2020 Seminars

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Room To Listen Online Program

We are delighted to announce that the Writing and Society Research Centre seminar series is moving online from May.

Our special series will be called Room to Listen, and will be dedicated to three important facets of our shared scholarly life: listening to work by leading authors and artists; exchanging research among colleagues (including visiting guests from here and abroad); and supporting our terrific HDR students to present work in a supportive forum. Room to Listen will run fortnightly across May and June, and into Spring as needed. All events will be held for an hour on alternate Friday mornings by Zoom, following the pattern of our previous seminar series. All listeners are welcome to join.

We are honoured that our program begins on Friday 8 May from 11am-12pm with a virtual visit from eminent Narungga poet and artist Dr Natalie Harkin (Flinders University), who is a leading Australian scholar in the field of archival poetics.

Please RSVP to S.Gapps@westernsydney.edu.au to be sent the zoom meeting details.



8 MayDr Natalie Harkin (Flinders U)Archival Poetics
22 MayProfessor Anthony Uhlmann (WSRC) (opens in a new window)Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, Desire & Ethology (opens in a new window)
5 JuneDr Sarah Gilbert & Jane Scerri (WSRC HDRs)

'Victoria Ocampo and the National Identity Essay: Reading Argentine Womanhood, Nationhood and Country in D.H. Lawrence’s Kangaroo'


'The Power and the Passion: Representation of single motherhood in contemporary Australian literature'

12 June

Special panel discussion with: Kate Fagan, Catriona Menzies-Pike, Katrina Sandbach, Raaza Jamshed Butt, Rachel Morley

Chair: Anne Jamison

Researcher, Writer, Mother: How to Survive Working from Home
19 JuneSamantha Trayhurn & Jake Goetz
Contemporary Environmental Literatures: Recent Thinking in EcoCriticism
31 JulyMichael Farrell, with Ivor Indyk and Kate FaganReading Michael Farrell's Family Trees
28 AugustTobias Jochum (visiting scholar, John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin)

‘Our Curse and Our Mirror’: Ungrievable lives & Unframed Crime Scenes in Roberto Bolaño's 2666

chaired by Chris Andrews

11 SeptemberJaya Savige (New College of the Humanities, London)Jaya Savige on Change Machine (UQP 2020), reading and discussion with Kate Fagan and Ben Etherington
18 SeptemberYumna Kassab (Giramondo author)Yumna Kassab on The House of Youssef - Reading and discussion with Ivor Indyk
25 SeptemberHelen Koukoutsis (WSRC)'From Inside The Desk Drawer: “Mother's Sonnet” and other poems', (with Anne Jamison - chair)
30 OctoberBen Etherington (WSRC)'Verse Minstrelsy and the Beginnings of Creole Poetry in Print in the Caribbean'
13 NovemberWestWords/WSRC Western Sydney Writers-in-Residence: Kavita Bedford and Rawah ArjaReadings and conversations
27 NovemberThe Writing Zone - project writers panel"Sky Conversations" -featuring readings from new talent from Western Sydney
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