Panel 10: Crossing Boundaries

Marginalia: The lyric and the intertidal zone
Veronica Fibisan
PhD Candidate, English
University of Sheffield

The New Zealand grallard: A loss or a gain for biodiversity?
Dr. Jamie Steer
Greater Wellington Regional Council

Comments 4

  1. Kia ora koutou,

    This was a great panel thank you both! Veronica, I was wondering if you had seen the Feral Art panels? It seemed to me that recognising the creativity of the non-human involves also recognising the agency of the non-human too, to move us in particular ways. Have you incorporated sound or non-representational ways of understanding the sea into your work?

    Jamie, thanks for introducing me to grallards! I was thinking that the discourse surrounding the pure/impure framing of the species often works to obscure the role of settler colonisation in disrupting the ecology of Aotearoa. This is something Emma Landsdowne discusses in a panel, ‘Non-Human Agency’ I just finished watching.

    Ngaa mihi,

    1. Hi Holly,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I have. Very inspiring work! Absolutely, completely agree. Agency is a very important part to acknowledge, since it is that very thing that we are stifling when entering the territories of these creatures. Issues to do with hierarchisation are something that concerns me. Yes, in addition to shore surveys and general observation, I capture underwater video footage which I have used alongside my work, centring on key issues to do with behaviours, pollution and the environment. I only use this footage where I have the means to do so.


  2. Thanks Jamie and Veronica for two great presentations. I was meant to respond sooner to your presentations but was not able to. Happy to see that there was already a discussion going on the topic of agency. As the conference has come to an end, I really want to thank you for your interesting presentations and wish you all the best for the future.

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