Canberra Launch of Deborah Bird Rose’s Dreaming Ecology

The ANU’s School of Culture, History & Language and ANU Press invite you to an in-person launch of Deborah Bird Rose’s latest and posthumously published book Dreaming Ecology: Nomadics and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, Victoria River, Northern Australia, edited by Darrell Lewis and Margaret Jolly, and published by ANU Press (2024). The launch will take place on 16 May, 5:30-7pm in the Coombs Tea Room, ANU. Dreaming Ecology will be formally launched by Professor Katherine Gibson.

In the words of the author herself (Deborah Bird Rose), who passed away in 2018, Dreaming Ecology ‘explores a holistic understanding of the interconnections of people, country, kinship, creation and the living world within a context of mobility. Implicitly it asks how people lived so sustainably for so long’. It offers a telling critique of the loss of Indigenous life, human and non-human, in the wake of white settler colonialism and this becoming ‘cattle country’. It offers a fresh perspective on nomadics grounded in ‘footwalk epistemology’ and ‘an ethics of return sustained across different species, events, practices and scales.’ This is the third volume in a trilogy grounded in Debbie’s long-term research with Indigenous people in the Victoria River District (VRD) of Northern Australia. Her earlier books Hidden Histories (1991) and Dingo makes us human (1992) have both been widely acclaimed, respectively winning the Jessie Litchfield and Stanner prizes.

Registration is essential and must be completed by 13 May 2024. See here for further details or to register.