MADA Talks: Decolonise This Space: Tania Cañas and Clare Land in Conversation

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Event Details

11 October 2017 at 1:00 pm – 11 October 2017 at 2:00 pm
Lecture Theatre G1.04
Caulfield Campus
Art, Design and Architecture; Caulfield campus; Public lectures


Join us for a conversation between Tania Cañas and Clare Land.

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 1–2pm
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Building G, Lecture Theatre G1.04
Free entry, all welcome

Tania Cañas is the Arts Director at RISE Refugee and Lecturer at the VCA in Art & Community practice.

She currently sits on the Editorial Board at the International Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Academic Journal / PTO Inc and most recently, was appointed International Guest Curator at the International Community Arts Festival 2017, The Netherlands.

Canas' research focuses on applied theatre as self-actualization and self-determination and she has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally: including the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, University of California, Berkeley and Australian conferences such as the Community Identity and Displacement Network seminars as well as the Cultural Space, Theatricality and the performance of Asia in Australia Conference. For the last year Tania has been working with RISE and NMIT to develop a series of Forum Theatre workshops with students who are recent migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; her manifesto 10 Things to Consider defines and problematises the privileged position often held artists seeking to work with asylum seeker groups.

Tania has had her creative work published through Currency Press Australia, Arts Hub as well as academic journals. She has presented at conferences, as well as facilitated community theatre workshops at universities, within prisons and youth groups-in in Australian, Northern Ireland, The Solomon Islands, the United States and most recently South Africa.

She is a current writer in residence at the Malthouse Theatre and has a book chapter coming out as part of the complication Performing Exile with Intellect Ltd October 2017.

Clare Land is a non-Aboriginal person living on Kulin land. She has been an active supporter of Aboriginal struggles since 1998 and is the author of Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles (Zed Books, 2015). In that book and through workshops and teaching, Clare aims to do justice to the education she has received from Aboriginal community activists by sharing it with others.

Clare currently works as a researcher in Gary Foley’s Koori History Archive at Victoria University, and as program and operations manager at the Reichstein Foundation, one of Australia’s most innovative philanthropic foundations.

Clare has an honours degree in history (University of Melbourne) and a PhD in critical social work/sociology (Deakin University). She has worked on research projects interpreting Australian political history (NCAS, Monash University) and promoting educational equity (Deakin University). She was the historical consultant for the City of Melbourne during the process which led to the commissioning of a monument which realised the Brook Andrew and Trent Walter work Standing By Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener.

Clare volunteered at 3CR community radio between 2001 and 2014 including 12 years as a broadcaster in collaboration with Gunai/Maar campaigner and broadcaster Robbie Thorpe. She has also been a live-to-air broadcaster on 3KND and SBS.

She is co-coordinator of a large-scale community education project and a member of the Police Stop Data Expert Working Group of the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, Melbourne.