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

With a background in journalism and climate activism, I had been teaching in the School of Communication and Creative Industries as a sessional tutor and lecturer for about ten years when I received a serious cancer diagnosis. This caused me to take stock of my life and ask some deep questions about where I wanted to go next. 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: climate activism and communication.

Engagements and Memberships

I am an active member of Bathurst Community Climate Action Network and the River Yarners, two local environmental organisations. I am also active in the Creative Practice Circle which draws together arts-based research practitioners from across Charles Sturt University.

Publications

Sorensen, T. (2018). The Lucky Galah [novel]. Picador Pan Macmillan

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.