This conference is on now at the University of Sydney, a collaboration between the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture – Australia and New Zealand, and the Sydney Environment Institute. Many of the presenters are engaging with the concept of the Anthropocene, and art, geographies, water, and literature. The growth of the environmental humanities is evident. Why not have a look at HFE: Humanities for the Environment Project and begin to think about ‘observatories’ in a different way. Does the notion of observatory in this sense have resonances with ideas of attentiveness? On poetry and attentiveness, it is always worth revisiting Martin Harrison’s wonderful essay in Text, “The act of writing and the act of attention”.
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