Conversations aCross-Disciplinary & Multi-species Urban Entanglements

Image above Lapin Plague, 2016 by Bec Sellek –

Premise: The urban built environment has largely been considered and constructed as a human habitat although we share these spaces with many other species. Urban growth is placing pressure on natural and modified habitats changing the way we cohabit with other species in cities, towns and suburbs. Retention, modification and recreation of habitats requires new perspectives about how we share these spaces with more-than-human others. Our collective wellbeing is at stake, both for allowing urban life to thrive and human wellbeing gained from the relationship with our domestic and wild biota. Constructing multi-species urban environments requires a cross-disciplinary approach.

Book Project: Untaming the Urban

Symposium: 2nd Untaming the Urban 12-14th December 2018

To be held at the Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Canberra.

Building on the 1st 2016 Untaming the Urban event, this 2nd symposium aims to foster cross-disciplinary conversation on multi-species urban entanglements, constructed ecologies and more-than-human built environments. Including, how we, other animals, plants and other species (both wild and domestic) use and share these urban spaces.

Contact: Viveka Turnbull Hocking –
In this 2nd Untaming the Urban we will start with a follow up on the key concepts from contributors to the first symposium. Then hear from new contributions on – Themes: urban ecologies, creature structures, multi-species perspectives, approaches and methods as well as untaming humans for post-anthropocentric urban futures.

Exhibition – 2nd Untaming the Urban 12-14th December 2018
Curator: Tracey Benson –

Thanks you to the of support of Wendy Steele and the Urban Geography Group IAG, Saul Cunningham and the Fenner School ANU and our organising team of volunteers Viveka Turnbull Hocking, Kathy Eyles, Tracey Benson, Steve Dovers, Cecily Maller, Craig Ashhurst… and others


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