Turtles have played a vital role in human culture from the earliest times of civilisation, yet a landmark 2018 study found turtles are the most threatened group of animals on earth. Dr Louise Pryke journeys through time with this remarkable and ancient creature in this talk for World Turtle Day.
Eurovision is renowned for its kitsch, camp, and colourful performances, however it has also evolved as a vehicle for expressing national identity in a rapidly changing political and cultural landscape. Classicist Donna Storey considers whether Eurovision performances employing ancient world themes do so as an opportunity to push a political agenda. Please note - due to issues with copyright, sections of this presentation have been removed.
In this keynote lecture, Professor Gina Walker juxtaposed the stark reality of millennia of ignorance about earlier female figures and their authority as knowers in the context of sixty years of contemporary Feminist Historical Recovery that ‘Modern’ Women of the Past? Unearthing Gender and Antiquity celebrates.
Dr Rachel Pope provides a perspective from the UK and Europe on how preventing women’s access to academia and the heritage sector, both historically, and in our contemporary workplace culture, has impacted our understanding of women in the past.
Over three years Yolŋu elders and artists have worked with our curators to determine how their artwork, knowledge and Law is shown to visitors in an ambitious exhibition of over 300 works, 'Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolŋu foundations'. In celebration of our recent collaboration and close-to 100 year association we have made a series of films documenting our exhibition process and a richly illustrated book.
Acclaimed Waanyi artist Judy Watson and Professor Jakelin Troy, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney, discuss Judy's research and the process of creating her major new work, juguma, 2020.
Behind every exhibition is a story of its making. Join curators Dr Jude Philp and Candace Richards for an in-depth exploration of 'Animal Gods: Classics and Classification'. The exhibiton explores the history of taxonomy and its intersection with the myths and legends from the classical world.
Dr Jilda Andrews is a Yuwaalaraay woman, cultural practitioner and researcher based in Canberra. In this lecture Dr Andrews looks at how ontological (the study of being) collisions can reveal a different kind of ‘culture work’ for museum practitioners today – and how collections of cultural material and knowledges can become sites for ongoing collision.
Kiong Lee and Graeme Dix from Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) discuss the process of designing the Chau Chak Wing Museum. Madeleine Borthwick, Lecturer in Design at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, moderates the discussion.
This Sneak Preview was a part of the opening celebrations of the Chau Chak Wing Museum in November 2020. Hosted by Fenella Kernebone, the event includes exhibition tours and interviews with the Director of the museum, Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.
22 October 2020
Presented by Vanessa Finney from the Australian Museum.
9 September 2020
Presented by Dr Steven Ellis fom the University of Cincinnati.
29 January 2020
Presented by Dr Craig Barker, Candace Richards and Dr James Fraser from the Nicholson Collection.
Presented by Robert Veel from Academy Travel.
Inaugural Sir Charles Nicholson Lecture. Presented by Dr Alexandra Fletcher, British Museum, on new research and discoveries made about the Jericho skulls from the British Museum collection and our own.
Presented by Associate Professor Kathryn Welch, University of Sydney.
Featured image (top of the page): Kato’alu (ceremonial basket), mid-19th century, Tonga