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Imagine a World Without Memory

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Who protects our stories, our histories, our memories? In partnership with the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World programme, we reflect on the importance and impermanence of memory.

Chaired by Michael Cathcart, Nam Le, Mary Delahunty, Joy Damousi and Sue Pascoe shed light on different aspects of memory and narrative. What are the problems with attempting to create and reflect communal memory? And how does the act of remembering affect the way we go about our daily lives?


Portrait of Mary Delahunty

Mary Delahunty

Mary Delahunty is a Gold Walkley Award winning journalist and presenter with ABC TV and commercial networks. She served for 7 years as a Victorian state government minister in senior portfolios and has seen the tensions from both sides. She is currently working as a consultant in government, media and the non-for profit sector where she heads numerous boards.

Portrait of Sue Pascoe

Sue Pascoe

Sue Pascoe was a commissioner on the recent Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Portrait of Michael Cathcart

Michael Cathcart

Michael Cathcart presents the radio show, Books and Arts Daily for Radio National.

Portrait of Nam Le

Nam Le

Nam Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into fifteen languages and received over a dozen major awards in Australia, America and Europe including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year.

The Boat was selected as a book of the year by over thirty venues around the world, and its stories have been widely anthologised, adapted and taught. In May 2019, Le published On David Malouf as part of Black Inc's 'Writers on Writers' series. He lives in Melbourne.

Portrait of Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi is a Professor of History at University of Melbourne.

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