The Roundtable is when The Ediths come together to think collectively. Roundtables are based on the research projects we are in the midst of doing or those we are dreaming about for the future. The Roundtable is informal, convivial, rigorous, and generative. The Roundtable is an unapologetically feminist practice. All who are interested in developing new habits of inquiry are welcome. Just show up!
Roundtables are held in ML 16.231 at Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, Western Australia, 2 Bradford Street, 6050 or via zoom link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/575551831
029 Tuesday 7th April, 1.15-2.15pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 029 Presenting-as-thinking with a research proposal
Join Vanessa Wintoneak for a presenting-as-thinking Roundtable for her PhD proposal titled Experimentations and Worldings: Radical Relationality and Early Childhood Pedagogy. This project is a response to calls for new ways of thinking and producing knowledge in times of rapid environmental change. The study is framed by a Common Worlds and Feminist New Materialisms lens where living well together in decolonised futures is paramount. The project is grounded in feminist epistemes and framed as having an experimentalist orientation through enacting practices that engage propositionally, speculatively, and experimentally with early childhood pedagogy. At the Roundtable Vanessa will invite lively and generative discussion!
028 Tuesday 31st March, 1.15-2.15pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 028 Responding collectively in these times https://ecu.zoom.us/j/933665300?pwd=UXp1am0zaTBJcFNITHAxK2F6Mll6UT09
Using Otto Scharmer and Bruno Latour’s recent blog posts as jumping off-points for discussion, join us as we consider how to respond in these times. “What if we used this disruption as an opportunity to let go of everything that isn’t essential in our life, in our work, and in our institutional routines? How might we reimagine how we live and work together?” (Otto Scharmer, 2020)
Please read these two attached blog posts and come to the roundtable with questions these readings raise for you and the research you are doing. We will begin the roundtable by sharing your questions.
https://critinq.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/is-this-a-dress-rehearsal/ Bruno Latour, 2020
027 Tuesday 24th March via zoom, 1.15-2.15pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable via zoom: 027 Oddkin world-making in a preschool https://us04web.zoom.us/j/575551831
Please join Mindy Blaise as she shares part of the plenary she was invited to give in Miami, Florida at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference. With long-time collaborators Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Affrica Taylor, Mindy, Veronica, and Affrica are ‘in conversation’ with Donna Haraway’s thoughts on ‘Education in the Chthulucene’. Mindy’s paper takes up Donna’s interest in kin making and the making of kin by exploring how young children are already making oddkin with multispecies worlds. In light of Haraway’s (2016) argument that “staying with the trouble requires making oddkin; that is, we require each other in unexpected collaboration and combinations…”(p.4), Mindy’s paper draws from her multispecies ethnographic research that shows how young children’s repeated encounters with dead blowfish are cultivating weird and wonderful more-than-human and non-normative relations. These situated, entangled and worldly collaborations are not about how animals (even dead ones) teach children to care, but they are about all creatures making worlds together in unexpected, zany, and necessary ways.
026 Tuesday 10th March, 1.15-2.15pm
You are invited to the Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: O26 What happens when you pay attention to waste?
Please join Katie Pitchford and Claire O’Callaghan as they share their projects which explored children’s relations with (waste)paper and an algal bloom. These inquiries were part of a larger study involving six early learning centres which investigated children’s relations with waste through dialogue, pedagogical documentation and the creative arts. The project brought to light the limitations of developmentalism, purity and innocence, colonialism and individual responsibility. Come and hear how Claire and Katie were provoked, challenged, and transformed by waste.
025 Tuesday 3rd March, 1.15-2.15pm
You are invited to the Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: O25 Experimenting with and sharing new reading group protocols, with a feminist spin!
Please join Vanessa Wintoneak and Karen Nociti as they share their experiences and insights gained from the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia conference, held in Brisbane. They were inspired by the Composting Feminisms Workshop, conducted by Astrida Neimanis (University of Sydney) and Jennifer Hamilton (University of New England) and would like to build on what they learned about reading and thinking collectively. They would like to acknowledge that this trip was made possible by the School of Education Strategic Funding for Professional Learning scheme. Come ready to read, discuss, and experiment with a curated set of readings-poems-art. No need to prepare, just show up, readings provided.
