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Out of Place
Judy Horacek
Robyn Archer, Kim Mahood, Margo Neale,
Francesca Rendle-Short
The Green Brain
How does a place grow on you when you come from somewhere else as most Australians have since 1788? Do nervous, derisory jokes about place–bogan suburbs, dying industrial towns or regional centres, the nation’s capital–reflect the newcomer’s unease with place and belonging?

Nonfiction in the Rocky Mountain West: The Context
Mary Clearman Blew
Peter Chilson, Debbie Lee, Sean Prentiss
The Chamber
The Rocky Mountain West has a long and vibrant tradition of creative nonfiction, from the popular history of Joséph Kinsey Howard, the travel accounts of Isabella Bird, the nature writing of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey, the as-told-to

Saturday 1.45–3.00 pm
Nonfiction Editors Roundtable
Julianne Schultz
Robin Hemley, Jeff Sparrow, Russell Valentino
Storey Hall Auditorium

Making the Leap into Creative Nonfiction
Jane Sullivan
Judith Armstrong, Iola Mathews, Brian McFarlane
The Chamber

Nonfiction Poetry: Performing The Real
Jessica Wilkinson
Stuart Cooke, Jill Jones, Benjamin Laird
The Green Brain

Exploring Nonfiction in an Adopted Language
Arnold Zable / Kent MacCarter
Ali Alizadeh, Alice Pung, Catherine Rey, Maria Tumarkin,
Meg Mundell
The Wheeler Centre

Keynote José Dalisay
NonfictioNow 2012 Keynote Address by José Dalisay.

NonfictioNow 2012 The Art of Truth – Writerly Perspectives
hosted by ABC Radio National’s Michael Cathcart

Permission and Disclosure: Handling “Revelation”
in Writing
Steve May
Randall Albers, Craig Batty, Paul Munden
The Chamber

Paths To Travel
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Adrian Danks, Brigid Magner, Sian Prior, Nigel Krauth
The Green Brain
This panel delves into nonfiction travel writing in its various forms. Paths to Travel panellists work in the fields of travel writing, journalism, design, literary studies and

Real and Ideal, Fakery and Lies
Michael Williams
Felicity Biggins, Maria DiBattista, Gina Perry
The Green Brain

Bedell NonfictioNow Conference 2012
Thursday 2.15–3.30 pm
Sonic Writing: Radio Nonfiction
Ross Gibson
Kyla Brettle, Sherre DeLys, Siobhan McHugh, Jeff Porter
Storey Hall Auditorium

Bedell NonfictioNow Conference 2012
Friday 10.00–11.15 am
Site Specific: Strange Encounters with Place
Meg Mundell
Ross Gibson, Benjamin Law, Maria Tumarkin
Storey Hall Auditorium

Stranger Than Fiction: Walkley Longform Journalism
Russell Skelton
Celeste Geer, John Silvester The Chamber

True Crime
Shane Maloney, 
Hilary Bonney, Amy Butcher, Liz Porter, Ruth Walker The Wheeler Centre

The Value of Food Writing Beyond the Culinary
Donna Lee Brien
Jill Adams, Charmaine O’Brien, Gail Pittaway The Chamber

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Saturday 10.00–11.15 am
The Role of Media in a Democracy
Matthew Ricketson
Margaret Simons, Andrew Fowler, Melissa Sweet
Storey Hall Auditorium

Writing About Crime in the Family
Caroline van de Pol
Marsha Berry, Garnett Cohen, Olivia Guntarik, Toni Nealie, Sydney Smith

The Voice of Diversity in the 21st Century Essay: Postmodernism versus Political Purpose
Deborah Jackson Taffa, Barrie Jean Borich, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Alice Pung

Writing About Crime in the Family
Caroline van de Pol
Marsha Berry, Garnett Cohen, Olivia Guntarik, Toni Nealie, Sydney Smith

Diaspora: Centring The Margins
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Jen Webb, Xu Xi, Lawrence Ypil
The Green Brain

Your Stories, My Stories, Whose Stories?

