Queensland road warriors or, what cane toads can teach us

Catherine Simpson

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


As part of the 'Panel Discussion: unacceptable animals & environments? An ecological humanties approach'. Drawing threads together from the first two papers, the final paper considers the condemned cane toad in the context of habitat loss and non-native animal agency in Australia. Once synonymous with Queensland, the introduced 'bufo marinus' is now colonising the NT, and northern WA and NSW. Taking inspiration from Mark Lewis' classic natural history films, (Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1989) & Cane Toads: The Invasion (2010)) this paper uses Glenn Albrecht's notion of 'solastalgia' to reflect upon the ecological destruction this species has wrought. The cane toad has become Australia's frankenstein whose presence produces ambivalent responses, but also signals an emerging ecological unconscious.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event"The Unacceptable" Conference - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Apr 20111 May 2011


Conference"The Unacceptable" Conference


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