Belonging: Art - Aesthetics - Politics - Law

Date & time

2pm Thursday 20 February – 4.30pm Friday 21 February 2020


Various venues


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Presented by Centre for Law, Arts and Humanities (CLAH), the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and the Gender Institute

Belonging: Art - Aesthetics - Politics - Law
Image: Hunting Ground (Pastoral), Van Diemen's Land 2016 by Julie Gough (Trawlwoolway people). National Gallery of Australia. Purchased 2017 in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre.

On Friday 21 February, as part of a series of events with visiting political theorist Bonnie Honig and leading Australian artist Julie Gough, the ANU will host a workshop to develop theories, methods, and case studies that take art seriously as a means of grappling with the past, interrogating the present, and transforming the future. These papers will explore, in the language of both art practice and theory, Australia’s political and constitutional imaginaries: the stories we tell about our history, and the stories we don’t.
This registration page relates only to the workshop on Friday 21 February.
In related events, Julie Gough, one of Australia’s greatest contemporary artists, will take us on a guided tour of Belonging: Stories of Australian Art, the National Gallery of Australia’s major new collection presentation. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
On Thursday evening, Bonnie Honig, leading feminist political theorist, will deliver a public lecture about the art and politics of refusal from Greek tragedy to the modern world.  Gough asks, what does it mean to belong? Honig asks, is belonging enough? TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE

Convenors: Professor Desmond Manderson and Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins

Past Sessions

Walking through Belonging, by Julie Gough

2.00pm to 3.30pm Thursday 20 February 2020

‘Give me Glory’ – Feminism and the Politics of Refusal, by Bonnie Honig

5.30pm to 7.00pm Thursday 20 February 2020

Constitutional and Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Australian life, by Fiona Jenkins and Dimitris Vardoulakis

9.30am to 12.30pm Friday 21 February 2020

*Venue has been changed to Hedley Bull Theatre 2.

Constitutive Silences, by Desmond Manderson and Julie Gough

1.30pm to 4.30pm Friday 21 February 2020

*Venue has been changed to Hedley Bull Theatre 2.



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