Undisciplinary

Indigenous Plant Use & the Urban Environment: talking with Zena Cumpston

December 03, 2020 Undisciplinary Season 2 Episode 4
Undisciplinary
Indigenous Plant Use & the Urban Environment: talking with Zena Cumpston
Show Notes

In this episode Chris talks with Zena Cumpston about the interconnection of life and place, the in/visibility of Aboriginal peoples in urban landscapes, and the complexity of using Indigenous knowledges to addresses ecological crises.

Zena Cumpston is a Barkandji woman who is passionate about all aspects of representation in relation to First Peoples. She currently works as a Research Fellow in Urban Environments at the Clean Air Urban Landscapes Hub at the University of Melbourne, working across several projects related to Aboriginal History, sustainability, ecology and biodiversity. Zena was lead researcher, co- producer and co-designer of The Living Pavilion installation at the University of Melbourne which featured 40,000 Kulin Nation plants foregrounding Indigenous knowledge, ecological science and sustainable design through participatory arts practice.

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