Soft Launch

Welcome to The Living Archive: Extinction Stories form Oceania. This website went live on Friday 31 May 2019. At this stage it includes only a few stories from around the region. Over the coming months and years we hope to grow this site as a vital resource for better understanding and communicating the significance of environmental change in this region. Towards the end of 2019, when the site has grown a bit and we’ve worked out any kinks, we will have an official launch for the project and start to spread the word more actively. In the meantime, if you’ve stumbled across this site and have any ideas, suggestions, or would like to submit your own story, please get in touch.

One larger part of this project that is still in the planning stages is our hope to partner with local organisations and storytellers of all kinds, throughout the region, to run community workshops on storytelling in various media. These workshops might focus on extinction, or they might engage with other pressing local and global issues. If this is something you’d like to be involved in, or would like to see happen in your place, please get in touch. We can be reached at

Thanks for visiting and please take a moment to check out some of the important stories that have already been published on the site.

Image: “Ocean Culture Life” by Matt Porteous, Googsi Creative is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 
Thom van Dooren is a field philosopher and storyteller based at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction and The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds.