Connection and Community in a Time of Crisis

Join the non/fictionLab for PUBLIC: the 2021 forum series! Adjunct Professor Alvin Pang (Singapore) chairs a panel on international writerly exchange, with guests Ranjit Hoskote (India), Yvonne Owuor (Kenya), Ellen van Neerven (Australia) and Kyoko Yoshida (Japan).

Non/fictionLab's Adjunct Professor Alvin Pang chairs a panel on international writerly exchange.

The global pandemic has separated us, but it also sharpens our need to connect as creative practitioners and as fellow human beings—especially when our most pressing issues cut across national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

In an era of lockdowns and closed borders, how can we build meaningful bridges and grow a sense of community to sustain us, through this current crisis and future ones to come?

Five distinguished international writers share their significant ties, rituals of writerly kinship, and why, in a time of isolation and global mistrust, we must refuse to be silent to one another.


The non/fictionLab is supported by Writing and Publishing @ RMIT.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.