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Mar 7 2024

Culture and Creativity seminar – Prehistoric Joy: Using Archaeology to Write a Personal Memoir about Family Violence

Speaker: Dr. Andrew SneddonDate\Time: Thursday 7March 2024, 12:30-13:30Location: Building 1 Level A Room 1A21, University of Canberra (https://www.canberra.edu.au/maps/buildings-directory/building-1); or Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/93012439780AbstractDr. Andrew Sneddon spent a career writing about other people – by delving into their archaeology, assessing the significance of their heritage places – before he turned his hand to writing about himself. Was it liberating? At first it felt that way. In his memoir (Prehistoric Joy), about growing up in a family beset by domestic violence and alcoholism, Andrew found himself writing in a new language where he was the boss, telling his story, in his own way, instead of having to accommodate a ‘multivocal past’ and competing academic opinions about how things should be interpreted. But during the editing process, and since Prehistoric Joy’s publication, he has entered a world of difficult conversations, where he has learned that his personal story intertwines with those of others and that no story is univocal. Andrew will talk about his memoir and the writing experience, drawing on his career as an archaeologist, while describing how it is that storytelling is at the heart of everything, that it has consequences, and carries with it responsibilities.Anyone is welcome!Bio: Dr. Andrew Sneddon is an archaeologist and heritage practitioner with over thirty years’ experience in Australia and internationally. He has published monographs and peer-reviewed articles on the prehistory of Cyprus, a collection of poetry (Ghost Armies), and most recently a memoir entitled Prehistoric Joy.The Culture and Creativity Seminar Series is hosted by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. To discover upcoming seminars, please follow us on Facebook @uccccr, or Instagram and Twitter @uc_cccr. Alternatively, join our mailing list by emailing cccr@canberra.edu.au.Any questions and accessibility requests please contact: cccr@canberra.edu.au.

12:30 - 13:30
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Mar 14 2024

Culture and Creativity seminar – Reflective Frames: Exploring models of intercultural poetry-making in place

Date\Time: Thursday 14 Mar 2024, 16:30-17:30Location: on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/99827954634 AbstractCities like Barcelona have long since struggled with the influx of visitors. The same images appear on hundreds of feeds, creating an image of a place that is reduced to its well-known attractions. But these snapshots are not how locals see their cities. The tension between these different ways of seeing in a place can easily fall into a dichotomy of those who belong and those who should go home. But being in and exploring place is not so simple – there is great potential in visiting an unknown place to reveal new ways of seeing and thinking. So, how can we slow down and really observe that which makes a place unique? Drawing from her practice-led research of intercultural poetry-making, Claire will present concepts behind the project The Postcard Exchange, which investigates an approach of close observation and multimedia creation to exchange experiences about place and our relationship to it. All are welcome! BioDr. Claire Rosslyn Wilson is a poet, researcher and editor based in Barcelona. Claire develops video works that explore the unfamiliar (both in terms of unfamiliar places and cultures and the unfamiliarity of the more-than-human). Originally from Naarm, and having worked for periods in Thailand, Singapore and now Barcelona, Claire is particularly interested in how creative practice can be an entry point into exploring the unfamiliar and the unknown in an open and curious way. Claire has a practice-led PhD focusing on translocal creative practice.  Dr. Claire’s research is being developed as part of the Donald Horne Creative and Cultural Fellowship with the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra.The Culture and Creativity Seminar Series is hosted by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. To discover upcoming seminars, please follow us on Facebook @uccccr, or Instagram and Twitter @uc_cccr. Alternatively, join our mailing list by emailing cccr@canberra.edu.au. Any questions and accessibility requests please contact: cccr@canberra.edu.au. 

16:30 - 17:30
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