about elese

Kia ora e hoa! I'm Dr Elese Dowden - a poet, writer, and independent academic living on unceded Boonwurrung country in Naarm. I'm originally from Tāmaki Makaurau in Aotearoa New Zealand with Irish and English ancestry. My families settled in Manukau in the 1950s and 60s.

I grew up in Manurewa and completed my BA (Hons) and MA in Philosophy at the University of Auckland. In 2015, I won a PhD scholarship on A/Prof Marguerite La Caze's project in ethical restoration, and moved to Meanjin / Brisbane to study philosophy at the University of Queensland. I graduated in 2019, relocating to Naarm / Melbourne in 2020 after an 18-month working holiday in Ottawa, Canada.

Struggling with the barriers of the western academy, and the limitations of pandemic life, I founded the australasian posthumanities as a digital network of thinkers. We're a digital network of thinkers holding space across disciplines, timezones and travel bans. Community first, colonial capitalism last. To find out more about what we do, listen the APH podcast series, or have a nosy at the website.

You can email me at elesedowden (at) gmail (dot) com.