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WrICE Events in Melbourne

WrICE, (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program) a program of residencies, workshops and events, is building an international network of writers and writing to foster intercultural conversations, celebrate diversity, and change the stories we tell and listen to. WrICE Melbourne 2016 kicks off at Footscray Community Arts Centre, with a series of events as part of Melbourne …

Posthumanism Responses 2

Snapshots from a Thursday: An absorbing discussion about attending, attuning, describing, accounting for, wording, where fresh water meets salty, encountering a lemon, what’s it like to be in the middle of acting on stage, Old White Men and Thai berry pickers in Lapland. With refreshments! + I keep thinking about that lemon and its worlding …

Reading 3: The Posthuman

The next reading is now available. It is from Braidotti, Rosi. The Posthuman. Cambridge: Polity, 2013. A copy of the reading is available as PDF. And next reading discussion is Thursday September 22nd. 5pm.

If you are an outstanding recent PhD graduate (or about to complete your PhD) with demonstrable world class outcomes, interested in undertaking leading research (thesis or project based) in the fields researched by non/fictionLab, then this might be for you. If interested, please: read the requirements and outline of the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships get in …

Academic Making Studio 1

non/fictionLab’s first academic making studio was held on August 4th. Well attended, this has emerged from our regular writing workshops to be a more focussed set of workshops for the second half of this year with the intention for all participants to have an article submitted to a journal by Christmas. After introductions the first …

Stewart’s Attunements

The second reading is Stewart, Kathleen. “Atmospheric Attunements.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29.3 (2011): 445–453. A copy is available.

Docuverse at Visible Evidence

Visible Evidence (VE) is the international conference for documentary film and media, that takes place annually in different countries around the world. Docuverse’s Hannah, Franziska, and Kim, are all presenting this year at the conference at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Today, we held a pre-conference meetup at a cafe in downtown Bozeman to meet …

Dr Leah Kaminsky lecture

Last night, Leah Kaminsky delivered a brilliant, bracing and entertaining lecture on her bestselling book, We’re All Going to Die. She was introduced by the wonderful Peta Murray, cofounder of the Groundswell Project – especially salient since 8 August is Dying to Know Day, an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to life conversations …

Sophie Cunningham welcomed as RMIT Adjunct Professor

non/fictionLab is thrilled to welcome Sophie Cunningham as RMIT Adjunct Professor for the next three years. Sophie is a highly respected writer, editor and publisher. She has been active in the publishing industry for thirty years, as a book editor and publisher, and as author of four books (two of fiction, Geography and Bird, and …

Rosalie Ham at McCraith House

The brilliant Rosalie Ham was in residence at McCraith House in June/July this year. Here, she shares an astonishing reflection on her time in Dromana, including pictures of the writer at work. Enjoy: The final rewrite; a familiar story. Much effort was required to reach the tranquility McCraith House promised so that I could work …

Dai Fan at McCraith House

“It was January, 2015, I had just arrived at the Butterfly House for a three-week writing residency in the small town of Dromana in the Mornington Peninsular south of Melbourne.” So begins a gorgeous essay by the writer Dai Fan – a testament to a profound and catalysing residency experience in a unique location. The …

Docuverse snapshots #3: The Cinema Within

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by local Melbourne documentary academic, Deane Williams. Deane will be joined by Grace Russell and Stella Barber to discuss their collaborative research project around Australian utilitarian films. Please join us for this talk, with drinks and snacks provided. The Cinema Within: National and Transnational Concerns of …

Completion Seminar

PhD candidate Hannah Brasier’s completion seminar is scheduled for Friday, July 22, 10:30 am in 9.2.6. The topic of her research is: Messy Moments of Noticing: A multilinear framework for aesthetic observations in interactive documentary For those of you interested in documentary and interactive media this will be of interest. For those of you wanting …

Docuverse presents expanded documentary talk

Hannah Brasier and Kim Munro will be presenting two short talks on expanded documentary practice in the lead up to their presentations at the Visible Evidence Conference in Montana, USA. Hannah and Kim are HDR candidates in the School of Media and Communication, members of the non/fictionLab, and collaborators on the Docuverse project. The talks: …

Spotlight 2 – Tuesday July 26

Come along to   non/fictionLab’s SPOTLIGHT salon   non/fictionLab Spotlight showcases the creative works of Lab members in an informal, Salon-style series of events, with drinks. As creative practitioners in a university setting, we frequently talk around our creative work, or provide scholarly context, but rarely find space to celebrate the pleasures inherent in the …

Writing into Invisible Spaces – an ekphrasis poetry workshop with Natalie Harkin

For RMIT staff and students with an interest in creative writing and particularly poetry. Indigenous poet Natalie Harkin will be resident at non/fictionLab’s Visiting Poets program, and will be conducting a workshop based on writing in response to Indigenous artworks. Tuesday, August 16 Ngarara Willim Centre, Room 5.1.5 10:00am-12:00pm Please RSVP to: bonny.cassidy@gmail.com

HDR Day Out

On Monday non/fictionLab offered a full day of conversation and workshopping off campus at the very lovely Ceres Environment Park for our higher degree cohort. About a dozen or so students came, and after some introductory getting to know each other games, we built an agenda for the day. The key things that emerged that …

Media Library

One ‘quick’ outcome of the reading group is a sort of chapbook come documentation project. To achieve this, and to help our readings of the readings (ha!) we are going to make small things in response to anything at attracts or intrigues in each reading. Writing, photographs, drawings, video, sound, words, chants. Documentation of a …

non/fictionLab Public Lecture: Archival Poetics with Natalie Harkin

non/fictionLab presents Public Lecture: Archival Poetics with Natalie Harkin Monday 15 August Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman from South Australia, a member of the Chester family in South Australia. She is a lecturer and academic advisor at the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University, and her PhD research is an archival-poetic journey through the state’s …

Messy Moments of Noticing

Messy Moments of Noticing: A multilinear framework for aesthetic observations in interactive documentary This is a PhD completion seminar for Hannah Brasier. From the abstract: If the world is disordered, chaotic, and complex, does listing to aesthetically notice, in multilinear documentary maintain the world’s messiness? As recognised by John Law, Andrew Pickering, and Ross Gibson, …

Leah Kaminsky Public Lecture on August 8 at RMIT

Public Lecture: Leah Kaminsky on her best-selling book WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE A free event. A joyful book about the necessity of celebrating life in the face of death, supported by a non/fictionLab Mccraith House Writer’s Residency. We instinctively fear death, and talking about the reality of our own mortality is one of the last …

Posthumanism and  Nonfiction Group

A reading come research group within the non/fictionLab is forming around the broad and loose themes of posthumanism, ecoaesthetics, and whatever it is you want to use to name speculative realism and its constellation of near and far avatars. The first reading will be the first two bits of Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter. The reading …