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DAILY FORECAST (care of Describing Things in Canberra):  

Wednesday Canberra weather: regardless of any thing Neil Finn may have said, you don’t really have your own personal weather bubble. You can easily test this by travelling from the Woden Valley to the northside on foggy morning. Or getting on a plane in December and flying to Helsinki.

So those of you who are in Canberra today will probably experience much the same weather as each other. Warm to hot and slighty sticky. The weather equivalent of spilling cocoa on your new trousers.

Chemical interventions such as deodorant, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and anti-histamines are strongly indicated. Consider long before you commit to opaque tights, however hairy your legs are. Once the sun is over the yard arm, applications of gin and tonic may be beneficial.



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Wednesday, November 30 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Keynote and Farewell: Stealing Others' Lives: Constructing Aesthetic Biographies :: 2B9

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Stealing Others' Lives: Constructing Aesthetic Biographies initially addresses a number of literary techniques and approaches in biographical method, and deals with the writing and reading of biography and autobiography. Language and the part it plays in biography is a focus, as is the 'problem' of aesthetics. In place of orthodox approaches, a version of biography as 'sociological history', based on the reflexive epistemology of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, is presented. Empirical examples are taken from the fields of music and fine arts in contrasting this approach with conventional approaches. Both theoretical and practical issues are considered in this light, and how writing implicates the generative nature of subject-object relationships present in biographical co-construction is examined. Finally, parameters are suggested in terms of what we can, and cannot, know about 'others' lives' within cultural fields.


Scott Brook

Associate Professor, Writing, University of Canberra
Scott Brook is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra where he convenes and teaches 'Research and Practice' and 'Literature and Government'. He is also a member of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research where he is working on two ARC Discovery Projects looking at creative vocations and creative arts graduates in Australia, China and the UK.

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Michael Grenfell

Michael Grenfell has worked at universities in England, Scotland and Ireland and held Chair positions within each. He has an extensive research background on the work of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, and has applied this approach to such areas as economics, art, music, education, translation and literature. He has been a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études and the Collège de France, Paris. He is on... Read More →

Wednesday November 30, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
2B9: Lecture Theatre Building 2, UC

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