024 Tuesday 25 February, 1.15-2.15pm
You are invited to the Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 024 Responding to Ecological Challenges with/in Contemporary Childhoods Colloquium
Please join us as Professor Mindy Blaise shares insights from participating in the above colloquium held in London, Ontario, Canada. This SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada) funded research event, which included keynote speakers Alexis Shotwell, Erica Violet Lee and Affrica Taylor, brought together researchers and educators to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues while collectively building speculative pedagogies that work to answer to the complex more-than-human places and spaces we inherit with children. Find out about the ways in which collaboratories are producing climate change pedagogies related to food, trees, water, weather, energy, plastics, and much more!
The Ediths would like to thank colleagues for their support and participation during YEAR 1 of The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable, an initiative to support and strengthen a feminist interdisciplinary research program. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing break. See you in 2020.
Need a summer reading recommendation? Why not revisit (or read for the first time), Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s Talkin’ up to the White Woman: Aboriginal Women and Feminism. We will begin 2020 with this important text.
023 Thursday 5 December, 2-3pm
You are invited to the Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 023 Doing Acknowledgement to Country Otherwise
Please join us as we workshop and think through doing Acknowledgement to Country otherwise with guest Simon Stewart, Aboriginal dancer, choreographer and WAAPA lecturer. Proposing a collective and interdisciplinary approach we will table both provocations of protocol and risk in addressing the complexities of ‘belonging and not-belonging’ raised in Emma Kowal’s (2015) piece, Welcome to Country, Acknowledgement, Belonging and White Anti-racism (attached).
022 Thursday 28 November, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 022 Lively dialogues: Resituating and rearticulating Emu relations
Please join us in welcoming Dr Catherine Hamm, Senior Lecturer, LaTrobe University. She and Mindy will share their paper, Lively dialogues: resituating and rearticulating Emu relations.
In early childhood education, it is common for young children and their teachers to take excursions to local zoos. Zoos are often perceived as educational places, where children learn about wildlife, habitats, conservation, and preservation. However, rarely are these educational experiences problematized to question the developmental, colonial, racial, and gendered knowledges that zoos construct about human-nature relations.
Our paper moves beyond acknowledging the human boundary-making and domesticating practices found in modern zoos by enacting a relational (collective) ethic of accountability through practices that resituate and rearticulate ourselves to be ‘… members of multispecies communities that emerge through the entanglements of agential beings’ (Rose et al. 2012, 3). We present resituating and rearticulating practices through a series of lively dialogues based on Emu encounters that we had at a Melbourne zoo. We argue that resituating and rearticulating work towards dismantling the systems that enable human exceptionalism, white privilege, phallogocentrism, and a sense of superiority about the world. Resituating and rearticulating are pedagogies that generate collective ethical relations which are needed in these troubling times.
021 Thursday 21 November, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 021 Reading and thinking-with Indigenous children’s literature to unsettle colonial relations.
Please join us as we read More-than-human kinship relations with Indigenous Children’s Picture Books, by Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Meagan Montpetit and then think together with Australian Indigenous children’s literature. We are thrilled to welcome Helen Adam, who will bring her expertise in children’s books, inclusion, and diversity to help us think with Indigenous children’s literature to unsettle colonial relations. Please bring along some Indigenous children’s literature to inform our discussion.
020 Thursday 14 November, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 020 Q&A Broadside
Please join us as we watch and discuss the recent Q&A program Broadside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyPHwp5yIzY
The panel featured high-profile feminists – Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy, Indigenous screenwriter Nayuka Gorrie, journalist Jess Hill, business leader Hana Assafiri and anti-ageism campaigner Ashton Applewhite.
We will discuss public perceptions and reactions to this episode of Q&A and will ask how we, as feminist researchers, can create generative and inclusive spaces both within the academy and beyond.
019 Thursday 07 November, 2-3pm
You are invited to the Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 019 #FEAS Feminist Salutes!
Please join us as we host #FEAS Feminist Salutes with co-founders Mindy Blaise, ECU, Linda Knight and Emily Gray, RMIT University.
Letter writing campaigns are common in feminist networks. Instead of writing letters of protest, as a gesture of appreciation, #FEAS invite you to write and send postcards to feminists in our communities who have made a difference. It might be a teacher, an author, a supervisor, an activist, or community member—anyone who has inspired, challenged or supported us along our feminist journeys so far.
