FIRtH Research Theme 2015

I am pleased to announce the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities Research Theme for 2015 will be "Locating Lives: regions, identities, cultures". The 2015 theme leaders are Kate Douglas (English and Creative Writing) and Kylie Cardell (English and Creative Writing). Details of the proposed programme of research activities throughout the year will be posted on FIRtH’s website and I encourage members of FIRtH to get involved with this exciting new research activity.

Associate Professor Craig Taylor
Director, Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH)


The following events presented are part of FIRtH’s 2015 Research Theme 'Locating Lives'


Roundtable: 'Teaching lives: the personal as pedagogy'
2 - 4pm, Thursday 29 October 2015

Humanities 262

  • Do you teach non-fictional texts?
  • Do you ask students to engage with 'the self' in their assessments?
  • Do you make use of social media in your teaching?

All Welcome




Public Screening
2pm, Wednesday 9 September 2015

Humanities North 1 Lecture Theatre


Award-winning documentary

Once My Mother

A special FREE event as part of the Locating Lives theme events for 2015 and sponsored by FIRTH, we are proud to present a public screening of the award-winning Australian documentary Once My Mother.

As part of this special event, Director Sofia Turkiewicz will introduce the film and respond to the audience in a Q&A session after the screening.

All Welcome



Question & Answer
10am, Tuesday 2 June 2015

Room 2.3, Level 2, Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Q & A: Dead or Alive: Whose Life is it?
Ethics and Auto/Biography/Life Writing Across the sciplines

Dead or Alive

Whether you research ‘dead’ archives and the lives buried in their dust; oral testimonies of the past and present; biographies official and unofficial; or your own or your family’s stories, the act of writing, speaking, creating and talking about your subjects involves a fraught relationship of appropriation, translation, power and control. This Q & A discussion seeks to consider some of the vast ethical issues around narrating other people’s lives and from across a range of disciplinary practices. Our panel involves scholars and academics from the fields of History, Creative Writing, Indigenous Studies, Performance Art, Sociology, and Literature who will present brief reflections on their own specific ethical questions and challenges around writing lives, before we move to a free-ranging and interactive audience-led discussion.

All Welcome



Public Lecture
12pm, Friday 8 May 2015

Room 2.07, Education Building, Flinders University

The negotiated memoir: between memoir and biography. Writing The Abyssinian Contortionist

Associate Professor David Carlin (RMIT)

David will be reading from his recently published memoir The Abyssinian Contortionist and discussing methodology, ethics, and issues for creative non-fiction writers in the academy.

The presentation is informal and we hope to have lively and generous discussion.

 All Welcome