Beijing: 2014 FASIC Australian Studies Conference In China

The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art

Hosted by the Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University, and supported by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC).

Convened by Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

When: 11-12 September 2014

Where: Renmin University, Beijing

About the Conference:

‘The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art’is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China

The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging. We see this more as a ‘festival of ideas’ generated by a diverse group of speakers than a conference by and for academic specialists.

Speakers include Edmund Capon, former Director of the Art Gallery of NSW; Julianne Schultz, Founding Editor of the Griffith Review; Sasha Grishin, art historian and author of Australian Art: A History; Suhanya Raffel, Director of Collections, Art Gallery of NSW; Zhang Lansheng, artist, curator and art historian; Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China; Zhe Li, art historian and curator; Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Claire Roberts, freelance arts writer, curator and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide; Richard Fidler, ABC Radio Presenter; and artist Guan Wei.

Our audience will also be a diverse one and we hope that you will be able to join us at Renmin University, 11 – 12 September 2014

Attendance is free, registration required. For more details please visit the Australian Studies Centre website.

The speaker line up can be viewed here.

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Group(s): Advance


Thu, Sep. 11 - Fri, Sep. 12, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(GMT+0800) Asia/Shanghai


Renmin University, Beijing China