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This event brought together panelists from a variety of organisations to discuss the role of intercultural diversity in workplaces, how it shapes them, and how it will influence the future of work.

Presented by the Monash Students Intercultural Lab Research Team (MSILRT)


Star Trek depicts work as utopia whilst Black Mirror reveals a more disturbing future. What are some of the possible futures that science fiction depicts for work, and humanity more generally?

This event featured academics from the humanities, IT and health, along with a science fiction author.


  • Professor Mark Andrejevic
    School of Media, Film & Journalism

    Professor Mark Andrejevic is an academic in the Faculty of Arts at Monash. His research interests encompass digital media, surveillance and data mining in the digital era.

    He believes that the academy has an important role to play in finding new ways to take advantage of new technologies whilst preserving a commitment to democratic values and social justice.

  • Amanda Pillar
    Award-winning editor and author

    Amanda Pillar is an USA Today Bestselling author and award-winning editor.

    She has had numerous short stories published and has co-edited the fiction anthologies Voices (2008), Grants Pass (2009), The Phantom Queen Awakes (2010), Scenes from the Second Storey (2010), Ishtar (2011), and Damnation and Dames (2012).

  • Professor Jon McCormack
    SensiLab Director

    Jon McCormack is an Australian-based artist and researcher in computing. His research interests include generative art, design and music, computer creativity, visualisation, virtual reality, interaction design, machine learning, developmental models and physical computing.

    Jon is also Professor of Computer Science at Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology and currently an ARC Future Fellow.

  • Dr Evie Kendal
    Lecturer at Deakin University

    Dr Evie Kendal works as a Lecturer in Bioethics and Health Humanities at Deakin University.

    Her research interests include ethical dilemmas in emerging reproductive biotechnologies, bio- and necropolitics, public health ethics, and the impact of representations of health professionals in popular culture on medical education and practice.

Networking for Success

Networking – everyone talks about it, but how do you do it well?

This workshop helped students to identify opportunities, seek job openings, meet prospective employers, gain insight into industries, build professional relationships, and develop connections for their future career.

Define and align your personal values proposition

With the rise of the gig economy, social enterprises and ever the changing international job market, it’s more important now than ever, to define your personal values.

In this two hour interactive workshop, students were given the tools to identify their personal values and explore how they can align them to career and life decisions.

Integrate Professional Experience into Your Degree

Experience in the workplace helps students plan their future and makes them more attractive to employers. We hosted workshops to teach students how to organise credited industry placements.

Art Forum

Architecture is an ideal discipline to visualise and engage with some of the most pressing issues of our time: the climate, global warming, big data, and late-capitalism.

At our Art Forum, Sam Spurr and Eduardo Kairuz presented ‘Minefields’ - a project that looks at current societal challenges, and how architecture and critical spatial practice can help.

Be Your Own Boss: Entrepreneurship Workshop

This workshop provided an overview of the key elements of setting up a new business particularly as a ‘Solopreneur’ as well as how to deepen your entrepreneurial skills.

Sci-Fiction Film Double Feature cinema screening

This double feature included Her (2013) and Ex Machina (2014).