Range of ideas at English and Creative Arts colloquium

November 13, 2013

Everyone is welcome to gain insight into some of the current Murdoch University student research into English and Comparative Literature, Creative Writing and Theatre and Drama Studies at Discoveries 2013.

To be held on Friday, December 6 from 8am to 6pm at the Brian Hill Lecture Theatre on Murdoch’s South Street Campus, the free colloquium features a keynote address by Dr Brett Jenkins and 11 papers on a range of arts-related topics.

Co-organiser Kevin Price said the colloquium committee was eager to have students from Murdoch and other universities in WA, as well as interested members of the public, in attendance.

“This is the fifth year of the colloquium, and the first year we’re having a keynote speech, so we continue to grow and evolve,” Mr Price said.

“This year’s event features some eclectic papers as well as more traditional explorations, such as Mary Shelley’s narrative technique in Frankenstein and how memory is embodied in place in Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance.”

A PhD candidate, Mr Price will look at how creative writing can be connected to the creative economy and beyond, pushing off from the idea that creativity has become economically and socially desirable and that creative writing offers an ideal entry point to ‘creative literacy’.

Other topics that will be raised on the day include:

  • looking at what government departments, philanthropic organisations and universities hope to achieve when they fund arts and culture activities and programs;
  • love and freedom in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov;
  • nationalism and heroism in contemporary film;
  • gender identities in Thomas Harris’s Hannibal;
  • alternative ways of understanding existentialism;
  • Enneadic sounds and how they can be used to promote calmness; and
  • a perspective on the highs and lows of PhD life.

Discoveries 2013 is proudly sponsored by the Murdoch University School of Arts and the Krishna Somers Foundation.

To register, please RSVP to eca.colloquium@murdoch.edu.au by December 2.

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