Symposium: Past lives in Crisis

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This three-day online symposium invites speakers from a range of disciplines and creative practices to think back through representations of the past to understand them in new ways, and use them to consider the many challenges of our current moment.

Date:
Wednesday 28 October 2020 until Monday 02 November 2020 (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Catherine Padmore
C.Padmore@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
La Trobe University
Type of Event:
Forum/symposium

How do figures from the past negotiate crises, and attempt to find understanding, meaning, or resolution?

How and why do contemporary scholars and creative practitioners use archives and other relics to bring these experiences to life for contemporary audiences?

How does art allow us to better connect the past and present?

The symposium uses an open definition of 'crisis', making space for the personal and political events that affect individuals and communities.

Panel Presentations - 29 October & 2 November

Topics include:

  • Impacts of colonisation, war, or other political struggles
  • The role of personal accounts and artefacts (letters, diaries, confessions) in understanding past crises
  • Place as a way to bridge the gulf between past and present crises
  • The importance of accounts of past gender, race or class struggles
  • Creative response to crises

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