Commemorative events and public rituals

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A Judith Lumley Centre lunchtime seminar with Dr Elspeth Frew and Dr Kirsty Forsdike

Wednesday 04 November 2020 12:30 pm until Wednesday 04 November 2020 01:30 pm (Add to calendar)
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Redefining our leisure engagement with violent death as healing practice and/through social activism

This presentation will discuss the concepts of public grief and social activism in the context of commemorative events, such as candlelight vigils. Attending such events has the potential to provide therapy to the attendees, similar to the phenomenon of individuals visiting roadside memorials and locally created shrines following an unexpected and/or violent death. The presentation focuses on the candlelight vigils held to commemorate high profile murders of women as part of the violence against women focus in Victoria, Australia. These events also provide attendees with the opportunity to engage in social activism, reinforcing that these events provide the opportunity to engage in a blend of both private and public mourning; and, may encourage social good via activism which also may be a form of therapeutic practice.

Dr Kirsty Forsdike is a Lecturer in management in the La Trobe Business School, Researcher in the Centre for Sport and Social Impact and Chair of La Trobe’s Violence Against Women Research Network. She has worked in the research field of violence against women for over eight years, predominantly in primary and public health.  Her current research is focused on women’s safety (intimate partner violence, sexual assault and harassment) in sport and recreation, organisations' (health and sport) responses to violence against women and primary prevention. She specialises in qualitative research methodology and evaluations.

Dr Elspeth Frew is an Associate Professor in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management in the La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Dr Frew has almost 30 years of experience as a university academic, researcher, leader and educator in tourism, hospitality and event management. She is an award-winning educator via the 2020, 2018 and 2015 School and College Teaching Awards for leadership and research supervision. Dr Frew’s research interest is in cultural tourism, with a particular focus on: dark tourism; industrial tourism; and, event and attraction management.

Time and venue

4 November 2020
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Judith Lumley Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University
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The Judith Lumley Centre holds open lunchtime seminars on the first Wednesday of every month from February to December from 12.30 - 1.30 pm and also extra seminars at different times. These seminars showcase the work of national and international academics/researchers.
Our lunchtime seminars are free and open to all. They are delivered in accessible academic language and members of the wider community are welcome to attend.

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