Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language

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After Rain


Amidst climate chaos, words gather as a tipping point in after-affect. On January 4, 2020, the massive Currowan bushfire in New South Wales crossed the Shoalhaven River and raced into the Wingecarribee district of the Illawarra region south of Sydney. After two weeks of emergency warnings, a new preternatural “catastrophic” danger rating, watch and act alerts, and heatwave temperatures, the fire front arrived on a blunt southerly gale in the evening. Climate breakdown had delivered locally and personally. The next day, light rain, more drizzle than shower, visited the home fireground.

Author Biography

Louise Boscacci is a natureculture writer and researcher who brings the environmental humanities into conversation with affect scholarship and contemporary art. She is an author of the multi-author book, 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (2019, Open Humanities Press), a founding member of the Material Ecologies Research Network, and Associate Fellow (Hon.) in the Centre for Critical Creative Research, University of Wollongong. Louise lectures at the National Art School, Sydney. She is currently writing a book on extinction relationscapes, Thirty Living Ecobiographies for Thirty Extinct Mammals, based on her doctoral research and affective encounters as a field biologist. https://louiseboscacci.net


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