In this year’s Interdisciplinary Forum, we consider spaces, systems and experiences of CARE.
CARE brings academic expertise, lived experience and artists’ perspectives together for an engaging day of presentation and discussion. Questions of care, or lack thereof, are an urgent focus of the present moment. How do we consider individual, societal, environmental, or institutional systems of care?
Curā, Latin for care, is the etymological origin of ‘curating’ and the basis of western modes of museum practice. This is perhaps most evident in the care of collections, yet curatorial care also extends to care for our artists, participants and the broader communities implicated in creative practice. How we care for artists cuts to the heart of our societal ideals. Outside the sector, the question of adequate care goes to the heart of basic human rights, equity and freedoms — how they are valued and enacted and how that care is accessed, experienced or denied.
Across three dynamic sessions, we’ll traverse understandings and networks of care in diverse contexts including health, the environment and food security.
10am – 10.15am
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND WELCOME
10.15am – 11.15am
SESSION ONE: CURĀ
- CHAIR: Dr Ryan Jefferies, Associate Director, Science and Academic Programs, University Museums and Collections
- James Nguyen, artist and filmmaker & Victoria Pham, composer, archaeologist and artist | Destruction as Conservation
- Jo Caust, Principal Fellow (Hon), School of Culture and Communication | Valuing artists and Arts Practice
- Tania Cañas, Artistic lead and co-Director, Arts Gen; Coordinator and Lecturer, Performance and Community Engagement, Victorian College of the Arts & Priya Pavri, independent curator and co-Director, Arts Gen | Arts and Health: an Arts Gen approach to care
11.15am – 11.30am
11.30am – 12.30pm
SESSION TWO: SPACES OF CARE
- CHAIR: Claire Loughnan, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Political and Social Sciences
- Cath Chamberlain, Professor of Indigenous Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health | Replanting the Birthing Trees: recreating sacred places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies to be born
- Sara Guest, Associate Lecturer in Geography, Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences | From the everyday to the institution: questions of care in the life of food insecure university students
- Indigo Daya, Survivor activist, artist and academic | Russian dolls and epistemic crypts: Reflections of a trauma survivor about violence in psychiatric ‘care’
12.30pm – 1.15pm
LUNCH | OPTIONAL VISIT TO COLLECTIVE UNEASE EXHIBITION
1.15pm – 2.15pm
SESSION THREE: SYSTEMS OF CARE
- CHAIR: Rose Hiscock, Director, University Museums and Collections
- Nicholas Hill, McKenzie Fellow, School of Political and Social Sciences and Manu Kailom, asylum seeker, community development worker and advocate | Inclusive LGBTIQA+ Mental Health Care: The need for caring partnerships
- Tania King, Senior Research Fellow in Social Epidemiology, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health | Young carers: unknown and unrecognised
- Kathryn Williams, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences | Connection, care and the natural world
2.15pm – 2.30pm
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
About Interdisciplinary Forums
The Ian Potter Museum of Art Interdisciplinary Forum is an ongoing, annual series presented by The University of Melbourne’s Museums and Collections Department. Each Forum seeks to address pressing themes of our time, and features academic researchers from across the University of Melbourne, alongside contributions by creative practitioners, proposing art-making as a form of knowledge creation alongside other academic fields of inquiry. Previous Forums have explored the themes of WATER, LANGUAGE, MACHINE and CONSENT.