Team Leader, Associate Professor Linda Williams

Williams leads the Spatial Dialogues team, and is responsible for its commitments to the ARC and liaison with industry partners. Her research focus will be on writing on the project in response to recent ecocritical theory, the field of environmental art, and the project’s potential to activate civic dialogues around the question of adaptation to climate change.

Linda Williams

Linda Williams is Associate Professor of Art, Environment and Cultural Studies in the School of Art, RMIT University where she leads the Art and Environmental Sustainability Research Cluster and is an active member of the Globalization and Culture project in the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT.

Along with her work as a widely published art critic, Williams has also published in the fields of the history of culture and science, philosophy and social theory, and histories of human-animal relations in a wide range of edited books, and in journals such as Communication, Politics & Culture; Philosophy, Activism, Nature; Southern Review; Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Culture and Policy Studies; Thesis Eleven; & New Formations: a journal of culture/theory/politics. She has also edited special editions of journals, and convened the Cultures of Sustainability conference at RMIT University in 2008.

Williams has curated two major international exhibitions: The Idea of the Animal (2006) and HEAT: Art & Climate Change (2008) at the RMIT Gallery (which was the first exhibition of its kind in Australia) 2112: Imagining the Future (2012). She has delivered many invited research papers and Keynote lectures at several universities in Australia, England and Ireland, and has also given invited papers at several major galleries, including the Tate Britain.

For several years Williams’ research focus has been on the cultural regimes of modernity in relation to histories of the longue durée especially in relation to ecocritical theory and philosophy. More recently, this focus has developed into the broader social question of the role of arts and humanities in adaptation to global climate change.

Williams leads the Spatial Dialogues team, and is responsible for its commitments to the ARC and liaison with industry partners. Her research focus will be on writing on the project in response to recent ecocritical theory, the field of environmental art, and the project’s potential to activate civic dialogues around the question of adaptation to climate change.

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