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glennaalbrecht

Bio: Farmosopher at The Wallaby Farm, NSW: Glenn Albrecht retired as professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in June 2014. He is now an Honorary Fellow in the School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney. He was at the University of Newcastle as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies until December 2008. He is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health, broadly defined. He has pioneered the research domain of 'psychoterratic' or earth related mental health and emotional conditions with his concept of 'solastalgia' or the lived experience of negative environmental change. Solastalgia has become accepted worldwide as a key concept in understanding the impact of environmental change in academic, creative arts, social impact assessment and legal contexts. Glenn Albrecht’s work is now being used extensively in course readings, new research theses and academic research in many disciplines including geography, philosophy and environmental studies. His work is also being published in languages other than English. He has publications in the field of animal ethics and has published on the ethics of relocating endangered species in the face of climate change pressures and the ethics of the thoroughbred horse industry worldwide With colleagues, Nick Higginbotham (University of Newcastle) and Linda Connor (Sydney University) under Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants, he has researched the psycho-cultural impact of mining in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW, Australia and the impact of climate change on communities, again in the Hunter Region. He has researched the social impact of gas fracking and coal mining on people and communities in the Gloucester region of NSW. Glenn has also been involved as a Chief Investigator in an ARC Discovery Grant Project on the social and ethical aspects of the thoroughbred horse industry worldwide and was a partner investigator on ARC Linkage Grant funded research on the ethics of feral buffalo control in Arnhem Land. He has held an NCCARF grant at Murdoch University which studied the likely impact of climate change on water provision in two inland cities (Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie). Glenn Albrecht is also a pioneer of transdisciplinary thinking and, with Higginbotham and Connor, produced a major book on this topic, Health Social Science: A Transdisciplinary and Complexity Perspective with Oxford University Press in 2001. His current major transdisciplinary research interest, the positive and negative psychological, emotional and cultural relationships people have to place and its transformation is one that sees him having a national and international research profile in an emergent field of academic inquiry where he has been recognised as a global pioneer. International citations to his academic productions are increasing annually and references to his psychoterratic concepts (particularly solastalgia) in global philosophical discussion, art and culture is now too extensive to fully document. New concepts such as his idea of ‘The Symbiocene’ are also attracting international interest. Glenn now works as a ‘farmosopher’ on Wallaby Farm in the Hunter Region of NSW. He continues to research and publish in his chosen fields. He is currently writing a book for Cornell University Press, Earth Emotions, an overview of his scholarly and public contributions to psychoterratic issues.

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  1. unless you appeal to the un-interested, the habitual “who cares what i think?” your movement wont move. Those, the ‘holon’ , , or many holons at that, continue to maintain the Anthropocene alive still, then you would need to intervene at every level, at every meeting, at the end of every sentence, sorta like this period. go big or go home, register as a Religion. tell me i am wrong, i believe the irrationality of organised religion will you the extra power to succeed in a global scale. its what the anointed ones would have wanted (Christ Buddha)

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  2. MB says:

    Enjoyed your post on the Anthropocene and interested to read more on governance. Have you any more related publications on governance in the symbiocene?
    thanks!

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    • Thanks Matthew, I am just developing these ideas and my hope is that others will be inspired to take them further and into fields I fear to go. The concept of ‘sumbiocracy’ needs a lot more work on it but I have made a start. I think it has potential to give ecology to democracy but as I have argued in the short essay, democracy is so badly tainted now that we need a new start. Sumbiocracy will entail a type of governance that is intensely deliberative at all levels and scales with some form of representative government working to make sound decisions. The main difference to normal democracy will be that non-humans, ecosystems and Earth systems will be at the table as well as humans. Of course the non-human sectors will have to be represented by humans, but the humans who fill this role will not be representing the interests of humans, they will speak only for and about the special interests they represent. For example, there will be a member(s) for The Great Barrier Reef at the political table and their job will be to represent, lobby and serve for the best interests of the GBReef. All deliberation will be required to focus on interrelationships and the totality of systems from local to global (and beyond). In the same way that Aldo Leopold asked us to see the non-human and the human as integral parts one the one big, life/land community, so too will sumbiocracy entail a communitarian ethos. A Land Ethic and a Sumbiotic Politics will dovetail. However, my ideas are ‘free’ and I want people to take them over and run further than I can with them. Go for it!

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  3. Hi Glenn

    Thank you so much for publishing your ‘Exiting the Anthropocene – Entering the Symbiocene’ in the Minding Nature journal. It’s made it easier to quote in my doctoral thesis 🙂 and for contacting me about your work in the first place.

    I found in my proof-reading that I had been calling my transversal art-forest practice that includes Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry a meme too! Its not hard for me to see it as an example of symbiomimicry (I had called it an eco-mimicry practice) and how it might lead onto sumbiocracry. This is because I found myself a few years ago standing up to argue for a law against the crime of ecocide be recognised by the Irish Green Party- it was unanimously passed – ecojurisprudence to safeguard ecological communities will be part of this new politics. Guattari’s transversality, rather than transdisciplinarity, might be very useful too.

    Thank you!
    Cathy
    PS can you add a subscribe by email button to your site.

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    • Cathy, it is good that we think along similar lines and write to bring these perspectives to a wider audience. I also wish you well with your thesis. I invested a lot of thinking and writing into transdisciplinarity while working in the health social science field decades ago … so it is hard to give it up. See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9657059 We published that article in 1998! We also published a book by OUP on this theme. My new ‘discipline’ is ‘sumbiology’ which I guess will manifest transversality by definition? I shall look at buttons but I consider it a major achievement to get this site up and running on a weak wireless signal here in rural New South Wales. My best, Glenn.

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