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.


Our readings archive starting from 2015 can be found here.


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.

hateful birds - Revelation 18:1-2: And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Apocalypse, Normandy ca. 1330milking: book of hours, Flanders ca. 1300, Cambridge, Trinity College B.11.22, fol. 118v badgers, badgers, badgers: Gaston Phoebus, Livre de la chasse, Avignon ca. 1375-1400, BnF, Fran├žais 619, fol. 23v Ants; Unknown; England; about 1250 - 1260; Pen-and-ink drawings tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment; Leaf: 21 x 15.7 cm (8 1/4 x 6 3/16 in.); Ms. 100, fol. 23 bats