and Cultural History of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Region of South-west Australia, in A. O’Neill and J. Wardrop (eds.),   Journeys and Narratives

Ryan, J. (2017, under contract). Introduction: Critical Studies of Old-Growth Forests, in J. Ryan and R. Giblett (eds.), Forest Family: Australian Culture, Art, and Trees (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill) (critical plant studies series)

Ryan, J. (2017, under contract). From Burls to Blockades: Artistic Interpretations of Karri Trees and Forests, in J. Ryan and R. Giblett (eds.), Forest Family: Australian Culture, Art, and Trees (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill) (critical plant studies series)

Ryan, J. (2017). An Introduction to South East Asian Ecocriticism, in J. Ryan (ed.), South East Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher's link)

Ryan, J. (2017). From Padauk to Hyacinth: Literary Botany, the Agency of Plants, and the Contemporary Poetry of Myanmar, in J. Ryan (ed.), South East Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher's link)

Li, R. and J. Ryan (2017, forthcoming). Sowing Seeds: Phytocriticism and the Botanical Dimensions of Indonesian Literature for Children and Young Adults, in J. Ryan (ed.), South East Asian Ecocriticism: Theories, Practices, Prospects (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (ecocritical theory and practice series)

Ryan, J. (2017, forthcoming). ‘No More Boomerang’: Environment and Technology in Contemporary Aboriginal Poetry, in I. Campos (ed.), Ecopoetics: Global Poetries and Ecologies (Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (ecocritical theory and practice series)

Gagliano, M., J. Ryan and P. Vieira (2017). Introduction, in M. Gagliano, J. Ryan, and P. Vieira (eds.), The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature, vii–xxxiii (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2017). In the Key of Green? The Silent Voices of Plants in Poetry, in M. Gagliano, J. Ryan and P. Vieira (eds.), The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature, 273–296 (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2017). Where Have All the Boronia Gone? A Posthumanist Model of Environmental Mourning, in A.C. Willox and A. Cunsolo (eds.), Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief, 117–143 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2016). Botanical Memory: Materiality, Affect and Western Australian Plant Life, in J. Damousi and P. Hamilton (eds.), A Cultural History of Sound, Memory, and the Senses, 212–230 (New York: Routledge) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2016). Tolkien’s Sonic Trees and Perfumed Herbs: Plant Intelligence in Middle-earth, in P. Vieira, M. Gagliano and J. Ryan (eds.), The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World, 37–58 (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher’s link)

Vieira, P., M. Gagliano and J. Ryan (2016). Introduction, in P. Vieira, M. Gagliano and J. Ryan (eds.), The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World, ix–xxvii (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield) (publisher’s link)

Ryan, J. (2015). Reading for Sustainability through Botanical Aesthetics: Embodied Perceptions of Perth’s Flora, 1829 to 1929, in C. Crouch, N. Kaye and J. Crouch (eds.), An Introduction to Sustainability and Aesthetics: The Arts and Design for the Environment, 193–202 (Boca Raton, FL: BrownWalker Press) (publisher’s link)

Journal Articles

Ryan, J. (2017, in press). ‘The Tide’s True Daughter’: Saya Zawgyi’s The Hyacinth’s Way as an Environmental Text. The Journal of Ecocriticism: Nature, Society and Literature

Ryan, J. (2017, in press). Plants, People, and Narratives in South-east Asia: Kampoon Boontawee’s A Child of the Northeast as Literary Ethnobotany. Walailak Journal of Asian Studies

Ryan, J. (2017, in review). Poetry as Plant Script: Interspecies Dialogue and Lyrical Collaboration in the Northern Tablelands of Australia. Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture and Technology

Ryan, J. (2017). A Comparative History of Resurrection Plants. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 19.2: 1–11 (link)

Ryan, J. (2017, in press). Coming Back to Life: A Comparative Literary History of Resurrection Plants. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 19.2

Ryan, J. (2017). Biological Processes as Writerly? An Ecological Critique of DNA-based Poetry. Environmental Humanities 9.1: 129–148, doi:10.1215/22011919-3829163 [2015 ERA-listed]

