Reflections on environmental history and the work of Deborah Bird Rose

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I have been engaging with Deborah Bird Rose’s work in a project that aims to bring together environmental history and the broader environmental humanities to examine the past and possible futures of wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. I have particularly been engaging with two concepts she developed in conversation with others: ‘will-to-destruction’ and ‘deep colonising’ (‘Angel’ 67-78; ‘Land’ 6-13). These concepts are connected through histories of British colonisation and are relevant to environmental historians more widely, in Australia and other places.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalSwamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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