018 Thursday 31 October, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 018 Thinking together: Posthuman Knowledges
Please join us as we celebrate paper submissions to the Harvard Educational Review, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, and more!
But wait that’s not all! We will also be thinking-with Rosi Braidotti as we watch together her recent lecture, Posthuman Knowledge, hosted by the Harvard Graduate Design School https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/rosi-braidotti/. Join us as we consider what kinds of posthuman critical interventions are necessary during these times of climate crisis, discrimination, and exclusion.
017 Thursday 24 October, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 017 Writing Group: Methodology
Please join us as we discuss methodology and how we position and discuss feminist, experimental, emergent, and speculative methodologies in our work. Please bring your methodology section of your paper to share.
016 Thursday 17 October, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 016 Writing Group: Strengthening your structure
Please join us as we work towards transforming our conference papers to journal articles. Building on last week’s Roundtable, we will be focusing on strengthening the structure of our articles. Please bring printed copies of the outline of your article to share.
015 Thursday 10 October, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 015 Writing Group: Matching your article to suitable journals
Please join us as we continue working on our papers. Building on last week’s Roundtable, we will be sharing how we are advancing our argument in our papers. Please bring a printed copy of your latest draft to share with a writing partner and the name of the journal you will be submitting your paper.
014 Thursday 03 October, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 014 Writing Group: Advancing the argument
Well, it’s official, October is ‘get your conference paper submitted’ month! Please join us as we work together towards developing a conference paper towards submission. Building on last week’s roundtable, we will be focusing on Advancing the argument. Please bring a printed draft of your argument to share.
013 Thursday 26 September, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 013 From concept, conference presentation, to publication in high quality journals
Join us as Mindy, Jo, and Jane share how they began with the concept ‘recalibrating resilience’, created and presented the conference paper ‘Recalibrating resilience: A feminist intervention towards understanding children’s water, weather, and waste relations in uncertain times”, and are now co-writing a paper, “Resilience as expanding relations for the Chthulucene” to be submitted to a high-quality journal (Culture, Pedagogy, & Society). We will discuss what is required to make the shift from conference paper to publication and share our writing plan.
Do you have a conference paper that needs to be developed into a conference paper? If so, bring it to the Roundtable and be part of our international writing support group (with colleagues in Canada) and let’s make October ‘get your conference paper published month’!
012 Thursday 19 September, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 012 Climate Futures
On the day before the Global Climate Strike we invite you to join us in thinking with current and urgent international discourses on climate futures. The theme of The 64th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society is “Education Beyond the Human”(https://cies2020.org) and we join them in asking “How should education respond to a world of shifting planetary boundaries, collapsing ecosystems, and emerging visions?” Together we will read through the Preamble of “Manifesto For Living in the Anthropocene” (Gibson, Fincher & Rose, 2015, pp. i-iii) (a free pdf is available here) and discuss possibilities for climate action in education prior to marching with the Student Climate strikers and with the climate Friday 20th September. Interested in putting in a paper or creating a panel for the conference? If so, please come with ideas.
011 Thursday 12 September, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 011 Knowledge/power at conferences
Join us as we discuss how knowledge/power plays out at conferences. Using our experiences at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London as a jumping-off point, Mindy and Jane will share what they learned by paying attention to gender politics, presentation styles, high quality discussions, theory, emerging methodologies, and much more. Come be part of the discussion that sets out to demystify how power/knowledge works at conferences.
010 Thursday 5 September, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 010 Enchanted animism: A matter of care.
Join us as Jane Merewether shares her recent paper given at the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual International Conference in London: Enchanted Animism: A Matter of Care (full abstract here). In this paper, Jane proposes children’s animism is a matter of care which opens a door to an ethic of living more responsively and attentively in and with the world.
Questions and discussion will follow.
009 Thursday 29 August, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 009 Conversations with Rain: Interdisciplinary practice and climate futures.
Join us as The Ediths host Lilly Blue, Artist Educator from the Art Gallery of WA, who together with Dr Jo Pollitt will share their current partnership project Conversations with Rain including a sneak preview of a brand new education resource video. Challenging analytical notions of looking and responding to art in the museum, we argue that an interdisciplinary embodied practice-led approach differently sensitises attention towards deepening relations with more-than-human worlds. The research makes visible how the value of imagined experiences is a central conduit to enlivening connection and empathy. Deliberately eschewing didactic learning ‘about’ climate crisis, the research amplifies experimentation and open-endedness toward locating listening and sensing as key in rethinking curriculum.
