Acting Out of Turn: immersed ambiguities

Beth Edmondson & David Wolstencroft

Friday 30 April, 2010, from 1 to 3 pm

Presentation Room (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 5, Rm. 510)

Presentation: 30mins

This paper contrasts the roles of community cultural development (arts workers) with social workers, as both seek to encourage individual and collective transformations. It does so through a screening and analysis of Acting Out: a documentary featuring a community cultural development project on the Mornington Peninsula. We argue that, for CCD workers, individual and collective self assertion, self expression, community building and power sharing are prioritised above policy and systemic reform. Ultimately CCD workers aim to empower communities to influence and write their policy and initiate their own reforms.

David Wolstencroft and Dr. Beth Edmondson both teach in the School of Humanities, Communication and Social Science at Monash University, Gippsland Campus. Beth Edmondson has taught History/Politics at Monash University since 1992 and has research interests ranging from learning and teaching practices/processes, online pedagogy, international governance and cooperation, the nature of sovereignty, climate change in international relations and the role of practitioners in social change.


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