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Six researchers have received Deakin's highest honour - Alfred Deakin Professorships.
Deakin's latest round of crowd-funding projects have all reached their goals.
Two UK visiting professors bring new perspectives to the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention.
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Professor Martin Barker has led large-scale international and interdisciplinary research projects on film audiences. In this seminar, Professor Barker will talk with Deakin University staff and students about the highs and lows of these experiences and discuss strategies for building, participating in, and making the most of research teams.
Please see the flyer (PDF-126kb) for more information.
The School of Architecture and Built Environment and The Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention warmly invite you to the launch of Designing for the Third Age: Architecture Redefined for a Generation of "Active Agers", edited by Thinker in Residence Professor Lorraine Farrelly.
RSVP: Wednesday 23 July 2014
Please also state any dietary requirements.
Renowned experimental filmmaker Dr Dirk de Bruyn is the subject of The House That Eye Live In, which will have its world premiere at The Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 on Tuesday 12 August. Through his conversation with documentary-maker Steven McIntyre, Dirk guides viewers through more than four fascinating decades of his own filmmaking. The House that Eye Live In also features footage of Dirk’s expanded-cinema performances, and the opportunity to see for the first time newly transferred sections from Dirk’s vast filmography.
Join Thinker in Residence Professor Martin Barker for a fascinating talk about the engagement between audience expectation and film experience, which draws on Martin’s work leading large-scale international and interdisciplinary research projects on film audiences, including research from a wide range of countries on audience responses to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
Do you ever go to the movies?
Prof Deb Verhoeven and Dr Bronwyn Coate have an article in The Conversation about rising cinema ticket prices. Read their article, "Only at the Movies? Home Truths about Cinema Ticket Pricing" and have your say!
Deb and the team from the Kinomatics Project are also very keen to find out what factors patrons think matter the most for calculating "cinemability": that is, the ability of a city to support cinema-going.
Is it affordability of tickets? Number of film festivals? Diversity of films available in a given city? Or another factor again?
Check out the research so far at http://cinemacities.com/ and create your own cinema city ranking.
We want to hear from you! Thank you.
The World to Come: The Short Fiction of the Future
Dr Adam Brown was part of the organising committee for The Future of The Past: Representing the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Trauma in the 21st Century, the inaugural cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary conference convened by Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre.
Dates: 6-8 July 2014
Venues: Jewish Holocaust Centre and Deakin Prime (City Campus), Melbourne
CMII was very well represented at the eleventh biennial international conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR), which was held from Monday 30 June-Wednesday 2 July at the Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus.
The conference conveners were CMII's Drs Liz Bullen, Kris Moruzi and Michelle Smith, and the conference theme was "Emotional Control: Affect, Ideology and Texts for Young People".
Papers were presented by CMII's Professor Clare Bradford, Dr Liz Bullen, and Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite, and postgraduate students whose supervisors include CMII members. These students were Emma Hayes, Lara Hedberg, Dylan Holdsworth, Rebecca Hutton, Trish Lunt, Kate Norman, Tom Sandercock, Cathy Sly, and Emma Whatman.
CMII was proud to be one of the sponsors for "An Evening with Jackie French", held on Monday 30 June at the Geelong Waterfront Campus, in connection with the eleventh biennial international conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR). Jackie is the current Australian Children's Laureate, and the author of more than 140 books. During her fascinating presentation, Jackie spoke of the importance of books for young people in fostering hope, a sense of joy and transcendence, and confidence in being able to play a significant role in creating their own futures.
Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French, with Deakin University's Christine Oughtred: Manager, Digital Literacy Programs.
Heartiest congratulations to all the project leaders and their teams for the success of the first 2014 cycle of Research My World, the crowdfunding joint venture between Deakin University and Pozible.com.
All five projects have met their targets, which is a magnificent achievement.
Thank you to everyone who was able to support the projects financially and/or through promoting the campaigns. It is wonderful to see so much support for the initiative.
The projects are:
Buddhist Life Stories of Australia, which is led by Dr Anna Halafoff, Edwin Ng and Praveena Rajkobal. This project is the first stage of a larger, long-term research program that will investigate the changing nature of Buddhism, and what it is like to be a Buddhist, in Australia.
CmyView, led by Dr Cristina Garduño Freeman, which is about creative ways for people to capture views on places they care about. The mobile app Cristina and her team plan to develop will turn everyday kinds of participation, such as photography and walking, into evidence that has the ability to influence actions from government and corporate interests on the future of the places that particularly matter to people.
