SAIGON: Between Life and History
People – families – of diaspora carry the traces of change: new circumstances, different languages, uncertainty and often trauma. How do the ghosts of history and geography affect the everyday experiences and identities of people today? And what happens when the places where your parents and grandparents lived no longer exist – or you don’t share a language with your parents…
Existence as Resistance
How does our identity shape our daily lives and, ultimately, our politics? How do questions of race and gender inform our ideas about justice, equality and solidarity?
In this conversation, we'll hear from some amazing local activists as they discuss their work and the experiences that sparked their activism. These speakers – all of whom are committed to grassroots and…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Arnold Zable is a much-loved Australian writer and a life-long traveller. He’s well known for his affectionate accounts of the characters and suburbs of his hometown, Melbourne (in Cafe Scheherazade and The Fighter) as well as his portraits of people and places he's encountered all across the world, in his incredibly far-reaching travels (Violin Lessons).
S. Leo Chiang: Our Time Machine
Maleonn is among China's best known contemporary conceptual artists, and also the son of accomplished artists. His mother, Tong Zhengwei, was an actress and his father, Ma Ke, was the artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theatre. The award-winning documentary from director S. Leo Chiang, Our Time Machine, is an exploration of creativity, memory and mortality with this…
Women at the Edge
History and Beyond
Victoria’s north-eastern regions are rich with dramatic scenery – from the majestic Alpine ranges to the storied banks of the Murray River. Indigenous people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years.
The land is home, first and foremost, to their stories and lore. Since colonisation, this region has been the backdrop, too, to many myths and…
The Wheeler Centre
Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie
Tyson Yunkaporta and Claire G. Coleman at the Wheeler Centre
Claire G. Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places people don’t expect to see it.'
Coleman's revelatory 2017 debut novel, Terra Nullius, depicted an alternative Australia – a continent of either the distant past or the distant future – with an entire, brutal ‘future history’ constructed in meticulous detail. The novel received local and international critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
Every Aboriginal piece of literature is apocalyptic, because Aboriginal people are a post-apocalyptic people.
With Coleman's new book, The Old Lie, she returns to themes of invasion, dispossession and apocalypse. Again, it's a novel of startling and alarming twists. And again, it's an outstanding contribution to the growing body of superb speculative fiction from Aboriginal authors, also including Alexis Wright and Ellen van Neerven.
For this conversation, Coleman is joined by Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. The pair discuss craft, creativity and Indigenous imaginations. Does speculative fiction have in-built critical mechanisms that especially serve Indigenous authors?
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