Programme

This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Tuesday, 20 September 2022Wednesday, 21 September 2022Thursday, 22 September 2022Friday, 23 September 2022

10:00–13:00: Plenary Session 1

13:00–14:30: Lunch Break

14:30–16:00: Plenary Session 2

16:00–16:15: Break

16:15–17:15: Poster Session & Conference Welcome Reception

09:30-11:10: Parallel Presentation Session 1

11:10-11:25: Coffee Break

11:25-12:40: Parallel Presentation Session 2

12:40-13:40: Lunch Break

13:40-15:20: Parallel Presentation Session 3

15:20-15:35: Coffee Break

15:35-17:15: Parallel Presentation Session 4

09:30-11:10: Parallel Presentation Session 1

11:10-11:25: Coffee Break

11:25-12:40: Parallel Presentation Session 2

12:40-13:40: Lunch Break

13:40-15:20: Parallel Presentation Session 3

15:20-15:35: Coffee Break

15:35-17:15: Parallel Presentation Session 4

17:15-17:30: Onsite Conference Closing Session

09:30-11:10: Online Parallel Presentation Session 1

11:10-11:25: Short Break

11:25-12:40: Online Parallel Presentation Session 2

12:40-13:40: Extended Break

13:40-15:20: Online Parallel Presentation Session 3

15:20-15:35: Short Break

15:35-17:15: Online Parallel Presentation Session 4

17:15-17:30: Online Conference Closing Session

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on August 19, 2022. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

*Please be aware that the above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • The Arts, Literature and Dance: Multimodal and Embodied Approaches for a Resilient and Partnership World
    The Arts, Literature and Dance: Multimodal and Embodied Approaches for a Resilient and Partnership World
    Keynote Presentation: Mattia Mantellato
  • Adult Education and the ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Lifelong Learning
    Adult Education and the ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Lifelong Learning
    Keynote Presentation: Dolors Ortega
  • Writing Resistance and the Figure of the Trespasser
    Writing Resistance and the Figure of the Trespasser
    Keynote Presentation: John McLeod
  • Stories of Resilience and Strength
    Stories of Resilience and Strength
    Keynote Presentation: Ishmeet Kaur
  • A Conversation with Poet Silvia Cuevas-Morales
    A Conversation with Poet Silvia Cuevas-Morales
    Featured Interview: Silvia Cuevas-Morales & Sue Ballyn
  • Gloria Montero Asks Joseph Haldane to Tell His Story
    Gloria Montero Asks Joseph Haldane to Tell His Story
    Featured Interview: Gloria Montero & Joseph Haldane

Conference Programme

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on August 19, 2022. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

*Please be aware that the above schedule may be subject to change.


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Previous Programming

View details of programming for past BAMC conferences via the links below.

The Arts, Literature and Dance: Multimodal and Embodied Approaches for a Resilient and Partnership World
Keynote Presentation: Mattia Mantellato

In an ever-increasing divided reality, in which incomprehension and boundaries are putting at risk our innate human capacity for love, care and understanding, the Humanities are interested in investigating new transdisciplinary and intercultural dialogues for a more resilient and peaceful world (Riem & Hughes-d’Aeth, 2022). The encounter of scholarly-research with the praxis of media and the arts are in this respect fundamental for altering, revising and re-reading ‘canonical’ or Western-oriented epistemologies and thinking (Quijano, 2007; Mignolo & Walsh, 2018) in light of a more complex, fluid and respectful partnership existence (Eisler, 1987; Eisler & Fry, 2019).

In my scholarly-artistic research, as both academic and dancer, I engage in multimodal projects with the intent of mingling together the poetic wor(l)d of post-decolonial writers from the ‘edge’ with the gestural, iconic and embodied language of dance (Schechner, 2013). This mixing of intertextual references and corporeal allusions allows my productions to bring to the fore new and unfathomed perspectives for both practitioners and viewers with the aim to traverse disciplinary boundaries and embrace a new opaque (Glissant, 1997) and much needed exchange of possibilities, an unexpected intersectional remapping of critical inquiry that destabilises, interrogates, proposes…

In this presentation I will focus on my last ongoing production based on David Dabydeen’s Turner (1994), a long narrative poem in which the Guyanese author questions the representation of drowning black bodies in J.M.W. Turner’s notorious painting Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On (1840). My solo dance embodies Dabydeen’s complex depiction of Turner, who becomes simultaneously the painter, the slave, the stillborn, the human who constantly changes his skin in order to become oppressor and oppressed, persecutor and victim, black and white. Dabydeen’s poem highlights a tidalectic discourse (Brathwaite, 1992) on the role of Western-European imperialism, thus allowing us to revive our Atlantic archive in a more feminine and partnership-oriented dimension.

The presentation will follow an “undisciplined” (Benozzo, 2010) form of enquire, debating first on Dabydeen’s poem and writing, following the presentation of the ongoing process of the intermedial adaptation, to end with a live embodied extract of the dance performance.

