Creative Research with the Orbweavers


Creative Research with the Orbweavers

In this special session for the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) postgraduate Work in Progress Day, acoustic performances by Melbourne folk band the Orbweavers (Marita May Dyson and Stuart Flanagan) will be interspersed with discussion by an interdisciplinary postgraduate panel.

The Orbweavers are a Melbourne folk band whose work draws on a love of history, science, museums and archives. Their work offers an example of how ideas and research can be communicated in creative ways, and with a view to engaging a wide range of audiences. The panel will explore the opportunities and problems posed by song, performance, and other alternative modes, genres and media, for engaging with and communicating research material and findings.

The panel will feature Kate Allan (History and Philosophy of Science), Grace Barrand (Cultural Materials Conservation), Sinead Manning (Classics and Archaeology), Dr Lauren Meath (Jewish Studies) and Henry Reese (History).

The session will be chaired by Dr Andre Brett (University of Wollongong).

The panel will be the final session in the 2017 SHAPS postgraduate Work in Progress Day, which will run all day on Monday 23 October.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend this and other Work in Progress Day sessions; a full program will be made available on the SHAPS website closer to the date.


  •  Henry  Reese
    Henry Reese, PhD Candidate
  • Dr Lauren  Meath
    Dr Lauren Meath, University of Melbourne
  •  Sinead Manning
    Sinead Manning, Honours Student
  •  Stuart Flanagan
    Stuart Flanagan, Orbweavers
  •  Marita May  Dyson
    Marita May Dyson, Orbweavers
  • Dr André Brett
    Dr André Brett, Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow
  •  Grace  Barrand
    Grace Barrand, Graduate student
  •  Katherine  Allen
    Katherine Allen, PhD Student