[csaa-forum] Postgrads: Visiting Scholars Programme: Challenges to Perform

Amanda Wise amanda.wise at anu.edu.au
Mon Jun 7 15:37:38 CST 2004

htm> Challenges to Perform
Seeing/Feeling, Hearing/Dancing, Presenting/Writing,
6-17 September
Old Canberra House, Australian National University
We believe that some people are frightened by their own creativity.
There are too many rules to obey to be creative, they say. Wrong! We
promise you that you will discover how wonderfully creative your peers
and you are and still be able to do everything correctly. Don't waste
these years of research and writing. Change the world with them in some
way. At least a little bit!
Nearly two hundred scholars from all disciplines and professions -
literature, medicine, geography, anthropology, history, engineering,
music, art, dancing, archaeology - have taken our Challenges to Perform
over the past eight years. They have told us that it is "a life-changing
So, join us here in Canberra at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research,
ANU between September 6 and September 17 2004 for:
The closing date for applications is June 31 2004.
>From Monday 6 September to Friday 17 September, 2004 Professor Greg
Dening , and a team of experienced scholars, including Professor Dipesh
Chakrabarty, Professor Iain McCalman, Dr Tom Griffiths, Associate
Professor Donna Merwick, Prof Bill Gammage, Kim McKenzie, Dr Adam
Chapman, Dr Amanda Wise, Dr Peter Read, and Kerry Casey will conduct a
ten-day workshop on the performative element in cross-cultural research
and writing. The academic resources of the Canberra region will be
tapped to provide the broadest disciplinary experience possible.
The program is available for postgraduate scholars of any faculty or
discipline engaged in cross-cultural research, so long as they have the
support of their supervisor. Students who are beyond the first steps of
research and who are beginning to reflect on the presentation of their
work are expected to benefit most from the workshop. While the program
is skill and experience oriented, it is hoped that the following issues
will receive attention: the theatricality of observing and being
observed, freedoms in the presentation of research, the art of
persuasion, authorial presence, multi-media presentations, writing as a
performing art, the researcher's conscience.
The successful format of the previous Challenges to Perform series will
be followed. Two days each will be devoted to the four themes of
Seeing/Feeling, Hearing/Dancing, Presenting/Writing,
Reflecting/Remembering. Day One will be given to performances on the
theme by scholars of experience and renown in the field. Day Two will be
given to performances by students attending the program.
Students on notification of their selection will be expected to prepare
three pages of writing from their research - one page of Narrative, one
on a Keyword, one on a Statement.
1. Narrative: Narrate in one full page some event or place or idea or
person that is so critical to your research or part of it that it could
be said to say in story form what the whole thesis says. Write it with
the directness of a novelist or a filmmaker. Conceive of it as prologue
to your thesis or a chapter of it. Format it with the carefulness that
you would like your publisher to give it.
2. Keyword: In one page describe a keyword of your research and writing.
Make sure you embellish this description with the semiotic sensitivity
that we expect of any humanistic or social science language discourse.
Discover its multivalency in meaning and use. Give some sense of its
development and usage over time and in the writing of others. Consult
Raymond Williams (Keywords), the full Oxford English Dictionary and
various Encyclopaedias for ideas on how this might be done.
3. Statement: In one page state what it is you really and passionately
are going to say in your work. Present the reflective underpinnings of
your thinking. Don't make it a summary of your topic. Make it the sort
of blurb that an excited reader might write when she/he realises how
creative a sentence you have contributed to the conversation of your
When you have completed the page, reduce it all to one perfect sentence
and add it to the page as a footer.
Location: Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Old Canberra House, ANU.
Times/Dates: Introduction and Welcome: Monday 6 September, 9.00 am. 
Sessions: Introduction and Welcome: Monday 6 September, 9.00 am.
Sessions: 9.30 to 1.00 pm, Mondays to Fridays 6 September to 17
Applications: Close 30 June 2004.Complete the attached PDF form
and send it, together with the required attachment, to Suzanne Groves,
Assistant Administrator, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian
National University, Canberra ACT 0200. Applicants accepted into the
Program will be advised by mid-July.
Fee: $400 for Australian students, $800 for international students.
Successful applicants will be required to pay the fee at the time they
accept an offer of a place in the Program.
Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and
living expenses.
Conditions: Limit of 24 students; support of supervisor; commitment to
attendance at all sessions; writing the three pages of Narrative,
Keyword and Statement; one public performance of 15 minutes in a theme. 
For more information email admin.ccr at anu.edu.au
<mailto:%20admin.ccr at anu.edu.au> 

Dr Amanda Wise
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, 
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT, AUSTRALIA, 0200
Office Phone:+61(0)2 6125-0090 Mobile: 0412-497-206 
Fax: +61(0)2 6125-2438 Home: (02) 9798-9817
Web:  <http://www.anu.edu.au/culture/n_people/staff/awise_1.htm>
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