Li, Q. and J. Ryan (2017). Nature, Engagement, Empathy: Yijing as a Chinese Ecological Aesthetic. Environmental Values 26.3: 343–364, doi: 10.3197/096327117X14913285800698 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2016). That Seed Sets Time Ablaze: Vegetal Temporality in Judith Wright’s Botanical Poetics. Environmental Philosophy, doi: 10.5840/envirophil2016121343 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2016). Sacred Ecology of Plants: The Vegetative Soul in the Botanical Poetry of Les Murray. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 10.4: 459–484, doi: 10.1558/jsrnc.v10i4.30855 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2016). On the Death of Plants: John Kinsella’s Radical Pastoralism and the Weight of Botanical Melancholia. Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 7.2: 113–133 (link)

Ryan, J. (2016). Flick(e)ring Cockatoos: New Media as Zoopoetic Space. Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy 6 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2016). Sense of Place and Sense of Taste: Thoreau’s Botanical Aesthetics. Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Refereed Journal of HERA (Humanities Education and Research Association) 32(3): 63–78 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2016). Planting the Eco-Humanities? Climate Change, Poetic Narratives and Botanical Lives. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 8(2): 61–70, doi: 10.21659/rupkatha.v8n3.08 (link)

Hubbell, D. and J. Ryan (2016). Scholarly Ecotones in the Information Landscape. Landscapes: The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language 7(1): 1–16 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2016). The Substance of Memory: Plants, Objects, and Affect. Journal of Literature and Art Studies 6(1): 89–99, doi: 10.17265/2159-5836/2016.01.012

Ryan, J. (2015). Plant-Art: The Virtual and the Vegetal in Contemporary Performance and Installation Art. Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 2(3): 40–57 (link)

Ryan, J. (2015). Ecodigital Art: Democratization, Globalization, and Interdisciplinarity. The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability 11(3): 1–9 (link)

Ryan, J. (2015). ‘A Very Striking Parasite’: The Cultural History of the Christmas Tree. Griffith Review 47: 191–199 (link)

Ryan, J. (2015). The Virtual and the Vegetal: Creating a ‘Living’ Biocultural Heritage Archive through Digital Storytelling Approaches. Global Media Journal: Australian Edition 9(1): 1–10. [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J., D. Brady and C. Kueh. (2015). Where Fanny Balbuk Walked: Re-imagining Perth’s Wetlands. M/C Journal: Media and Culture 18(6) [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2015). ‘No More Boomerang’: Environment and Technology in Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Poetry. Humanities 4(4): 938–957, doi:10.3390/h4040938 (link)

Ryan, J. (2015). Tolkien’s Sonic Trees and Perfumed Herbs: Plant Intelligence in Middle-earth. Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 6(2): 125–141 (link)

Adams, L., R. Newman-Storen, C. Kueh, and J. Ryan (2015). This Is Not an Article: A Reflection on Creative Research Dialogues (This is Not a Seminar). Educational Philosophy and Theory: Incorporating ACCESS, doi: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1035630 [2015 ERA-listed]

Gross, J. and J. Ryan (2015). Landscapes of Research: Perceptions of Open Access (OA) Publishing in the Arts and Humanities. Publications 3(2): 65–88, doi:10.3390/publications3020065 (link)

Ryan, J. (2014). Natural Heritage Conservation and Eco-digital Poiesis: A Western Australian Example. MIA: Media International Australia 153: 88–97 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2014). Conserving the Environment through Memory Research: A Case Study of Western Australia. Journal of Global Management Research 10(2): 19–28

Ryan, J. (2014). Overland from Perth to Albany: A Journey of Botanical Intrigue. Australian Garden History 25(3): 4–9 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2014). Downloading the Commons: Its Role in the Distribution of Art in the Digital Era. Transactions on Digital Art 14(1): 19–36

Ryan, J. (2014). From Dada to the Browser: Internet Art and the Democratisation of Artistic Production in the Digital Era. The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies 12(1): 41–51

Ryan, J. (2014). Hyperreality, Art and Activism in a Postdigital Future. Journal of Literature and Art Studies 4(8): 618–634

Ryan, J. (2014). The Transformation of Archival Philosophy and Practice through Digital Art. Philosophy Study 4(5): 373–390

