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FAD Seminar Series

The FAD Seminar Series aims to showcase research within the Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD). Our research cohort are key members of our Faculty, and we aim to continue to build collaborations, particularly across multiple disciplines within our areas of expertise, as well as engaging with external stakeholders. All seminars will be held on a Monday in 2021 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm (Canberra, Australia time zone) - refer below for further information.

Any questions relation to the FAD Seminar Series please contact peta.sinclair@canberra.edu.au.

Upcoming Seminars

16 MARCH 2021 (N&MRC PUBLIC LECTURE)

Don't mention the i-word

Presented by: Distinguished Fellow Stuart Cunningham

Date: Tuesday 16 March
Time:  5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 1A21/Live Stream YouTube (please email nmrc@canberra.edu.au if you would like the YouTube Live Stream link)

Register to attend the public lecture face to face here

Abstract

Once a ‘big idea, big ticket’ item, there has been a marked decline in a focus on innovation in the recent national conversation and public policy. But the pandemic has made innovation a necessity for many and not the optional extra it has often been perceived to be. This talk suggests that some of the historical problems with embedding innovation into public policy in Australia could be sheeted home to exactly the big idea, big ticket approach. Innovation can be encouraged – nudged along – without necessarily a big ticket approach. But the main difference from the past is that it is now much clearer that we can’t engage with innovation without working to overcome the divide between science and technology (STEM) and humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS).

Biography

Stuart Cunningham is a University of Canberra Faculty of Arts & Design’s first Distinguished Fellow. He is Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Queensland University of Technology. He directed the first Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence based in the humanities, Creative Industries and Innovation, and has contributed to the national debate on innovation through research, advocacy and books such as Hidden Innovation: Policy, Industry and the Creative Sector.

22 MARCH 2021 (BERIG)

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Date: Monday 22 March
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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29 MARCH 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 29 March
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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12 APRIL 2021 (FAD RESEARCH)

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Date: Monday 12 April
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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19 APRIL 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 19 April
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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3 MAY 2021  (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 3 May
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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10 MAY 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 10 May
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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17 MAY 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 17 May
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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24 MAY 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 24 May
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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7 JUNE 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 7 June
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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21 JUNE 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 21 June
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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28 JUNE 2021 (FAD RESEARCH)

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Date: Monday 28 June
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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5 JULY 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 5 July
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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12 JULY 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 12 July
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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19 JULY 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 19 July
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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26 JULY 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 26 July
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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2 AUGUST 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 2 August
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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9 AUGUST 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 9 August
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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16 AUGUST 2021 (BERIG)

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Date: Monday 16 August
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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23 AUGUST 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 23 August
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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30 AUGUST 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 30 August
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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6 SEPTEMBER 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 6 September
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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20 SEPTEMBER 2021 (FAD RESEARCH)

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Date: Monday 20 September
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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27 SEPTEMBER 2021 (BERIG)

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Date: Monday 27 September
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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11 OCTOBER 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 11 October
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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18 OCTOBER 2021 (N&MRC)

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Date: Monday 18 October
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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25 OCTOBER 2021 (CCCR)

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Date: Monday 25 October
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
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TBC (N&MRC)

Tesla and Making Sense of the Energy Transition

Presented by: Dr Glen Fuller

Date: Monday 1 March
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 1A21/Zoom (please email nmrc@canberra.edu.au if you would like the Zoom link)

Abstract

This paper presents preliminary findings from a pilot project investigating the current energy transition from a cultural perspective. The concept of the ‘energy transition’ is used across a range of disciplines to describe the process of de-carbonising societies so they transition from carbon-intensive forms of energy to more sustainable forms of energy. We are interested in how this is playing out at the level of cultural practice and values. Our critical lens focuses on Tesla as a way to begin investigating the inter-related dimensions required for such a complex cultural transformation. The project developed from an exploration into the way technical information about secondhand Tesla vehicles circulates and then how buyers of these vehicles make decisions. It expanded in scope due to the apparent importance of Tesla in the global energy transition. The pilot project is designed to set up a larger scale project investigating how the energy transition is developing in suburban Australia and has a focus on home energy production and storage, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and more sustainable low-energy lifestyles.

