HumanNature: the Sydney Environmental Humanities Lecture Series presents

Prof Katherine Gibson and A/Prof Juan Slazar, “Lessons on resilience from a bamboo bridge”

Tuesday 20 August, 6:00-7:30pm
Australian Museum, Hallstrom Theatre

Katherine Gibson and Juan Francisco Salazar of Western Sydney University, explore what it might mean to live with the rhythms of nature and with each other in resilient community economies.

For more than half a century, a 1.5 km handmade bamboo bridge spanned the Mekong River in Cambodia. It was constructed annually as the waters of the river subsided, and dismantled as they rose again with the monsoon rains, until in 2017, it was replaced by a concrete structure permanently connecting the island community of Koh Paen to the bustling city of Kampong Cham.

What can a bamboo bridge teach us about ingenuity and resilience, respect for renewable materials and ethical living? Interspersed with clips from their film commemorating this beautiful, ephemeral bridge, Katherine Gibson and Juan Francisco Salazar illuminate local practices innovatively harnessed to diversify livelihoods and build economic resilience.

Staff and students of partner universities should use the discount code: HNUni

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Katherine Gibson is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at the Western Sydney University. An economic geographer with an international reputation for innovative research on economic transformation, she has more than 30 years’ experience of working with communities to build resilient economies.

Juan Francisco Salazar is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, where he is currently Research Director of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). An anthropologist and filmmaker, his academic and creative work are concerned with the coupled dynamics of social-environmental change. 

This lecture series is a collaboration between the Australian Museum, Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, and Western Sydney University.

Image: Katherine Gibson