Sian Prior
David Carlin, Lee Z Hunt, Ann-Mari Jordens, Arnold Zable

Alaska: Twenty-Four Hour Daylight, Round the Clock Dark
Peggy Shumaker, Jennifer Brice, Carolyn Kremers, Sara Loewen, Sherry Simpson, Joe Usibelli

In Alaska, nonfiction takes as many forms as the changing light. On this panel, you'll hear from a marine biologist who writes lyrical essays about the questions science doesn't let her ask. You'll meet an explorer who wanted to title her

Official Opening Readings
NonfictioNow 2012 Opening Night Readings and Performances

Reading
Rúnar Helgi Vignisson
The Fall of the House of Bankers – a personal account of a national catastrophe

Truth in Fiction, Fiction in Nonfiction
Catherine Cole
Shane Maloney, Pip Newling, Caroline Van de Pol, Rúnar Helgi Vignisson

Writ Large: On Living the Lives We’ve Made For The Page
Barrie Jean Borich
Mira Bartok, Cheryl Strayed, Ira Sukrungruang
Storey Hall Auditorium

The Voice of Diversity in the 21st Century Essay:
Postmodernism versus Political Purpose
Deborah Jackson Taffa, Barrie Jean Borich, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Alice Pung

Getting Published in International Journals - Emerald Group Publishing, hosted by RMIT University Library.
Presenter Andrew Smith provides advice, tips and ideas for getting published in a highly competitive research and publishing environment.

International Research and the Nonfiction Writer
David Carlin
Desmond Barry, Mieke Eerkens, Stephanie Elizondo Griest,
Benjamin Law
The Chamber

How Collaboration Changes Our Practice
Steve Grimwade
Catina Bacote, Matthew Batt, Arnold Zable
Storey Hall Auditorium

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Friday 3.00–4.15 pm
Graphic Narratives for Nonfiction
Bernard Caleo
Mira Bartok, Mirranda Burton, Elizabeth MacFarlane,
Bruce Mutard
Storey Hall Auditorium

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Saturday 3.15–4.30 pm
From Obsession to Book: Nonfiction from the
Publishers’ Perspective
Russell Valentino
Rose Michael, Nicola Redhouse, Rebecca Starford
Storey Hall Auditorium

Life Writing and Hospitality
Moya Costello
Barbara Brooks, Anne Cranny-Francis, Jim Hearn
The Chamber
This panel explores life writing and hospitality, defined as
the interrelationship between host and guest. Our bodies
host other beings, things, places and histories as guests–
sometimes troublesome and uninvited. The panellists reflect
upon writing about lived experiences of “hospitality”–
specific bodies as hosts and their various guests. Barbara
Brooks’ fictional memoir is about her fictionalised English
grandfather, Monty, who stayed four years in the Northwest

Ethics

The 2012 Clare Burton Memorial Lecture - For Love…

No matter whether it is paid or not, women’s work and their achievements are measured against a set of tenacious and traditional assumptions underpinned by the idea that women should be driven by love and selflessness in all they do, and not the recognition and rewards that drive men. Step out of line and show some career or financial ambition, or just a lack of suitable warmth, and women are quickly labelled pushy, greedy and bitchy.

This panel discussion looks at the links between games design and military strategy. Games and digital play are now at the cutting edge of design. As the game industry continues to grow, questions are arising about the use of game technologies for military intelligence, the ethics of war games and the impact of game violence on cognitive processing and emotional control among consumers.

It was held at RMIT Design Hub on Tuesday 24th March 2015 as part of the exhibition Remote-Controlled Terrorist Coffin held at Project Space / Spare Room Galleries.

Political Philosophy

In Episode Two experienced journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Prof Alan Tuckett OBE, University of Wolverhampton, President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), and Visiting Fellow to the EU Centre RMIT 2015. Discussion focuses on Alan’s experiences of leadership roles in lifelong learning and adult education in the UK and internationally as well as opportunities and challenges around lifelong learning in the EU, Australia and South East Asia.

*Law and Politics*

Matt Gordon is co-founder and project director of OurSay – an Australian-based democracy platform connecting citizens with leaders.

OurSay has connected Australians with many leaders such as: Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister Stephen Conroy and Hon Malcolm Turnbull, and environment leaders.

OurSay has just launched its latest project – Citizen’s Agenda. The Citizen’s Agenda targets leaders in the top 10 electorates in Australia, who will answer citizen’s questions in the lead up to the September federal election.

