You are warmly invited to the public lecture and workshop organised for Professor Mark Carey’s (University of Oregon) visit to Sydney in late October 2019.

Public Lecture

Prof Mark Carey will speak in the HumanNature Lecture Series.

Lecture title: The culture and politics of ice

Tuesday 22 October, 6:00-7:30pm

Due to refurbishments being undertaken at the Australian Museum, this lecture will be held at: ANZAC War Memorial Auditorium
Liverpool Street Hyde Park South
(view on map)

University of Oregon’s Mark Carey explores the fundamental role of glacial ice in global economics and politics, and within imaginative, historical and colonial narratives.

We need to rethink glaciers and icebergs. Much more than just a barometer for climate change or pristine nature, glacial ice has been an elemental force in human history, fundamental to global politics and central to the quest to make oceans, mountains and the polar regions safe for global markets.

The story of ice – deadly obstacle for ocean travellers, lucrative resource for freshwater and tourism, powerful metaphor for Antarctic exploration, inspiration for painting and poetry, and a relentless nuisance for Arctic oil drilling – tells us as much about the planet’s changing landscape as it does about ourselves, our imagination and our quest to control remote places and vast ocean spaces.

Mark Carey is Professor of History and Environmental Studies in the Clark Honors College and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. His critical work and publications have won numerous awards including the King Albert Mountain Award for his lifelong contribution to mountain research, conservation, and local communities, and the Elinor Melville Award for the best book on Latin American environmental history In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society (Oxford, 2010).

Mark Carey’s current research, focussing on the human history of icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean and the societal effects of changing ice on the west Antarctic Peninsula, is funded by two National Science Foundation grants. He has served as a contributing author for several assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , leads the Glacier Lab for the Study of Ice and Society, and is a co-founder and co-director of the Transdisciplinary Andean Research Network (TARN).

More information and lecture tickets

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.



Professor Carey will give a workshop on Who speaks for the environment and–what are the implications? 

23 October 201910am-12 noon 
6 First Walk, Moot Court, 328, Macquarie University.

Please register your interest for the workshop here:

Further details are below:

Image by Mark Carey