Conference: Wednesday 16 February, 2022

The experience of time has been reshaped. Days that might usually be punctuated by commutes, meetings, social events—incidental and planned—have been replaced by virtual communications. The academic year of teaching, research and presentations have been curtailed by the halt in global travel. The rhythm of planning and meeting the multiple aims of academic life is not part of graduate study and training today. While this conference cannot and does not seek to mitigate these issues, it does intend to highlight the changed conditions of graduate studentship today. In the space of 24-hours, symbolising the global time zone in which we have now been obliged to work and study, this project will engage a broad spectrum of the global academic community through hosting a forum for the diverse and engaging ideas emerging out of graduate programs throughout and across the world.

Each panel will consist of a single Chair and three to four traditional 20-minute paper presentations followed by at least 30 minutes of questions and general discussion from the audience. The generous time-block, 30 minutes more than a traditional in-person conference, allows panel conveners not only to allow for questions directly related to the presentations being made but further intends to provide for specialists and researchers in the area of the panel to meet, network and further expand upon formal and informal research conversations that may have been delayed in the isolated world.

Conference Organisers - Chloe Ho, Tara Heffernan and Elyssia Bugg Contact -

The following conference is hosted by The University of Melbourne’s School of Culture & Communication. Supported by the School of Culture & Communication, Currents journal and the Faculty of Arts.
Currents  is a collaboration between the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne and the School of Design, University of Western Australia, and is funded through the Schenberg International Arts Collaboration Program. The Advisory Board and Editorial Committee are comprised of staff and graduate students from across the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.
Currents acknowledges the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the land on which this journal is produced—the Boonwurung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation and Whadjuk people. We pay our respects to land, ancestors and Elders, and know that education involves working with their guidance to improve the lives of all.

ISSN 2652-8207