The Creative People, Products and Places (CP3) Research Centre presents a range of engaging live events throughout the year. Some of these are recorded and available for viewing after the event. Please note that reproduction of these recordings in any form requires written permission. 

Book launch: Culture Is Not An Industry 
11 April 2024
In March-April 2024, CP3 Associate Director, Professor Justin O’Connor, launched his new book Culture Is Not An Industry in a series of talks across the UK and northern Europe. His first Australian book launch was co-presented by CP3 and Reset, and held at the MOD. gallery foyer. Over 70 people across the South Australian arts community attended the launch to hear Justin in conversation with Reset member, curator and activist Emma Webb.  Print copies of the book sold out at the event, but can be ordered here.  

Emma Webb and Professor Justin O'Connor
Emma Webb and Professor Justin O'Connor
Photo: K. Blum
Book launch at MOD gallery foyer
Book launch  at MOD gallery foyer
Photo: K. Blum

Justin also presented a lecture on the book to students and lecturers just prior to the book launch:

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Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Conference
5-8 December 2023
CP3 was proud to host the 31st CSAA Conference at UniSA’s City West. With the theme of ‘Culture in Practice’, over 120 delegates from far and wide attended the jam-packed three-day event; with 39 HDRs and ECRS attending the Prefix event on Tuesday 5 December.  Keynote speakers included Professor Justin O’Connor (UniSA); Professor Sandy O’Sullivan (Macquarie University); Professor Anja Schwarz (University of Potsdam) who attended with support from the UniSA Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, which is cofounded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union; and Dr Susan Stryker (University of Southern California). The event would not have been such a success without the support of this year’s organising Committee: Susan Luckman, Prudence Black, Lia Bryant, Rupa Ghosh, Kasia Jaworski, Brydie Kosmina, Stephen Muecke, Jess Pacella, Stuart Richards, Rosie Roberts and Jon Stratton; plus a team of volunteers: James Boss, Dante De Bono, Chloe Cannell, Evan Dennis, Tori (Victoria) Knight, Mahsa Makki and Stephen Muecke.

Professor Anja Schwarz - CSAA conference
Keynote speaker Professor Anja Schwarz (University of Potsdam) 
Photo: Kaya Blum, CP3

Health Humanities Symposium
15 November 2023
Held in the Bradley Forum at the City West campus of UniSA, this half day symposium was led by CP3 members Dr Jessica White and Dr Jeanne-Marie Viljoen. It brought together academic researchers and creative practitioners from diverse fields  to explore creative, academic and community research and collaborations that include disability, mental health or chronic illness.  Sessions included a panel discussing insights from the recent neurodivergent comics research;  presentations from Elizabeth Wells, Cameron Raynes, Jessica White, Sally Ashton and Catherine Campbell; and the Imaginative Collaboration Workshop facilitated by Lily Roberts.  The event successfully fostered interdisciplinary dialogue and encouraged collaboration between groups and individuals. Event co-ordinator: Kaya Blum.

Bodies of Work
1-3 November 2023
This three day conference, held at the Waterside Workers Hall in Port Adelaide Yartapuulti, was a collaboration between Vitalstatistix, Reset, Assemblage and CP3. Each day had a different focus: arts, community and activism; basic income, dignified work and real rights; and culture as foundational. Highlights included Jessica Alice, Chair, AICSA in conversation with South Australian Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Andrea Michaels MP, about the SA Government’s new taskforce into sustainable careers for artists and arts workers; and an Australian exclusive presentation about the successful campaign for a basic income for artists pilot in Ireland and lessons arising from its current implementation, with international guest speakers Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact and former Chair of National Campaign for the Arts who championed the Basic Income for Artists pilot in Ireland, and Sharon Barry, Director, Culture Ireland. On the final day local and international experts presented a range of new policy approaches and statistical models to help us rethink cultural policy in the next decade. The three days ended with a performance by Catherine Ryan of A Perfect Day, on work, leisure and neoliberalism.

Bodies of Work symposium

Professor Justin O’Connor, Angela Dorgan & Sharon Barry
Photographer: Heath Britton

Adelaide Film Festival - Screen Conversations
20-29 October 2023
CP3 Associate Director Dr Saige Walton collaborated with the Adelaide Film Festival to present the "Screen Conversations" series at this year's Festival - a series of talks designed to showcase the importance of Australian independent filmmaking and its close connections with the Festival.  CP3 hosted talks related to queerness in Australian cinema, dance and disability, Australian takes on genre and a special one-on-one with Australian director Scott Hicks.

CP3 Associate Director, Saige Walton (CTV) and Dr Stuart Richards (CTV) with directors/writers Luke Rynderman and Adam Kamien (Speedway) and Colin Cairnes (Late Night With The Devil) at the 2023 Adelaide Film Festival, Sun 29 October 2023, Mercury Cinema.
Photographer: Rosina Possingham

Graphic Horizons & The Future of Comics in an Intermedial World Symposium
14-15 September 2023
CP3 collaborated with the University of Adelaide’s JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice to present this free 2-day symposium, held at the University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus. The keynote speaker was cartoonist and long-time activist Sam Wallman, who attracted over 40 attendees to his hour-long public lecture. The symposium was organised by CP3 Member Dr Jeanne-Marie Viljoen and Dr Aaron Humphrey from the University of Adelaide. It preceded the Paper Cuts Comics Festival and the Comics Arts Awards of Australia ceremony.

