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Wilful Ignorance

  • Wed 24th Feb 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • online event
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Through music, performance and scholarship, SEI presents an exploration of the forms of violence that surround us, hidden in plain sight.

Through music, performance and scholarship, SEI presents an exploration of the forms of violence that surround us, hidden in plain sight.



About this Event




Over two evenings, an interdisciplinary collective of authors, researchers, and performers will share their experiences and insights into the ways that cycles of violence and fear endure in Australian bodies and in Australian landscapes. These events emerge from a wider project that combines artistic performance and academic scholarship to produce new perspectives and more engaging ways of communicating with each other and with our community. We invite you to enter into dark subjects and to embrace discomfort as a way of seeing, feeling, and hearing the voices of truth that emerge from acts of violence. Together, we must step out of denial and into personal and communal action.

The series will begin with a Welcome to Country performed by Sites of Violence contributor Yvonne Weldon, a Wiradjuri Woman, writer, volunteer, and advocate who works with a range of organisations throughout NSW on behalf of First Nations and wider Australian communities, places, and futures.

Wilful Ignorance Part 2 of 2: Two Evenings with Sites of Violence series

In order to understand and dismantle human and non-human experiences of violence, we must begin with the processes, emotions, and meaning that this violence makes manifest. To bring multiple perspectives to old problems, artists and academics must step beyond their familiar spheres of thought and comfort to combine various processes of knowledge creation and translation. Join the panel as they draw on the systemic mechanisms of violence they see emerging in their fields through systems of control, domination, and even comfort. The heart of this work lays in recognising the legacies of injustice carried by the landscapes and people that surround us, and in identifying a path where the burden of that violence can be shared and lifted.

Guiding the evening will be Danielle Celermajer, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney where she is Director of the Multispecies Justice Project. Danielle will be in conversation with prizewinning investigative journalist Jess Hill, whose non-fiction work See What You Made Me Do that documents domestic abuse, won the Stella Prize. They will be joined by more-than-human justice scholar Dinesh Wadiwel, a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Sydney, Rebecca Lawrence, a Senior Research Fellow at Sydney Environment Institute whose work focuses on Indigenous knowledge systems and environmental decision making, and Sites of Violence Research Assistant Hannah Della Bosca, whose work focuses on heatwaves, comfort, and denial.

Speakers

Hannah Della Bosca, Sydney Environment Institute, The University of Sydney

Danielle Celermajer, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney

Jess Hill, Investigative Journalist and Author

Dr Rebecca Lawrence, Sydney Environment Institute, The University of Sydney

Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney

This event is in partnership between the Sydney Environment Institute and The Living Room Theatre. It is part of the Sydney Environment Institute’s Sites of Violence research project, and is supported by the City of Sydney.

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Category Arts