Ateneo de Manila and La Trobe Universities: Fostering academic and cultural exchange

For over a decade Ateneo de Manila University and La Trobe University have worked together to improve and deepen relations, networks and mutual understanding between the Philippines and Australia through education, exhibitions, research collaboration, and bilateral meetings.
On January 25, 2016, another project will be launched to encourage research and facilitate exchange about issues relevant to both the Philippines and Australia.  It begins with the opening of Octoroon, an exhibition of contemporary Australian art featuring three video and photographic installations dealing with issues of identity and representation from the Indigenous perspective. Curated by Michael Brennan of LUMA| La Trobe University Museum of Art and Bindi Cole Chocka, it is part of an Arts Linkage project that has made possible the exchange of artists and art exhibitions between Australia and the Philippines. 

Octoroon - an Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art
The theme of the show is in line with the research workshop organized by the Philippine Australia Studies Centre (La Trobe University) and the Philippines Australia Studies Network (Ateneo de Manila University), "MODES OF INDIGENOUS MODERNITY: IDENTITIES. STORIES. PATHWAYS." from January 26-28, 2016 at Ateneo de Manila University.  The roundtable brings together scholars from the two countries to talk about indigenous identity, its representations and the challenges facing indigenous people today. The paper presentations will fall under three broad topics:
1. Indigenous Pathways, Cultural Pluralism and National identities in a Post-Colonial World (Australia and the Philippines)
2. Socio-Economic Development and Indigenous Pathways
3. Indigenous Identities and Representations in Creative and Visual Art
A key feature of this institutional partnership between the two universities is the realization that any attempt at understanding issues requires that these be addressed from various perspectives where different fields are represented without privileging one over another.  Therefore, the experiences and expressions of artists are presented along with the research and projects of academics to allow for a more humanistic comprehension of the matter at hand.
The 3-day Research Workshop is open to the Ateneo community. However, interested participants are requested to sign up with the Office of International Relations (OIR) as slots are limited. For inquiries and registration, please call local 4037 and look for Ms. Gigi Soriano.
• 26 January 2016: Workshop Day 1 - 9:30 AM  - 3:30 PM
• 27 January 2016: Workshop Day 2 - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• 28 January 2016: Workshop Day 3 - 9:00 AM  - 3:00 PM
VENUE: Faber Hall Room 302