Professor Danielle Celermajer is a philosopher, and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach. While her professional and academic background have focused on human rights, she has recently shifted her thinking and activism towards environmental, animal and human ethics and justice issues.
She lives in a Multispecies Justice Community in rural New South Wales and experienced first-hand the realities of climate change during the Black Summer Fires of 2019-2020. In this book chat on Summertime, a work of non-fiction written in the shadow of the 2019/2020 bushfires, Professor Celermajer expands on the story of Jimmy the pig, urging us to expand our understanding of grief beyond the anthropocentric — and discusses how she uses the evocation of sense in her work to take the reader beyond abstract knowledge of the natural world.