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TALK // Wilful Ignorance

  • Wednesday 24 February 2021

University of Sydney

Drawing on the systemic mechanisms of violence they see emerging in their fields, an interdisciplinary panel, including award-winning journalist Jess Hill, will share their insights into the ways that cycles of violence endure within our society.

“Just as the impacts of evil are borne by all of us, so too are solutions borne of all of us.” – Grace Tame

To understand and dismantle human and non-human experiences of violence we must begin by addressing the broken systems and structures that not only perpetuate unchecked violence but allow us to remain largely in denial of its insidiousness. The heart of this work lays in recognising the legacies of injustice carried by the landscapes and people that surround us, regardless of the discomfort it invokes. In shedding light on the experiences of survivors, and rendering the invisible visible, we can begin to identify a path where the burden of that violence can be shared and lifted.

Join investigative journalist Jess Hill – author of the prize-winning non-fiction work documenting domestic abuse, See What You Made Me Do – in conversation with expert on war and gender Professor Megan Mackenzie, multispecies justice scholar Professor Danielle Celermajer, and theatre practitioner Michelle St Anne, as they apply their unique experiences and perspectives to explore the societal pressures, legal frameworks and media cycles that allow violence to spread around us, hidden in plain sight.

This event is in partnership with the City of Sydney, Sydney Environment Institute and The Living Room Theatre. It is part of the Sydney Environment Institute’s Sites of Violence research project.