The Diabetes Stigma: A Real Problem, led by Dr Jessica Browne and Adriana Ventura. Jessica and Adriana's project is focused on gaining a wider understanding of the perception and experience of diabetes stigma. The more that is known about how and why stigma around diabetes happens, the more it can be addressed, enabling people with diabetes to live their lives free of this burden.
Hips 4 Hipsters, led by Dr Mel Thomson. Hips 4 Hipsters aims to develop and test new treatments for superbug bacterial implant infections. The funds will be used to set up a platform to test new compounds for antibacterial action against biofilm forming bacteria. The platform will also allow the researchers to test any promising compounds for toxicity to bone forming cells in a tissue culture system. This project is the start of a "bench to bedside" collaboration, with input from chemical engineers, infectious disease specialists and orthopaedic surgeons.
Kenya Healthy Minds, led by Elijah Marangu. This project aims to identify gaps in mental health care in Kenya. The results will be used to inform capacity building strategies to improve mental health care in Kenya, in primary health care settings.
Read about Research My World.
Thank you again for your support of Research My World, and congratulations to all involved. Information about the next cycle of Research My World will be posted as soon as possible.
For more information, please contact the Project Administrator, Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite.
CMII was delighted to host a reception for visiting professor Martin Barker at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre on Wednesday 4 June 2014. Professor Barker expressed his delight at being at Deakin, and spoke of how he looks forward to talking with staff and students across film studies, audience studies and other creative arts disciplines.
On Thursday 12 June 2014 CMII and the Persona, Celebrity, Publics Research Group hosted a seminar involving Professor Martin Barker. Professor Barker had conducted a research project to explore what part acting plays in audiences' responses to films, and how prior knowledge of an actor plays into their perceptions and judgements, using The Usual Suspects as experimental material. In this seminar, Professor Barker explained the background to the research, its methods, and some of its key findings. Please see the flyer (PDF-200kb) for more information.
On Thursday 29 May, the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, and the Processes of Signification Faculty Research Group (PSFRG), partnered with the Jewish Holocaust Centre to present a screening at the JHC of Paul Freedman’s 2007 film Sand and Sorrow. Freedman’s film centres on the Internally Displaced Persons camps of Darfur and focuses on the genesis and effects of the tribal wars in the Darfur region.
After the screening there was a talk by guest speaker, Eltayeb Ali, a survivor of the genocide in Darfur, and a presentation by filmmaker Guna Subramaniam. Other Darfuri survivors living in the local community participated in the general Q&A which followed.
For more details, please see http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/385-sand-sorrow.html
On Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 May 2014, there was a continuous screening at the Atrium at the Geelong Waterfront Campus of the 16 minute video Wool: 15 Stereoscopic Views, by Dr Dirk de Bruyn. The film re-animates historic stereoscopic images chronicling Geelong's wool industry and is part of the project Landscape to Manufacturing: The Wool Industry in Geelong, funded by the City of Greater Geelong. Project members include Prof Clare Bradford (CMII Director) Dr Dirk de Bruyn, Prof Hisham Elkadi, and Dr Emily Potter; as well as Prof Andrea Witcomb (Deputy Director: Alfred Deakin Research Institute), and Helen Meikle from the School of Architecture and Built Environment.
CMII Director, Prof Clare Bradford, and Kristen Thornton, Special Collections and Preservation Co-ordinator (Library) enjoy Wool - 15 Stereoscopic Views
On 2 May 2014, Prof Deb Verhoeven was co-host with Nicole Chvastek of the Conversation Hour on 774 ABC Melbourne.
Actor, producer and television presenter Simi Garewal; film critic Rajeev Masand; and writer, director and producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who are in Melbourne for the Indian Film Festival, were Deb and Nicole's guests. Their discussion covers a range of topics including movie-going, the reception of movies, and the making of movies both nationally and internationally.
ThreshHold will be shown at the forthcoming "From Mouth to Mountain" festival in Geelong, and as part of the Geelong Gallery's exhibition "We are Geelong".
Please see the attached photo and flyer for more details.
