CHRE Research Seminar 1 2018
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Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education
Australia @ (AU)
Paying Attention is a Moral Act Join the Centre for Human Rights Education for the first in our Research Seminar Series for 2018 with speakers Rosemary Sayer and Reneé Pettitt-Schipp. Abstract: Accepting the Stella Prize in 2016, author Charlotte Wood stated that ‘paying attention is a moral act.’ Wood tells us that to write truthfully ‘is to honour the luck and intricate detail of being alive.’ In this presentation Rosemary Sayer and Renee Pettitt-Schipp will reflect on how the recording and sharing of personal stories is an act of attentiveness, as well as a deliberate disruption to the growing nationalism within the dominant Australian and global discourse. Schaffer and Smith argue that ‘personal narratives expand audiences around the globe to be educated about human rights issues.’ Through the lens of their own creative non-fiction, Rosemary and Renee will explore the ‘luck and intricate detail of being alive’ in the stories of those who live on the margins.
They will discuss the underrepresented stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Western Australia and the contested nature of borders and its impact on refugees and asylum seekers – particularly those living on Christmas and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands used by the Australian Government for detention purposes. For more details, see the event site: https://chreresearchseminar1-2018.eventbrite.com.au