Exploring the Pozibilities

Deb Verhoeven's innovation recognised.

Food and Appetites

New book looks at the Hunger Artist and the Arts.


Film launch

An image of Dr Dirk de Bruyn discussing the making of 'Threshold'
On 21 March CMII was proud to launch the film ThreshHold,which was created by Dr Dirk de Bruyn. The film is a cultural biography which aims to recover, reassemble and display aspects of the history of the Geelong Waterfront which have previously been hidden. It is part of a wider project involving CMII members 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. The team has won funding from the City of Greater Geelong for a follow-up project entitled Landscape to Manufacturing: the Wool Industry in Geelong.

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".

An image of Dr Dirk de Bruyn and Clare Bradford at the launch of 'Threshold'


Book launch

An image of Adam Brown at the launch of his new book
On Sunday 16 March, Dr Adam Brown’s new book, Judging 'Privileged' Jews: Holocaust Ethics, Representation, and the 'Grey Zone' (Berghahn, 2013), was launched at the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Elsternwick, by Dr Mirna Cicioni, Research Fellow at Monash University.

Please see the attached photo and flyer for more details.


Research My World

The first 2014 cycle of Research My World, the crowdfunding initiative between Deakin University and Pozible.com, will be launched soon. Watch this space for more details.

Read about Research My World.

For more information, please contact the Project Administrator, Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite.


Omeka Workshop

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

View photos from the workshop.


ACLAR Conference 2014
Emotional Control: Affect, Ideology and Texts for Young People

Deakin University will be hosting the 2014 conference of The Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research at the Waterfront Campus from 30 June-2 July 2014.

Conference details including the Call for Papers.

Post-Colonialism and Beyond - China and Australia

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.

Data Visualisation Training Workshop

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."

View photos from the workshop


Mentoring Matters

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.'

Find out more about the Mentoring Partnership program

Madeline Bowser and Dr Elizabeth Braithwaite


21st Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature

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.


Digital Humanities Workshop and Discussion Event

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.

Prof Deb Verhoeven, A/Prof Stuart Palmer and Prof Harold Short

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 signs MOU with the Jewish Holocaust Centre

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.

View video highlights from the event

CMII-sponsored activities at the Jewish Holocaust Centre:

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

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


Vision 2

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

Photo from the launch of Vision 2

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.


WCCA'2013: VI World Congress on Communication and Arts

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.


Flows and Catchments

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: patrick.west@deakin.edu.au

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.


Dipping a Toe into the Digital Humanities and Creative Arts

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.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Christopher McAvaney, eResearch Director, Deakin University
  • Megan Capicchiano, project manager for the ANDS-funded Metadata Management Project
  • Dr Tim Sherratt, Adjunct Associate-Professor at the University of Canberra speaking about his life as an impatient historian
  • A/Prof Gavan McCarthy from the University of Melbourne speaking about the Knalij visualisation tool
  • Dr Alwyn Davidson from Deakin discussing geo-visualization tools and techniques for the humanities
  • Conal Tuohy and Ingrid Mason providing an introduction to Linked Data
  • Prof Deb Verhoeven on the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) Project

Watch the presentations from the symposium
View photos from the symposium


Transforming Self and World through Poetic Language

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.


Poetry and the Contemporary Symposium

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.


Audience Experience Symposium

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).


Turbulence 2

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.


Flows and Catchments

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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7th April 2014