Sightlines Film Festival & Symposium
29-30 June 2023
For the first time, Sightlines was hosted by UniSA and CP3. Held at various City West venues (Hawke Building) and the Mercury Cinema, it ran in conjunction with the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) conference at Flinders University. Sightlines is usually held every 2 years but has not been held since 2019 due to COVID.  It ran across 2 days and featured film screenings, works-in-progress, VR demonstrations, panel sessions and several networking events. It was an excellent opportunity for collegiality and to showcase UniSA locations and screen research to a broad audience. It was attended by delegates from more than 30 institutions nationally and from 6 countries. Special events included a gala screening at the Mercury Cinema; and a tour day for interstate and overseas delegates who had the opportunity to visit the South Australian Film Corporation studios and several wineries in McLaren Vale. Event lead: Associate Professor Kath Dooley. Event co-ordinator: Kaya Blum.

South Australian Music Industry Health Check working paper launch and panel session
25 May 2023
CP3 brought together key South Australian music industry stakeholders to launch its third Working Paper –  South Australian Music Industry Health Check: Live music venues and the impact of COVID-19 in 2021, written by Dr Rosie Roberts and Dr Sam Whiting with funding support from the Music Development Office (MDO) SA. Held in the impressive MOD gallery foyer, it was a timely occasion to discuss current issues with the music sector. Around 50 people attended the event, including local and state government representatives, venue managers, promoters, musicians and music media. The discussion was led by a panel with Christine Schloithe, CEO, Music SA; Joe Hay, General Manager, UNESCO Adelaide City of Music; Dr Rosie Roberts, musician and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at UniSA Creative; Dr Sam Whiting, popular music scholar, musician, and Lecturer in Creative Industries at UniSA Creative; and moderated by Johnny von Einem, Editor, CityMag, Solstice Media.  Event co-ordinator: Kaya Blum.

L-R: Professor Susan Luckman, Johnny von Einem, Dr Sam Whiting, Christine Schloithe, Dr Rosie Roberts, Joe Hay:
Photographer: Rosina Possingham

Writing, Gender and the Natural World - with Gaele Sobott
9 December 2022
This was the final event in the speaker series on Writing, Gender and the Natural World curated by Dr Jessica White, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and CP3. This hybrid live-Zoom event was held at the UniSA's Bradley Forum and featured Sydney writer Gaele Sobott. Gaele is the founding director of Outlandish Arts - a disabled-led, not-for-profit arts organisation. Her published works include Colour Me Blue (Heinemann), My Longest Round (Magabala Books) and recent short stories in Verity La, Meanjin, Prometheus Dreaming, New Contrast; and poems in various publications such as Disability Arts Online, Otway Journal, Cordite, Plumwood Mountain and New Flash Fiction Review. In her presentation, Gaele showed several of her award-winning animated short-film versions of her poetry; as well as discussing how, in her creative practice, she uses an embodied approach, researches and acknowledges histories of colonialism and eugenics, patriarchy and capitalism, and focuses on our relationship to each other and to the more than human world.  Series event co-ordinator: Kaya Blum.

Writing, Gender and the Natural World - Writing Country with Jeanine Leane
17 November 2022
The fifth event in the speaker series on Writing, Gender and the Natural World curated by Dr Jessica White, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and CP3. This hybrid live-Zoom event was held at the UniSA Whyalla campus. Jeanine is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her poetry, short stories, critique, and essays have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland and the Sydney Review of Books. Jeanine has published widely on Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction. In her presentation, Jeanine explored some of the ways we write to and of and about Country.
Video of the presentation coming soon.

CP3 Symposium - 'Creative Ecologies'
15 November 2022
The inaugural CP3 Symposium invited staff and HDR members to present their current research. The program included solo presentations and specially curated panels on or around a particular CP3-related theme. This well-attended event brought together supervisors and HDR students, CP3 members working on collaborative projects together, and those with common research interests. It also featured a keynote presentation on the theme of 'Universities in times of crisis' by Professor Emerita, University of Sydney - Raewyn Connell. 

Writing, Childhood and the Natural World with writers Inga Simpson and Danielle Clode
6 October 2022
The fourth event in the speaker series on Writing, Gender and the Natural World curated by Dr Jessica White, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and CP3. This hybrid live-Zoom event formed part of the Nature Festival and was held at the Bradley Forum at UniSA City West. Writers Danielle Clode and Inga Simpson were joined in conversation with writer and UniSA academic Dr Jessica White. Danielle Clode is a narrative nonfiction writer whose work includes nature-writing, essays, science-writing, historical fiction, science fiction and children’s books. Her recent books include biography/memoirs about two female scientists: naturalist Edith Coleman in The Wasp and the Orchid and collector Jeanne Barret In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World (Picador). Her latest book is a narrative natural history about koalas. Inga Simpson is the author of the novels The Last Woman in the World, Mr Wigg, Nest, Where the Trees Were, as well as Understory: my life with trees and, for children, The Book of Australian Trees, illustrated by Alicia Rogerson.
Video of the presentation coming soon.

