Across March we’ll be Reading the City; shining a light on the many ways we understand and talk about Melbourne itself. From the city as an abstract concept to the physical landscape in all its permutations, we’ll be hearing from visual artists and architects, policy makers and designers, novelists and historians. The City of Literature becomes the focus, and you’ll never read it the same way again.
Historians on Melbourne
Who better than historians to uncover the true identity of the city?
Chaired by SBS-TV’s Sam Pang, this will be a playful, surprising and utterly backward-looking dig into Melbourne’s past.
The panel will feature Robyn Annear, Peter McPhee, Jane Rhodes and LM Robinson.
Sam Pang is a writer, presenter and broadcaster. His television credits include the hugely popular Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever and SBS’s coverage of The Eurovision Song Contest.
Best known for her books Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Robyn Annear is also the author of an unpublishable novel set in the city in 1893.
Peter McPhee is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, specialising in the social history of France since 1780.
Jane Rhodes works as the Assistant Exhibitions Coordinator for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
LM Robinson has worked as a tutor, university lecturer, freelance writer and teacher.