Ryan, J. (2014). Analogue Angels and Digital Diamonds: Tracing the Origins of New Media Art. Philosophy Study 4(6): 430–448

Ryan, J. (2014). Australian Ecopoetics Past, Present, Future: What Do the Plants Say? Cordite Poetry Review and Arc Poetry Magazine 75: 25–37 (link)

Ryan, J. (2014). Toward an Ethics of Reciprocity: Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Medicinal Plants as Cancer Therapies. Humanities 3(4): 624–644, doi:10.3390/h3040624 (link)

Ryan, J. (2013). Toward a Phen(omen)ology of the Seasons: The Indigenous Weather Knowledge Project. Environment, Space, Place 5(1): 103–131

Ryan, J. (2013). Botanical Memory: Exploring Emotional Recollections of Native Flora in the Southwest of Western Australia. Emotion, Space and Society 8: 27–38, doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2012.09.001 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2013). A Poetic Mycology of the Senses: Four Poems on Mushrooms. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature 10(1): 55–66 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2013). 'The Name Blossomed': Landscapes, Habitats and the Botanical Poetry of South-West Australia. Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology (AJE) 2(1): 26–42 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2013). Stories of Snow and Fire: The Importance of Narrative to a Critically Pluralistic Environmental Aesthetic. Humanities 2(1): 99–118, doi:10.3390/h2010099 (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). Humanity’s Bioregional Places: Linking Space, Aesthetics, and the Ethics of Reinhabitation. Humanities 1(1): 80–103, doi:10.3390/h1010080 (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). Narrative Environmental Ethics, Nature Writing, and Ecological Science as Tradition: Towards a Sponsoring Ground of Concern. Philosophy Study 2(11): 822–834

Ryan, J. (2012). ‘Which to Become’: Encountering Fungi in Australian Poetry. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 4(2): 132–143 (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). Towards Intimate Relations: Gesture and Contact Between Plants and People. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature 9: 29–36 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). Passive Flora? Reconsidering Nature’s Agency through Human-Plant Studies. Societies 2(3): 101–121, doi:10.3390/soc2030101 (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). The Six Seasons: Shifting Australian Nature Writing Towards Ecological Time and Embodied Temporality. Transformations 21 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2012). A Poetry of Science or a Science of Poetry? The Speculative Method of Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802). The International Journal of Literary Humanities 10(1): 45–57

Ryan, J. (2012). CCA3101/4101 Environmental Humanities: The History of a Unit through an Ecopedagogical Lens. US-China Education Review 2(12): 1013–1020

Ryan, J. (2011). An Unlikely Marriage? Theorising the Corporeality of Language at the Crossroads of Thoreau, Heidegger, and the Botanical World. Philosophy Study 1(2): 139–149

Ryan, J. (2011). Plants as Objects: Challenges for an Aesthetics of Flora. Philosophy Study 1(3): 222–236

Ryan, J. (2011). Recalling Walden: Thoreau’s Embodied Aesthetics and Australian Writings on Place. The Journal of Ecocriticism 3(2): 43–57 (link)

Ryan, J. (2011). Sifting Horticulture from Botany: John Lindley’s ‘A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony’ (1840). Australian Garden History 23(1): 9–14 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2011). Plants, Processes, Places: Sensuous Intimacy and Poetic Enquiry. Axon: Creative Explorations 1 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2011). Anthoethnography: Emerging Research into the Culture of Flora, Aesthetic Experience of Plants, and the Wildflower Tourism of the Future. New Scholar 1(1): 28–40 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2011). Cultural Botany: Towards a Model of Transdisciplinary, Embodied and Poetic Research into Plants. Nature and Culture 6(2): 123–148

Ryan, J. (2010). Values and Evaluations: Reading for Beauty in John Lindley’s ‘A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony’ (1839–40). The New Critic 13 (link)

Ryan, J. (2010). Not a Bush Flâneur? The Convergent Topographies of Recreational Bushwalking, Floristic Appreciation, and Human Embodiment in the Southwest of Western Australia. Colloquy 20: 5–32 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2010). Botanic Field Aesthetics: A Methodology of Embodied Research into Indigenous Southwest Flora. Landscapes 4(1): 96–107 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Ryan, J. (2010). Green Tropism and the Southwest Australian Flora: From the Green Man to the Ravensthorpe Woman. The International Journal of the Humanities 8(2): 211–228