Politics could once be seen in terms of left and right, of regions, nationalism and imperialism. Minority populist parties, or movements, also challenged dominant ideologies and parties, expressing the hopes and frustrations of workers or farmers. Populism is about expressive politics, voicing dispossession, rather than instrumental politics, focusing on policies.

This talk was given as part of the Rethinking Rape Law Reform Colloquium.

Friday 6th December 2013
9 am – 4 pm
Storey Hall Conference Centre
330 – 334 Swanston Street
RMIT University, Melbourne

www.rmit.edu.au/justice/rethinkingrape

Image credit: Newtown Graffiti

Rape law reform has been the subject of much debate among lawyers, scholars, activists and victim advocates in Australia and internationally. The debates by and large centre on the following vexed issues: the coherency and consistency of substantive and procedural legal reform; the delicate balance between the rights of the accused versus the rights of victims; the impact of rape law reform on reporting, prosecution and conviction; and the efficacy of reforms on sexual violence prevention and community education.

The dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the criminal justice system in responding to sexual violence has not abated, despite the introduction of wide-ranging reforms to rape law. This has led to some to question whether women should even engage with a system that arguably celebrates and sustains the oppression that it seeks to remedy. Others argue that alternative and innovative justice mechanisms will provide greater forms of recognition and redress, for both victims and accused persons.

The consequences of wrongful conviction can be devastating. This forum explores issues of miscarriage of justice with leading Victorian criminal justice experts.

Foreign Policy and International Relations

As we approach the end of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) there are two identifiable kinds of ‘silences’ that are cause for alarm. The first ‘silence’ was noticeable in two key 2013 documents produced by the High-Level Panel of the UN Secretary General which proposed a new set of post-2015 development goals. Neither report mentions ESD, despite the fact that the new development goals are meant to be called Sustainable Development Goals and that the lead agency for the Decade was itself a UN agency.

Considering the relationship between domestic imprisonment and offshore detention with a global perspective will be the key concern for this seminar. While the two practices have much in common, and at times these respective regimes even overlap, they are not the same. Each speaks to the respective modalities of regulating behaviour that challenges the norms of domestic and international politics. In his 1993 book Inside/Outside: International Relations as Political Theory, R. B. J.

In Episode Three experienced journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Prof Bruce Wilson, Director of European Union (EU) Centre at RMIT University. The conversation focuses on the forthcoming Greek legislative election set for 20 September 2015 and challenges for Greece and the European project emerging from the dynamic Greek political landscape.

This high level panel will discuss the practical dimensions of memorialisation and reconciliation.

Panel discussion following the launch of an RMIT JD student authored report commissioned by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Speakers include Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, Rob Hulls, David Mann (Refugee Legal), Hugh de Kretser (Human Rights Law Centre), student authors Frank Aloe, Veronica Snip, Helen Metzger, Luke Fowler and Brigette Rose.

Is globalisation so bad? Criticisms of globalisation are made by people from right across the political spectrum. The resurgence of ethno-nationalisms in a context of rising anti-globalisation sentiment, threatens to undermine universal principles. If the multilateral system were to fall apart – as envisaged by U.S. President, Donald Trump – the consequences would be far reaching, for human and civil rights, free trade, gender equity, the global environment, and development. But are there any alternatives to globalisation as we know it?

Law

Reassessing the Place of Criminal Law Reform in the Struggle Against Sexual Violence: The Canadian Case

Professor Lise Gotell, University of Alberta, Canada

Image: Newtown Graffiti

Currents of Resistance: (R)evolving Frameworks of Consent in Rape Law Reform
Dr Sharon Cowan, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Image: Newtown Graffiti

RMIT University celebrates the legacy of politician and chief justice George Higinbotham, through an annual public lecture which explores topical legal issues and in particular the interaction between the law and society. The guiding principle for the series is enhancing our understanding of the law and the role of legal and political innovation in helping create a more just society.

Plus interview with economist Stephen Koukoulas.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The job hiring slowdown in the US while Greece turns to Russia to help with its finances and the IMF warns that economies around the world can't grow as fast as they used to because of ageing populations, less investment and the limits of technology
· Iron ore price falls below $47 putting companies like Fortescue and Atlas in serious trouble.
· The RBA surprises everyone by keeping interest rates on hold.

Under the leadership of former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls, the Centre is dedicated to finding modern solutions to complex problems that manifest in the justice system. This video is part of a larger project to commemorate RMIT's Founders' Day 2013.