CMII was proud to sponsor two workshops during February about the online archive tool Omeka, which is a software system built by Digital Humanities scholars for Digital Humanities scholars. The workshop facilitator was James Verhoeven, a senior Business Analyst and Project Manager who has delivered software and cloud solutions to the Financial Services and Utilities and Infrastructure sectors: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesverhoeven
This was a two-day symposium (16-17 December 2013) bringing together national and international specialists in China studies, post-colonialism, literary studies and the creative arts to identify current, urgent issues that impact in and at the intersection of these disciplines. The ultimate aim is to produce at least one major, external funding application in 2014 that will involve all the symposium participants. The project is led by Professor Lyn McCredden and Dr Patrick West. It is jointly funded by CMII and SCCA. The impetus for the project is Deakin's interest in expanding its presence, in a targeted way, in China.
On Wednesday 20 November 2013, the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention hosted a training workshop, led by data visualisation expert Andy Kirk, to introduce the concepts and approaches behind Data Visualisation. Andy Kirk's approach to Data Visualisation is based not on software and tools, but on the thought and process behind the final products. As a freelance data visualisation design consultant, trainer, author, and founder of visualisingdata.com, Andy's experience and detailed knowledge appealed to the diverse academic backgrounds of the participants.
The workshop was full of energetic teaching, visualisation development work, group discussions and creative outputs. Participants were able to discover and develop skills in effective communication, to appreciate the difference between good and bad data visualisations, the importance of colour/annotation/layout, and the steps involved in creating clear visual messages.
Feedback on the event was extremely positive, and included the following email:
"Thank you so much for sending me an invitation to the data visualisation workshop by Andy Kirk. I really enjoyed it. I think it's very hard for one facilitator to sustain the interest of a group across a whole day of workshopping but Andy really managed it and everybody I spoke to loved it. It was extremely interesting to analyse in teams what worked and didn't work in data visualisation and to try out our own projects. I will use this information across a range of platforms to do with publishing and presenting my research work. A lot of the information Andy was giving us crossed into my discipline of journalism and it will also be useful to pass this on to students."
CMII Research Fellow Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite was surprised but delighted to be asked to be a mentor in the 2013 Mentoring Partnership Program. She worked with graphic designer Madeline Bowser from the Marketing Division, and found the experience of being a mentor both enriching and enlightening. 'Because Madeline works in such a different area from me, it was initially a challenge to work out how best to be of assistance,' Elizabeth says. 'However, that turned out to be an advantage because it enabled us to focus on Madeline's core skills and abilities that would be transferable across a range of areas.
'It was terrific working with Madeline, who has such a wide range of talents and skills, and who thinks so clearly and creatively. I sincerely hope that she learned as much from the experience as I did. The presentation about Conference Branding Essentials that Madeline gave as one of the outcomes of the Program was outstanding, and the number of people who attended and the questions asked showed how valuable it was to our colleagues across a range of departments in the Faculty of Arts and Education.'
Madeline herself says, 'having Elizabeth as a mentor to discuss problems and roadblocks has helped me to gain perspective and pinpoint actions to change them into a positive. This advice has been the most appreciated aspect of the last few months and I have found the mentoring process to be a genuinely positive experience. The chance to present as well as interact with staff from other areas of the University has been a valuable aspect of this program.'
The Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention was well represented at the 21st Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature, which was held from 10-14 August 2013 at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. The conference theme was 'Children's Literature and Media Cultures'. CMII staff who presented papers at the conference were Professor Clare Bradford (Director), CMII members Dr Liz Bullen and Dr Leonie Rutherford, and Research Fellow Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite. Several postgraduate students who are supervised by CMII members also presented papers: Lara Hedberg, Dylan Holdsworth, Trish Lunt, Anna McCormack, Kate Norman, Tom Sandercock, and Emma Whatman. View the full program from the conference.
At the conference dinner, the IRSCL President, Professor Mavis Reimer, presented Clare Bradford with an original illustration by Australian artist and author Bruce Whatley, to mark Clare's contribution to IRSCL as board member, Vice-President and President.
Following on from the success of 'Dipping a Toe into the Digital Humanities and Creative Arts' (19 October, 2012) the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention was proud to host a Workshop and Discussion event on Thursday 6 June 2013, led by Deakin's own Associate Professor Stuart Palmer, and Professor Harold Short, one of the key figures in the establishment of the Digital Humanities.
The morning workshop was given by A/Prof Palmer, and provided a hands-on opportunity to discover more about Social Network Analysis, and data visualisation.
