Public forum and continuing professional development seminar for teachers

Sat 17 Mar 2018 9:30am1:30pm


University of Queensland Art Museum, University Drive, St Lucia Campus, Queensland 4072
Gallery D

The Oxford English Dictionary defines vision as: "the faculty or state of being able to see" and opticality as a "visual quality or effect, especially in relation to art". This cross-disciplinary public forum and continuing professional development seminar for teachers explores the concepts of "vision" and "opticality" to re-animate the conversation between the divided realms of the humanities and science.

Scientists, artists, and humanities scholars from across the disciplines of neurophysics, psychology, art history, and literary study will draw on examples from their current research to illustrate some of the different ways of representing and understanding the world, different approaches to vision and truth, and different patterns of animal vision, navigation and creativity to encourage a potential change in how we view the humanities and science.

The 20-minute presentations will address the following themes:

  • new photographic approaches that illuminate the fragility of natural biological systems
  • the relation between nineteenth-century Indian photography and British colonial science; the psychology of vision and how patients with mental health issues represent the world around them
  • navigating space and the insect compound eye; poetry and insect vision
  • and ocular experiences of humans and insects across different imaging technologies.

Continuing Professional Development certificates of participation will be available for teachers. 

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Order of events

Registration and Coffee: 9:30am—10:00am.
Presentations: 10:00am—1:30pm.
Morning Tea: 11:30am—12:00pm


Free. All welcome. Please rsvp online by 15 March



Image: Anne Noble, Dead Bee Portrait # 14, 2016, No Vertical Song and Reverie, Bundanon Trust Collection. Courtesy of the artist.


Xanthe Ashburner, Education and Outreach Officer, Centre for the History of Emotions
(07) 3365 4913