Find out how we're making connections - http://rmit.edu.au/news/makingconnections

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice talks with Laura Vickers, Principal, Nest Legal, one of the first online legal firms in Australia.

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice talks about community legal centres with Liana Buchanan, Executive Officer, Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria).

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice talks about Clinical Legal Education at the prison legal service Inside Access, with Andrew Spinks, final year Juris Doctor student.

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, interviews Hugh de Kretser on why human rights matters.

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice talks with ABC 774 Morning Radio host Jon Faine about his journey from law student to media superstar.

Australian of the Year and anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty launched a major RMIT University report on family violence on Thursday, 19 March 2015.

Rob Hulls, Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice interviews Mark Holden, former Australian Idol Judge turned barrister, on his career change.

Rob Hulls, Director of the Center for Innovative Justice, talks to Simone Bailey about boxing and the law, their similarities and differences.

Barrister Carolyn Burnside makes the case for sex offence prosecution.

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Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice talks with Magistrate Pauline Spencer, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria about what makes a good advocate.

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Students from RMIT's Centre of Innovative Justice went on a study tour to New Zealand.

RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice has released "Opportunities for Early Intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence into view."

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, talks to lawyer and media commentator Waleed Aly about his career journey.

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, discusses the role of government lawyers.

Elena Campbell discusses the origins of her report and her motivations behind focusing on the family violence sphere on perpetrator accountability.

A talk by Judge Steven Alm at RMIT on 10 August 2015. Judge Alm is the creator of Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program.

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, talks with John Cain about tips on what law firms look for in a job applicant.

JD Alumni Sepi Sadri talks to Rob Hulls about studying law at RMIT, the role of a Judge’s Associate and the value of mentors.

A forum hosted by the Centre for Innovative Justice with Rob Hulls as MC, it featured Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, Corrections Commissioner, Jan Shuard, Magistrate Rosemary Falla, Jesuit Social Services CEO, Julie Edwards and ex Prisoner Tracy Raeburn.

Format: Deborah Glass provides overview of her report "Investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria", followed by questions to the panel, and then opening up to questions from the audience.

Rosalie Martin, clinical speech pathologist of more than 30 years experience, talks about the inability for some to comprehend and use spoken language in the way others who have ‘unconsciously competent’ language skills do, and the potential implications when they encounter each other within the justice system.

Rob Hulls speaks to Stan Winford, Principal Coordinator, Legal Programs, and Katherine Ogilvie, Social Worker, CIJ, about multidisciplinary law practices and the benefits they provide to students and clients.

Is access to justice for all an impossible dream or can lawyers, design thinkers and experts in artificial intelligence bring it within reach? Will courts be a place or a service that can deliver dispute resolution on-line 24/7? What role can on-line systems play in criminal matters? Can this technology help you and your clients?

Centre for Innovative Justice Director Rob Hulls speaks with Peter Van den Biggelaar, the Executive Director of the Dutch Legal Aid Board and Maurits Barendrecht, the Research Director at HiiL Innovating Justice.

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness week, Rob Hulls talks to the ‘Enabling Justice’ Project’s Justice User Group (JUG) participants John and Kerry and the Project Support Coordinator at Jesuit Social Services, Brigid Henley, on what it’s like to be a justice system user with an acquired brain injury and how it could be improved from their perspective.

Rob Hulls talk to Deborah Glass about her interesting and varied career, her role as Victorian Ombudsman and her report into public transport fare evasion.

The Red Hook Community Justice Centre is one of the most innovative courts in the United States. It is a problem solving, multi-jurisdictional court that reconnects defendants to their communities by providing them with holistic, wrap around services.

Judge Calabrese helped set up this unique court in 2000 and it has had a huge impact on reducing recidivism rates in a community that was once described as ‘the crack capital of America’.

Panel features -

- Special Minister for State the Hon. Gavin Jennings
- Judge Amanda Chambers
- Lily Anderson (USA Step Program)
- Jo Howard (Kildonan UnitingCare)
- Elizabeth Grawe (parent victim)
- Jamie Marloo Thomas (Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation)

Justice: Past, Present, Future. A panel discussion featuring Barrister Brian Bourke and Magistrate Pauline Spencer who share their first hand experience of the Australian justice system, past and present and their vision for the future. MC'd by Rob Hulls.

