Many of AustLit's research projects are accompanied by exhibitions or information trails.
These might be collections of videos or they might be collated lists of specific types of works. They might include images from old newspapers or videos. They might be a list of recommended secondary sources.
What they have in common is that, as the name suggests, they are curated: AustLit researchers have collected material together in a single location in order to highlight a specific aspect of Australian print culture.
To explore the exhibitions and trails, click on one of the tiles below to see further information and direct links.
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Courting Blakness was a groundbreaking exhibition curated by UQ Adjunct Professor, Fiona Foley.
Located in The University of Queensland’s Great Court between September 5-28 in 2014, the project brought together works in different media by Ryan Presley, Archie Moore, Natalie Harkin, Karla Dickens, Christian Thompson, Megan Cope, r e a, and Michael Cook.
This AustLit website gathers all of the digital footprints of the exhibitions and surrounding events in order to allow this powerful experience to live on, becoming a part of the rich resources in the BlackWords project of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers.
Diversity in Australian Speculative Fiction: A Bibliographical Exhibition is a curated collection of works that explore diversity in all its forms: racial and ethnic diversity; physiological, neurological, and sensate diversity; diversity in gender and sexuality; and religious diversity. As well as lists of works themselves, the exhibition also includes notes on further reading.
This exhibition explores the rich role that adaptation has always played in Australian writing, from the early days of silent film through to high years of radio to the advent of television; from Australia itself to Britain's BBC and ITV and the US's booming film and television market; from English-language adaptations to Japanese anime, Romanian television shows, and Russian films.
The heart of the World War I in Australian Literary Culture dataset is the records of the works themselves. But one way to explore those is through the exhibitions created to highlight particular aspects of the collection.
You can explore the exhibitions in their entirety on the World War I in Australian Literary Culture research page, available here.
Or you can navigate directly to a specific exhibition through the links below:
Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing (AACLAP) investigated and recorded details of Australian children’s literature published from 1970 to 2013. These works were either set in Asia, contained Asian-Australian content or characters, represented Asian-Australian cultures and experiences, and included hundreds of Australian works that have been translated into at least one Asian language.
The project page is available here.
See the full work record here, which includes links to works about the project, and articles published by the project team.
Linked to the project are a wide range of trails and exhibitions useful for teaching. You can explore the list of exhibitions in its entirety here on topics such as empathy, multi-language texts, identity, multiculturalism and manga.
Also available is a collection of interviews with authors whose works has often featured Asian settings or Asian-Australian characters.
BlackWords, Australia's dataset for works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, also includes a rich set of information trails and exhibitions.
You can explore these trails in their entirety on the Teaching BlackWords page, available here.
Or you can navigate directly to a specific trail through the links below.
The section also includes a number of trails specific to the people of particular regions, which you can explore directly via the links below:
The Children's Literature Digital Resource (CLDR) is a collection of primary and secondary resources, available in their entirety on the AustLit site.
It is accompanied by a number of information trails and exhibitions.
You can explores the exhibitions in their entirety on the CLDR's main exhibition page, available here.
Or you can navigate directly to an individual exhibition via the links below:
This tile collects all the exhibitions put together by the interns who have worked on various AustLit projects over the years.
At The University of Queensland (UQ), AustLit is used as platform for the development and publication of student work.
Navigate directly to an individual exhibition through the links below.
Best of AusArts, 2016
A series of exhibitions built by students across a range of courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, including drama, ancient history and classics, writing, and education. These exhibitions, built during the first year of AustLit's teaching and learning platform, then called AusArts (now Cirrus), were selected by course convenors as the cream of student work for the semester.
Practices of Performance DRAM2210, 2016
In 2016, and with funding support from the Ian Potter Foundation, AustLit was involved in the discovery, rehabilitation, and production of a play by Australian playwright, novelist, and literary agent, Dorothy Blewett (1989-1965). The students whose work is published below were involved in the production of one of her plays: The First Joanna : A Play in Three Acts. They also undertook research into the history of the play and the playwright. There work is published here with the caveat that as research continues into the life and career of this sorely neglected Australian writer, their findings are likely to be superseded.
Australian Drama Honours Students, 2015
Dr Stephen Carleton's honours students undertook a theatre historiography research project assignment as part of their coursework. This summary of the amazing Amy Horton was one of the outcomes.
Research Methods (ENGL3000), 2014
Course co-ordinator Kerry Kilner (also Director of AustLit) had her students undertake a semester-long research project relating to an aspect of Australian cultural history, based on archival material held in the UQ's Fryer Library.
Visual Arts Curating and Writing (ARTT3117), 2014
Course co-ordinator Dr Alison Holland used AustLit as the platform by which her students developed the equivalent of an exhibition catalogue.
This exhibition collects together information on early Australian films (from 1906 to 1944) available to watch via the Internet Archive. The exhibition's content includes the films themselves, AustLit records, and information gathered from Trove, and covers the following films:
See the exhibition here.
This exhibition collects together advertisements, publicity stills, and other images relating to the silent film industry in Australia (1906-1929).
Collected from contemporary newspapers via the Trove database, this exhibition contains still images from and advertisements for over sixty of Australia's earliest films, as well as a slideshow of publicity photos for more than twenty of the actresses who graced Australia's silent screens.
This exhibition was put together to showcase some of the sorts of material that were gathered for the Colonial Newspapers & Magazines Project, which explored the breadth of periodicals in early colonial Australia.
This exhibition traces the ways in which Australian literature and readership were covered by a single newspaper (The Empire in a single year).
Find the exhibition here.
The Writer in Australian Television History collection is a research outcome of Dr Catriona Mills's 2012 AFI Research Collection (AFIRC) Research Fellowship. The project is a collection of AustLit records based on the content of the Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection (AFIRC) at RMIT, and includes records for records for 318 episodes of Crawfords’ radio dramas and television series, spanning the period from 1953 to 1977.
Exhibitions serve as a means of gathering ephemera, including contemporary advertising, on some of the more popular programs.
Move directly to individual exhibitions via the links below:
Collated by Carmen Leigh Keates, the Asylum Seeker Narratives research trails collect together a wide range of material on asylum narratives.
The entire list of research trails is available from the main page here.
Or you can navigate directly to an individual trail through the links below:
AustLit, in partnership with Reading Australia, has developed a series of curated information trails relating to a range of Australian literary texts. These trails are designed to introduce readers, teachers, and students to a text and the context in which it rests.
The Reading Australia trails are available in their entirety here.
Or navigate directly to the trail for a specific work via the links below: