Shimmering: Animating multispecies relations with Wurundjeri Country

Year: 2018

Author: Blaise, Mindy, Hamm, Catherine

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper is curious about the effects of binary logic and linguistic imperialism and how they are invisible tools of colonization that continuously separate humans from nature. The authors draw from their work with children’s relations with place by paying attention to the pulses of multispecies relations and encounters and how these moments call teachers and children into relation. By experimenting with the grammar of animacy and writing in ways that dissolve the hierarchies that typically situate human and more-than-human entities as separate, the authors tell lively and animate stories that activate multispecies relations and bring natureculture together. A lively story, ‘Shimmering: Creek-egretta-child-yabbie relations’ is presented, drawing readers into a multispecies worlds.