Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Tracy Sorensen

Proposed Title

Crochet and Cancer, Craftivism and Climate Change 

Summary

Crochet and climate change? What do you get by putting the very small and personal beside the very large and global? My research is an exploration of how some aspects of my personal strategy for coping with, learning about and talking about my own cancer diagnosis might be transferable to some aspects of climate change communication. 

Why I Chose CSU

I have been teaching in the School of Communication and Creative Industries – as a sessional tutor and lecturer - for over ten years. I have a background in journalism, fiction writing and climate change activism. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer, from which I am now in remission. At the end of my year of treatment, I began to formulate a research project that would bring the different threads of my life together.

Engagements and Memberships

I am President of Bathurst Community Climate Action Network and the River Yarners, a craftivist group currently defending the Macquarie River from a proposal to use river water in a gold mine.

Publications

Sorensen, T. (2016). Bathurst's 200 Plants and Animals Project: Do-it-yourself climate change communication in a regional context. Fusion Journal Issue 10, 434-452.

Sorensen, T. (2015). The Pouch of Douglas. Medical Journal of Australia 202(11), 598.