15 - 16 July 2022


4:00 - 9:00am GMT
5:00 - 10:00am London
6:00 - 11:00am Utrecht, Paris, Zurich
7:00 - 12:00pm Athens
12:00 - 5:00pm Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei
1:00 – 6:00pm Tokyo
2:00 - 7:00 pm Melbourne


Melbourne + Online

Address for event at Monash

Monash Art, Design and Architecture
Building F
Caulfield Campus
900 Dandenong Road, 3145


Open to public and free of charge.


Registration HERE


The Conversations with … Extractivism symposium will bring together an ensemble of researchers who explore the notion of ‘extractivism’ across different fields and through a myriad of forms, including (though not limited to):

– Supply chains at the scale of the local and global
– Extractive practices operating at micro and macro levels
– Enterprises that encompass the terrestrial and off-world
– Mining tangible natural resources such as rare earth minerals
– Examining the role of ‘sustainable futures’
– Interrogating scars that cut through the Earth and its inhabitants.

Crucial to considering ‘extractivism’ through these structures is an accountability for Indigenous struggles and propositions for degrowth, resistance, and emancipation.

This two-day hybrid symposium is collectively led by Dr Nicholas Mangan, Dr Eduardo Kairuz, and Charity Edwards from Monash University’s Faculty of Art Design & Architecture (MADA). It will be hosted in-person at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, and simultaneously online.

Detailed Programme

Full Programme HERE

Keynote speakers

Dr Alonso Barros is a lawyer (PUCCh) and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Combining two decades of experience in advocacy and anthropology, his work involves projects affecting indigenous peoples' territories in Latin America. Since 2013, he has worked as a researcher and litigation lawyer, mediator and arbiter on behalf of Indigenous peoples and communities involved with the extractive industry in the Atacama Desert. Currently, Alonso is a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art (London).

Dr Susan Schuppli is an UK-based artist and researcher whose work examines material evidence ranging from war and conflict to environmental disasters and climate change. She is a Reader and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London; and an affiliate artist-researcher and Board Chair of Forensic Architecture.


  • Alejandro Haiek, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Alexis Destoop, Monash University, Australia
  • Andrea Urushima, Kyoto Seika University, Japan
  • Amelia Hine, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Ana Lara Heyns, Monash University, Australia
  • Georgia Nowak, Monash University, Australia
  • Global Extraction Observatory (Eduardo Kairuz & Sam Spurr), Monash University and University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Jahkarli Romanis, Monash University, Australia
  • Joëlle Bitton, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
  • Kate Fitch, Monash University, Australia
  • Kate Hill, Monash University, Australia
  • Köken Ergun
  • Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester & Scott Mitchell) Monash University, RMIT University and UNSW, Australia
  • Penelope Cain
  • Sara Daly, Monash University, Australia

This event will take place on the unceded lands of the people of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years.