Session Panelist Profiles

Key Note Address: ‘What I learned from “History”

11.40am Monday 28 October, Eastern Lecture Theatre 2

Professor Lawrie Zion

Lawrie Zion - Keynote SpeakerLawrie Zion is a Professor of Journalism and Director of the Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area at La Trobe University.

After completing a BA (Hons) in History at Melbourne he had almost completed his PhD when he was hired as a specialist trainee by ABC radio in 1988.

The PhD, which was a history of the pop music scene in Australia in the 1960s, was submitted while he was working at Triple J, where he was responsible for launching the Hottest 100 listener poll and hosting a range of programs over an eight-year period.

Since then he’s worked as a journalist covering film and the arts for a number of print and online outlets, and he was a researcher and writer for the ABC’s two series on Australian music history, Long Way to the Top and Love is in the Air.

After joining La Trobe as a lecturer in 2006, he wrote and researched the award-winning documentary about the Australian accent, The Sounds of Aus, and wrote the book, The Weather Obsession (MUP), which explores how digital media has reconfigured our relationship to the elements.

He currently leads the ARC-funded New Beats project, which is researching the aftermath of journalism redundancies in Australia and internationally.

The Written Word and Beyond: Traditional and Creative Ways of Disseminating Your Research

11.15am Tuesday 29 October, Eastern Lecture Theatre 2

Dr Angie Black

Dr Angie Black - Beyond the Written Word.Dr Angie Black is a senior lecturer in Film & Television (narrative fiction) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and a multiple-award winning director specialising in filmmaking as practice-based research.

Her practice-based PhD researched performance approaches in film production resulting in her debut feature film The Five Provocations (2018).

Dr Black is a recipient of Film Victoria’s ‘Independent Filmmakers Fund’ for Bowl Me Over (2001), nominated for best experimental short ATOM awards for disnature (2012) and winner of the audience choice award World Of Women Film festival for Birthday Girl (2008).

Her professional practice includes working as a television commercials director, a script reader and development head and she is the founder of the independent production company Black Eye Films.

Dr Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees, David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University.Yves is a David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University. They are a historian of Australia in the world, with particular interests in gender, modernity, mobility and whiteness. Their current research examines Australian women's transpacific careering and the impact of United States interwar immigration restriction upon white British subjects. Yves is also working on the history of the Australian economic profession and economic thought.

Yves is the recipient of the Serle Award for Best Postgraduate Thesis in Australian History, the Ken Inglis Prize, an Endeavour Research Fellowship, and the ANU Gender Institute Research Excellence Award. Yves' first monograph, Travelling to Tomorrow: Australian Women and the American Century, is contracted with Nebraska University Press. Yves' recent work has featured in the Journal of the Global History, Pacific Historical Review, Gender & History and Australian Historical Studies, and they are co-editor of Transnationalism, Nationalism and Australian History (Palgrave, 2017).

Prior to joining La Trobe in 2017, Yves was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow in the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney. Yves holds a PhD from the Australian National University and an MA from University College London, and has been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. Yves is the co-host (with Clare Wright) of the history podcast Archive Fever, produced by Matt Smith.

Yves is transgender and was until recently known as Anne.

Dr Larisa Bardsley

Dr Larisa Bardsley - Beyond the Written Word.Dr Larisa Bardsley is a transpersonal, counselling and clinical psychologist.

For the past 30 years she has pursued her interest in narratives of transformation through training in creative arts, transpersonal psychology, Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness practice.

She is a professional artist, published writer, and for 25 years a practicing psychologist and registered supervisor of clinicians.

Larisa’s PhD research at La Trobe University creatively explored the question ‘What does it mean to know the Self?’ This innovative research incorporated, photography, fine art, film and autoethnography utilising a creative, emergent, practice-led methodology.

‘Returning Home – A Creative Exploration of Self’ culminated in an art novel, a short film, an exhibition of creative works and an exegesis. It was awarded the Nancy Millis medal in 2018.

For further information including Dr Bardsley’s publications, creative research outcomes, fine art, and consulting and therapeutic practice, visit her website.

Dr Margaret Mayhew

Dr Margaret Mayhew - Beyond the Written Word.Dr Margaret Mayhew is a Melbourne based artist, academic and activist.

She taught in the La Trobe Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies program from 2012-2018 and is an honorary associate of the Department of Politics Media and Philosophy.

Margaret has published research in the areas of contemporary drawing, community engagement, and para-academic practice, and is currently working for Diversity Arts Australia coordinating the Fair Play Equity and Inclusion Capacity Building for the Creative Industries program.

Margaret is a founding member of Melbourne Artists for Asylum and has been involved in community-based practice with feminist collectives and refugee communities in Sydney and Melbourne for nearly 30 years.

She has also performed in queer art events in Sydney, London and Melbourne and exhibited her textile-based ‘craftivist’ work in Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Finland.

Challenges and Successes of Internationally Mobile Academics

3.15pm Tuesday 29 October, Eastern Lecture Theatre 2

Professor Kaori Okano

Prof Kaori Okano - Challenges and Successes of Internationally Mobile Academics.Kaori Okano is Professor in Japanese Studies/Asian Studies at La Trobe University.

She grew up and completed a BEd in Japan, and an MA in Sydney.

After several  years of fulltime high school teaching in Sydney and New Zealand, she completed a PhD in sociology of education in NZ.

She researches on education and inequality, minorities and life course.

Dr Lola Ojelabi

Dr Lola Ojelabi - Challenges and Successes of Internationally Mobile Academics.Dr Lola Ojelabi is Senior Lecturer and Director of Programs (LLB) at La Trobe Law School.

Lola is admitted to the legal profession in Victoria, Australia (2004) and Nigeria (1992). She is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator (Australia).

Lola's research focuses on the theme of access to justice.

She is interested in dispute resolution processes and access to justice as well as justice in international cooperation and law.

Dr Martina Boese

Dr Martina Boese - Challenges and Successes of Internationally Mobile Academics.Dr Martina Boese, Senior lecturer in Sociology, completed her PhD in the UK, and held post-doctoral research positions at universities in Austria, where she is from, and in Australia.

Her research is on migration, mobilities, migrant and refugee employment, and their governance.

Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri

Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri - Challenges and Successes of Internationally Mobile Academics.Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri is a Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at the Department of Social Inquiry.

He’s a specialist in Comparative Judicial Politics and Comparative Constitutionalism, with a strong interest in the role of courts in the Global South.

Raul is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and did his PhD in Political Science in the U.S., at the University of South Carolina.