Date: Wednesday 16 October
Writing in Storied Country
When you write on country in Australia you can go deep and you can go wide. The deep mythologies of Indigenous and settler Australians are articulated with real and imagined places. These mythologies are essential to feed the imagination, and they can be combined and shared. If you go wide, you set out on journeys of discovery, walking into territories that have to be rediscovered now that there is a greater consensus that country has to be cared for in order to regenerate its multiple forms of life.
Stephen Muecke is Professor of Creative Writing in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, South Australia, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has been a visiting professor at the Freie Universität, Berlin and at Paris XIII. He is a writer specialising in cross-generic work; a recent publication is The Mother’s Day Protest and Other Fictocritical Essays (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016). He also works on cultural theory, with a special edition of New Literary History (“Recomposing the Humanities—with Bruno Latour”), 2016. He has a long record of work with Indigenous people (a new edition of Paddy Roe’s Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley appeared with UWA Publishing, 2016), and current research involves ethnographic documentation of Goolarabooloo county north of Broome, Western Australia, using a “multirealist” approach.
Thinking through the Arts is a series of six public lectures on Wednesday evenings in the Hills, exploring the way different mediums and art forms think materially.
Thinking through the Arts is a collaboration between Fabrik and the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.
Entry free but bookings essential via Eventbrite