The Discussants

In Alphabetical Order

Russell Beard
Environmental Journalist and Filmmaker, Al Jazeera.
Russell is one of the founding producers and presenters of Al Jazeera’s multi-award-winning environmental TV series Earthrise. The magazine show explores the most significant socio-economic threats to our civilisation by highlighting the positive work of grassroots community groups, ecologically-minded entrepreneurs, and progressive governments across the world who are rising to the environmental challenges that we are facing.

Dr Ele Carpenter
Senior Lecturer in Curating, Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London; Associate Curator with Arts Catalyst, London, and Bildmuseet, Sweden.
Ele is a curator and writer in politicised art and social networks of making. Her curatorial research into nuclear culture investigates the contemporary aesthetics of living in the nuclear anthropocene. She is the editor of The Nuclear Culture Source Book (London, 2016) and the convenor of the Nuclear Culture Research Group at Goldsmiths.

Dr Sho Konishi
Associate Professor in Modern Japanese History, Faculty of History and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford.
Sho is a cultural, intellectual, and transnational historian and author of Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan (Harvard, 2013).  Challenging some of the most established assumptions of modern history, he has written extensively on Japan’s global past from the perspectives of non-state transnational intellectual history. His recent articles have appeared in The American Historical Review, Modern Asian Studies, Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, and Journal of Asian Studies. He is the former Director of the Oxford Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies.

Dr Jamie Lorimer [Friday session]
Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
Jamie’s research explores the cultures, histories and politics of wildlife management spanning scales from elephants to the microbiome. He is the author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature (Minnesota, 2015).

Dr Ravi Rajan [Saturday session]
Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Ravi’s research focuses on the political economy of environment – development conflicts; environmental human rights and environmental justice; and environmental risks and disasters. He is the author of Modernizing Nature: Forestry and Imperial Eco-development, 1800-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2006). He has contributed in designing a “green” curriculum to higher education administration in the U.S. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace International. 

Dr Mikiko Shinoki
Professor of Sociology, Chuo University, Japan; Visiting Scholar at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
Mikiko’s research focuses on the social dilemmas surrounding environmental issues in Japan. She has conducted extensive quantitative research on the discrepancies between individuals’ social attitudes, i.e. verbal expressions of concern regarding environmental issues, and their actual behaviours where environmental awareness is not reflected in their everyday practice. She has been involved in local governmental policy-making as an advisory board member in shaping the correlation between environmental knowledge and practice.

Jenny White
Head of Visual Arts Programme, British Council.
In her previous role as Environment Project Manager at the British Council, Jenny designed training programmes and online learning resources which explored how cultural relations within global organisations could be made more sustainable. As Arts Manager in Japan, and later in Thailand and Cuba, she became interested in how the arts can inspire awareness of environmental and cultural sustainability. She is particularly interested in what we can learn from shifting relationships between art and nature in Japan.