Free webinar

30 Nov 2021 — 02 Dec 2021

What does consent look like in 2021?

The past decade has seen a seismic shift in society’s understandings of consent across interpersonal, institutional, colonial and environmental contexts. The conversation around consent has been urgent, swirling and contested. At its heart are questions of agency, respect, recognition, sovereignty, visibility and empathy. It is the site where systemic change is enacted, and where we negotiate power on an individual level.

Against this backdrop we ask, have learnings from #MeToo, decolonisation, queer and body politics and even the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the ways we act, engage and communicate with one another?

Join the conversation at the Ian Potter Museum of Art annual forum, which highlights artmaking as a form of knowledge creation alongside other academic fields of inquiry. Building on previous themes of Water, Language and Machine, this year’s topic is CONSENT, where University of Melbourne experts will discuss the dynamics, implications and stakes of this concept, which is central to our lives.

Across three afternoons, our free online forum sessions will explore consent through five key areas: COVID-19, decolonisation, data and the consumer, human and non-human relations, and bodily autonomy. Some of the country’s leading voices in criminology, creative writing, marketing, law, digital ethics and computing, science and technology, health and design will present, alongside creative commissions from Luke George and Debris Facility Pty Ltd.

The Potter’s annual interdisciplinary forum program series is co-presented with the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne.  

Abstracts for our speakers’ presentations for all sessions can be found here:

CONSENT Forum Abstracts

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DAY 1 Tuesday 30 November | starting 2pm
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Introduction and welcome
Rose Hiscock | Director Museums and Collections, the University of Melbourne 

This session will open with a keynote address on consent by Professor Clare Delany.

Our speakers for the following session on COVID-19 will each give 10-minute presentations before joining a 15-minute panel discussion chaired by Professor Delany. 

2.10–2.35pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Consent: Layers of Meaning
Clare Delany 

The idea of consent has many layers. Visible elements include information given by one person followed by voluntary agreement given by another person – who has capacity to understand the information and choices available. But beneath these formal elements of information exchange, are much richer layers of meaning about what it means to respect, empower and promote a person’s autonomy and autonomous choices. This keynote address will discuss ethical meanings of autonomy and how these philosophical ideas can enrich our understanding and transform our practice of consent across many disciplinary fields and in our communication with others. 

Professor Clare Delany is a Clinical Ethicist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Children’s Bioethics and at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. She is also a Professor in Health Professions Education in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School. Clare teaches and conducts research in health ethics, health professions education, applied clinical ethics, critical thinking and clinical and ethical reasoning.  

 

2.35–3.20pm
SESSION ONE: COVID-19  

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DAY 2 | Wednesday 1 December | starting 2pm
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2.00–2.50pm
SESSION TWO: DECOLONISATION

Introduction and welcome

Dr Simon Maidment | Associate Director | Art Museums, Museums and Collections; Director | Ian Potter Museum of Art; Buxton Contemporary; Old Quad  

Our speakers for this session will each give 10-minute presentations before joining a 15-minute panel discussion chaired by Professor Barry Judd. 

 

3.00–3.50pm
SESSION THREE: DATA AND THE CONSUMER

Introduction and welcome

Our speakers for this session will each give 10-minute presentations before joining a 15-minute panel discussion chaired by Professor Jeannie Paterson. This will be followed by User Aggrievancea 15-minute creative presentation by Debris Facility Pty Ltd. 

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DAY 3 | Thursday 2 December | starting 2pm
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2.00
–2.50pm
SESSION FOUR: HUMAN/NON-HUMAN


Introduction and welcome

Dr Simon Maidment | Associate Director | Art Museums, Museums and Collections; Director | Ian Potter Museum of Art; Buxton Contemporary; Old Quad 

Our speakers for this session will each give 10-minute presentations before joining a 15-minute panel discussion chaired by Stephanie Lavau  

 

3.00–4.05pm
SESSION FIVE: BODILY AUTONOMY

Introduction and welcome

Our speakers for this session will each give 10-minute presentations before joining a 15-minute panel discussion chaired by Vikki McInnes. This will be followed by Risk and Intimacy, a creative presentation by Luke George.