Hi all,

The School of Geography will be hosting an online film screening event this week on 'Making sense of rural change in Asia,' as part of the University of Melbourne's Science Festival. The event will feature short ethnographic films made by Jane Dyson, Lisa Palmer and myself, followed by a Q and A session, with Uma Kothari chairing.

The screening will take place on Thursday from 6pm - 7.45pm (AEST). Details and registration link below.

Best wishes,


** Making sense of rural change in Asia: Film screening and discussion **

How do we make sense of rural change in Asia? This special screening event draws together ethnographic films directed by three researchers in the School of Geography to explore the intimate and sensory aspects of cultural continuity and change across rural Asia.

Featuring communities in India, China, and the border of Indonesia and Timor-Leste, each film explores how modernity is shifting people’s relationship to their communities and the places they call home.

The evening event will feature an introductory session with the three directors, followed by post-screening Q and A with the films' creators.
The films are:

- Spirit: Longing and Belonging in the Indian Himalayas (20mins, Jane Dyson, India)
- Drum Village Primary School (14 mins, Vickie Zhang, China)
- Wild Honey: Caring for Bees in a Divided Land (30 mins, Lisa Palmer, Indonesia/Timor-Leste)
Speaker Bios

- Professor Uma Kothari (Moderator): Professor, School of Geography, University of Melbourne and Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies, University of Manchester
-  Dr Jane Dyson: Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Melbourne
-  Ms Vickie Zhang: Graduate Researcher, School of Geography, University of Melbourne
-  Associate Professor Lisa Palmer: Associate Professor, School of Geography, University of Melbourne

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/making-sense-of-rural-change-in-asia-film-screening-and-discussion-tickets-113306857862


Vickie Zhang

PhD Student
School of Geography
The University of Melbourne
221 Bouverie St,
Carlton VIC 3053.


Recent Publication: Zhang, V. (2020). NOISY FIELD EXPOSURES, or what comes before attunement. cultural geographies, Online First. doi.org/10.1177/1474474020909494