Unnatural Futures Conference

July 3-4, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania

From genetically modified foods to zombie apocalypse, concerns about the future are increasingly reflected in contemporary media, policy and culture. An “unnatural future” is being shaped by rapidly escalating anxieties about the social, cultural, environmental and technological risks that now pervade everyday life. This climate of fear and uncertainty about the future requires careful consideration around how best to respond and intervene in debates, discussion and media representations around our “unnatural future”.

This conference brings together researchers from a range of academic disciplines, including those from the social sciences, humanities, and agricultural and environmental studies, to address the following questions: how do we imagine the future? What are the methodologies or theories that may help navigate these potential futures? The intention is to share and explore views of the possible natural and unnatural futures that loom large on the horizon.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University)

Professor Lesley Head (The Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research; University of Wollongong)
Craig Norris – Journalism, Media & Communications, University of Tasmania (Craig.Norris@utas.edu.au)

Michelle Phillipov – Journalism, Media & Communications, University of Tasmania (Michelle.Phillipov@utas.edu.au)

Felicity Picken – AHURI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Tasmania (Felicity.Picken@utas.edu.au)

Yvette Watt – Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania (Yvette.Watt@utas.edu.au)

conference contact: rebecca.dorgelo@utas.edu.au

Posted: February 10, 2014