Reading Australian Cli-Fi in Secondary Schools

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In this talk Larissa McLean Davies and Sarah E Truman consider the ways in which thinking with issues of sustainability and climate crisis prompt new imaginings of reading and teacher education in Australian settler-colonial context. We discuss how Indigenous climate fiction (cli-fi) texts such as Heat and Light, Terra Nullius, and Carpentaria refuture relations and invite new modes of reading through our ongoing project the Teacher-Researchers which is undertaken in collaboration with The Stella Prize. The project is designed to support secondary English teachers to develop new knowledges of diverse contemporary fiction.

This webinar is the third in MSSI's Environmental Arts & Humanities Network seminar series. In this series scholars, artists and storytellers reflect on ways environmental arts and humanities can provoke deep engagement with, nuanced understanding of, and robust community discussion about the multiple and overlapping environmental and cultural crises of our times.


Dr Larissa McLean Davies is Associate Professor (Language and Literacy) in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and Literary Education Lab. Larissa is a leading Australian academic in literary education, with her research and publications spanning the fields of literary studies and English education.

Dr Sarah E Truman researches English literary education, speculative fiction and pedagogies of reading and writing at the University of Melbourne’s Literary Education Lab Sarah’s ongoing and research-creation practices include WalkingLab and Oblique Curiosities.


Dr Joƫlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from The Australian National University. She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change based in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes. Her research focuses on providing a long-term historical context for assessing recently observed climate variability and extremes.