AboutI am currently a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Centre, Ludwix-Maximilians Universität in Munich, and my research is situated at the interface of environmental philosophy, community engagement, and social and environmental activism. Through innovative, participatory research projects I employ multispecies and anticolonial methodologies to work toward social and environmental justice.
From 2014 – 2019 I was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New England. In this position, I collaborated with Anaiwan, Dunghutti, Gumbaynggirr and Gamilaroi people to develop and maintain a community garden on a block of land that was once part of the East Armidale Aboriginal Reserve. The community garden pioneered decolonial methods of participatory research. It simultaneously functioned as a platform for cultural revival and anticolonial activism and a field site for slow and responsive multispecies ethnography. I am spending my time at the Rachel Carson Center working on a monograph documenting this project. You can read more about the community garden project at armidalecommunitygarden.org
My first book, Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More-than-human Encounters, was published with the Routledge Environmental Humanities Series in 2017.
Education2013 PhD (Vice Chancellors Commendation for Excellence in Research)
Macquarie University, North Ryde (Sydney)
2009 Bachelor of Media (First Class Honours)
Macquarie University, North Ryde (Sydney)
Wright, K. (2017) Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More than Human Encounters.
Routledge, Environmental Humanities Series: London. Journal Articles
Clayton Dixon, C. and K. Wright (Forthcoming 2018) ‘Nyala gara-nda uyi-di-na urala-gu, gyuna-gu’ (We are Speaking our Path to Home, to Country): A Manifesto for Creature Languages’ Hacking the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press).
Wright, K. (2018) ‘In the Shadow of a Willow Tree: A Community Garden Experiment in Decolonising, Multispecies Research’, Cultural Studies Review https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/4700/6386
Wright, K. (2014) ‘Becoming-With,’ Environmental Humanities
5, pp. 277 – 281. https://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article/5/1/277/8177/Becoming-with
Wright, K. (2014) ‘Entangled Ethics for the Anthopocene,’ SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture
10 (1). Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal/vol11number1/Kate-Wright.html
Simpson, C. and K. Wright (2014) ‘Rethinking Ecology in the Anthropocene: Knowledges, Practices, Ethics and Politics’ [editorial] SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture
10 (1). Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal/vol11number1/Simpson-Wright.html
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Bunnies, Bilbies and the Ethic of Ecological Remembrance,’ M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture
15 (3). Online. http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/507
Simpson, C. and K. Wright (2012) ‘Ecology and Collaboration’ [editorial] M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture
15 (3). Online. http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/538
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Pining for the Present: Ecological Remembrance and Healing in the Armidale State Forest,’ Journal of Environmental Philosophy
9 (1) pp. 109–126.
Wright, K. (2012) ‘Armidale’s Imported Autumn’ in Transformations: Journal of Media and Culture
21. Online. http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/titles.shtml
Wright, K. (2012) ‘An “Upside-Down land”: Contested Rock Formations in the New England Landscape (Australia)’ the Permanent European Conference for the Study of Rural Landscapes Conference Proceedings pp. 172 – 183.
Wright, K. (2010) ‘Signatures of Resistance: Graffiti as a Form of Self-Inscription at Thunderbolt’s Rock, Uralla (NSW)’ in Anthony Lambert (ed.) NEO: Journal for Higher Degree Research Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities
3. Online. <http://www.arts.mq.edu.au/documents/6_Katherine_Wright.pdf
Wright, K. (2009) ‘Manicured Nature: Nativism, Authenticity and Belonging in the Armidale State Forest (NSW)’ in Julie Lunn (ed.) Proceedings of Curtin University ‘Creative Margins’ Conference, 2009. Edited Collections
Co-editor (with Emily O’Gorman) of the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities, a special section of the Environmental Humanities
Co-Editor with Catherine Simpson (2014) ‘Rethinking Ecology in the Anthropocene’ edition of SCAN: Journal of Media, Arts, Culture
10 (1) Online. http://scan.net.au/scn/journal.html
Co-Editor with Catherine Simpson (2012) ‘Ecology’ edition of M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture
15 (3). Online. http://journal.mediaculture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/issue/view/ecology Online
Wright, K. (2017) ‘Iwata’ in Everyday Futures: Australia in the Age of Humans https://everydayfutures.com.au/project/iwata/
Wright, K. (2014) ‘B for Becoming’ in the ABC’s of Multispecies Studies The Multispecies Salon: A Companion to the Book.
Online at http://www.multispecies-salon.org/becomings/ Weathering Research Collective:
weatheringstation.net Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden facebook.com/armidalecommunitygarden armidalecommunitygarden.org Reviews
Wright, K. (2010) Review of ‘Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies’ (Edited by Amit and Reema Sarwal), Media International Australia
Co-founder and Coordinator, Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden
Co-editor with Emily O’Gorman of the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities, a special section of the Environmental Humanities
Convenor, Anti-Racist Anti-Colonial Reading Group (UNE)
Member, Weathering Research Collective weatheringstation.net
Member, Posthuman Literary and Cultural Studies Research Cluster (UNE)
Member, Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture
Member, International Society for Environmental Ethics
Member, Australasian Animal Studies Association
Member, Environmental Humanities Network (UNE)
Member, New England North West Regional Science Hub
Associate Member, Anaiwan Language Revival Program