Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne
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Join us in person at the University of Melbourne on Monday 26th April for a one-hour panel discussion surrounding the idea of cultural cringe. The concept was brought to life in a 1950 Meanjin essay by A A Phillips, who despaired of Australian cultural genuflection towards the British. To what cultures does contemporary Australia cringe, and for what reasons? What is the role of a literary culture in emboldening the national conversation?
Meanjin editor Jonathan Green will host a panel of Australian writers, thinkers and commentators including Maxine Beneba Clarke, a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent, whose work includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, Declan Fry, essayist, critic, and proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Alice Pung, ward-winning writer, journalist and essayist and Dr Rachael Weaver, ARC Senior Research Fellow in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne.
This panel discussion will take place in the William McMahon Ball Theatre in the Old Arts building on Monday 26th April. You are invited to be part of our audience (limited capacity) - please email Chelsea Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to attend in person. Otherwise join us via Zoom!
There are two ways you can participate in this event:
Register for the online webinar (Zoom) or
RSVP to attend the in-person event on campus.
In this short online presentation, Dr Philip Pond will introduce a special research initiative to classify extremism within Australian political discussion and to examine the relationship between extremist discourses and the communication environments in which they circulate. The project uses computational tools to build ‘indices’ of Australian extremism – topical descriptions of increasing polarisation – which it then uses to map extremist tendencies within mainstream political talk. In doing this, it aims to unpick the relationship between digital media, speed, and polarisation – an increasingly timely aim given the government’s recent intervention to neutralise the language it uses to describe current threats to Australian security.
Q & A will follow utilising the ‘chat’ function.
This session will be recorded but will not be distributed or made publicly available.
This is our second session in the Media@UniMelb Seminar Series presented by the Media and Communications program in the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts.