BFU presents: Memory – ethics, ecology, environment

Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 2.10.04 pm.pngWhen? 4pm – 5.30pm, Wednesday 15th August (EKKA holiday)

Where? Bunyapa Park, cnr Thomas and Vulture Street, West End

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we gather, the Turrbal and Jagera peoples. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, and to all other First Nations communities in Brisbane. Sovereignty over these lands was never ceded, and is not forgotten.


A public discussion on memory and environment. We ask: how do we remember? What are the politics of memory? How do we make choices about what we remember and what we forget? And what does that say about us in these times of ecological crisis and climate change? We wonder: what are the ecological relationships between remembering and forgetting? How do our politics of memory map in cultural and environmental landscapes?

The speakers:

Kristy-Lee Horswood (Gamilaraay). Kristy is an organiser with Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance and the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, a co-host of 4zzz’s IndigiBriz and Souljah Sisters, and a contributor to feminist radio collective Radio Reversal.

Raina Fox is a current Rotary Peace Fellow, studying peace and conflict studies at UQ. Her background is in museum studies, oral history, public humanities and arts for social change. She’s interested in the connections between memory and peace-building.

Ariana Russell recently completed her Honours in gender and cultural studies @ University of Sydney. Ariana is interested in queer ecologies / feminist post-human phenomonology / environmental ethics / crocodiles!

As usual, this event is free and open to everyone. We invite speakers to present for 10-15 minutes each, before opening up to broader discussion and dialogue. And sometimes we retire to a pub or cafe afterwards to continue the chats. You’re welcome to come and go as you please, and feel free to bring food with you.

It’s pretty cold in the park once the sun goes down, so try to bring along a blanket and dress warmly. Some seating is provided but many of us will sit on the ground. Snuggling also recommended. We’ll bring an urn with some tea bags and stuff, so pop a cup in your bag if you remember. Hopefully it’ll still be reasonably warm in the afternoon, but come prepared!

Accessibility information for this event:
The venue is a park. The event is child-friendly, and we welcome families to attend. However the park is not fenced and there will not be a separate space for children. We can provide some engagement materials (drawing supplies etc) on request.
This venue is wheelchair accessible, although much of the park is grassed
There is an accessible ambulant toilet with a change-table.
Some comfortable seating is provided, and priority will be given to those with mobility difficulties or who request special assistance. Please let an organiser know if you need a chair and there are none available. We’ll be the ones fiddling with the mics at the front.
Online notes are not available for our speakers, though copies of other materials they have written can be provided on request.
An Auslan interpreter will not be present.
Very limited First Aid will be available on site.

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