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Timothy Neale

Timothy Neale

Timothy Neale is DECRA Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Geography at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.

Timothy Neale reviews 'Body Count: How climate change is killing us (Second Edition)' by Paddy Manning and 'Fire: A brief history' by Stephen J. Pyne

October 2020, no. 425 24 September 2020
Last spring, as the harbingers of a dangerous season converged into a chorus of forewarning, I decided it might be a good idea to keep a diary of the period now known as ‘Black Summer’. The diary starts in September with landscapes burning in southern Queensland and Brazil. Three hundred thousand people rally across Australia, calling for action on climate change. I attend a forum of emergency ... (read more)

Timothy Neale reviews 'A Future History of Water' by Andrea Ballestero and 'Anthropogenic Rivers: The production of uncertainty in Lao hydropower' by Jerome Whitington

October 2019, no. 415 25 September 2019
This June I attended a major Aboriginal fire-management workshop in Barmah National Park on Yorta Yorta woka, or Country. Camping on the floodplain of Dhungala – the Murray River – the participants’ discussions of bushfire led repeatedly back to another elemental force: walla, or water. As several elders explained, the flammability of the surrounding red gum forest is inextricably linked to ... (read more)

Timothy Neale reviews 'A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji struggle, after the walk-off' by Charlie Ward

November 2016, no. 386 24 October 2016
The iconography of Indigenous land rights in Australia is fundamentally deceptive. Take, for example, the famous photograph of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pouring red sand from his hand into that of Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari on 16 August 1975. In the image, the white emissary from Canberra – pink-fleshed in a wool suit and Windsor knot – appears to bestow something substantial. Lingiar ... (read more)