Educational Resources

Our School and Community Outreach programs are tailored to match the innovative research of their geographical node, but we are working to make the resources developed by our Educational Outreach Officers more broadly accessible to communities and educators across Australia.

    • Eendracht: Unity, Accepting a World of Difference

      Eendracht: Unity, Accepting a World of Difference

      A Zest Festival education resource of cross curriculum activities for primary and secondary students around the themes of explorers, Dirk Hartog, the Dutch East India Trading Company, Malacca, Dutch Golden Age art and harmony. We encourage teachers to deliver these activities across term 3 2016, to coincide with the Zest festival on 17 and 18 September 2016. The final Zest Festival will unite the cultures of the VOC together in a celebration that remembers the youthful energy of young sailors, explorers and women who had the spirit to travel to foreign lands or waited for loved ones to return. We recognise their contributions to Australian society now and into the future. We toast to the human qualities that opened up new possibilities and connections to the world.

    • Taste and Desire: The Power of the Beautiful

      Taste and Desire: The Power of the Beautiful

      Zest Festival 2015 Education Pack

      This year, we explore the mysterious and alluring intoxication of new things: tea, silk, porcelain, ceremonies and access to new ways of thinking. While we focus on the human desire to attain new and beautiful things, we will also acknowledge the exchange of science, knowledge and innovation. Here we explore the role of fashion, art of origami, skill of flower arranging and crafting of fine objects. Designers and artists have been commissioned to create works inspired by the Orient and our partnerships with China and Japan.

    • The Colour Of Ritual,The Spice of Life: Faith, Fervour & Feeling

      The Colour Of Ritual,The Spice of Life: Faith, Fervour & Feeling

      (An Education Pack on for Zest Festival 2014 for years 1-10.)

      An Education pack outlining curriculum for years 1-10 thats celebrates the 300th anniversary of the Zuytdorp shipwreck and the cultural heritage of the Dutch East India Trading Company (VOC)in Western Australia. Each year the Zest Festival highlights the cultural contribution of a country along the VOC trading route. In 2014 we will focus on the countries now known as India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and their connections to the VOC and to Western Australia.We encourage teachers to deliver these activities across term 3 2014, to coincide with the Zest festival on 20 and 21 September 2014. Each page includes classroom activities, ranging from large new projects to small suggestions on integrating these cultures into existing lessons.

    • Zest Festival Education Pack

      Zest Festival Education Pack

      (Cross Curriculum units for primary and secondary students)

      The Zest Festival was created in 2012 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Zuytdorp shipwreck and the cultural heritage of the Dutch East India Trading Company (VOC) in Western Australia. In 2013 we will focus on South African connections to the VOC and to WA. This education pack outlines a variety of suggested classroom activities around the themes of South Africa, VOC, and Western Australia.

    • The Melancholic Imagination

      The Melancholic Imagination

      A Continuing Professional Development Seminar for High School Teachers

      This live-streamed footage of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar provides an exciting opportunity to consider interdisciplinary connections and ideas that can be applied to senior high school teaching. Scholars give brief lectures of various aspects of Melancholy in a program of talks and readings that explore how melancholy has shaped the creative imagination from Dürer’s time to ours. What is melancholy, and how has this emotion been represented in visual art, music, film, theatre, and poetry?

    • Listening to Shakespeare’s Foreigners

      Listening to Shakespeare’s Foreigners

      A workshop for Secondary School English and Drama Teachers

      Professor Jonathan Gil Harris of Ashoka University leads this teacher development workshop hosted by the University of Queensland. The lecture and slides and discussion from this event were streamed-live as Harris explored issues of foreignness and otherness in Shakespeare's plays, and how we 'hear' these differences in the text. A lot of attention paid recently to the physical appearance of Shakespeare’s foreigners, and how skin colour (e.g.Othello’s and Aaron’s blackness) or other visible markers of difference (e.g. Shylock’s Jewish nose) would have been staged in his theatre and/or should be staged in the present. But how does Shakespeare also make his foreigners – Othello, Caliban, Aaron, Don Armado, Shylock, the Prince of Morocco, Fluellen, Macmorris, the faux-foreigners who kidnap Parolles, even the Scottish Witches – sound different, and how this can be effectively explored in the classroom.

    • 12 Ideas for Teaching Twelfth Night

      12 Ideas for Teaching Twelfth Night

      (Emotion Based Activities for Secondary English Teachers)

      A resource for Secondary English Teachers on Shakespeare's beloved 'Twelfth Night, or What You Will' draws on a history of emotions to tease out relationships between characters and engage students through a variety of learning styles.

    • Fires of emotion

      Fires of emotion

      (A teaching resource history lesson for year eight students.)

      Students compare sources from two famous fires - the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009. Students analyse sources, compare the results, and draw a conclusion. The lesson is concluded with students reviewing the activity for weaknesses in the research process.

    • Fire Stories

      Fire Stories

      (A history lesson for year three students.)

      In this activity, students consider a range of primary historical sources about fire. These include extracts from novels, letters, court reports, a radio play, written memoirs, and video clips. Students consider the attitudes towards fire in 18th and 19th century Britain, such as the association of fire with home and comfort, and compare these ideas to attitudes about fire in early Colonial Australia, in which bushfires were a deadly threat. They also consider common ideas around fire across time, such as community and togetherness. Students then consider attitudes towards fire in our community today, and finally respond by drawing pictures that are narratives about fire.

    • True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

      True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

      (An Education Pack for teachers in Visual Arts, Psychology and English.)

      This education resource is designed for teachers, middle and upper secondary students and teachers of the Visual arts, Psychology, and English. It offers a range of starting points to consider in response to the True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works exhibition. Selected artworks and historical links are introduced with accompanying practical tasks and topics for discussion in relation to relevant curriculum areas. In addition to learning activities, the resource includes an introduction to the: exhibition, artist’s biography, glossary of key terms, and references It is designed to be used in conjunction with the exhibition and the exhibition catalogue.

    • Food and Identity

      Food and Identity

      (A public lecture by Eric Dursteler on Food, Conversion and Religious Identity.)

      One of the central credos of food studies is Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s famous aphorism, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” What Brillat-Savarin sensed intuitively, modern scholars have verified: because of the biological imperative of daily consumption, food inheres in a uniquely intimate way in collective and individual identities, and functions as a potent social, gender, political, and cultural marker. Food also marks religion, where it functions as symbol, as subject of petition, and as a form of communion. Food functions as a “sacred cement” that defines and differentiates communities of faith through rules on what to eat and how to eat it, and rituals of sacrifice, feasting and fasting.

    • Shakespeare and Emotion, Then and Now

      Shakespeare and Emotion, Then and Now

      (Educational resources for Secondary School English and Drama Teachers)

      Shakespeare was a master of emotion- a writer who could understand and articulate human emotion in unusually modern terms, prompting -even now - intense emotional responses. This event explores how emotion, as it was understood in Shakespeare's time and in ours, conditions Shakespeare's work and assures its continued relevance to contemporary audiences. A video of the workshop and slides from the presenters are attached to the event discription.

    • CHE Histories of Emotion Blog

      CHE Histories of Emotion Blog

      (Blogging on Medieval Europe to Contemporary Australia)

      This blog documents the process of researching emotions from the perspective of the Australian humanities. It tells the unfolding story of our research into the ‘histories of emotion’ across time and place, and archives some of our own emotional lives as early-career researchers in that process. Written by our postdoctoral fellows, the blog offers insights into our exciting new research.