The Rescue Project

dc.contributor.advisor Milstein, Tema
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Paul Miller, Gretchen 2022-03-17T04:31:55Z 2022-03-17T04:31:55Z 2021
dc.description.abstract What is the experience of being a rescuer of damaged landscapes and broken creatures, at a time of environmental crisis in Australia? How do individuals and grassroots communities go about small acts of rescue, and how do they maintain the courage to do this work? The Rescue Project is practice-based research. It includes a public digital storytelling site of 51 text-based rescuer story contributions, alongside a podcast of four episodes, plus an exegesis providing critical reflection and analysis of the creative practice and the resultant thematic threads. The digital site was constructed in partnership with the non-government, volunteer-based, land regeneration organisation Landcare Australia. This practice and exegesis contribute new thinking to the scholarship of environmental communication by considering the meaning of rescue, providing insights into the affectual themes of acts of rescue, articulating rescue relations, and introducing and developing several key terms: ecosonics, homeground, and citizen storytelling. The themes which emerge from this project reveal the emotional affects and effects of undertaking rescues, and suggest rescues take place within three related and iterative overarching themes. Firstly, the theme of humility that is required to begin an act of rescue. Secondly, the theme of attunement that builds resonances with both sentient figures and non-sentient features of homegrounds. Finally, the theme of courage to undertake rescue activities, and courage’s iterative outcome, encouragement. Further, this practice and exegesis contribute to environmental communication through foregrounding listening and hearing, the spoken word, community storytelling, and the ecosonics of the more-than-human world. In giving space to the methodological processes of my creative practice, this exegesis offers environmental communication practitioners new ways to go about their work. It also responds to current calls within this scholarship for a listening modality: for too long we have been deaf to the sounds of the more-than-human world. The Rescue Project is a demonstration of how we might humbly hear these worlds speak. To explore the digital space, please visit:
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney
dc.rights CC BY 4.0
dc.subject.other climate crisis
dc.subject.other rescue
dc.subject.other environmental communication
dc.subject.other landcare
dc.subject.other wildlife
dc.subject.other wildlife rescue
dc.subject.other ecosonics
dc.subject.other homeground
dc.subject.other citizen storytelling
dc.subject.other ecohumility
dc.subject.other courage
dc.subject.other attunement
dc.subject.other podcast
dc.subject.other podcasting
dc.subject.other community
dc.subject.other more-than-human
dc.subject.other environmental crisis
dc.subject.other environment
dc.subject.other affect
dc.title The Rescue Project
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Miller, Gretchen
dspace.entity.type Publication
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture School of Humanities & Languages School of Humanities & Languages
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 360599 Screen and digital media not elsewhere classified
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 440601 Cultural geography
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 470103 Environmental communication
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 5001 Applied ethics
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
unsw.thesis.degreetype PhD Doctorate
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