Monthly Seminar Series 2014

The IRN holds a monthly seminar series designed to explore themes of identity research in an informal and friendly setting. It is held on the last Friday of every month, 2-4pm, Penang Room, Swinburne University Library. The last session is held in November.


Our 2014 series commenced in June, with the seminar ‘What is identity? How do we use identity in our research?’  We had presentations on the following themes:

Alex Stewart (PhD candidate, Swinburne) ‘The Bainimarama government and Pacific Islander identity’

Sanjib Goswami (PhD candidate, Swinburne) ‘Assam region, direct rule colonialism and frozen identities’

Dr Chris Agius (Swinburne) ‘Critical constructivism and identity: foreign policy and violence in the Nordic region’


Our July session covered theoretical approaches to identity, with papers by John Cash (University of Melbourne), Sam Wilson (Leadership Institute, Swinburne) and Lucy Nicholas (Swinburne).

Professor John Cash discussed psychoanalysis and identity, drawing on the works of Lacan, Freud and Menzies-Lyth, drawing together psychoanalytic social and political theory  and its impact on identification and subjectivity.

Dr Sam Wilson’s presentation covered the challenging field of human enhancement and identity, opening up discussion to questions of the relationship between bioscience and biotechnology and human nature.

Dr Lucy Nicholas presented her work on gendered ways of understanding self and other, with a focus on reconstructions of self, the politics and problems of oppositional thinking and ambiguity.


Our September seminar focused on empirical case studies, with three presentations:

Hind Ghandour (PhD candidate, Swinburne) ‘The Palestinian refugee camp: from transitional spaces to homes.’

Dr Peter Robinson (Swinburne) ‘Using empirical data reflexively: gay men’s working lives, a work in progress.’

Dr Karen Hughes (Swinburne) ‘Case study: the relationship between identity, resistance and resilience in an Aboriginal woman’s life narrative.’

Hind Ghandour discussed the distinctions between place and space in her case study of the Palestinian refugee camp, based on her fieldwork. Peter Robinson explored the issues surrounding empirical data in his work, and Karen Hughes provided a complex snapshot of identity resilience and agency in the life narrative and story-telling practice of Ngarrindjeri elder Aunty Hilda Wilson.

Our October series is on practice-led explorations of identity. We have three presentations:

Dr Tim Moss (Education, Swinburne) ‘In between spaces: Investigating identity using arts-based research methods.’

Dean Keep (Film and Animation, Swinburne) ‘Framing Identity:  Personal narratives, memory and photographic practices.’

Dr Neil Thomas (Psychological Sciences, Swinburne) ‘Multiple perspectives on the role of self in people who hear voices.’



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