In the afternoon, Prof Short led a discussion about global Digital Humanities, with particular emphasis on Australasia. Prof Short is widely experienced in collaborative research across many disciplines in the Arts and the Humanities, and was instrumental in developing the world's first PhD program in Digital Humanities, as well as a range of MA programs in the area. He was Director and Head of the Department of Digital Humanities (formerly Centre for Computing in the Humanities) at King's College London prior to his retirement in 2010. Following his retirement, Prof Short continues at King's College as Professor of Humanities Computing in a part-time position.
Feedback on the event was extremely positive, and included the following email:
"Thanks so much for the opportunity to attend and participate in the Social Network Analysis workshop with Stuart Palmer, and Harold Short in June this year. It was great to learn how to use NVivo and Gephi in conjunction with each other in a hands-on 'applied' way. It was also fantastic to learn the diverse ways in which digital research is taking place.
"My interests in visual arts and narrative research methodologies are being extended in valuable ways by participating in these digital humanities workshops. For those of us who are lateral thinkers and who understand the value of visual spatial awareness, these digital ways of analysing and representing research data are very exciting and valuable."
Deakin University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC).
Vice-Chancellor of Deakin, Professor Jane den Hollander, and the President of the JHC, Ms Pauline Rockman, OAM attended the Centre for the signing, which was witnessed by Mr Warren Fineberg, Executive Director of the JHC, and Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Deakin's Faculty of Arts and Education.
Warren Fineberg initiated the MOU in collaboration with Associate Professor Keith Beattie, Coordinator of Deakin's Processes of Signification Faculty Research Group (PSFRG), and Dr Adam Brown, a member of CMII and PSFRG.
The collaboration between Deakin and the JHC underlines Deakin's commitment to the support of human rights and respect for the victims of genocide.
CMII member Dr Adam Brown was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust, which took place at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick last April.
Dr Brown's presentation, 'From a Nazi on Stage to a Non-Jewish Researcher of "Privileged" Jews: My Journey into Holocaust Studies,' reflected on the various influences on his Holocaust-related work and broader issues of remembrance, memorialisation, and education.
JHC Film Club screening of Passenger (1963)
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Directed by Andrzej Munk, 58 mins
Guest speaker: Deb Waterhouse-Watson, Monash University
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/341-the-passenger.html
JHC Film Club screening of Rise & Fall (2010)
7.00pm on Thursday, 8 August 2013
Directed by Oscar Roehler, 114 mins
Guest speaker: Danielle Christmas, University of Illinois at Chicago
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/340-jew-suss.html
JHC Film Club screening of Blinky & Me (2011)
7.00pm on Thursday, 20 June 2013
Directed by Tomasz Magierski, 75 mins
Special guest speaker: Yoram Gross
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/331-blinky-me.html
View photos from the event: http://textualworld.tumblr.com/
JHC Film Club screening of Misa's Fugue (2012)
7.00pm on Thursday, 30 May 2013
Directed by Sean Gaston, 95 mins
The screening will be accompanied by an online Q&A with the film's director Sean Gaston and producer Jennifer Goss.
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/330-misa-fugue.html
JHC Film Club screening of As We Forgive (2010)
7.00pm on Thursday, 2 May 2013
Directed by Laura Waters Hinson, 60 mins
Special guest speakers: Dave Fullerton and Sally Morgan of the Rwandan Stories project (http://www.rwandanstories.org/index.html).
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/329-we-forgive.html
View Dave Fullerton's speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF8cev6mz4k
JHC Film Club screening of God on Trial (2008)
7.00pm on Thursday, 28 March 2013
Directed by Andy De Emmony, 90 mins
Presented by Michael Cohen, Jewish Holocaust Centre
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/325-god-trial.html
JHC Film Club screening of The Shop on Main Street (1965)
7.00pm on Thursday, 28 February 2013
Directed by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos, 125 mins
Presented by Dr Adam Brown, Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, Deakin University
Full details: http://www.jhc.org.au/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/item/320-main-street.html
On Monday 25 March 2013, the Mayor of Geelong, Cr Keith Fagg, and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, hosted an event in the Waterfront Campus to launch the Vision 2 project for the regeneration of the Geelong CBD. A presentation of the Design Concepts arising from Vision 2 was delivered by the Project Director and Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Professor Hisham Elkadi. Following the presentation, the Premier of Victoria and Minister for Regional Cities, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine, launched the Geelong Advancement Fund.
