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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Dr Lucy Eyre and Professor Glen Phillips

Friday, 25 August 2017

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Presenter: Dr Lucy Eyre

Title: Disciplinarities: How to develop and expand your research and discipline area.

Biography: Lucy is a researcher, workshop leader, lecturer, playwright, director, actor and producer and recently graduated from ECU and WAAPA with a PhD in Performing Arts. Lucy’s thesis: a stage play Amnesiac; and exegesis titled ‘Playwriting migration: Silence, memory and repetition’ explore possibilities of form and content in playwriting to capture historical and present-day patterns and effects of Anglo/European migration, including slavery, colonisation and corporation migration. Lucy has conducted guest lectures on playwriting for ECU’s School of Arts & Humanities, and workshops on playwriting and acting with Performance Making students at WAAPA.

Abstract: Exploring new ways of expressing and depicting research within a particular discipline potentially captures original and innovative pathways to expand theories and instigate practical applications within that discipline. When embarking on interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research the scholar is faced with understanding the features and dynamics of other disciplines. Yet this is when the magic happens!

Interdisciplinary research is a process of discovering and articulating complex systems. Bringing in threads from across a variety of disciplines will broaden the scope and depth of the research, and allow the gaps within the discipline to emerge. Indeed, realising the gaps within the research is where the original contribution to knowledge can occur.

Giving examples from her own research journey, this seminar will give practical, theoretical and methodological approaches to interdisciplinary research.


Presenter: Professor Glen Phillips

Title: The Romance of Australian Farming – On the Sheep’s Back or on the Sheaf’s Back

Biography: Born 1936 in Southern Cross, Western Australia and educated in country schools and Perth Modern School, Glen graduated from UWA with First Class honours in Education and an MEd (1968) and gained a PhD from Edith Cowan University in 2007. Glen has taught English for more than 55 years in Colleges and Universities. An Honorary Professor at ECU, he is Director of its International Centre for Landscape and Language. Poems appear in some 30 anthologies and many national and international journals and 40+ books of his poetry have been published.. Recent books include Five Conversations With the Indian Ocean (2016, Platypus Press).

Abstract: In this illustrated lecture, Glen will defy the old slogan that Australia’s fortunes ‘ride on the sheep’s back’, although especially in the nineteenth century it was true Australia depended on the export of wool from its pastoral industry to maintain its economy. On the other hand, during and after WWI the export of wheat for the agricultural industry in the wheatbelts of the southern and western states became dominant. So Australia could be said to have now become supported ‘on the sheaf’s back’. Australia’s  earliest poets such as Lawson and Paterson wrote of drovers and shearers but the later poets such as Colin Thiele, J K Ewers, Jack Davis and Dorothy Hewett wrote of wheat farming. More recently, Randolph Stow, John Kinsella, Kim Scott, Peter Bibby and (Glen himself) have contributed to a virtual school of poets of the Wheatbelt of WA.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10, Room 10.308
Cost: Free
Light lunch will be provided

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