A workshop series curated by the Immigration Museum and The University of Melbourne.
Our understanding around the role of migrant communities is changing. While post-war migration has reached the fourth generation - one with increasingly tenuous ties with older organisations - new migrants do not necessarily refer to nationality-based networks.
Growing cultural mobility is resulting in fluid identities and intersectional belongings including gender, taste, subcultures and political/social groups; they are multi-directional, non-homogenous, transnational and translinguistic. As these communities grow, there is an increasing issue with trust and perception of the 'other'.
Academia, museums and art have the power to influence public opinion, and the responsibility to do so ethically, in relation to the perception of the 'other'. By hosting a workshop series exploring these themes, the Immigration Museum and The University of Melbourne aim to share best practice amongst artists and practitioners around these issues, and offer a set of guidelines for future projects within transcultural Melbourne. The workshops will also explore the impact of contemporary migration on Indigenous communities.
The findings from these conversations will be made available accessible to all involved in the galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM) sector as well as education and academic areas.
- To bring the themes of transnationality and intersectionality to the forefront of the public debate and put forward complex, fluid, open ideas of belonging for public discussion
- Offer public value through interdisciplinary dialogue and sharing of best practices
- Increase public awareness around the complexity of shared discourses around identities, and challenge the current stereotypes around closed communities, national or regional identities
- To inform grassroots community projects and practices within the sector with the findings of the discussions
- To take the University directly to the institution and the sector, creating engaged research synergies as a sustained new working practice, beyond the timeframe of the project
- Workshops: four research-led conversations will provide the material for guidelines to be discussed with 50 invited guest participants from GLAM and academic sectors. More information...
- Special issue of academic journal: dissemination of findings in the academic field, and consolidation of the track record of the group
- Guidelines/Report: a planning tool targeted at curators, community activists and artists
- Podcast: either invitation to external established podcasts or creation of a series to be released specifically around the growth of the project
- ARC-Linkage application: to support further research; the Immigration Museum rebranding process; a major exhibition as part of the rebranding; the establishment of Workshop Series as an ongoing feature
- Presentations: Chief Investigator and Principle Investigators will join community stakeholders to present the guidelines in schools, community galleries, activist initiatives
Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration
- Wokshop structure
- Workshop one - Changing Migrant Communities: Contemporary Transnational and Intersectional Identities. 7 September 2018
- Workshop two - Understanding and Representing Mobility: Best Practices in Curatorship. 21 September 2018
- Workshop three - Understanding and Representing Mobility: Best Practices in Activism and Art. 5 October 2018
- Workshop four - Imagining the Future: The role of GLAM organisations in the representation of Transcultural engagements. 26 October 2018
- Each workshop will have 3 presenters
- Each presenter will share her/his story, practice, approach, in light of the specific theme of the week (15 mins). At the end, the presenter will propose 3 questions/provocations to the audience, to be discussed in groups.
- After each presentation, the groups will discuss the provocations for 30 minutes, and share their major points in a brief plenary session, before moving to the next guest
- The workshop will be documented, and there will be time for a final plenary discussion
- The results will be uploaded to the project website, and made available through a series of platforms (website, social media, podcasts, etc).
Changing Migrant Communities: Contemporary Transnational and Intersectional Identities
7 September 2018
What is the role and perception of migrants in contemporary Melbourne and how does it stand up to the realities around intersectionality?
Intersectionality can be considered as the interconnected nature of social categorisations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
Professor Derek Duncan
University of St Andrews, UK
Associate Professor Sara Wills (TBC)
Associate Dean (Engagement and Advancement), The University of Melbourne
Dr Ruth De Souza
Academic Convenor of The Data, Systems and Society Research Network, The University of Melbourne
Understanding and Representing Mobility: Best Practices in Curatorship
21 September 2018
How can we best represent people who have migrated, and migration, through curation in the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector?
Paola Zanini and Anna Pironti
Dipartimento Educazione Castello di Rivoli, Turin, ITALY
Dr Moya McFadzean
Senior Curator, Migration and Culture, Museums Victoria
Senior Curator, South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Museums Victoria
Understanding and Representing Mobility: Best Practices in Activism and Art
5 October 2018
How can we best represent people who have migrated, and migration, through activism, art and the presentation of artworks?
Eugenia Lim website
Triana Hernandez website
Jody Haines website
Imagining the Future: The role of galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAM) organisations in the representation of Transcultural engagements
26 October 2018
What is the place of GLAM in representing life, culture, history and creative works in transcultural Melbourne?
Academic, Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
Deputy Director, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University
Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre, Victoria University