This website documents an experimental public environmental humanities research project taking place with and through the Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden.

The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden opened in May 2015 as a collaborative initiative between Anaiwan Elder Uncle Steve Widders; former project manager, Mr Peter Hall; and postdoctoral research fellow Dr Kate Wright, alongside a committee of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and organisational representatives. Since this time the community garden has been running as an activist platform for Aboriginal reclamation and cultural revival, as well as an experimental pedagogical and public environmental humanities research site that promotes alternatives to neoliberal, colonial and anthropocentric ways of thinking and living.

While the community garden has a life of its own that exceeds any human-directed research initiatives, and it is hoped that it will have a long-term community-directed future, this website is focused on the collaborative and deeply-engaged social and environmental outreach project directed by Kate Wright as part of her postdoctoral research. This project is a prototype for environmental humanities research in action, where the research team, comprised of academics, community members, and nonhuman inhabitants of the community garden, collectively work toward social and environmental justice with a focus on decolonising communities and environments.

 

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Dr Kate Wright, Anaiwan Elder Uncle Steve Widders & Gomeroi poet Rob Waters at the Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden, 2015

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