For more information see http://www.vision2geelong.net
The photo shows the Vice Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander; the Mayor of Geelong, Cr Keith Fagg; the Premier of Victoria and Minister for Regional Cities, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine; Mr Michael Betts, Chairman of the Committee for Geelong; and the Vision 2 Project Director and Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Professor Hisham Elkadi.
CMII was one of the sponsors of WCCA'2013: VI World Congress on Communication and Arts, held at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, 4- April, 2013.
A team of art practitioners in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention at Deakin University.
On Friday 22 February 2013 at Deakin-on-Timor, Warrnambool City Centre, 165 Timor St, Warrnambool 3280, each of the following artists spoke about their participation in the ‘Flows and Catchments’ project through the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention:
Dr Patrick West, Dr Jondi Keane, Dr Dawn Joseph, Dan Armstrong, Roz Drummond, Simon Wilmot, and Raelene Marshall.
For more information, please contact Dr Patrick West: email@example.com
The ‘Ghost Muscle’ stonewalling workshop, held at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig St, Warrnambool 3280, is also part of the ‘Flows and Catchments’ project.
Held on Friday 19 October 2012 at the Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, and led by Professor Deb Verhoeven, this symposium was designed to enable leading digital humanities researchers to showcase their most innovative practices. An enthusiastic cohort of faculty and HDR students from multiple fields of research made this an event to remember.
On 28 April 2011, Dr Ann Vickery convened the "Poetry, Space, and Speech" half-day symposium at Deakin Prime. The symposium featured American visiting scholar Prof Lesley Wheeler (Washington and Lee University). A/Prof David McCooey, Dr Cassandra Atherton, and Dr Vickery presented alongside with three postgraduate students, Katie Hansord, Ella O'Keefe, and Janine Gibson. The symposium attracted a good audience from Deakin as well as a number of postgraduates from the University of Melbourne.
The "Poetry and the Contemporary" symposium was held at Victorian Trades Hall between 7-9 July. It was convened by Dr Ann Vickery and leading Australian poet Michael Farrell. There were 39 presenters and two evenings of readings and launches. Besides a sizeable number of New Zealand delegates, delegates also came from the United Kingdom, Singapore, and across Australia.
This was held on 27 October 2011 at the Deakin Melbourne City Centre. Convened by Prof Deb Verhoeven, A/Prof Andrea Witcomb, Dr Katya Johanson, A/Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Leonie Rutherford, and A/Prof Kim Vincs, the symposium featured a panel of industry representatives, including Jude Kelly (Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, London), Tony Sweeney (Director, ACMI), and Jenny Buckland (CEO, Australian Children's Television Foundation).
This one-day event was held at the Geelong Waterfront campus, 28 October 2011, and was convened by Paul Carter to discuss new opportunities for arts/sciences research partnerships at Deakin University. This symposium took advantage of the visit of Jude Kelly, OBE, (Artistic Director, London Southbank) and its goal was to identify key areas of public interest, community governance and sustainability practice that research partnerships between scientists, artists and workers in the humanities can and should explore together.
Held on 2 December 2011at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, this event launched a new community partnering initiative between CMII and Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). The aims were to start new conversations about the role of institutions in place making, to discuss the goals of the new relationship between CMII and WAG, and to exhibit recent work, which forms part of CMII's regional research program, 'Flows and Catchments'. The afternoon involved conversations between Warrnambool Art Gallery's director, John Cunningham, and members of the Flows and Catchments team, a Flows and Catchments "show and tell" and drinks for members of the WAG, Deakin and general Warrnambool communities.
CMII held its first symposium at the Waterfront campus on 10 and 11 November, 2010. The symposium consisted of a series of discussions based around each major project, in which progress on the sub-projects was presented and discussion of future directions and collaborations invited. Professor Ian Howard, Dean of the College of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales, and Associate Professor Anna Gibbs from the University of Western Sydney were mentors at the symposium, and offered constructive critique on the basis of the presentations given in the context of their own research leadership and experience.
The symposium was attended by some 65 people, members or associate members of CMII, and the feedback was extremely positive: "Most inspiring symposium ever"; "I am excited about the synergy, and excited to be here"; "Collaboration, curiosity and collegiality"; "Lots of links; making connections, space for sharing views".
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