PUBLIC: the 2022 Forum Series

PUBLIC: the 2022 Forum Series

A series of free, public, online forums for local and global audiences that bring together non/fictionLab researchers and other creative artists, industry leaders and academics, to discuss cutting edge questions and issues for our artforms, industries and communities.

Reading Publics
Friday 29th April 1pm - 2pm

Reading is one of the most mysterious and intriguing practices, especially as it's primarily thought of as a solo or private activity. Reading communities offer people opportunities for sociability and connection. Text-centred forms of sociability both engage with, and offer resistance to dominant forms of identity, including narratives of national belonging. Torika Bolatagici, Roger Osborne and Jodi McAlister will discuss their research into text-centred cultures and communities to offer insights into the affective pleasures and challenges offered by reading. Convened by Brigid Magner and Linda Daley.

Approaching Facts: Essay, Poetry, Journalism
Tuesday 15th March 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

Our three speakers reflect on "dealing with facts" through writing practice, and discuss the limits and possibilities of the specific forms in which they write - creative non-fiction, poetry and journalism respectively.

Convened by Jessica Wilkinson, with guest speakers Delia Falconer, Kent MacCarter and Lisa Waller.

Rewriting Kinship  
Thursday 8 September 2022 
12.30-1.30pm

Kinship is traditionally understood in terms of bonds of descent, partnership and care. These bonds often have the imprimatur of the state (marriage, parenthood, legal guardianship). Rewriting Kinship, a new essay series published by the Sydney Review of Books, and co-sponsored by RMIT's non/fictionLab, reimagines kinship beyond its traditional framing. In this public forum, led by Catriona Menzies-Pike, we discuss new essays contributed to the series by Francesca Rendle Short and Peta Murray (Australia), Ames Hawkins (US), Sreedhevi Iyer (Australia) and Alfian Sa'at (Singapore). Their work explores the ethics of queer co-making as well as the paradoxical nature of colour, authenticity and the author function in a contemporary context.

Holding the Encounter: an Asia-Pacific model for writers and writing together 
Wednesday 5th October 2022
12:30 - 1:30pm

Panel: Lily Rose Tope, Melody Ellis, David Carlin, Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe, Clara Chow 

Moderator: Francesca Rendle-Short

This forum considers the space of encounter in relation to the WrICE program (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange) which began in 2014 and has brought together more than seventy writers from around the Asia-Pacific region. At the heart of WrICE is the proposition that there is value in creating opportunities for writers to connect and share ideas deeply with other writers, from different cultures and across generations. But what does it mean to be part of this encounter, to be together, to be present to give voice and to listen, to dream futures together? The very idea of encounter and holding space offers a range of generative and provocative considerations such as intimacy, kinship, collectivity, worlding. To discuss this and more, Holding the Encounter brings together WrICE alumni from the 2021 digital iteration of the program and members of the ARC Discovery research team: ‘Connecting Asia-Pacific Literary Cultures: Grounds, Encounter and Exchange.’ 

03 March 2022

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03 March 2022

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Acknowledgement of Country

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 - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.