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Hammer & polish: the craft of ideas

  • Belvoir Street Theatre Downstairs Theatre 25 Belvoir Street Surry Hills, NSW, 2010 (map)

There are countless theories as to where ideas come from. Writer and media theorist Stephen Johnson believes “chance favours the connected mind” — that is, by randomly stumbling across a piece of information, we can improve our own ideas. Film maker David Lynch says one can “catch ideas from daydreaming” while researchers Chan and Schunn suggest incremental thinking can be crucial for innovation.

On this multi-disciplinary panel, join an abstract painter, a philosopher and a feminist international relations scholar as they explore where their ideas come from.

How did they know what to focus on? How do they keep inspired and not get distracted? And in a culture focused on money, commodities and status, how do they stay committed to pursuing the creative and the intellectual?

This panel is designed to get you thinking about your own ideas and what to do with them, as well as learn a bit about women soldiers fighting on the frontline, why brown paint is beautiful and whether children really are innocent.



The speakers:

Megan MacKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her main research interests include feminist international relations, gender and the military, combat exclusion for women and the aftermaths of war. Her book Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight was published in 2015.

Marisa Purcell is a painter. Her interests lie in the big unanswerable questions relating to time, consciousness and space. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and she has been a finalist in numerous awards, including the Blake Prize. She has three degrees, teaches art, and travels extensively.

Joanne Faulkner is a writer, philosopher and senior lecturer in Philosophy and Women's and Gender studies at the University of New South Wales. Her research explores childhood, Friedrich Nietzsche's thought and the ethics of innocence. Her most recent book Young and Free: [Post] Colonial Ontologies of Childhood, Memory, and History in Australia looks at the modern conceptualisation of childhood.


DATE: August 16, 2017

VENUE: Belvoir Street Theatre, Belvoir Street, Surry Hills.

TIME: 6:30 pm sharp to 7:45 pm, including Q + A.

Join us for a drink afterwards in the Belvoir foyer.

COST:  $32.50/27.50 (concession) 

If you buy on the night, there is no booking fee but you may miss out! 

For low income earners, please contact and we can work out a special rate.





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