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'Every Body is Exhausted' - public lecture event

Friday, 16 October 2020


You are invited by Professor Mindy Blaise, School of Education to attend a public lecture with Dr Astrida Neimanis of The University of Sydney, our virtual visiting scholar.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 25 November 2020
Time: 9.00am - 10.15am
Location: Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus, Building 18, Room 18.101
* Morning tea will be served after the lecture.
* Zoom links can be provided.

RSVP: Register online.

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While 2020 has introduced us to new forms of being tired – ZOOM fatigue and home-schooling while working from home to name just two – the signs of planetary exhaustion have long been legible.

In this talk, Astrida Neimanis connects her longstanding interests in watery embodiment as a mode of connection between species, times, and worlds to the growing need to find ways of resting, together.

Feminist environmental thinking provides a launchpad for telling stories about fatigue as a political affect, and for devising feminist, anti-racist strategies for teaching, learning, and living together in a climate changing world. In this talk, Neimanis connects her work on “bodies of water” to the need to rest, together. Tracing the phenomenon of sleep from jellyfish science to the sympoietic sleep management of otters and giant kelp, to the gendered and racialised history of sleeplessness, she reminds us that exhaustion is structural, multi species, inter-sectional.

In a climate changing world, she argues, we need to undertake rest as a collaborative practice in acknowledgment of our shared and different vulnerabilities.

Astrida Neimanis is a senior lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney on Gadigal Land, in Sydney, Australia.


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