From Henry Lawson’s tales of “wilderness, flood, and drought”, to current affairs headlines and everyday salutations, representations of rural life-worlds are often entwined with narratives of climatic extremes.

This project aims to provide a better understanding of how rural Australians define, interpret, and respond to the environment and climatic variability. I examine how community members in North West Queensland materialise and give meaning to experiences of climatic events such as drought and flood. I'm particularly interested in how, through narrative storytelling and everyday bodily practice, people express climatic variability and make present environmental events after the immediate threat has passed.

This project emerges from ethnographic research among pastoralists and community members of mixed cultural heritage in rural North-West Queensland and draws upon phenomenological anthropology. 

Funding: APA (Australian Postgraduate Award), Alfred Midgley Scholarship
Advisors: Professor David Trigger, Dr Richard Martin, Dr Victor Igreja (USQ)

Project members

Ms Alana Brekelmans

PhD Candidate