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Join us for the launch of demos journal‘s latest issue on writing precarity

“The more precarious you are, the more support you need. The more precarious you are, the less support you have. When we say something is precarious, we usually mean it is in a precarious position: if the vase on the mantelpiece were pushed, just a little bit, a little bit, it would topple right over. […] Living on the edge: a life lived as a fragile thread that keeps unraveling; when life becomes an effort to hold on to what keeps unraveling.” 

Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life.

demos journal  issue launch

The Institute of Postcolonial Studies is pleased to be launching demos journal’s latest issue on precarity.

Join the demos team and feaured contributors Scheherazade Bloul, Jocelyn Deane, Tegan Crowley, Gianmaria Lenti, Darcey Davie and Anastasia Kanjere to hear them discuss their contributions to the special issue and their reflections on precarity. The presentations will be followed by Q&A with the authors and demos journal editors.

With generous funding from ArtsACT, demos journal and the Institute of Postcolonial Studies have collaborated on issue 11 # Precarity.

Live-streaming event

You can either register and join us online via Zoom or catch the event live through IPCS’ YouTube channel.

demos journal

demos journal is a volunteer-run progressive journal for emerging writers based on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land (Canberra). Guided by our understanding of the need for a democratic response to climate change, we publish critical and creative writing and art addressing the climate crisis, capitalism, Indigenous politics, refugee justice, ecology and higher education.

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Date: 5 March 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: IPCS Online

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Jocelyn Deane

Josie/Jocelyn Deane is a writer and student at the University of Melbourne. Their work has appeared in Cordite, Southerly, Australian Poetry and Overland, among others. They were one of the recipients of the 2013 457 visa poetry/ shortlisted for the 2015 Marsden and Hachette prize for poetry. They live on unceded Wurundjeri land in Naarm.

Tegan Crowley

Tegan Crowley is a multidisciplinary artist known for her work in Film and Television, winning Best Actor in the 2016 Made in Melbourne Film Festival. She has worked alongside Blazing Arrow Films and CF Films on three feature films, both as an actress and writer, performing fully improvised dialog. Based in Melbourne, she currently works as an actress, writer, photographer and singer/songwriter in band ‘The Urban Crowley Collective’, and is writing her debut novel ‘Season of Bed’s’.

Gianmaria Lenti

Gianmaria Lenti is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City. His research explores the experiences and emotions of migrants in transit through Mexico, Turkey and Greece. He recently conducted a research Stay at Özyeğin University in Istanbul, Turkey, while currently appointed as Honorary Affiliate at the department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include social anthropology, forced displacement, border studies, critical humanitarianism, gender studies, biopower, violence, research ethics, agency and resistance.

Darcey Davie

Darcie works on Woiworung country having recently returned from three years working in the UK. Darcie is completing a BA in Literature and Creative Writing, she is interested in poetry and life writing.

Anastasia Kanjere

Dr Anastasia Kanjere is a researcher, writer and casual academic based in Narrm, so-called Australia. Her PhD thesis “Whiteness and the myth of innocence: tracing a textual entanglement,” examines the function of innocence in the production and maintenance of racial hierarchies. It was passed in 2019.

Kasthury Paramiswaran

Kasthury is a lost naadodi (Tamil for wanderer/nomad) who is an emerging spoken word poet. She is currently back at home with her Patti, learning to grow some roots, and giving back to the country that gave her so much. Kasthury volunteers with organisations and works with at-risk children from the urban poor of Malaysia. Having been published in multiple magazines and online publications, she strives to soon spread her words farther and collaborate creatively across mediums. Her work can be found online at @LostNaadodi on instagram.

Scheherazade Bloul

Scheherazade Bloul is a writer, radio host and PhD candidate at the UNESCO Chair for comparative research into cultural understanding and social justice, hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University.