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Conference statement

PKU-BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies Professor David Walker

The 3rd Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) Conference will be held at East China Normal University, Shanghai, from 22 to 25 October 2015. Participants will consider how societies remember, record and commemorate the past in order to explore contested histories, differing interpretations of the same event and the act of commemoration itself. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, which has long been a subject of extensive discussion, dramatisation, historical reflection and commemoration.  As is apparent in the commemoration of Gallipoli, the past intrudes into all aspects of contemporary society: international disputes, indigenous histories, the teaching curriculum, Asia literacy, gender relations and the nature and meaning of multiculturalism. This international conference will bring together scholars and students from a range of disciplines – International Relations, History, Politics, Cultural Studies and Literature – to discuss history, commemoration, language, identity and memory in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Register by 16 October!

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Getting to the Conference

On 23 to 24 October the 3rd FASIC Conference will take place at:

The Science Conference Hall 科学会堂, East China Normal University, 3663 North Zhongshan Rd, Shanghai 上海市中山北路3663号华东师范大学

The Science Conference Hall is a short walk from the University’s Main Gate on North Zhongshan Rd, where there will be volunteers stationed to greet you each morning and provide further directions to the venue.

Subway: The nearest Metro stop is Jinshajiang Rd Station 金沙江路站 (lines 3, 4 & 13). The Main Gate is 10 minutes walk in a southerly direction from the station, along North Zhongshan Rd.


Sunday 25 October: My Histories

Storytelling performance by Australian artist William Yang

An Associated Event of the 3rd FASIC Conference

William Yang has created many performances, talking with image projection, in theatres around the world, for over 20 years. To fit the themes of the conference he re-examines one of his best known stories, My Uncle’s Murder.

William’s uncle, William Fang Yuen, was murdered at Mouri​​lyan in North Queensland in 1922. In 1990, William travelled to North Queensland to research the murder. Within his family certain myths had grown about the murder. These stories were wildly divergent – in My Histories William discusses these “family myths” in the context of the politics of memory.

In the late 1980s William was one of the first contemporary Chinese Australians to tell a Chinese Australian story. Previously there were histories of the Chinese in Australia written by Australian historians but never from an Australian Chinese point of view. He found it a very liberating experience and writes: “The history of the Chinese in Australia has not been contested, but rather ignored to the point of invisibility.”

The performance will be followed by Q&A with the artist.

Venue: GLAM dining lounge and bar, Shanghai West 7F, 5 The Bund, Shanghai
中国上海市广东路20号(外滩5号) 7楼

Time: 3:00-4:30pm, Sunday 25 October

Cost: 75 RMB (includes one drink) or 20 RMB with student card

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