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The Stones of Melbourne: History, Excavation, Circulation and Affect

A workshop at The University of Melbourne

Date: Friday 8 March 2019
Time: 9:00am5:30pm
Venue: 5th floor Research Lounge, Arts West, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
Convenors: Tim Edensor and Stephanie Trigg
Enquiries: sjtrigg@unimelb.edu.au

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This one-day workshop explores the archaeological, architectural, heritage and affective resonance of the stones of Melbourne, in quarrying, social histories, architecture, art and design, in the past, present and future of Melbourne.

This workshop will be convened by Tim Edensor (Geography, The University of Melbourne; and School of Science and the Environment, City University of Manchester) and Stephanie Trigg (School of Culture and Communication and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne). Tim is writing a cultural geography of the different stones used in the built environment of Melbourne, focusing on the provenance of stone, its contested and multiple uses in commemoration and heritage, and the ways in which it is creatively deployed, maintained and sensually experienced Stephanie is writing a study of Melbournian and Victorian affective and emotional attitudes and responses to the basalt bluestone that has become such a feature of heritage culture.

We are convening this workshop to open up some of our conversations to others, and to bring together a range of perspectives on the role of stone in quarrying and disposal, social histories, architecture, art and design, and in the past, present and future of our fair city. The workshop will be sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Shaping the Modern Program).

Presenters include: Tim Edensor, Stephanie Trigg, Matthew Churchward, Rob King, John Malempre, Laura Harper, Susan Walter, Victoria Kolaniewicz, Celestina Sagazio, James Lesh, Georgia Nowak, Eugene Perepletchikov, Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan (The Orbweavers).

Image: Melbourne General Cemetery. S. Trigg. Used with permission.