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SCA and WAAPA postgraduate students excel

Friday, 06 November 2009

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Eight PhD students from the School of Communications and Arts presented papers at Creative Margins: The Tenth Humanities Graduate Research Conference held at Curtin University this week.

Jane Donlin, Matthew Jackson, Jacqui Monks, Des Moon, John Pratt, Matt Roberts, John Ryan and Nathan Stevens are presenting their innovative research in visual arts, creative writing, geography and communications.

The conference examines the erosion of the old divisions between theory and practice, writing and making, qualitative and quantitative research and asks how researchers are approaching the generation of knowledge in the new spaces created in between the old established academic boundaries.

What distinguishes all eight contributions is an awareness of the relationship between personal and social well being and that cultural research is a vital part of creating healthy communities.

In October, three WAAPA students have also attended the Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference to present papers.

Chris De Groot presented ‘Scoring Menilmontant - new world soundscapes with French impressionist cinema’, Kynan Tan presented a paper entitled ‘Creating Live Spatial Performance Pieces’, and Sam Gilles presented a paper entitled ‘Manifesting meaning from a performance of cruelty: Drawing parallels between manifestations of the Musical Avant-Garde, past and present’.

The students showed the depth of their research and knowledge in a forum with presenters from around Australia. The conference keynote was the eminent American sound art scholar, Professor Douglas Kahn.

The conference was supported by ECU’s Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications (CREATEC) and the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT).

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