Diary dates

Awaken exhibition

Date: Open Monday - Friday
Closes: October 2020
Location: Arts West Gallery
Time: 10am - 4pm

The Australian Aboriginal cultural heritage objects from a globally significant anthropological collection are on display in the Arts West Gallery, Parkville. The Awaken exhibition includes items from the Donald Thomson Collection - gathered from the diverse communities of Arnhem Land, Cape York, and the Western and Central Deserts during the Melbourne University anthropologist's 50-year career. A Faculty of Arts and Chancellery initiative, 'Awaken' has been developed in consultation with communities, using local knowledge alongside Donald Thomson's fieldwork notes to activate the object stories and their deep connection with each community.

Awaken has been curated by Genevieve Grieves, Worimi Nation film-maker, storyteller and Melbourne Museum Director of First Peoples, assisted by Rosemary Wrench (MV) and alumna Shonae Hobson (Kaantju). It features innovative digital labels, including 3D images and virtual reality. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm and will close in October 2020. For more information visit the Arts West Gallery page.

Be here, be heard: reshaping Arts education

Date: Friday 4 October
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: Arts West, Parkville

This student led event will promote student voice as an agency to bring positive changes, developments, inclusions and advancements in Arts teaching and learning. Student participants will be reflecting on their academic experiences to provide insights into diverse learning environments and contribute to greater understanding of how and what students think and feel about different aspects of teaching and learning within the Faculty of Arts. The event is designed to generate innovative ideas, and pragmatic solutions to bring positive changes in Arts teaching and learning, in order to create a future ready, global and inclusive knowledge community.

Early Career Researcher Workshop
Establishing an Interdisciplinary ECR Network

Date: Monday 7 October
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm
Venue: TBC

At this workshop, Chancellery Research and Enterprise colleagues, Dr Robyn May and Annette Herrera will facilitate a discussion with early career researchers from across academic divisions in order to establish a future Interdisciplinary ECR Network (I-ECR Network). An I-ECR Network - run and led by ECRs - ties into a key strategic theme of the University's focus on interdisciplinarity and research translation with an emphasis on the needs of ECRs.

Maths and Science Research Seminar
Impact of the fourth industrial revolution in China and the rise of out-of-school classes in coding and programming

Presenter: Dr Max Stephens

Date: Wednesday 16 October
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, level 2, Theatre Q219

China’s current phase of industrial development, sometimes called Industry 4.0, focuses on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning and the use of real-time data supported by iCloud storage. China's five-year plan of “education informatization” (2016) aims to pave the way for related courses in primary and middle schools. In the meantime, the private sector has responded vigorously with out-of-school classes focusing on programming and coding for children – presented as providing children with a competitive advantage for their future careers by improving computational thinking and ability to solve problems. When parents vote with their feet, what are the implications for the official curriculum?

Metaphors of the nation: Cultural conceptualisation and interpretation

Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Research Lounge (Arts West Building 148)

Contact Allison Creed for any queries

A vibrant conversation led by visiting scholar Andreas Musolff, Professor of Intercultural Communication at the University of East Anglia and responded to by Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Together, they will share their research and current thinking with reference to key-metaphor complexes in conceptualising national identity as a body or a person, the relationship of metaphor interpretation patterns to culture-specific discourse traditions, and the potential for the creation of new metaphors of inter-ethnic communication and new nationhood.

Celebrating the career of Dr Christine Sinclair

Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: 593 Swanston Street, The Queensberry Hotel, Carlton

Staff are invited to celebrate the career of Dr Christine Sinclair, an outstanding educator, theatre maker, writer and researcher. Please RSVP by Wednesday 16 October to kelly.mcconville@unimelb.edu.au.

Student Art Exhibition
Drawing, painting & sensory knowing

Date: Monday 21-28 October
Venue: studioFive, Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 5

This exhibition showcases the drawing and paintings of students who have undertaken the breadth subject Drawing, Painting & Sensory Knowing. Throughout the twelve-week course students, who mostly come with limited prior art practice experience, are encouraged to explore and interpret forms in personal and expressive ways. The exhibition includes life and still-life drawing, portraiture and onsite drawing at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Creating Connections

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 8.30am - 7pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q230

Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) invites you to  attend a variety of workshops and information sessions presented by graduate researchers, academics, supervisors and professional staff.

This is a fantastic networking opportunity to connect with your peers

Event concludes with drinks and nibbles in the Frank Tate Room at 6pm.

Service Improvement and Innovation in Tertiary Education Conference

Date: Thursday 31 October - Friday 1 November

The 2019 conference aims to encompass all aspects of innovation in tertiary education and capture the collaborative efforts we hope to nurture between industry, government and education providers to create the best outcomes for the tertiary education sector. This year’s conference will examine examples of innovation throughout the tertiary education sector as well as learnings which could be applied from other sectors.

With a highly interactive format, including keynote speakers from within and outside the sector, the conference will provide insights into innovative activities which can be taken up more broadly.

