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  • Date13 April 2023
  • Time5.30 - 7.30pm
  • Place Drill Hall Gallery
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  • PriceFree

Ultramarine Conversations: Blue Assembly x Blue Humanities Lab at ANU

As part of an ongoing partnership between the Blue Humanities Lab (ANU and JCU) and the University of Queensland Art Museum’s multi-year research and programming arc Blue Assembly, please join us for a conversation bringing together diverse disciplinary voices to introduce current research happening in the Blue Humanities. Dr Claire Hansen will introduce new publication Critical Approaches to the Australian Blue Humanities (forthcoming from Routledge), followed by a panel discussion with Dr Léuli Eshrāghi, Dr Ruth Morgan, Aidan Hartshorn, chaired by Dr Jacqueline Chlanda.

This event is presented in association with the Australian Association of Pacific Studies conference “To Hell With Drowning” and hosted by the Drill Hall Gallery. This is a UAMA partnership.

Attendance is free but spaces limited, so please register early.

After the discussion explore Drill Hall Gallery’s current exhibition FLUENT: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili & Leo Loomans.


5:30pm: Light refreshments and drinks upon arrival

6:00pm Introduction by Dr Claire Hansen, followed by panel discussion with Dr Léuli Eshrāghi, Dr Ruth Morgan and Aidan Hartshorn, chaired by Dr Jacqueline Chlanda

7:00pm Explore the exhibition FLUENT: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili & Leo Loomans.

Dr Jacqueline Chlanda

Jacqueline Chlanda is Education Manager at UQ Art Museum. She received her PhD in Art History, English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2019 and has taught art history at UQ and Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art. She has written for a range of publications and institutions including the Australian Book Review, Art Asia Pacific, fine print magazine, the Institute of Modern Art, Milani Gallery and Box Copy. She lives in Meanjin/ Brisbane and is from Mparntwe/Alice Springs.

Dr Léuli Eshrāghi

Léuli Eshrāghi (Seumanutafa Sāmoan, Persian, Cantonese) intervenes in display territories to prioritize global Indigenous and Asian diasporic visuality, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices. They are currently the Curatorial Researcher in Residence at University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane), and Curator of the 8th edition of TarraWarra Biennial: ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili at TarraWarra Museum of Art (Healesville).

Dr Claire Hansen

Claire Hansen is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University. She specialises in Shakespeare studies with particular interests in the environmental and health humanities. Claire is co-chair of the Blue Humanities Lab, a multidisciplinary research initiative centered on human relations with more-than-human blue spaces. Her next book, Shakespeare and Place-Based Learning, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, and she is co-editor of the forthcoming publication, Critical Approaches to the Australian Blue Humanities (Routledge).

Aidan Hartshorn

Aidan Hartshorn is a Walgalu (Wolgalu, Wolgal) and Wiradjuri man whose traditional lands are located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales.

Aidan was a co-curator and collaborator on the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony lead by Senior Curator Hetti Perkins and First Nations Art curator Kelli Cole.

Aidan is now working at the Australian National University as a Lecturer of Contemporary Art at the School of Art and Design and research assistant under the leadership Dr Brenda L. Croft, while also furthering his art practice through his current Master of Philosophy.

Dr Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean world, living and working on the unceded lands of the Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples.

Ruth is an Associate Professor at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. Ruth is Vice President of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, and Treasurer of the International Water History Association. She was previously based at Monash University (2012-2020), and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia.

Caption: Sancintya Mohini Simpson, “Tāpū” (detail), 2022. Installation view, “Oceanic Thinking”, The University of Queensland Art Museum, 2022.  Photo: Marc Pricop.

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.