The Australian Youth Humanities Forum will take place on January 20 and 21, 2016 at the University of Melbourne.
100 VCE students interested in the arts and humanities will be selected to participate – please apply by clicking on the APPLY tab.
Our exciting line up for 2016 includes:
Jessie Taylor is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar, she worked previously for Victoria Legal Aid, authored a report titled “Behind Australian Doors: Examining the Conditions of Detention of Asylum Seekers in Indonesia,” and co-wrote and produced two films on asylum seekers: We Will Be Remembered For This (2007) and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2011). Jessie has Honours degrees in Law and Arts from Monash University, and a Master of Science (Humanitarian Action) from University College Dublin.
Joy Damousi is a Professor of History at the University of Melbourne and was recently awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship. Her previous research has included Australian cultural history, feminist history, the history of psychoanalysis, democracy, migration, football and war. Joy is currently working on a project that will examine the history of child refugees in Australia since 1920. It will examine how the past can inform us about current and future approaches to humanitarian immigration. Her latest book, Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia’s Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War, will be published this year. Joy completed at Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe and and a Doctorate at the Australian National University.
Daniel Teitelbaum is the Head of Curriculum at The School of Life Australia which offers classes, workshops and retreats to help us live wisely and well; subjects include how to find fulfilling work, how to master good relationships, how to achieve calm and how to affect necessary change in the world. Daniel worked previously with Small Giants, an organisation founded to support businesses who are striving for a more socially equitable and sustainable world, and OurSay, an online democracy platform that connects leaders, politicians and CEOs to citizens. Daniel has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Politics from Monash University.
Daniel Ooi is a Research Fellow in the Psychology discipline group of the College of Arts at Victoria University, and is affiliated with the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation. He works with the water industry, researching social and psychological aspects of water use and water policy in Australia. His research draws on theory and methods from sociology, psychology, and anthropology. Dan holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney, and a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. These have led him through diverse experiences in the research world, from projects on urban poverty in Nicaragua, to lab work examining the interaction of the visual and vestibular system.
Debra Knight is director of the multi-awarding winning business Crivelli Coffee. She has held governance roles with several not-for-profit organisations including the Victorian Women’s Trust, the Lyceum Club, Monash Gallery of Art, and Melbourne Grammar School. She is the Inaugural Chair of the Mac.Rob Foundation, the philanthropic foundation supporting The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, and has been a member of several Government boards, including Gippsland Water and the Victorian Forestry Advisory Board. Debra has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University (New York).
Grace McQuilten is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at RMIT and founder of The Social Studio, a food, fashion and art based social enterprise working with young people from humanitarian migrant backgrounds in Melbourne, and The Welcome Committee, a nonprofit organization established to advocate for the humane processing of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. She has published two books: Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art and Art in Consumer Culture. Grace completed her Doctorate in Art History at the University of Melbourne.
Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. She is the author of three acclaimed books of ideas: Traumascapes, Courage and Otherland. She writes reviews, essays and pieces for performance and radio. Maria often collaborates with visual artists, audio producers, theatre makers and public historians. Her work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. She holds a PhD in cultural history and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the School of Culture and Communication.
Robert Skinner is the founding editor of The Canary Press story magazine. The magazine is the only one of its kind in Australia dedicated solely to the short story, and has published new Australian writers alongside some of the finest short-story writers from around the world, such as Margo Lanagan, Annie Proulx, George Saunders and Jim Shepard. Before moving to Melbourne to start The Canary Press, Skinner worked for six years as an outback tour guide. He has also written essays for The Monthly on the demise of hitchhiking and the art of tour-guiding.
Gillian Turnbull & Simon Faivel are both directors of Social Ventures Australia, a non-profit organisation that offers funding, investment and advice to help partner organisations increase their social impact. Their focus is on overcoming disadvantage in Australia, including education, sustainable employment, stable housing and health, disability and community services. Simon is chair of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia and a board member of Social Value International. He has worked and volunteered in China, Papua, India and remote locations in Australia. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor’s of Science from Monash University. Gillian has worked previously in Rawanda as a Governance Advisor, and in Jamaica and Haiti with the Clinton Health Access Initiative that aims to improve access to HIV treatments in developing countries. Gillian holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Modern Languages and a Masters of Arts in International Relations and Development Studies.
Peter Ho is a director of PHOOEY Architects, an international award winning architectural practice run with his wife Emma Young. PHOOEY is internationally recognised for their employment of innovative upcycling strategies that enable new life to be breathed into old things. This includes: re-purposing materials and building elements, re-inventing redundant buildings and places, and complementing and conserving heritage buildings. It is a design approach that exemplifies the relationship between creativity, critical thinking and citizenship.
Tony Birch was born into a large family of Aboriginal, West Indian and Irish descent and is the award-winning author of the books Shadowboxing (2006), Father's Day (2009), Blood (2011), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin literary award, and The Promise (2014). His latest novel, Ghost River, was released in October 2015. Both his fiction and nonfiction has been published widely in literary magazines, academic journals and anthologies, both in Australia and internationally. Formerly a lecturer in History and Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, and a well-known activist and speaker on Indigenous and human rights issues, he is currently the inaugural Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow within the Moondani Balluk Centre at Victoria University.
The emphasis in 2016 will again be to deliberate on the relationship between creativity, critical thinking and citizenship – the foundations of a degree in the humanities.
The program is free of charge. Students will be responsible for their transport to and from The University of Melbourne and for bringing their own packed lunch.
Accommodation and supervision is available at no cost for 15 rural and regional students – we encourage applicants from across the country, so please don’t let distance deter you from applying.
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HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, JANUARY 20 & 21 2016