Speech and official launch of new resource developed by Victoria Police and the Australian Institute for Family Studies - Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: creating an evidence-based resource for police and legal practitioners, followed by panel discussion.

MC: Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice
Keynote: Justice Jennifer Coate, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Panel members:
Dean McWhirter, Assistant Commissioner, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police

National Governments

Episode One is an introduction to the European Union (EU) Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne and broader Australia-EU relations as experienced journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Prof Bruce Wilson, Director of European Union (EU) Centre at RMIT University. Topics include the role of the EU Centre at RMIT in building partnerships with researchers across RMIT University and beyond in various academic, diplomatic and business fields of Australia and Europe. This includes discussion around research, innovation, trade and investment, and the European Single Market.

Political Science

Held annually, the Tom Nairn Lecture brings together pre-eminent thinkers on global issues from around the world to share their knowledge and propose big ideas and challenges for the future.

In this lecture, Former French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin showed how the sudden rise of Napoléon Bonaparte – with his establishment of Caesarism (charismatic autocracy) in France and its subsequent imposition on the continent – prevented the modernisation of Europe with drastic consequences for the future.

Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research, presents, 'Resistance is Useless? The Globalisation of State Crime and the Denial of History'.

A panel discussion featuring Paul Battersby, Jude McCulloch, Louise Boon-Kuo and Georgina Heydon.

The nominees are confirmed but what do we really know about Donald John Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Republican Donald John Trump and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a virtual dead heat in the race to win the American presidency on November 8. In this edition of Global Frictions, the speakers will discuss the how the billionaire businessman, reality TV host, Donald Drumpf, and President Barack Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, arrived at this point, what they stand for, and what it means for the world.

Is social cohesion important for urban security? Can it help prevent violent extremism? In the current global climate of anxiety about security, this Global Frictions panel discussion will explore the critical question of how social cohesion can contribute to safety in the Australian and global context. Social cohesion has been described as “the willingness of members of a society to cooperate with each other in order to survive and prosper.”

Senator Penny Wong visited RMIT University to launch two publications from the Global Studies Discipline, and the Centre for Global Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century
edited by Aiden Warren and Damian Grenfell
(RMIT Global Studies)

International Development: A Global Perspective on Theory and Practice
edited by Paul Battersby (RMIT Global Studies) and Ravi Roy (University Southern Utah)

Is the Humanitarian Field a Complete Disaster? A Global Frictions Seminar.

Public Administration

In this episode, journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Pablo Gandara, Manager of the EU World Cities project. The conversation focuses on the latest EU World Cities project pairing four European cities with four Australian cities to exchange information, experience and cooperation relating to sustainable urban development. The paired cities are Melbourne-Hamburg, Canberra-Prague, Adelaide-Manchester and Hobart-Katowice.

World Affairs

The contemporary study of political ideologies requires careful reappraisals of its globalizing research terrain that produce new conceptual mappings and in-depth analyses of globally articulated thought-systems through which individuals and groups perceive, judge, and act in their varied political environments. This presentation comes in two parts. First, it suggests that the growing transdisciplinary field of ‘global studies’ can be organized around four theoretical ‘framings’.

Since Timor-Leste’s independence in 1999, the topic of mortality has tended to be framed within broader debates on state and nation-formation of a territory that has not long fulfilled its sovereign ambitions. Whether it be a discussion of death through the re-counting of the horrific human rights abuses of the Indonesian occupation, or through the ‘development indicators’ of infant and maternal mortality or life expectancy, or as part of a discourse of those who gave their lives in the struggle, death has been a foundation for understanding the past and future of Timor-Leste.

In this seminar, an expert panel discusses what they consider to be the greatest nuclear related security challenges in the 21st Century, how we can restore some form of political will in emboldening the global non-proliferation regime and ultimately, put in place the necessary steps toward a “world without nuclear weapons”.

In this episode, journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Dr Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor at EU (European Commission) DG for Regional and Urban Policy, about EU urban policy and the EU World Cities project. The conversation focuses on the latest EU World Cities project pairing four European cities with four Australian cities to exchange information, experience and ideas on sustainable urban development. The paired cities are Melbourne with Hamburg, Canberra with Prague, Adelaide with Manchester and Hobart with Katowice.