Remembering Deborah Bird Rose (1946-2018)

Deb's rainbow

A commemoration of the life of Deborah Bird Rose was held on Saturday March 25th on the banks of the Georges River in Sydney.

Deb was an anthropologist, a philosopher, a storyteller, and a passionate advocate for social and environmental justice.

She made major contributions in a range of fields, from the environmental humanities, and the anthropology of Indigenous Australia, to extinction studies, animal and multispecies studies, and philosophies of ethics, justice, religion, temporality, and place.

Her award winning books include: Dingo Makes Us Human (1992), Reports from a Wild Country (2004), and Wild Dog Dreaming (2011). She completed the manuscript of Shimmer just before she died on December 22nd 2018.

A collection of essays, Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene (2015), edited by Katherine Gibson, Deborah Bird Rose and Ruth Fincher brought together environmental humanities and community economies thinking together.

Katherine Gibson said "Deb was a dear friend and inspiration to many community economies scholars. Her generous and far reaching insights live on in her beautiful writing".

To mark the launch of Take Back the Economy in 2013, Deb sat down with Katherine Gibson to talk about community economies work, and the resulting video interview is on the Community Economies webpage (click here).