Today: Melbourne Conference – Uncomfortable Collaborations

(Organized by one of our members, Anne Orford.)

In a mash-up of the scholarly and the popular, the weighty and the amusing, this event brings together an incomparable panel to explore the perils and delights of uncomfortable collaborations. Panelists from diverse worlds will share their expertise in engaging audiences and interlocutors across different languages and fields of expertise and what may be learned or unlearned, in the process, about one’s home discipline, default mode or mother tongue. At once a convivial gathering of the curious and a serious reflection on techniques for living together amid global tumult, this event features discussion among the following speakers:

Robert Chu, head of the Australian practice of leading U.S. law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and former head of its Beijing office, with experience advising companies in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East;

Ghassan Hage, Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities;

Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law & Culture at Cornell University and founder of the quadrilingual, multidisciplinary Meridian 180 community; and

Meow Meow, known globally for her unique brand of ‘kamikaze cabaret’ that “erases boundaries between cultures and languages” (New York Times).


DATE Friday, 4 December 2015
TIME 8:00 – 9:15PM  (Melbourne time)
VENUE Lecture theatre G08, Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School 185 Pelham Street Carlton
REGISTRATION Complete the Registrations Page
ENQUIRIES or (03) 8344 6938

You may follow a live stream of this event here. Please participate in discussion by tweeting comments and questions using the hashtag #M180Melb – these will be visible to the audience and panelists in Melbourne.


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