Speakers

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Sofia Ahlberg is a lecturer in English at La Trobe University. Her first book, Atlantic Afterlives was published this year and explores the affect of the Information Age on the literature born of the encounter between Europe and America. She is now at work on her second book Blazing Words which explores the aesthetics of oil in contemporary literature.

Lois Banner. U.S. Fulbright Commission, Distinguished Chair, University Of Uppsala, spring semester, 2017, forthcoming; Professor, University of Southern California Fall, 1983‑spring 2014. Professor Banner is the author of the most scholarly, authoritative and popular biography of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn:  The Passion and the Paradox (London and New York, Bloomsbury, 2012). This book received impressive reviews in the New York TimesWashington PostSt. Louis Post-DispatchBoston Globe, and newspapers throughout the United States, Great Britain and Australia.  It Banner-1-by-Mark-Anderson-use-this-one.jpgfeatured in the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as on best seller lists for Los Angeles Times and London Times, where it was honored as one of the best books of 2012. Professor Banner has also written many journal and magazine articles on Marilyn Monroe and her previous book, MM Personal (Harry Abrams, January, 2011) was judged by the Western Association of Women Historians as the best illustrated collection of original documents.

Kevin Brianton has more than 30 years’ experience in market research, journalism and public relations. He has won national and state PRIA awards in community communications, issues and crisis management, events management, internal communications and comprehensive communications. Kevin was made a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in July 2012.

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Edgar Burns is a lecturer in sociology at La Trobe University. He has published widely in the areas of career development, rural well-being, and veterinary professionalisation. His current project is on the social forces driving the meaning and impact of professionalism.

2006-felicty-collins Felicity Collins is a Reader/Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University. She teaches Screen & Sound Performance and is the author of The Films of Gillian Armstrong, and Australian Cinema After Mabo. She is currently editing the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Australian Cinema and writing a monograph on the performance of Indigeneity in television genres.

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Tansy Curtin completed a master of Arts History in Adelaide at the Adelaide school of Art. 3rd May 2006. THE AFR EDUCATION Picture by David Mariuz.

Tansy Curtin is Curatorial Manager at Bendigo Art Gallery.  In South Australia Tansy held positions at Flinders University Art Museum, the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum and was Gallery Director at Adelaide Central School of Art before taking up the position of Curator at Bendigo Art Gallery in 2006. In 2011 Tansy was appointed to the position of Senior Curator, Collections and Research. Since 2006 Tansy has curated several key exhibitions at Bendigo Art Gallery including: The Long Weekend: Australian artists in France 1918–39 (2007), Fashion in the Age of Queen Victoria: The Darnell Collection (2008), American Dreams: 20th century photography from George Eastman House (2011), Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London 1768–1918 (2014, co-curator), Imagining Ned (2015, co-curator) and  Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe (2016)

Sue Gillett is a senior lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. She has authored two books – one on film-maker Jane Campion, the other a collection of poems –  edited a poetry anthology, and has had an assortment of literary and media-related articles and book chapters published in Australia and internationally. Her most recent publications include a memoir-essay in Mothers in Others (Pan MacMillan, 2015) and a chapter on poetry, grief and healing in Poetry and the Trace (Puncher & Wattman, 2013). 

kristian Kristian Häggblom recently completed his PhD through Monash University. In 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for the Arts Finland Studio. Presently Kristian is researching the role of photography in surveillance and how this is subverted and exploited for political and artistic outcomes.

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Margaret Hickey is a published playwright whose work has been performed in Melbourne, Brisbane and New York. She is a lecturer at La Trobe University and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing.


nicole-jenkinsNicole Jenkins has a passion for fashion. Nicole is an author and the owner of Circa Vintage Clothing. Her first book, Love Vintage, won an international Independent Publishers Book Award. Her latest book Style is Eternal shows you how to develop your own personal style, make the most of your body shape and combine classic with contemporary pieces.

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Francine Rochford is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia and the director of the Online Learning and Regional Programs. She has written extensively on the issue of water law and policy, particularly in relation to reforms to water policy.

terrie-waddellTerrie Waddell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University where she is also the Director of Higher Degree by Research. She lectures and researches on the relationship between screen media, literature, gender, popular culture and psychology. Terrie has authored Wild/lives: Trickster, Place and Liminality on Screen as well as Mis/takes: Archetype, Myth and Identity in Screen Fiction and co-edited Eavesdropping: The Psychotherapist in Film and Television and Lounge Critic: The Couch Theorist’s Companion.