Comparing local knowledge and uses of environmental weeds around the Indian Ocean

Venue: ATREE
Date: 29th November 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 2 PM


This workshop showcases some of the research conducted with funding from the Australian Research Council-Discovery Project (ARC-DP 130103341). It involved a collaboration between scholars and practitioners working in Australia (Haripriya Rangan and Thomas Bach – The University of Melbourne; KJ Olawsky – Mirima Language and Cultural Centre in Kununurra, Western Australia; Pat Lowe – Environs Kimberley, Western Australia), India (Nitin Rai and C. Madegowda – ATREE, Bangalore), South Africa (Charlie Shackleton - Rhodes University) and Madagascar (Christian Kull – University of Lausanne) to analyse how indigenous and rural communities in these countries use their ethnoecological and embedded local knowledge of landscapes to recognise, incorporate, and manage environmental weeds as part of their livelihood and cultural activities.

The aim of the comparative research is to bring the largely ignored perspectives of indigenous and rural communities into productive conversation with broader scientific and policy discourses on invasive alien plant management. The public presentations will focus mainly on the work done in Australia and India. They will address the overarching frame of the comparative project and present research conducted in Australia and India


Time Topics Speakers
2.00 - 2.20 Introduction providing overview of the project: A Weed by any other name. Haripriya Rangan
2.20 - 2.40 Aboriginal weed management in the Kimberley, Western Australia Thomas Bach
2.40 - 3.00 Linguistic dimensions of Miriwoong knowledge in relation to environmental weeds and landscape change Knut Johannes Olawsky
3.00 - 3.20 The effect of fire removal on landscapes and weeds Nitin Rai
3.20 - 3.40 The spread of Lantana: An Aesthetic history Haripriya Rangan
3.40 - 4.00 Lantana’s constant gardeners – a short film about lantana management in northern New South Wales Damien Williams
4.00 - 4.15 Break for Tea/Coffee  
4.15 – 4.30 Discussant’s remarks Bharath Sundaram
4.30 - 5.15 Open discussion