Writing, Gender and the Natural World - Nature/Nostalgia with Jane Rawson
14 September 2022
The third event in the speaker series on Writing, Gender and the Natural World curated by Dr Jessica White, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and CP3. A hybrid live-Zoom event, it was held at the MOD. foyer and featured writer Jane Rawson. Jane lives in Tasmania, where she works as a writer for a conservation organisation. Her latest novel, A History of Dreams, was published by Brio in 2022. Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, won the Most Underrated Book Award and her second novel, From the Wreck, won the Aurealis Award and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin. She is also the author of a non-fiction guide to surviving and living with climate change called The Handbook and a novella, Formaldehyde. Her essays on climate change, nature and speculative fiction have been published widely.
Video of the presentation coming soon.

Screening of award-winning feature film Disclosure and panel discussion
25 August 2022
CP3 presented this special event at the Mercury Cinema. It included a screening of Dr Michael Bentham’s award-winning social issue drama, Disclosure, followed by a panel session to discuss the question: Can narrative fiction films achieve significant impact for social justice? Panel members included the film's writer and director Dr Michael Bentham; Amanda Paton, Deputy Director of Practice for the Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) at UniSA; Kate Croser, CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation; and the founder and director of inyourskin®, Dr Tessa Opie. It was chaired by Professor Craig Batty.
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Writing, Gender and the Natural World - Unnatural Being with Jennifer Mills
18 August 2022
The second event in the speaker series on Writing, Gender and the Natural World curated by Dr Jessica White, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and CP3. A hybrid live-Zoom event, it was held at the Bradley Forum with Auslan interpreters and featured writer Jennifer Mills. Jennifer is an author, editor and critic based on Kaurna Yerta (Adelaide). Her latest novel, The Airways (2021), was recently shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for Horror. Dyschronia (2018) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, Aurealis (for Science Fiction), and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. A widely published essayist and a strong advocate for the rights of writers and artists, her key interests include labour, art, climate, ecology, power, gender and the body. 
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CP3 and UniSA Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence presentation from Dr Kylie Jarrett
11 August 2022
Dr Kylie Jarrett from Maynooth University, Ireland, presented a talk titled From Commodification to Assetisation: Understanding Creative Labour in the Digital Economy. Drawing on ideas from her new book Digital Labour, which proposes the framework of “assetisation” to explain the commercialisation of subjectivity in online creator work, with implications for how we understand all kinds of immaterial labour both as economic phenomena but also as sites of worker agency.

Writing, Gender and the Natural World - Secondary Nature: The Domestic Imaginary in Nature Writing
27 July 2022
The first in a series of six speaker events on Writing, Gender and the Natural World, this Auslan-interpreted, hybrid live-Zoom event featured award-winning poet and author Eileen Chong, with readings by local poets Natalie Harkin and Bronwyn Lovell. The speaker series is curated by Dr Jessica White, with support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and CP3.
Video of the presentation coming soon.

Reset Talks: launch of the working paper Art, Culture and the Foundational Economy
24 June, 2022
Since 1994 art and culture have been told that becoming ‘creative industries’ would lead to a seat at the government table and the resources commensurate with its new importance. Though this has failed dismally the cultural sector lack a language to go forward. Might the Foundational Economy point to a new way for the sector to think itself as part of public policy? In this lecture, Professor Justin O’Connor outlined some of the challenges and possibilities opened up by this post-neoliberal economic agenda.
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A tropic-proof container exhibition presentation - guest speaker Joana Meroz
25 May 2022
Presented by CP3 and Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, this hybrid live/Zoom event was facilitated by Dr Guy Keulemans. Guest speaker was Joana Meroz, Lecturer at the Design Cultures MA and coordinator of the Design track of the Media, Kunst, Design en Architectuur (MKDA) BA at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, presenting her talk: the Role of Environmental Factors in Configuring National Design Canons. 
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The Making of the film GeoMarkr 
12 May 2022
Presented by CP3 and Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, this hybrid live/Zoom event was facilitated by Dr Kim Munro. It featured a preview screening of the new film GeoMarkr, a collaboration between filmmaker-researcher Chloé Galibert-Laîné and video game scholar Guillaume Grandjean. A discussion on the collaboration process and Q&A followed the screening. This is a recording of the discussion with Chloé Galibert-Laîné, Guillaume Grandjean, Kim Munro and questions from audience members.
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Culture and the sustainable development goals
27th April 2022
Presented by CP3 and the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, this event was held on Wednesday 27th April 2022 at the Hawke Centre, UniSA. As part of the CP3 program Reset - Arts and Culture, the seminar brought together leading experts from Europe who were lead contributors to a recent EU sponsored report on Culture and the Sustainable Development Goals. Co-hosted by CP3 and Reset's Dr Sam Whiting and Professor Justin O'Connor, speakers included: Jordi Pascual - United Cities and Local Governments Valeria Marcolin - Culture et Developpment Marshall Marcus - Sistema Europe.
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