Conversations 2019 - Narration and re-narration through multiple genres and creative media

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This seminar was recorded on Tuesday 17 September at the Australian National University. Please do not reproduce without permission.

This seminar brings together four academics who have used documentaries, podcasts and commercial non-fiction to showcase their work, and found that they were able to reach wider audiences than through conventional research products alone. Gordon Peake curates a discussion with Jono Lineen, Mai Sato and Graeme Smith about the role of the creative arts in narration and re-narration.

How can story-telling fit within the conventions of academic/policy writing? How do the forms and media through which stories are narrated influence what regulatory impact they have?

Jono Lineen (National Museum of Australia)

Jono Lineen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the start of the ‘Troubles’. He moved to Canada as a young boy and then spent almost 20 years travelling the world working as a forester, mountain guide, ski racer, humanitarian relief worker and writer. He is a curator at the National Museum of Australia. His books include River Trilogy, Into the Heart of the Himalayas and Perfect Motion. He is completing his doctorate at Griffith University on the relationship between walking and creativity

Dr Mai Sato (School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU)

Mai is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Before joining RegNet in February 2019, Mai worked for the School of Law, University of Reading; the Centre for Criminology, the University of Oxford; and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London. Mai research topics include the death penalty, miscarriages of justice, trafficking of goods, policing, and international human rights law. Her most recent book - Reasons to Doubt: wrongful convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission (OUP, 2019, with Carolyn Hoyle) - examines what happens to applications for post-conviction review when those who believe they are wrongfully convicted apply to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).

Dr Graeme Smith (Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU)

Graeme Smith is a fellow in the Department of Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. His research has explored the demand for organic produce in Chinese urban centers and the role of local officials in China’s rural development. He studies Chinese outbound investment, aid and migration in the Asia-Pacific, with projects in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tonga, Samoa and Myanmar. He also hosts the Little Red Podcast with former BBC and NPR correspondent Louisa Lim, covering China beyond the Beijing beltway. The podcast won the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards in the News & Current Affairs category and is supported by the Australian Centre for China in the World.

Dr Gordon Peake (School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU)

Gordon Peake is a Visitor at the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance. Gordon’s first book, Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles & Secrets from Timor-Leste was winner of the ACT Book of the Year & People’s Choice Awards. He has written on subjects as diverse as the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, complexity theory and the miseries of being a trailing spouse. He is presently writing a book of narrative non-fiction on New Guinea.

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