Welcome to the New Ecological Discourses – Discussion Group (NED)
We are an independent group of scholars who meet monthly in Melbourne to sample and reflect critically on emerging ecological discourses and publications for the purpose of maintaining our literacy within this burgeoning trans-disciplinary field.
Readings in 2015 included the Papal Encyclical on the Environment, the Eco-modernist Manifesto, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything and readings on the (ecofeminist) Kurdish Rojava Revolution in Northern Syria.
Earlier readings have included samplings from biosemiotics, new materialism, wild law, eco-socialism and other ecological critiques of capitalism, biomimicry, the 2014 IPCC Report, Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate on Earth, George Monbiot’s Ferals and Tim Morton’s The Ecological Thought, as well as many others.
Readings are chosen by the group, drawing on its collective sensing of ecological trends and discourses. Each discussion begins with a short presentation from one member, summarising the argument in the text and raising questions for discussion. To retain focus, each session has a moderator, and each session closes with the group drawing conclusions and opening new questions.
We work to a semester cycle of four monthly discussions, followed by a day-long reflection on implications of the readings for our current and emerging projects.
Monthly meetings are held in the evening in a central venue in the Melbourne CBD, currently at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street in Carlton.
As the pre-Raphaelites looked back to the medieval era for aesthetic inspiration, so too do we, seeking to ground our explorations of post-materialist discourses in that premodern, pre-mechanistic phase of Western civilisation.