It’s been a busy year here and most AUSCCERites are now taking a well-deserved Christmas break. So for our final blog post of the year we’re revisiting some of our most clicked, read and shared pieces in 2013. Thanks for reading and sharing Conversations with AUSCCER this year and we’ll see you in 2014. Continue reading
Are Australian men, women and households really as aware and prepared for bushfire emergencies as we think we are? This is one question that is explored in a topical new book by AUSCCER’s Dr Christine Eriksen.
In Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty, Dr Eriksen examines bushfire awareness and preparedness amongst women, men, households, communities and agencies at the interface between city and beyond. Continue reading
Post written by Michael Adams, Christine Eriksen and Heather Moorcroft.
For ten days in August, three AUSCCER members immersed themselves in a series of cultural experiences in Japan. Heather Moorcroft, Christine Eriksen and Michael Adams were there for the International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference. The conference theme was Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future – an interesting example of political irony in hindsight. The conference venue, the dramatic Kyoto International Conference Centre, achieved a place in history as the site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
We were all in Japan as members of the Indigenous Peoples Knowledges and Rights Commission (IPKRC) of IGU. IPKRC has an established protocol of engaging with the local Indigenous communities of the country hosting any given IGU conferences. So for thirty members of the commission (postgraduate students, academics as well as accompanying family members of different nationalities), our Japan experience commenced with a pre-conference trip to Ainu Mosir – Hokkaido – the northernmost island of current-day Japan. The field trip foreshadowed the Indigenous-themed sessions of the conference to consider the political struggles and programs for the retention and revival of Ainu culture.