008 Thursday 22 August, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 008 Recalibrating Resilience
Dissatisfied with developmental framings of resilience that focus on the individual child and linear progress narratives, we are interested in something more. Join us as we set out to ‘recalibrate resilience’ by bringing embodied ecologies (https://culanth.org/fieldsights/introduction-embodied-ecologies) to a piece of data from our weathering walks with young children. By decentring the child and thinking with embodied ecologies we prioritize relations to understand resilience differently in these times of ecological precarity.
007 Thursday 15 August, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 007 Matters of Care
Join us in reading Chapter 1, Assembling neglected ‘things’, from Maria Puig de la Bellacasa’s book, Matters of Care: Speculative ethics in more than human worlds. Mindy and Jane will bring data they will be presenting at the upcoming Annual International Royal Geographical Society Conference in London, UK. Please read the chapter before the Roundtable takes place. https://ecu.on.worldcat.org/oclc/974802850
006 Thursday 8 August, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Weekly Roundtable: 006 Thinking-with Care
Please join us while we discuss ‘Thinking-with Care’, a chapter from Maria Puig de la Bellacasa’s, Matters of Care: Speculative ethics in more than human worlds. Her chapter is based on this important premise: “Relations of thinking and knowing require care and affect how we care” (p.69). Please read the chapter before the Roundtable takes place. https://ecu.on.worldcat.org/oclc/974802850
005 Thursday, 1 August, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Roundtable: WAIER Presentations Practice
Please join us as Jane Merewether and Mindy Blaise practice their presentations they will be giving at the upcoming WAIER Conference. Jane will be talking about care and waste and how they come to matter, and Mindy will be sharing how her walking research upsets classical notions of positivism.
004 Thursday, 25 July, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Roundtable: Listening and thinking together with Donna Haraway
Please join us while we listen together to The Dig Podcast, Cyborg Revolution with Donna Haraway. Donna Haraway’s scholarship, especially how she understands nature to be conditioned by both material reality and cultural meaning grounds how we have conceptualised the W3 projects (children’s relations with water, waste, and weather) we are conducting. In order to deepen and strengthen our work, we will experiment with thinking collectively by listening to a podcast. However, our listening practices will be anything but passive. Instead, through stopping, restarting, what?ing, interrupting, and adding-on practices we will grapple together as we figure out how concepts such as radical science and scientific practices, situated knowledges, response-ability, Anthropocene/ Chthulocene/ Plantationocene, staying with the trouble, contact zones, becoming-with, plus more can strengthen our interdisciplinary research about children’s worldly relations.
003 Thursday, 18 July, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Roundtable with Miriam Potts: The Avian Roundtable: Making Worlds with Birds
Please join us for this roundtable with Miriam Potts, visiting artist and PhD candidate from VU, where we will discuss ways of engaging with philosophical ideas, and why theory matters! Miriam will lead a discussion on Thom van Dooren’s recent article, Making Worlds with Crows: Philosophy in the Field. doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7775
002 Thursday, 4 July, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Roundtable with Mindy Blaise: A living postdevelopmental lexicon for 21st Century childhoods: Generating new pedagogies
Please join us for this Roundtable where we will discuss the ins and outs of preparing a book prospectus, ways of engaging with philosophical ideas, and why theory matters! Mindy Blaise will share part of the keynote she gave at the Social Sciences and Humanities Congress, Canadian Research in Early Childhood Association, in Vancouver, Canada.
001 Thursday, 13 June, 2-3pm
You are invited to The Ediths’ Roundtable with Diane Boyd: Intergenerational Sustainable Skill Cafes
During a beach kindy with 3-4 year olds, it became apparent they had no understanding of the concept “mend” if something was broken. This, along with the death of her mother, made Diane reflect upon the values and skills of the generations before her. As a result, Diane developed a research project, intergenerational sustainable skill cafes, where the elderly came to a children and family centre to teach young children and their families sustainable ‘lost’ skills, such as mending, sewing, knitting, and cooking from scratch, using all aspects of the fruit/vegetables.