We are happy to announce that our MESH Symposium on “Decolonial Cultural Ecologies” scheduled for 26 – 28 October 2023 is growing and thriving!
Our symposium’s opening keynote on Thursday evening will be presented by Professor James Ogude from University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prof Ogude is the director of the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship where he leads the African Observatory for Environmental Humanities. Among his many publications is a co-edited volume on Environmental Humanities of Extraction in Africa: Poetics and Politics of Exploitation. He also leads the Southern African Hub of the BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition.
Our second keynote will be presented on Friday morning by Professor Anne Pattel-Gray, Professor of Indigenous Studies and inaugural Head of the School of Indigenous Studies at the Australian University of Divinity. She is a descendant of the Bidjara / Kari Kari people of Queensland and a celebrated Aboriginal theologian, biblical scholar and Indigenous activist. Among her many publications is De-Colonising the Biblical Narrative (vol. 1, 2022), co-authored with Norman Habel in collaboration with Australian First Nations.
Besides that, we have already got an amazing group of invited speakers from applied linguistics, social and cultural anthropology, environmental history, and literary studies. These experts will provide their regional insights on decolonial cultural ecologies from the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Save the date and stay tuned for further announcements and the upcoming programme!
Your MESH team!