Submit your pitch
Do you have a radical idea for solving some of the more challenging problems you see either within your tertiary education institution or across the sector as a whole? As part of this year’s conference LHMI are interested in hearing from you in the form of a formal pitch on innovation and improvements that you have identified. Ideally these problems should relate directly to the themes of the conference (see below), but if you have noticed a burning need elsewhere, don’t hold back as we are also interested in hearing your ideas more broadly.

You will be given 5 minutes to pitch your idea at the conference followed by a 5-minute Q&A from the judges and the delegates.
The winning pitch will receive a unit of your choosing from the Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance or the Master of Tertiary Education Management (excluding the capstone unit) from the University of Melbourne valued at a maximum of $4,000, to be used in 2020.

Conference themes are:

1. Institutional Learning Across Boundaries
2. Modelling Collaboration for Impact
3. Keeping on Track (and not losing the plot)

To download the pitching submission form, or for more information, please visit the LH Martin Institute website.

Closes Friday 4 October 

Book Launch and CVEP Seminar

Date: Friday 1 November
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Venue: 234 Queensberry Street, Level 2, Theatre Q227
More information

Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow will launch The Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management co-edited by Gordon Reading, Antony Dew and Stephen Crump, to be followed by a CVEP public seminar 'Experiential learning across education levels’ presented by Professor Kitty te Riele (University of Tasmania) and Emeritus Professor Stephen Crump (Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne).

Mental health sessions: 'How can we have better dialogues?'

Date: Tuesday 19 November
Time: 11am - 12.30pm
Venue: 207-221 Bouverie Street

The Mental Health PhD Program proudly presents its third mental health dialogue session: 'How can we have better multidisciplinary dialogues within mental health?'. Our multidisciplinary Q&A panel of experts will interrogate the ways in which we can have better dialogues within the domain of mental health. They will do so from a (clinical) psychology, population and global health, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing and lived experience perspective.

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and the panel will respond and debate.

7th IOE-BNU International Conference
Innovation in Education and Pedagogy

Date: Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Beijing Normal University

IOE and BNU are excited to announce that the 7th IOE-BNU International Conference will be held in Beijing on November 22-23, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is "Innovation in Education and Pedagogy". IOE and BNU welcome submissions from all over the globe, and certainly is pleased to welcome works from INEI member institutions.

Visit the conference page for details about conference registration.

PhD Completion Seminar
Pedagogic possibilities of diasporic texts in a Contemporary Literature Classroom: A postcolonial analysis

Date: Tuesday 26 November
Time: 12pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 3, Room 372

Presented by: Mary Purcell 

Supervisor: Professor Fazal Rizvi and Dr  Dianne Mulcahy
Chair: Professor Nikos Papastergiadis

This project is situated within the broader context of the emerging policy discourses of “Asia Literacy” and “Intercultural Understanding” expressed in the Australian Curriculum, and the changing demography of Australian classrooms resulting from expanding cultural diversities, mobilities and transnational connectivities. It seeks to examine the ways in which a text produced by an Australian-Asian diaspora writer has the potential to contribute to the development in students of what Spivak (1992) refers to as “Transnational Literacy” – helping contemporary students to negotiate their identities and understand their “worldliness” (Said, 2003) in relational, critical and reflexive ways. Using a range of critical tools from recent postcolonial theory, this project involves the researcher teaching a postcolonial text to Year 11 students, observing student responses to the text, and interviewing them, producing data that is analysed through a constant movement between theory and data, privileging neither. This data suggests that, within the transnationalised and hybridised space of contemporary Australian society, some students find difficulty negotiating the dominant norms of Australian-ness and that they identify nation-centric narratives as key sources of feelings of confusion and exclusion. This implies a need for a pedagogy that responds to contemporary social changes. By the end of the course of study, some students reported changes in their epistemic constructions of themselves and of others after contesting these norms. Based on this insight, this thesis proposes a new form of literary pedagogy that considers each student’s orientation to the space, the way that social labels stick to students’ bodies and make them feel out of place in particular settings. It shows that the teaching of diaspora literature is a useful tool in steering students towards transnational literacy as it enables affectivity to be brought into the centre of literary analysis. It highlights the ambiguities, ambivalences, and the hybridities that they experience and it gives useful insights into how 'reading otherwise' is essential for the development of transnational literacy.

Save the date - Narrm Oration 2019

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 6pm
Venue: TBC

In this United Nations declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the University is delighted to announce that the 2019 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Larry Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian studies at Ka Haka Ula O Ke'elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai'i. Internationally renowned and often described as the 'grandfather' of Hawaiian language revitalisation in modern Hawaii, his work can be traced back to the conception of core foundational educational programs in the 1980s that launched the rebirth of the Hawaiian language. Associate Professor Kimura will speak of the significance of a people's own language and the importance of Indigenous language revitalisation globally, incorporating his own experience in reclaiming and renewing the life of the Hawaiian language.