By MARK A. O’TOOLE:
From July 9 – 11 the School of Humanities and Communications Arts is teaming up with the Writing and Society Research Centre to present the school’s 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference: Intersections & Interventions. In what is now a regular fixture on the school’s academic calendar, Intersections & Interventions is set to continue its growing tradition of bringing students and academics together, from across the entire spectrum of the humanities and communication arts, for the purpose of promoting cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration.
Over the course of the three day conference Higher Degree Research (HDR) students will be invited to present their current research projects in a series of short panels attended by both students and academics. This unique opportunity will allow students to receive invaluable feedback from their fellow disciplinary peers and will also expose their work to the unique perspectives that only those from outside of their chosen field can offer. Whether it is a new way of looking at a specific element within a thesis, or offering an alternative world view, cross-disciplinary interaction can be an powerful tool in the creation of original research.
In addition to the three days of presentations from the school’s HDR students, there will also be a series of keynote addresses from an exciting list of international and domestic guest speakers. In a huge coup for UWS, Intersections & Interventions will presenting three high profile speakers, including: Professor Brad Haseman, a multi-award winning academic whose work in ‘Practice-led Research’ is considered a defining contribution to the field; Professor Clemencia Rodriguez, creator of the term “Citizen’s Media” and co-founder of NUESTROSMedios, a global network of alternative media organisations; and Dr Tim Soutphommasane who, in addition to his regular appearances on ABC News24 and The Drum, has recently been appointed as Australia’s Race Discrimination Officer with the AHRC. Each of these speakers is a leader their respective field and will offer valuable insights into the world of professional academic research.
While the student and keynote presentations promise to offer three stimulating and compelling days of interaction, Intersections & Interventions also aims to enhance this inter-disciplinary experience with a series of Masterclass events. Running throughout the conference, Interventions & Intersections will present a series of Masterclasses, which will be facilitated by senior academics, where alternative and progressive research methods will be explored through interactive and hands-on style workshops. Each Masterclass will be an original and unique experience that will allow students to explore new research methodologies and to also see how these methodologies are applied in a practical manner by professional researchers.
If all of this dynamic intellectual inspiration isn’t enough to fill your day, then wait, there’s more! Throughout the conference the HDR panel sessions will be interspersed with a variety of live musical performances, poetry readings, art installations and, of course, free food and beverages! Intersections & Interventions promises to be a fun filled and intellectually stimulating event and, whether participating or not, all students within the HCA and Institute of Culture and Society are encouraged to attend. As this promises to be a popular event, it must be remembered that while attendance is free for all UWS students, registration is essential!
If you are a current HDR student in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts or Institute of Culture and Society and would like to participate in Interventions & Intersections, then the Call for Papers, Presentation Guide Lines, and Online Submission, can all be found here:
If you would like to find out more about this exciting event, including information on Keynote Speakers, Masterclasses, and Registration, then the Interventions & Intersections webpage can be found at the following address:
Mark A. O’Toole (B.A. Hons)
PhD Candidate | School of Humanities & Communication Arts
Co-Chair | Conference Organising Committee