Conviction Politics selected for UK/Australia Season 2021-2022

Conviction Politics selected for UK/Australia Season 2021-2022

Conviction Politics was selected in 2021 as part of the UK/Australia Season, a prestigious cultural, artistic and educational exchange between the UK and Australia and a joint initiative between the British Council and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Conviction Politics was selected in 2021 as part of the UK/Australia Season, a prestigious cultural, artistic and educational exchange between the UK and Australia and a joint initiative between the British Council and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Season’s theme ‘Who Are We Now?’ reflects on the shared history between both nations, and Conviction Politics highlights the shared commitment of both Australia and the UK – born of past struggles and sacrifice – to liberal democracy, self-determination, egalitarianism, and human, labour, religious, civil and indigenous rights.

The project’s inclusion in the Season encompasses two significant events – one at Monash University in Melbourne and one at the People’s History Museum in Manchester – that will launch Stage One of the Conviction Politics Transmedia Hub. The Hub, produced by media production partner Roar Film, is the centrepiece of the project’s digital outputs, and features innovative data visualisations, documentary films, animations, music, maps, and additional content revealing the histories of individual convicts, sites of resistance, and themes of protest and solidarity.

In Melbourne, the Hub will be launched by ACTU Secretary Sally McManus on 2 December 2021, and will feature documentary screenings, a musical performance, and a panel discussion from project researchers Tony Moore, Steve Thomas, Monika Schwarz and Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

In Manchester, the Hub will be launched 11 November 2021 by Trades Union Congress South West Regional Secretary Nigel Costley, and will feature documentary screenings, a panel discussion from Tony Moore, Steve Thomas and Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, and a short presentation by students from the University of South Wales.

Attendance at both events is limited, but both will be livestreamed. Registration is essential for attendance and viewing the livestream.

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