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Performing Artefacts conference

As our world becomes increasingly digitised, we ask ‘what role do physical objects continue to play in our lived realities?’

This conference considers how peoples’ experiences and knowledge of ‘the real’ are communicated via performances involving artefacts – performances of the everyday, as well as activities explicitly labelled ‘performances.’

It looks at how ‘performance’ and ‘the real’ are understood with respect to artefacts, as well as at how and why peoples’ realities are communicated performatively using artefacts.

This event is scheduled to run from 8:30am to 5:30pm on the 18 November 2019 and from 9:00am to 5:30pm on 19 November 2019.

Keynote speakers

Our first keynote speaker is Conal McCarthy. Conal is Programme Director for the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University, Wellington. His keynote presentation is titled: ‘Performing the real? Things, words and agency in the social life of artifacts.’ Visit Conal's extended biography.

Our second keynote speaker is Vanessa Russ. Vanessa is the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. Her keynote presentation is titled: 'Performing the art object: Inside collections, outside culture.’ Visit Vanessa's extended biography.

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Date Monday, 18 November 2019 - Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Time 8:30am - 5:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Conference
LocationAllen Hall theatre
CostFull registration:
Early bird – $140, after 4 November – $160
Student registration:
Earlybird $110, after 4 November – $130
Contact NameAlex Wilson

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