Welcome to the conference of the Association of Australian Studies in Cologne 2016: "Nature and Environment in Australia"

Debates around Australia often explore the attachment to places as well as the intrinsic qualities of landscape. Australia’s famously unique nature on the one hand and heated discussions around environmental justice and activism on the other provide a forum for fostering scholarly and creative work that explores the relationship between human culture, natural history and global ecologies. This conference is concerned both with notions of indigenous environmental knowledge, and ideas about how a diverse Australia is responding to global climate change, resource exploitation, land degradation, urban sprawl, and loss of biodiversity.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

·         CA Cranston

·         Don Garden

·         Helen Gilbert

·         Robert Freestone

·         Catherine Laudine

·         Bill Pritchard

·         Kate Rigby

·          Helen Tiffin

·         Angharad Wynne-Jones


Readings, Performances, and Film Screenings:

·        Alexis Wright (Video Conference)

·        Bentley James


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