News in the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies
CLASH Fellowship success!
The Menzies Centre is delighted to announce that our very own Sheridan Humphreys
has been awarded one of only 12 CLASH Fellowships
across the KCL/UCL/SAS partnership at the University of London.
The Collaborative Learning in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (CLASH) programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the highly competitive fellowships create an opportunity to work on a project with clear public engagement aims in collaboration with a London-based museum, cultural or heritage organisation. Sheridan's partner-organisation is KCL's Cultural Institute.
Her project is 'Writing Indigenous Characters for the Screen'
Currently Undertaking a PhD by Creative Practice, Sheridan is writing a screenplay based on the true stories of the first Australians who came to the UK, 1800-1860. With the support of staff from the Cultural Institute at King’s, Sheridan will run a series of masterclasses for screenwriters (as opposed to novel writers) interested in exploring and developing characters outside their own cultural background. Sheridan’s audience will be screenwriters who are working on or wish to write stories about the Commonwealth/colonial diaspora and forgotten histories. Her workshops will focus on how writers can explore character journeys and dialogue for people who have not been written into what we know as “history”, whose stories are on the margins.
Dr Ian Henderson is new Director of the Menzies Centre
From September 2014, Dr Ian Henderson
became the new Director of the Menzies Centre. His tenure will run for three years, to August 2017 and he already has many ambitious plans for the centre, including an MCAS Live symposium in October to relaunch the centre and celebrate the centre's 15 years at King's.
You can read Ian's new Director's Blog here.
Or follow him on twitter @OzOnStrand
Dr Peter Kilroy wins British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dr Peter Kilroy has been awarded a prestigious British Academy Postgraduate Fellowship for his project Screening the Torres Strait: Remediation and Documentary Film (1989-) and will be joining the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies and the Department of Film Studies from September 2014. The project will explore the proliferation of documentary films by or about Australia's 'other' Indigenous minority, Torres Strait Islanders, after the Australian bicentenary of 1988. It will focus on these films' politically charged re-use or 'remediation' of archive film and media within the wider context of Indigenous cultural politics and national refashioning. Aimed at readers across Australian Cultural Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies and Postcolonial Film and Media Theory, it will trace the relationship between the rhetorical style of these films and their broader cultural, political and legal contexts, and between their use of archive film and media and the incorporation of both within new media.