Voices: Black Lives Matter

An online writing competition for Faculty of Arts students focusing this semester on the theme of #BlackLivesMatter.

Voices is an online initiative featuring pieces of topical, academic and/or creative writing by Faculty of Arts students. The first ten-part series of Voices, "Moving Truths", took place in Semester One, 2020, and featured writing by Faculty of Arts students on the topic of global migration. In Semester Two 2020, the Voices series will focus on the worldwide #BlackLivesMatter movement.

On 4 June 2020, Murrup Barak publicly announced support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, calling for “justice for the African American, Black, Brown, First Nations, Indigenous, People of Colour and QTIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) people who have died in police custody.” The statement called for “people of this country to look in our own backyard and acknowledge what is happening on this soil;” to “stand with Indigenous people and communities against racially motivated violence and deaths in custody;” and to “amplify the voices of change.” For our Semester Two 2020 Voices Series we invite you to respond to the call to action this statement represents. Submit pieces of writing (up to 500 words in length) acknowledging what you see happening in your backyard; reflecting on how to foster and implement anti-racism in our communities; and voicing the strategies for change that need to be amplified.

Submit your entry online before 11.59pm Wednesday 29 July 2020 at the Voices: Black Lives Matter online submission form.

Submissions will evaluated and ten pieces selected for publishing by a Selection Committee of Faculty of Arts Student Leaders. Prizes will be awarded to three outstanding pieces.

In preparing a piece of writing, students may wish to consult some of the messages of support and pieces of scholarship on #BlackLivesMatter which University of Melbourne academics and affiliates have published in recent weeks, including but not limited to the following:

Submit your entry online before 11.59pm Wednesday 29 July 2020 at the Voices: Black Lives Matter online submission form.

More Information

Erin Scudder

arts-studentprograms@unimelb.edu.au