This talk explores AM Kanngieser and Zoe Todd’s collaborations at the intersections of listening, attunement, Indigenous legal orders, fish and environments.
Informed by writing from North American and Pacific Indigenous scholars, we show how restorying and listening approaches enable us to come into better reciprocal and consensual relations with fish, water and place.
By gathering together a series of kin studies, we will narrate experiences from our ongoing research and community-based projects that teach us the importance of listening to and with fish and other aquatic species in the face of cumulative, urgent socio-environmental challenges in the homelands we work within and for.
Drawing on Indigenous legal orders, story, and other methods that attend to place and time immemorial, we query how to dismantle universalist colonial scientific approaches that dismiss the political agency of fish and also do not engage Indigenous laws or sovereignty in the fulsome way needed to protect habitats and livelihoods against the violences of white supremacy, colonial capitalism, and ecological destruction.
Kanngieser A and Todd Z 2021 Fishy futures: restor(y)ing fish in the 21st century. Invited Keynote. Institute of Australian Geographers & New Zealand Geographical Society Combined Conference, University of Sydney, 6–9 July [Online]