Events

EcoPeoPle coffee catch-up

All members are invited to gather for coffee and an informal discussion, Wednesday 23rd August 10:30am at the UWA Club.


Seminar: ‘Hunting, foraging and the pursuit of animal ontologies in Victoria, Australia’

Friday August 4th in the Anthropology/Sociology seminar series, 2:30-3:30pm in Social Sciences Building Room 2204

Catie Gressier

Disenchantment with the industrial food complex—and recognition of its detrimental impacts on ecosystems, animal welfare and human health—has led to growing numbers of Australians endeavouring to reduce their reliance on commercially-produced foods; meat in particular. This paper explores the ways in which self-provisioning hunters and foragers in Victoria invoke animal ontologies within their attempts to create sustainable, emplaced lifestyles and diets that circumvent the industrial food system. Through a focus on practices of accountable killing and sacred eating, I explore hunters’ justifications for their (somewhat anguished) omnivory through the construction of the embodied human as both predator and prey within their local ecosystems.


EcoPeoPle coffee catch-up

All members are invited to gather for coffee and an informal discussion, Thursday 15th June 10:30am at the UWA Club.


EcoPeoPle coffee catch-up

All members are invited to gather for coffee and an informal discussion, Wednesday 26th April 10:30am at the UWA Club.


Seminar: Archaeology in the age of alternative facts -The Beeliar wetlands investigation and Roe 8
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00 – Social Sciences, Lecture Room 1 (G28), UWA

Fiona Hook, Joe Dortch and Corina Abraham

During planning for the aborted Roe 8 highway project in the Perth metropolitan region, Noongar Traditional owners and archaeologists became concerned about protection of Aboriginal heritage place DAA 4107, which extends along the north side of Walliabup (Bibra Lake), through the Roe 8 corridor. The site’s original investigators identified 2000 Aboriginal stone artefacts at the surface, and potential for sub-surface archaeological material. Despite these values, the Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee determined the place was not a site, supposedly because the site had been disturbed, despite lack of any evidence for these claims. Identifying a lack of process, Traditional Owners and archaeologists undertook a pro bono investigation to determine whether the site was disturbed and contained sub-surface archaeological remains. A shovel test-pitting program in January 2017 revealed stone artefacts, including fossiliferous chert fragments probably older than c.5000 years, and intact pre-European deposits throughout the area assessed. Media coverage of the project was largely positive towards Aboriginal heritage. The project confirms that sub-surface archaeological assessment should have been conducted before clearing for the highway began. It also shows the value of archaeology in engaging the public and the role of research in actively contending ‘alternative facts’.

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