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Sensing bushfire: Exploring shifting perspectives as hazard moves through the landscape

Chapter


Abstract


  • Bushfires are an enduring part of the Australian landscape. While much research has explored community preparations and responses to disasters, there is little understanding of sensory engagements with hazards. In this chapter, we explore interviews with residents who had recently experienced a bushfire in Tathra, a small seaside town in south-eastern Australia. These interviews contain rich details of the sounds of the wind and fire and the smell of smoke inter alia that constitute embodied and sensory engagements with the bushfire. We focus on these bodily experiences to rethink the mobilities of people, boundaries and hazard ‘events’. We suggest that a focus on sensory experiences of hazards provides a fuller understanding of more-than-human (im)mobilities and the continual becoming of place.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Haynes, K., Tofa, M., & Whittaker, J. (2020). Sensing bushfire: Exploring shifting perspectives as hazard moves through the landscape. In Weather Spaces, Mobilities and Affects (pp. 171-186). Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367406394

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Weather Spaces, Mobilities and Affects

Start Page


  • 171

End Page


  • 186

Abstract


  • Bushfires are an enduring part of the Australian landscape. While much research has explored community preparations and responses to disasters, there is little understanding of sensory engagements with hazards. In this chapter, we explore interviews with residents who had recently experienced a bushfire in Tathra, a small seaside town in south-eastern Australia. These interviews contain rich details of the sounds of the wind and fire and the smell of smoke inter alia that constitute embodied and sensory engagements with the bushfire. We focus on these bodily experiences to rethink the mobilities of people, boundaries and hazard ‘events’. We suggest that a focus on sensory experiences of hazards provides a fuller understanding of more-than-human (im)mobilities and the continual becoming of place.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Haynes, K., Tofa, M., & Whittaker, J. (2020). Sensing bushfire: Exploring shifting perspectives as hazard moves through the landscape. In Weather Spaces, Mobilities and Affects (pp. 171-186). Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367406394

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Weather Spaces, Mobilities and Affects

Start Page


  • 171

End Page


  • 186