About the conference

Old Time Accomplices: Mentors and Mentees is a conference jointly organised by The University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. The conference explores theories and practices of mentoring in the arts, humanities, higher education, social sciences and the professional world.

Portrait of Socrates. Marble, Roman artwork (1st century), perhaps a copy of a lost bronze statue made by Lysippos.
Portrait of Socrates. Marble, Roman artwork (1st century),
perhaps a copy of a lost bronze statue made by Lysippos.

In his essay De auditu (On Listening to Lectures), Plutarch warned that "the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting - no more - and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth". Once sparked, this fire requires feeding and care, a task often fulfilled by mentors. Mentors are fundamental figures in the history of thought and we know of their existence since antiquity. Already appearing in the Odyssey, the idea of mentoring owes much to the figure of Socrates.

Paradoxically, despite living in societies increasingly marked by individualism and selfishness, in the modern world we see an increase in mentoring programs. Mentoring is grounded on a mutual commitment towards professional and intellectual development and forges a bond between mentor and mentee. This pattern exists in the academic, professional and private sectors, where coaches of all kinds multiply.

In this 3-day conference we wish to explore the mentor-mentee relationship in an interdisciplinary context. The conference will explore the theme and the practice of mentoring in literature, history, art, performing arts, social sciences, and in the professional world.

The conference will address the following themes:

  • Famous mentors and mentees
  • Fictional mentors and mentees and/or the theme of mentoring in literature, music and performing arts
  • The evolution of the mentor–mentee relationship
  • Differences and similarities in the relationships between mentor–­mentee, master–disciple, sponsor-sponsored, and master–apprentice
  • Gender and mentoring
  • Power and mentoring
  • Mentoring and/for children
  • Mentoring, creative ownership and intellectual property
  • Rituals and ceremonies
  • Access or elitism?
  • Mentoring in context: differences across disciplines/workplace environments

The conference will include specific targeted workshops and mentoring sessions for graduate students.


Conference details

Old Time Accomplices: Mentors and Mentees

Date: 25-27 August 2016
Location: The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus and La Trobe University, Franklin St Campus - Melbourne, Australia

In this 3-day conference we wish to explore the mentor-mentee relationship in an interdisciplinary context.


Conference convenors

Professor Véronique Duché-Gavet (The University of Melbourne), Dr Gregoria Manzin (La Trobe University), Professor Lesley Stirling (The University of Melbourne).
For more information please see the Convenors and contact information web page.

Institutions and sponsors

Mentors and Mentorees Conference 2016 sponsors

More information

For more information please contact

Véronique Duché-Gavet
Email:

or

Gregoria Manzin
Email:
g.manzin@latrobe.edu.au