The pilot project is in two parts: 1. Discourse analysis of specialist and mainstream media related to Tesla; 2. Semi-structured interviews with Tesla owners. This presentation reports on preliminary findings of part 1. The media analysis is based on texts from three months of cotemporaneous analysis (i.e. netnographic style immersion as reporting on Tesla was published) and more than a decade of archival material. We have identified three inter-related areas of interest when exploring the media discourse in specialist and mainstream media around Tesla:

  1. ‘Tesla’ and the commodification of a structure of feeling.
  2. Tesla enthusiast communities and the circulation of tactical technical information.
  3. Elon Musk and the cult of tech micro-celebrity.

Biography

Associate Professor Glen Fuller is the Head of School, School of Arts and Communication. He joined the University of Canberra as an Assistant Professor in 2011. He convened the Journalism program 2014-2016, the Master of Communication 2017-2020, and has served as Head of School 2018-present. Glen completed his PhD in 2007, graduating from the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. He has a professional background in specialist magazine publishing. He is a currently a CI on the ARC-funded Discovery Project “Pedalling for Change” DP190100185.

Previous Seminars

22 FEBRUARY 2021 (CCCR)

From Collections as Data to Collections as Infrastructure: building the GLAM Workbench

Presented by: Associate Professor Tim Sherratt

Date: Monday 22 February
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: Zoom (please email jessica.western@canberra.edu.au for the link)

Abstract

More and more institutions in the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) are sharing their collection data, but how can it be used in research? The GLAM Workbench aims to build the skills and confidence of researchers, by sharing a wide range of tools and examples that work with real collection data. This seminar will explore the thinking behind the GLAM Workbench and possibilities for future development.

Biography

Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections. He is Associate Professor of Digital Heritage within the CCCR.

15 FEBRUARY 2021 (N&MRC)

Safe Online Together Project: An Integrated Approach to Navigating the Risks and Opportunities of Digital Media for Families and Young People

Presented by: Dr Catherine Page Jeffery & Ms Susan Atkinson

Date: Monday 15 February
Time:  1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 1A21/Hybrid (please email nmrc@canberra.edu.au if you would like the Zoom link)

VIEW THE RECORDING

Abstract

In 2020, researchers from the News and Media Research Centre, in partnership with two local community services organisations, were awarded $118,000 as part of the federal government’s Online Safety Grants Program, which provides funding to non-government organisations to deliver online safety education to children, young people and their communities. In this seminar, Catherine Page Jeffery and Sue Atkinson will provide an overview of the Safe Online project, which aims to develop and deliver a series of evidence-based, innovative workshops, school presentations and online resources to provide families with school-aged children with the skills to balance the risks and opportunities of digital technologies and reduce family conflict around technology use. Through this project, we aim to change the perception of young people as vulnerable risk takers in the online environment, and instead support them to share their knowledge about managing their online presence with younger peers and families. Our goal is to facilitate intergenerational discussion to enhance the relevance of strategies to minimise risks and increase uptake of online opportunities to children and young people’s actual experiences online.

Biographies

Catherine Page Jeffery is a lecturer in communication and media at the University of Canberra. Her research examines parental anxieties and perspectives regarding their children’s digital media use. She used to work in media regulation and cyber safety education.

Susan Atkinson is a senior strategic communication consultant and experienced former federal public servant. She is currently finishing her Masters of Strategic Communication, undertaking research and working on a number of projects with the News & Media Research Centre at UC, including the Safe Online Together project. Her research focuses on the use of social media in bushfire communication particularly on understanding community information needs and the use of images and infographics to increase community resilience.