We are writers, artists, thinkers, researchers, curators and more. We take reading as a mode of commitment to situated dialogue, ethics and as a dynamic basis for art-activisms of all kinds …

We read as a collective. We read books cover-to-cover. Nothing is skipped. We go slow to go deep. It takes as long as it takes.

We make queer ecofeminist tracks into libraries, galleries and classrooms by taking seriously, and enacting, the citational politics articulated by Sara Ahmed (‘Making Feminist Points’ 2013).

We do not read to escape the world. But, drawing on the powerful words of Deborah Bird Rose (‘Slowly 2010), we read because it pulls us into intimate ethical proximity to specific worldly situations, contexts and encounters.

If, as Kate Rigby writes (‘Writing in the Anthropocene’ 2009), idle chatter dulls the ethical imagination, slow reading might offer an antidote, among many others.

We do need time to read. To break down ideas. To breakdown inside of ideas. To recognise connections, mutualisms, relations and tensions.

We do need time to think, to learn and unlearn. To get lost. To dream. To wonder. To wander. To contest. To counter cultures of fragmentation, isolation and separation.

We need time to reckon with our inheritances: the violent and the vibrant, the oppressed and oppressive, the static and the fugitive. We need time to learn how to own these inheritances, how to live with these inheritances.

But first, we need to know what those inheritances are. This takes time.

Our project is open-ended. There are no deadlines. There is nothing to pre-prepare. Just come prepared to be challenged and surprised. Reading is an intellectual adventure.

We meet each week for two hours. We read from the history of critical ecological feminist thinking. We diffract these texts with poetry, novellas, short stories and films.

Come, read along and read aloud, sit, listen, absorb.

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Reading & screen schedule 2018

Readings

Barad, Karen. (2007). Meeting the Universe Halfway: quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning. Durham: Duke University Press.

Lykke, Nina. (2018, forthcoming). When death cuts apart: On affective difference, compassionate companionship and lesbian widowhood. In Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. New York, London: Routledge.

Activisms: 

Collective submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Public protest ‘read-in’ of Behrouz Boochani’s (Trans. Omid Tofighian) No Friend But the Mountains as part of the National Day of Action by Academics for Refugees.

Events

February 9 & 16, 2018: ACCA Round-table ‘read-in’ as part of ‘Unfinished Business: perspectives on art and feminism’.

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August 2018, Composting @ 4S. EcoFeminist Fridays will present at the 4S conference in Sydney alongside Composting Feminisms: Feminisms & the environmental humanities reading group.

Guest speakers/readers/listeners:

February 2018: Professor Emerita of Gender Studies Nina Lykke from Linköping University, Sweden, on affective inequalities, lesbian widowhood and writing academic texts differently.

Films 

May 3rd 2018:

Feldman, John (Director). (2018). Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution. Spencertown, New York: Hummingbird Films.

(Screening by Melbourne School of Design, B117 Theatre, University of Melbourne main campus)

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Reading & screening schedule 2017

Readings 

Plumwood, Val. (1993). Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. London: Routledge.

Cobby Eckermann, Ali. (2012) Ruby Moonlight: a novel of the impact of colonisation in mid-north South Australia around 1880. Broome, W.A.: Magabala Books.

Neimanis, Astrida. (2016). Embodying Water: Feminist Phenomenology for Posthuman Worlds. In Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Haraway, Donna. (2016). Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press.

van Neerven, Ellen. (2014). Water. In Heat and Light. Saint Lucia, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.

Screenings 

Terranova, Fabrizio (Director). (2016). Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival. Brussels: CBA.

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