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Hear from the makers behind the radical and urgent new works in Melbourne Fringe’s Pulse program, in two panel discussions as they chat process, independence and what it means to be at the vanguard of contemporary performance.
Both sessions will be Auslan interpreted. Visit the Melbourne Fringe website below for bookings. These sessions will also be recorded and available via Digital Fringe in the week following the panel discussion.
The Future of Form
Friday 13 October
Facilitator: Sarah Austin
Panellists: Joel Bray, Stéphanie Ghajar, Jesse Scott of Casus Creations, and THE RABBLE
Artists are constantly redefining form in art, simultaneously drawing on ancient traditions and exploring new possibilities. So how do they do it? Join some of Melbourne’s most formally daring artists for a compelling conversation about exciting trends for the future of artmaking, the role of the audience in performance, and collapsing the line between performance and party.
Creative Catharsis: Art as a vehicle for healing
Friday 20 October
Panellists: Jonathan Homsey, Emma Maye Gibson (Betty Grumble), and Melinda Hetzel
Art can be a powerful tool to help us process, grieve and heal, but what happens when audiences just want to keep it light? Come and listen to this enlightening conversation with three incredible artists who are creating complex works that marry deep meaning with celebratory healing, in a wide-ranging discussion about responsible art-making, battling trauma fatigue, and how increased consciousness around mental health is changing the way we make art.
Violence, harm, recovery and integration: supporting refugee survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in countries of refuge
Forced displacement has reached an all-time high with over 100 million people displaced as of the end of 2022. UN agencies and International NGOs have highlighted extraordinary levels of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experienced by refugees during recent conflicts, throughout refugees’ flight, in temporary camps, and in immigration detention centres. Refugees may also experience intimate partner violence throughout their journey and upon resettlement. Little is known about how SGBV interacts with other types of violence specifically experienced by refugees, and how this affects refugees’ integration into countries of refuge. In this lecture Professor Phillimore presents findings from a multi-country study focusing on refugee survivors of SGBV now living in Australia, the UK, Sweden and Turkey. She outines the actions refugees take to overcome adversity, the ways in which adaptation to a new life is affected by SGBV, and how services and communities in countries of refuge can best provide support for both recovery and successful integration.
Presenter: Jenny Phillimore is a Professor of Migration and Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was Founding Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and is the project lead of the SEREDA projects which look at forced migrants’ experiences of sexual and gender based violence. Prof Phillimore is a Social Policy Analyst who has spent the last 25 years researching refugee integration largely from the perspectives of refugees. She has advised multiple Governments on refugee integration and is a co-author of the UK’s Indicators of Integration (2019) and a Commissioner on the Independent Commission on the Integration of Refugees. Jenny advocates for the use of evidence to develop gender and trauma-sensitive policy which can meet the needs of forced migrants and challenge hostile approaches to forced migration. Jenny currently holds a Leverhulme Major Fellowship.
Master of Ceremonies: Professor Jane Gunn, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Program: The Program enables overseas scholars of international distinction to make an extended visit to the University Of Melbourne and contribute to the university’s academic, intellectual, and Cultural life. The fellowships are awarded annually and generously supported by The Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund. Nossal Institute for Global Health are proud to host Professor Jenny Phillimore as part of this program.
Location, time and RSVP: The lecture will be held at the Ian Potter Auditorium in the Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade Parkville 3052. There will be a pre-lecture reception held in the Auditorium foyer with canapés and drinks from 5 - 6pm followed by the lecture from 6 - 7pm. Please RSVP by Monday 16th October. Any questions please contact Nossal Institute for Global Health firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessibility: The Kenneth Myer Building and Ian Potter Auditorium are accessible by wheelchair. There is a quiet room to observe the lecture. Please contact us for any specific accessibility questions or requirements.