Resisting Action

Slow Response and Care-Full Movement in a Post-Fire Terrain




fire, attunement, home, multispecies


Initially I stood at a threshold peering into a place of momentous ending. I shook my head. Gundungurra country needs to burn, I imagine its people say across time, just not like this. There is a requirement for care-full in/action when living with and on a post-fire terrain while still in trauma. It is a difficult balancing act for humans who like to fix things. Beyond the domestic clean-up of burnt buildings and infrastructure, my teachers await my attention. They are not of the human kind, rather they are the critters that perch in branches or skitter under rock. They are the soil movers, the crevice crouchers and the mark makers. They are the stirring plants and the underground tendrils of fungal hyphae. They send slow signals and resist tidy aesthetics. They challenge the perception of “dead” and question short-term human economies of usefulness. Ultimately, they remind me that home is made up of many intersecting homes weaving, twisting and turning in a constant process of becoming.

Author Biography

Julie Vulcan, Western Sydney University

Julie Vulcan is an interdisciplinary artist and PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. Her work, spanning performance, installation, digital media, and text has been presented nationally and toured internationally. Her writing has appeared in arts journals and independent publications alongside flash fictions for social media platforms. Recent publications include “Writing the Unwritable: Raveling Worlds” in New Perspectives on Academic Writing 2023 and “Dark Deviations and Timely Digressions” in Dark Eden 2022. Julie’s current research draws on feminist environmental humanities discourse and practice to investigate notions of the dark alongside multispecies worldings. Julie lives and works on Gundungurra country South-West of Sydney. 






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