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Symposium | Humanities in the Regions / Collaborating with Collecting and Cultural Institutions


A Collaboratory of the ACHRC and CAIA

Start Date

May 10, 2018 9:00 am

End Date

May 12, 2018 3:00 pm


Meeting room, Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk
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Robyn Greaves | Register below - Cost $88 (inc GST)

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ACHRC and CAIA, University of Tasmania

Registrations are closed, but you can catch the great keynote sessions via Livestream

Watch via Livestream

“Fabricating humanities futures: a case for innovative partnerships in the regions”
Prof Angelina Russo, RMIT University/Fabricate Studio

“’Singing the body electric’: Innovation and HCA futures”
Prof Jen Webb, University of Canberra

“Locating Cultures: Cultural Preferences, Participation and Place of Residence”
Prof David Carter, University of Queensland

“Standing on the Ground and Writing on the Sky: An Emotional History of Being Indigenous”
Prof Jakelin Troy, Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, University of Sydney

“The University as the Driver of Humanities Research in the Regions”
Kate Darian-Smith (UTAS)

Carrying on the productive discussions initiated at the GLAMorous Humanities, and being reminded of the collecting and cultural archiving that has been carried out in regional settings as well as in major centres of Australia, the Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centre (ACHRC) plans to bring together the energies of its two main member initiatives – Humanities in the Regions and Collaborating with Collecting and Cultural Institutions – for a joint meeting. Scheduled for May 10-11, 2018, and co-hosted by UTAS’ Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath (CAIA) at its Launceston campus, this will be an exciting event showcasing best-practice achievements and innovations across these two initiatives, but focusing in particular on exploring some of the rich synergies apparent between them.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear about current innovations across and between both initiatives, meet with key representatives from each initiative and the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), and participate in a range of workshops designed to collaboratively explore key issues and possible research trajectories. With an aim of sharing and promoting strategies for building strong research connections between Humanities researchers at all universities and cultural institutions, and hosted by CAIA – which is well-known for its interaction with the local community as well as with heritage and tourism industries – this event is a must for active researchers in the Humanities and Creative Arts tertiary sector and for GLAM sector representatives.

Speakers include

David Carter, Kate Darian-Smith, Ted Lefroy, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Jane Mummery, Keir Reeve, Angelina Russo, Rebe Taylor, Joanne Tompkins, Jaky Troy, and Jen Webb.


Full Symposium Program and Event Schedule (Updated 7 May) (PDF 472KB)  

Public Lecture | There is a Public Lecture preluding the Symposium at 6.00pm 9 May: Fabricating humanities futures: a case for innovative partnerships in the regions.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours | Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon (90 mins).Iincluded in the registration fee (but attendees need to book via the registration page).

You are invited to attend a special tour of the First Basin area of Launceston’s iconic Cataract Gorge that will highlight Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural connections to the Gorge. On the tour you will discover the hidden valley and visit a little known cliff top area with magnificent views of the First Basin and Cataract Gorge back to King’s Bridge. The tour will provide you with information about the natural history of the area, including bush foods and resources that are abundant in the Gorge.

Your tour host will be Geoff McLean, who is a Tasmanian Aboriginal historian and former University of Tasmania lecturer in Aboriginal history and cultures. Geoff also conducts tours of the Cataract Gorge on a commercial basis for Wallaby Walking Tours.

What you will need:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for the conditions on the day
  • Water or other non-alcoholic liquid refreshment
  • Camera
  • Your enquiring mind

Day 3 Tours | The Saturday comprises tours of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and/or an Indigenous tour as above.

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