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Dr Elese Dowden has formal training in academic philosophy and makeup artistry, and has completed courses in graphic design and cake decorating too. She's worked as a writer, educator, digital marketer and academic for most of her career, relying on meaningful work in hospitality and similar sectors to keep her afloat.

Elese enjoys honing new skills, and uses creative practice and process philosophy to work through ideas and concepts. Examples of her photography are strewn across this website. Below are links to more of Elese's labour-of-love projects.

Growing disillusioned with the narrowing barriers of academic philosophy, Elese founded the australasian posthumanities in 2020 as a digital thinking space against colonial capitalism. She runs talks with thinkers and creatives, turns them into podcasts on Spotify, and hosts a reading group in the posthumanities.

Elese creates short recordings of her process as an organ-player, listening to her environment and making noise in improvised unison with backyard birds, passing trains and other ambient sounds towards the refrain.

Elese's most recent literary success is having her creative non-fiction piece, half-gallon quarter-acre pavlova pretext, shortlisted in Landfall magazine's 2020 essay competition. You can read some of her older writing here.