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ICLL Symposium offered a wealth of information

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

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The International Centre for Landscape and Language (ICLL), based at ECU’s Mount Lawley campus, held its annual symposium on Tuesday, 17 November.

The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘hydrobotanics’ on the twin subjects of water and plant life in Western Australia.

The symposium showcased the exciting, interdisciplinary, and arts‐based environmental research being conducted by staff, associates, alumnae, and postgraduate researchers at ECU.

The day offered an array of biologists, geographers, writers, artists, and other creative and scientific people to the members of ICLL and the wider community.

Adjunct Associate Professor of English at ECU and Director of the ICLL, Glen Phillips, opened the day with the history and mission of the ICLL.

Among this year’s presenters was Barbara York Main, author of over 80 publications combining natural history with writing, and geographer and Adjunct Professor at ECU, Patrick Armstrong, who specialises in the study of Charles Darwin.

Other presenters included ECU visual artists Nien Schwarz and Gregory Pryor, as well as Western Australian artists Holly Story and Perdita Phillips and writers Andrew Burke and Annamaria Weldon.

ECU staff Rod Giblett and Hugo Bekle and postgraduate students Nandi Chinna and Marie-Louise McDermott also presented on their interdisciplinary environmental research.

The ICLL gives prominence to, and brings together, the significant expertise at ECU combined with national and international collaborative partners. The priority for the Centre is to promote research, teaching, scholarship and creative activity in all aspects of the interrelationship between landscape and language.

For more information on ICLL, please www.landscapeandlanguagecentre.au.com

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