NOVEMBER 2020 The Ediths welcome Astrida Neimanis

Thinking-with Interdisciplinary Feminist Research Practices

In this four-part series, a curated group of interdisciplinary feminist academics from around Australia will join our Roundtable Series to share their research with us, with a particular focus on feminist practices. This series will offer our collective the opportunity to be pushed and inspired in new and unexpected ways in our research, thinking, and feminist practices.


Dr. Xan Chacko

TC Beirne School of Law | University of Queensland

Bio: I am a feminist science studies scholar who uses methods from history, philosophy, and anthropology. My commitment to the pursuit of a just science is deeply personal. For the last three generations, my family have grown rice on a small island in the backwater region of Kerala, South India. My earliest memories are of life on the farm, watching and participating in all the cyclical practices of farming. While my academic trajectory has taken me far from the island, I retain a strong commitment to agriculture and to thinking about strategies of coping with the changing economy and climate.

Tuesday 1 September 2020 1.15- 2.15pm AWST via Zoom: Speculative Care’ with Dr. Xan Chacko, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. 

Join us as we welcome Dr. Xan Chacko to explore speculative fiction as a means of making sense of future-facing scientific practices of care. Xan will invite us to her ethnographic field site, the seed bank, as a space of imagining and creativity. The endeavour of seed banking, takes seeds from their lived environment and holds them in frozen vaults until the unknowable, but certainly apocalyptic, future. While following the scientists who care for the seeds that are being prepared for their forever-life in the frozen vaults, Xan will evoke the fictive renderings of Kim Stanley Robinson, Urusla K. Le Guin, and Octavia E. Butler to make sensible the deep future imagined for the seeds. These banked seeds are the fertilised embryos of plants that existed in the past, carefully renarrativised to serve as the fictive origins of future plants. Together we will ask what labour it entails, and who it serves to see and know seeds as bankable?

Part 2

Kelly Lee Hickey

Institute for Sustainable and Liveable Cities | Victoria University

Kelly Lee Hickey is a queer, settler artist, researcher and creative producer. Her transdisciplinary practice explores the intersections between people and places, through collaborative and participatory works. She  lives and works on Arrernte and Larrakia land and is a creative PhD candidate at Victoria University.

Tuesday 15 September 2020 1.15- 2.15pm AWST via Zoom: Tender Places: Reflections on Place Based Creative Research’, with Kelly Lee Hickey, Institute for Sustainable and Liveable Cities, Victoria University. 

Part 3

Dr. Sarah E. Truman

Melbourne Graduate School of Education | University of Melbourne

Sarah E. Truman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne where she researches English literary education and  speculative fiction at the Literary Education Lab ( Truman’s research is informed by the feminist new materialisms with a particular interest in theories of affect, queer theory, and speculative pragmatism. She is co-director of WalkingLab (; and one-half of the electronic music duo Oblique Curiosities ( Her research-creation projects are detailed at

Tuesday 29 September 2020 1.15- 2.15pm AWST via Zoom: Research-Creation: Queer-Feminist Methods in Arts and Pedagogy Research’ with Dr. Sarah E. Truman, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University.

Part 4

Dr. Laura Rodriguez Castro

Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research | Griffith University

Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro is a Resident Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and Sessional Lecturer at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University. Her research focuses on the intersections of decoloniality, anti-racism, feminisms and rurality. She is also interested in arts, visual and participatory methodologies. Laura’s forthcoming book with Palgrave Gender Studies Decolonial Feminisms, Power, and Place: Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia explores how Colombian rural women enact and imagine decolonial feminist worlds.

Tuesday 13 October 2020 1.15- 2.15pm AWST via Zoom:Unlearning and Sentipensando (Feeling-thinking) with Decolonial Feminisms’ with Dr. Laura Rodriguez Castro, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University.

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