Department of Geography and Planning

Dr Emily O'Gorman

Dr Emily O'GormanPosition: Lecturer
Email: emily.ogorman@mq.edu.au
Location: W3A 420
Telephone: +61-2-9850 9670
 

Profile

I am an environmental and cultural historian with interdisciplinary research interests, particularly within the environmental humanities. 

My research focuses on past, current and future river and wetland knowledge and management; and, approaches to weather and climate in the sciences from the nineteenth century to the present. I am especially interested in the changing environmental practices and knowledges of town and urban dwellers, industry members (farmers, miners), managers and scientists (meteorologists, ecologists, industry technicians, engineers), as well as the institutions that connect them. My research examines both historical and contemporary changes in environmental understandings, their connection with specific places and the particular environmental experiences of actors. From July 2014 to March 2015 I am a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

Selected Publications

Books

J. Beattie, E. Melillo, and E. O'Gorman (eds.). 2015. Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History. Bloomsbury, London and New York.

J. Beattie, E. O'Gorman, and M. Henry (eds.). 2014. Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand. Palgrave Studies in the History of Science & Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

E. O'Gorman. 2012. Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic.

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Journal Articles and Chapters in Edited Collections

E. O'Gorman. 2015. 'Experiments, Environments, and Networks: Commercial Rice Cultivation in South-Eastern Australia, 1900-1945', in Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History. J. Beattie, E. Melillo, and E. O'Gorman (eds.). Bloomsbury, London.

J. Beattie, E. Melillo, E. O'Gorman. 2015. 'Introduction', in Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History. J. Beattie, E. Melillo, and E. O'Gorman (eds.). Bloomsbury, London.

E. O'Gorman. 2014. 'Belonging'. Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities in Environmental Humanities, 5, pp.283-286.

J. Beattie, E. Melillo, E. O'Gorman. 2014. 'Rethinking the British Empire through Eco-Cultural Networks: Materialist-Cultural Environmental History, Relational Connections and Agency', Environment and History, 20th Anniversary Issue, 20, 4, pp.561-575.

E. O'Gorman. 2014. ''Soothsaying' or 'Science'? H.C. Russell, Meteorology, and Environmental Knowledge of Rivers in Colonial Australia', in Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand. J. Beattie, E. O'Gorman, and M. Henry (eds.). Palgrave Studies in the History of Science & Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp.177-193.

J. Beattie, E. O'Gorman, M. Henry. 2014. 'Introduction', in Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand. J. Beattie, E. O'Gorman, and M. Henry (eds.). Palgrave Studies in the History of Science & Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp.1-16.

E. O'Gorman, J. Beattie, M. Henry. 2014. 'Future Research Directions', in Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand. J. Beattie, E. O'Gorman, and M. Henry (eds.). Palgrave Studies in the History of Science & Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp.251-253.

E. O'Gorman. 2014. 'Remaking Wetlands: Rice Fields and Ducks in the Murrumbidgee River Region, NSW', in Rethinking Invasion Ecologies From the Environmental HumanitiesJodi Frawley and Iain McCalman (eds.). Routledge Environmental Humanities, London, pp.215-238.

E. O'Gorman. 2013. 'Growing Rice on the Murrumbidgee River: Cultures, Politics, and Practices of Food Production and Water Use, 1900 to 2012', Journal of Australian Studies, 37, 1, pp.96-115.

D. Rose, T. van Dooren, M. Chrulew, S. Cooke, M. Kearnes, and E. O'Gorman. 2012. 'Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities', Introduction to Environmental Humanities, 1, pp. 1-5.

E. O'Gorman. 2012. 'Local Knowledge and the State: The 1990 Floods in Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia', Environmental History, 17, 3, pp. 512-46. 

E. O'Gorman. 2010. 'Unnatural River, Unnatural Floods?: Regulation and Responsibility on the Murray River in the 1950s', Australian Humanities Review, 48, pp. 87-107.

E. O'Gorman. 2005. 'Colonial Meteorologists and Australia's Variable Weather', University of Queensland Historical Proceedings, 16, pp. 67-88.

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Book Reviews

E. O'Gorman. 2014. 'A Review of The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California's Great Central Valley by Philip Garone', Roundtable Review on H-Environment, 4, 10.

E. O'Gorman. 2011. 'A Review of Droughts Floods and Cyclones: El Niños That Shaped Our Colonial Past by Don Garden', The Bulletin of the Pacific Circle, 26, April, pp. 16-19.

E. O'Gorman. 2010. 'A Review of Gardening the world: Agency, identity, and the ownership of water, by Veronica Strang', Anthropological Forum, 20, 2, pp. 205-7.

E. O'Gorman. 2009. 'A Review of Fresh Water: New Perspectives on Water in Australia edited by Emily Potter, Alison Mackinnon, Stephen McKenzie and Jennifer McKay', Australian Humanities Review, 46.

E. O'Gorman. 2007. 'A Review of Libby Robin's How a Continent Created a Nation', Australian Humanities Review, 43.

Academic Affiliations

Associate Editor. Environmental Humanities (since 2012)

Co-editor (with Kate Wright). Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities in Environmental Humanities (since 2014)

Member. Centre for Environmental History. Australian National University (since 2009)

Advisory Board Member. Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (since 2014)

Member. Australian Historical Association (since 2005)

Abbreviated CV

I hold a PhD from the School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, and a BA (Hons.) from The University of Queensland. From March 2010 to March 2013 I undertook a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong. I joined Macquarie University as a lecturer in April 2013.

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