“P.S. #MeToo”: A Faculty of HASSE Symposium

Hosted by the UNE Cultural and Creative Arts Network (UCCAN)

Thursday 7 November, 2019, 1.30–5pm 
Oorala Centre, UNE

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted in 2017, the so-called “#MeToo movement” has brought a number of powerful men in the arts and cultural industries to account for sexual assault allegations. Some of these men were found guilty, while others had their names (controversially) cleared; all arguably now exist in a post-“Me Too” landscape.

This symposium will explore how a reconsideration of gender-based harassment and sexual abuse might reconfigure how we approach making, thinking about, and teaching arts and culture. Do concerns over consent and power liberate artists, or encourage a new cultural puritanism? Alternatively, is systemic inequality and abuse a far deeper problem than a hashtag and some high-profile court cases?

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“P.S. #MeToo”: A HASSE Symposium

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted in 2017, the so-called “#MeToo movement” has brought a number of powerful men in the arts and cultural industries to account for sexual assault allegations, both in the court system and the court of public opinion. Some of these men were found guilty, while others had their names (controversially) cleared; all arguably now exist in a post-“Me Too” landscape.

In the wake of these developments, the UNE Cultural and Creative Arts Network (UCCAN) presents a half-day symposium on the potential long-term consequences of the #MeToo movement for the arts and cultural sector, including education.

From “intimacy directors” in rehearsal rooms to “separating the art from the artist”, how might a reconsideration of gender-based harassment and sexual abuse reconfigure how we approach making, thinking about, and teaching arts and culture? Do concerns over consent and power liberate artists, or encourage a new cultural puritanism? Alternatively, is systemic inequality and abuse a far deeper problem than a hashtag and some high-profile court cases?

Join us for an exploration of this topic from a range of HASSE disciplines and perspectives. A performance by UNE Musician and #MeToo researcher Donna Hewitt will conclude the afternoon’s presentations.

Program

Thursday 7 November, 2019

VENUE: Oorala Centre

1.30pm – 2.00pm        Erin Gee (Zoom from Canada): “Laughing Web Dot Space: A Virtual Laugh-In for Survivors of Sexual Violence”

2.00pm – 2.30pm        Donna Hewitt: “#MeTwo – A Collaborative Music Response to the #MeToo Movement”

2.30pm – 3.00pm        Sharleen Schier and Jacqueline Harris: “‘Tell Me about a Complicated Man’ – Classics in the Post-MeToo Landscape”

3.00pm – 3.30pm        AFTERNOON TEA BREAK

3.30pm – 4.00pm        Kylie Constantine: “Philomela’s Song: What a violent myth can tell us about resilience through creativity”

4.00pm – 4.30pm        Lisa Goldzieher: “Exploring Gender Violence on stage in Nick Enright’s Blackrock

4.30pm – 5.00pm        Liz Ellis: “The street can be a scary place. If you’re out after dark, are you just askin’ for it…?” (includes play reading)

VENUE: Drama Studio, Milton Building

5.00pm – 5.30pm        Donna Hewitt Performance #MeTwo

Contact

For more information please contact: Richard Jordan, UNE Theatre & Performance 
e:  rjordan7@une.edu.au
p:  02 6773 2753