- Research Projects
1. Beyond the Stage: Interpreting history through performing arts practice
Professor Mark Carroll is heading a team of scholars, including Anna Goldsworthy, in a three year project funded by the Australian Research Council and Industry partners to investigate the impact of World War I on the performing arts in urban and regional South Australia. Beyond the Stage will examine the ways in which performance is able to shape and challenge prevailing historical narratives in times of social upheaval. The archival research undertaken during the course of this project will generate a book and journal articles, regional library exhibitions, and performances by the project's partners, including The State Opera of South Australia, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
The project will run from 2016 to 2019 and it situates South Australia at the forefront of research into the role of performance in the interpretation of material history. Its interdisciplinary model of collaborative practice will assist archival institutions and performing arts organisations combine their strengths in ways that are beneficial to both sectors. The research will also generate considerable public impact through high profile performances, touring exhibitions, and the interactive online presentation of historical resources.
2. Taste and Community: The cultural origins of personal experience
Professor Jennifer A. McMahon is Chief Investigator and Team Leader of an ARC Discovery Grant funded for $251,100 over three years, from 2015-2017. The project, entitled Taste and Community: the cultural origins of personal experience, brings together philosophers from America, Canada and Australia, and visual artists from Australia, to explore the processes through which artistic value and meaning are attributed to artworks and how imaginative constructs can motivate ethical or socially oriented behaviour. The research will be disseminated through an issue of the Australasian Philosophical Review edited by McMahon, an anthology of papers also edited by McMahon, and a website including podcasts of workshop presentations, links to talks given in the Art Gallery of NSW by team members in 2017 and links to artworks created by the Australian artists involved in the project. Both the philosophical writing and the artworks will reflect the exchanges and interaction between philosophy and art that take place during the project.
McMahon has already convened a two day International Workshop in San Francisco in April on “The Role of Images, Tropes and Metaphors in Shaping Experience and Guiding Actions” as part of this project. The Workshop was funded by the ARC, sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics and partly hosted by the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. American, Canadian, British, European and Australian philosophers attended, as did three Australian visual artists. As another part of this project’s outreach, McMahon chaired a two day symposium with artists and philosophers in September 2015 for the University of Newcastle, who contracted her to curate the event with Sean Lowry. The event inspired a paper, co-written by McMahon and four commentators at the symposium, which has been accepted for publication by the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. Another workshop is planned for Australia in 2017 with three components:1) a two-day colloquium of papers on July 5-6 at the University of Adelaide; 2) a public works at the Art Gallery of South Australia on 3 July 2017; and 3) a day long symposium involving floor talks open to the public at the Art Gallery of NSW on Saturday July 15.
See: http://artsense.edu.au/ for more information about the research project.
3. Other Worlds: Forms of World Literature
Anthony Uhlmann, Alexis Wright, Ben Etherington, Gail Jones (Writing and Society Research Centre), J.M. Coetzee and Nicholas Jose (University of Adelaide) lead on ARC Discover Project called Other Worlds: Forms of World Literature. This project aims to develop an innovative approach to deepening our understanding of the concept of world literature and the capacities of literary form. It begins with the interests of four eminent Australian writers – Alexis Wright, Nicholas Jose, Gail Jones and J.M. Coetzee – and examines them critically. The premise is that creative writing is itself a way thinking, and that new possibilities arise from the exchange between literary criticism and literary practice. This will involve critical and creative dialogues between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, Argentina, China, and England affording a unique opportunity to examine how Australian writing might meaningfully be considered in the terms of world literature.
Cultural exchange is crucial to developing relationships between Australia and its partners. This project supports basic research that aims to foster the international competitiveness of Australian literary scholarship in addressing major theoretical questions around the role and value of literature. It will involve some of our best writers, staging collaborative international workshops, research and publications that will examine the idea of world literature and the capacities of literary form.
- Research Themes
The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice has three main research themes that it encourages members to respond to with critical or artistic projects:
If you would like further information about these themes or have an project you would like to discuss, please click on the relevant links and email the JMCCCP member in charge of that particular research theme.
- Research Links
The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice is a member of global research networks and partnerships, allowing our members and affiliates to join international communities of scholars to develop research projects, exchange ideas, and extend their knowledge and skills. Our research networks include: