A Message from
the Dean of Arts

Welcome to the fourth edition of Articulation for 2019.

It’s hard for me to believe that the end of the year has almost arrived. Although I’m still unnerved by the combination of holly and hot temperatures, it's the speed with which the year has passed that is the biggest surprise. During this time I’ve met so many interesting students, staff and alumni and it’s great to see this diversity reflected again in Articulation. This edition includes a visit to the Parkville Campus by the Roman Army, a perspective on the lives of women in Indonesia, the first-year experience of one of our Tony and Maja Carp scholars, and the experience of alumna Alyssa Trometter with the Clinton Foundation in New York.

The richness and breadth of what we offer in our Arts degree has been at the core of recent discussions within the Faculty. In the last edition I shared with you our new Faculty of Arts Strategy Map and I'm pleased to report we're now well on the way to bringing this strategy to life. I will be joined in 2020 by two new Associate Deans, International and Indigenous, who will assist the Faculty in realising its place in Australia and globally.

Another major priority of the Faculty is to build partnerships that add value to our relationships with the wider community, including alumni, research partners, community organisations, and industry. This is exemplified by the article on Linden New Art, based in St Kilda - an organisation that aligns very closely with our ambition to focus on the unique qualities offered by the Faculty's proximity to the City of Melbourne and its distinctive suburban landscape. This attachment to place will underpin many aspects of our strategy to identify and build on what Melbourne has to offer as a place to study, research and teach.

Among the many disciplines included in our offering is Australian Studies, where, despite misleading media reports to the contrary, we have real and distinctive strength. This strength is evidenced by the number of academic colleagues across the Faculty teaching, researching and publishing in the broad field of Australian Studies, and those working in research units such as the Policy Lab, the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration and the Research Unit on Indigenous Languages. And amongst our number we are fortunate to count our Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature, award-winning Indigenous novelist Alexis Wright, whose position focuses on teaching, research and engagement in the field of Australian literature.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the alumni and friends of the Faculty whom I've had the pleasure to meet during this wonderfully rewarding first year in Australia. The Faculty's legacy is far-reaching and it's been a privilege to learn so much about it from the people who came before me. I have been fortunate to visit several countries in the region to discuss joint projects and anticipate strengthening many of these partnerships in the years to come.

I hope you enjoy this last edition of Articulation for 2019 and wish you a happy and prosperous 2020.

Professor Russell Goulbourne
Dean of Arts