April marked the launch of a program at the University of Western Australia of cross-disciplinary activities of considerations and inquiry around Land Place Culture and Identity. The program is convened by David Trigger, Anthropology, and Gareth Griffiths, English, as part of the newly established Institute of Advanced Studies at the University.
This program involves seminars, lectures, exhibitions and, as the centrepiece, a residential research workshop in July consisting of twenty international scholars who will be working intensively for five days on campus. We are inviting interested scholars to attend these sessions.
The program commenced on April 12 with an introductory seminar by the conveners. This is followed by a series of monthly seminars by scholars and, in one session, by artists. Greg Dening was the guest for the May seminar, and on June 7 a writer and two visual artists will talk about land and place and artistic expression. Monthly seminars are held in the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on campus at 4 pm on Wednesdays. The schedule is:
April 12: Introductory session (David Trigger, Gareth Griffiths, Terri-ann White). The intentions of this study of land, place, culture and identity and its cross-disciplinary perspective
May 3: Greg Dening (Adjunct Professor, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, ANU) "Endeavour and Hokule'a: The Theatre of Re-enactment and Cultural Identity"
June 7: Artistic approaches to land and place (including writer Kim Scott, photographer Richard Woldendorp and visual artist Judith Dinham)
The visitor participants for the five day workshop in July are Catherine Nash, Royal Holloway, London; Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa; Libby Robin, Australian National University; Michele Dominy, Bard College, New York; Neville White, La Trobe University; Roslynn Haynes, University of New South Wales; Valda Blundell, Carleton University, Ottawa; Peter Read, Australian National University; Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand; Peter Brosius, University of Georgia; Ian McLean, University of Western Australia; Paul Carter, University of Melbourne; Christopher Anderson, University of Adelaide; George Seddon, University of Western Australia; Lesley Head, University of Wollongong; Gareth Griffiths, University of Western Australia; Samuel Kariuki, University of the Witswatersrand; David Trigger, University of Western Australia; Lye Tuck-Po, Kyoto University; Michael Williams, University of Queensland.
For those people who require more information about this program and, particularly, the July workshop, more details (including abstracts and biographical statements) can be found on the website for the IAS:
If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for Land Place Culture and Identity or have any queries please contact Terri-ann White on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 08 9380 2114.
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