Big Esso, Photo Credit: Kristoffer Paulsen

See below for details about the following events, and register here for each separately:

  • Postgraduate/ECR Workshop: Building Sustainable Communities in the Humanities
  • Opening Night Reception (limited tickets available)
  • Open Mic Night & Informal Dinner Gathering
  • Conference Dinner ($65 per head)

Postgraduate/ECR Workshop: Building Sustainable Communities in the Humanities

Join Meg Brayshaw, Rachel Fetherston, and D’Arcy Molan in a facilitated open discussion looking at postgraduate and early career researcher pathways in the academy and beyond. The session will be interactive and framed through personal experience, looking at potential ways of working together and exploring the interrelationship between difficult futures in the university, climate change, and regionality.

We will be asking participants to imagine sustainable communities in their different forms and discuss the possibilities of making said communities a reality. In light of this, we hope to explore the following questions:

  • How do we build sustainable communities through humanities research and creative practice?
  • Can academic institutions be transformed into sustainable communities?
  • In what ways can these communities challenge oppressive hierarchies and practice inclusivity and an ethics of care?
  • What role does interdisciplinarity play in the formation of sustainable communities?

There will be perspectives from regional, rural, and urban areas, with an emphasis on the transition from PhD to academic and non-academic positions. Reading materials will be distributed prior to the session and there may be a publishable outcome from the discussion.

This session is open to ASLEC-ANZ and ASAL postgraduates and early career researchers attending the Recentring the Regions Conference and will take place in person on Day 1 of the conference, Tuesday July 4, 10am-12.30pm, with morning tea included.

The Opening Night Reception will be held Tuesday July 4 at the NGV (Australia), Federation Square. Please join us for a cocktail reception and official opening of the conference, followed by the 2023 ASAL Literary Awards and the Barry Andrews Keynote Address delivered by esteemed Yuwaalaraay musician and writer, Nardi Simpson.

An Open Mic Night & Informal Dinner Gathering will be held at Captain Melville, 34 Franklin St, Melbourne CBD on Wednesday July 5 from 6pm-8pm (Mic open and on from 6.30 to 8).

Calling poets, performers and avid readers who want to share something they find interesting. This conference-themed Open Mic event is an opportunity for us to informally gather after the first full day of the conference, share some readings and have a drink and a meal. If you write poetry, song, have a low key performance piece or work of very short prose, or you have a short piece by someone else you’d like to read out, come along to this open mic event. Hosted by the ASLEC-ANZ exec. The event will not be recorded, but will keep a formal bibliographic list of what is read at this event to archive the conference publication in Swamphen journal.

The Conference Dinner will be held cocktail-style Thursday July 6 (time TBC) at Big Esso (Cnr Swanston Street and Flinders St, Melbourne). Tickets to the Conference Dinner are $65 per head and can be purchased through the link provided at the top of this page.