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Adult Education and the ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Lifelong Learning
Keynote Presentation: Dolors Ortega

The specific objectives of adult education in Spain consist of developing programs and courses related to specific educational needs for excluded groups, as well as to develop people’s capacity to participate in social, cultural and political events within the paradigm of lifelong learning. However, what the following paper intends to claim is that the solution is not to integrate them or make them fit in the structure that oppresses them. What is required is to offer them a critical and reflexive education, and a pedagogy which liberates them to understand the nature of their oppression and act upon their vulnerability so as to transform it.

Adult education environments might potentially become unique spaces for social encounters and transformation, where a wide range of diversity of people build a network of effects by deluding the privilege-oppression matrixes and by raising awareness of alternative understandings of interdependence, by means of service-learning and active participation of its members, within the learning community. Our discussion will stem from a brief genealogy of adult education in Catalonia, to analyse the demands and challenges of the pedagogy of the oppressed of the 21st century within the framework of adult education. In order to do so, this paper will take CFA Rius i Taulet School for Adults as an example of an attempt to generate learning contexts which work towards a progressive social change.

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Writing Resistance and the Figure of the Trespasser
Keynote Presentation: John McLeod

Circuits of permission and prohibition have long regulated human mobility, but ever more so today in an increasingly portable and checkpointed world system. In this presentation, I consider the recent literary and cultural representation of mobility with particular reference to those funnels and fictions of sanctioned motion in which only selected subjects – the 'good' immigrant, the compliant arrivant, et al. – are certified as legitimate. What happens when those figures granted leave to remain in the ambiguous environs of neoliberal consumption refuse to accept the prefabricated constraints of their compliance? How might their uncommissioned behaviour refuse the ever-shifting line between licensed and illegitimate life? Or in other words: what happens when we trespass beyond the lines that tell us where, and who, we are meant to be? I will explore the ways in which recent literary and cultural texts are mobilising this figure of the 'trespasser', as I term it, in order to ask critical questions about the extent to which the predominant constraints of transpersonal relations can be effectively exposed, challenged, and firmly resisted by those who appear to refuse their readied place.

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Stories of Resilience and Strength
Keynote Presentation: Ishmeet Kaur

Leo Tolstoy remarked in War and Peace that “the two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” This statement stands true for all times, particularly in times of crisis. While time has its power, it can be equally destructive as well as healing; patience is the key to surviving time. Belonging to a family that witnessed the violence of the partition of India, followed by the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres and other situations of violence and war, COVID-19 has added a new experience – surviving during the pandemic. Thus, for the family, there have been phases of trauma and revival followed by repeated critical situations and revival from them. Every experience became a strength story, when the most stressful times were countered with hope and faith. It is true that distress is also the birth of undeterred hope and faith.

How is one expected to contemplate and make sense of the different times of turbulence and upheaval? What efforts can one make to recover from setbacks and adversity? How does one reconcile with loss?

The present paper focuses on answering these questions through various narratives and stories witnessed during the pandemic. The extraordinary strength that people showed in the worst of situations, as India witnessed poor labourers migrating to their homes at the outbreak of the pandemic; the widening gap of untouchability, not just in terms of caste but also in terms of social barriers and medical distances; breakdown of health care machinery; increase in suicides and mental stress; challenges met by students and educationists; and the farmers protest against the agriculture laws that turned into a full movement. At the same time, a lot of people and organisations came forward and made attempts to take charge of themselves and move on at individual levels that opened up different opportunities in the midst of the crisis. This paper focuses on how these experiences are case-studies of the invisible people who have created history of their own times.

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A Conversation with Poet Silvia Cuevas-Morales
Featured Interview: Silvia Cuevas-Morales & Sue Ballyn

It would not be an untruth to say that Silvia was born into resistance. In 1975, at the age of thirteen, she and her parents had to flee Pinochet’s Chile to take up residence in Australia. It is true, however, that Silvia has spent all of her adult life in “resistance mode”. She has been an activist on many fronts and outstanding on the feminist front in Spain, an advocate for human rights, social, judicial, and sexual rights. The list is long. If you are looking to find her, search in the trenches of resistance!

Silvia found in poetry the voice through which to express her criticism of a humanity at odds with itself, her indignation at sexual, political and social injustice, her anger at all kinds of abuse, at racism. She voices, in Spanish or in English, what is so often silenced in our society, forcing her reader to travel with her through dark, shadowed streets, and is implacable in her search for a better world.

This conversation will take us through some of Silvia’s work and, most importantly, will allow us to meet the passionate human behind the words.

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Gloria Montero Asks Joseph Haldane to Tell His Story
Featured Interview: Gloria Montero & Joseph Haldane

As a novelist, Gloria Montero is well aware how through our stories, we learn about the world, about each other, and even about ourselves. And remembering how Henry James once said that “everyone has a story if they are able to tell it”, she talks to Dr Joseph Haldane to learn what led a schoolboy growing up in Brighton, England to become a Professor of French Studies in Paris and then on to be the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), the Interdisciplinary Think Tank, based in Japan. A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Professor Haldane's research and teaching at institutions world-wide covers history, politics, international affairs and education, as well as governance and decision making.

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