[Iag-list] NzGS-IAG Pre-Conference Symposium: Framing Flammable Futures

Lauren Rickards lauren.rickards at rmit.edu.au
Tue Mar 13 11:40:43 AEDT 2018

*Come and get the most out of the NZGS-IAG conference by coming to our
pre-conference symposium on the deeply geographical topic of Fire...*

*Institute of Australian Geographers*

*Framing Flammable Futures Symposium*

*Wednesday 11 July, 2018*

*9.30am – 4.00pm*

*University of Auckland*

Climate change and the intersecting issues of the Anthropocene demand that
questions of sustainability and disaster are thought together. This one
day, participatory, pre-conference symposium will use the IAG/NZGS
conference at the School of Environment, University of Auckland, 12-14
July, to bring together members of the new Environmental
Sustainability-Hazards Risk and Disasters study group and others to discuss
a key climate change challenge: our increasingly flammable future.

The unprecedented 2017 Port Hills fires in Aotearoa New Zealand and other
recent fire events in Australasia underline the need to explore how diverse
groups currently manage their existing and potential engagement with fire,
and may need to manage it in the future. As pointed out by scholars such as
Nigel Clark, Kathryn Yusoff, Simon Dalby, Stephen Pyne and David Bowman,
rethinking how humans relate to fire – from contained combustion of fossil
fuels to the “wild” fires that sweep through landscapes and lives – is now
a key intellectual and practical issue.

This pre-conference event will contribute to this task by bringing together
diverse perspectives. Participants will discuss how the emergence of a more
flammable future under climate change reflects and affects the ways in
which fire is currently framed - whether as natural or unnatural presence,
a social risk, a cultural resource, or something else. It will examine
possible biases and injustices of contemporary fire management, including
tensions and synergies between disaster risk reduction and longer-term

Scholars and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for 10 minute
presentations in response to the above and the following prompts: *How is
fire typically framed in your line of research or work, and why? What are
strengths and weaknesses of this approach? How do issues around climate
change, disasters and/or sustainability feature, or not feature? What will
or should the human relation to fire look like in the future?*

Please send your 200-220 word abstracts to Timothy Neale (
t.neale at deakin.edu.au) and Lauren Rickards (lauren.rickards at rmit.edu.au) *by
31st March 2018*.

This symposium is sponsored by the Enviro Sustainability-Hazards Risk
Disasters study group. Thanks to financial support from the IAG we are
pleased to offer a small amount of travel support ($200 pp) to PhD and
Early Career scholars. If you would like to be considered for this funding
please add a short 100-150 word note to your abstract submission explaining
why you would benefit from travel support.

Dr Lauren Rickards

Associate Professor, Sustainability & Urban Planning
Co-leader, Climate Change & Resilience Research Prog., Centre for Urban
Leader, RMIT Regional Futures Network,
Co-Convenor, Hazards, Risk and Disasters Study Group, Institute of
Australian Geographers
Steering Committee Member, AusMob Research Network,
Book Review Editor, Dialogues in Human Geography, http://dhg.sagepub.com/
ph. 0427 679 043

*Some recent publications*

Schlosberg, D., Rickards, L. and Byrne, J. (2018). Environmental justice
and attachment to place: Australian cases. The Routledge Handbook of
Environmental Justice. R. Holifield, J. Chakraborty and G. Walker. London,
Routledge*: *591-602.

Rickards, L. (2017). "Regional futures: Introduction to special
issue." Australasian Journal of Regional Studies *23*: 295-304.
Rickards, L., Neale, T., and Kearnes, M., Australia's national climate:
learning to adapt? Geographical Research
<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-5871.12240/abstract> Online

Kearnes, M. and L. Rickards (2017). "Earthly graves for environmental
futures: Techno-burial practices." Futures 92: 48-58.
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