Ryan, J. (2010). Towards a Corporeal Aesthetics of Plants: Ethnographies of Embodied Appreciation along the Wildflower Trail. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 24(4): 543–557 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2009). Why Do Extinctions Matter? Mourning the Loss of Indigenous Flora in the Southwest of Western Australia. Philament 15: 51–80 [2015 ERA-listed]

Ryan, J. (2009). ‘Plants That Perform For You?’ From Floral Aesthetics to Floraesthesis in the Southwest of Western Australia. Australian Humanities Review 47: 117–140 [2015 ERA-listed] (link)

Conference Papers

Ryan, J. (2016). Sowing Seeds: Phyto-criticism and the Botanical Dimensions of Indonesian Literature for Children and Young Adults (LCYA). Refereed Proceedings of the Fourth Literary Studies Conference (Children’s Literature in Southeast Asia), University of Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 140–146

Ryan, J. (2016). The Tide's True Daughter: Saya Zawgyi’s The Hyacinth’s Way as an Ecological Text. Refereed Proceedings of the 5th Unnes International Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature, and Translation (ELTLT), Semarang, Indonesia, 336–340

Ryan, J. (2016). Kampoon Boontawee’s A Child of the Northeast as Literary Ethnobotany, in K. Jermsittiparsert, A. Kasayanond and B. Sheehan (eds), Refereed Proceedings of the 1st National and International Conference on Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences, Phitsanulok, Thailand, 1–9

Plaisent, M., J. Ryan, E. Jungcharoensukying and P. Bernard. (2015). Einstein's A Priori Respectability. Refereed Proceedings of Project Einstein: An International Conference Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Ryan, J. (2015). Beyond East Asian Landscapes: A Survey of Ecocriticism in Thai Literary Studies, in J. Strouhal and M. Plaisent (eds), Refereed Proceedings of the International Conference on Trends in Economics, Humanities and Management, Bangkok, Thailand, 26–30 (link)

Ryan, J. (2015). Dharmic Ecologies Down Under: An Ecocritical Perspective on Buddhist Symbolism in Australian Poetry, in M. Broder (ed), Refereed Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Buddhism and Australia, Perth, Australia, 43–51 (link)

Ryan, J. (2013). FloraCultures: Conserving Perth's Botanical Heritage through a Digital Repository, in T. Lee, K. Trees and R. Desai (eds), Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges (link)

Ryan, J. (2011). Leaves of a Tree? Interweaving the Many Narratives of Southwest Australian Flora. Multidisciplinary Conference 11(1): 45–60

Ryan, J. (2010). Palm-Like Fingers Holding a Coarse Line of Air: Poetic Enquiry into Southwest Australian Flora. Provoking Texts, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 1–24 (link)

Other Works

Ryan, J. (2016). Rethinking Botanical Nativism: Oral History, Plant-Based Cultural Heritage and the Indigenous-Exotic Binary in Western Australia (Project Report). The Oral History Australia Journal 38: 12–17

Giblett, R., D. Brady, C. Kueh, J. Ryan and N. Chinna. (2014). Exhibition: Re-imagining Perth’s Lost Wetlands. Perth Town Hall, September–October (link)

Research Supervision Experience

Dr. Ryan has supervised traditional and practice-led/creative postgraduate (MA, PhD) projects to completion in the areas of photomedia, design (data visualisation and Chinese aesthetics), environmental journalism (Bangladesh) and ecocultural studies. He welcomes postgraduate students in environmental humanities-related areas.

Related Links

In 2017, Dr. Ryan is working with the New England Writers’ Centre to offer a series of poetry workshops based on the four seasons.

Please also see his Google Scholar profile.

Further Information

Media

The Language of Plants Review: What We Can Learn from Our Vegetal Friends, by Fiona Capp. The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 2017 (link)

The Language of Plants Examines Nature’s Complexities, by Simon Caterson. The Weekend Australian, 16–17 September 2017 (link)

Radio Interview, The Language of Plants, ABC Radio National, Blueprint for Living, August 2017 (link)