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Land Dialogues Conference

Interdisciplinary research (in dialogue with land).



Three days of sharing learning in Wiradjuri country.


The inaugural Land Dialogues Conference three days of presentations of interdisciplinary scholarship by researchers working in dialogue with, within or about land. The conference covers diverse and divergent approaches to the key thematic phrase ‘Land Dialogues’ and especially encourage interdisciplinary attitudes to place/space and human/non-human convergence discourses.

Analysis or application of existing or emergent dialogues with land in indigenous, pre-colonial, post-colonial and anti-colonial contexts.
Explorations of the limits (or perceived limits) of sustainment principles, sustainabilities, ecologies and agriculture.
New/Old Frontiers, Land and the Digital and explorations of, or reflections on potentials for new topographies including data visualisations in relationship to land.
Experimental or experiential works or non-standard items including exhibition or performance towards dialogue with land.


Dr Daniel Oakman is a Senior Curator with the People and the Environment team at the National Museum of Australia and is currently leading the redevelopment of the Museum’s environmental history gallery. He has curated exhibitions on bicycles, car culture, urban design and economic history. He has an ongoing research interest in histories of movement and human powered transportation, with a particular focus on the ways the bicycle revolutionised the perception of the landscape and challenged understandings of human power and endurance.
Mitchell Whitelaw is a writer, academic and maker working with digital culture and cultural data. His work on generous interfaces for cultural collections has been supported by institutions including the State Library of NSW, the State Library of Queensland, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Australia. Mitchell is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he leads the Digital Treasures program in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.
Dr Malcom Bywaters is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Academy Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania. He has a Diploma of Fine Art, Ballarat University, a Graduate Diploma, Victorian College of the Arts, a Masters Degree from RMIT and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.
Johannes Klabbers is a writer and a posthumanist therapist – as well as an ex-artist and a recovering academic. Until it was closed by the University in 2010, Johannes taught in its art school in Wagga Wagga, Australia where amongst other things, he wrote and coordinated a Masters programme in Arts Practice. Since then he has qualified as a narrative therapist (La Trobe University) and a clinical pastoral worker (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and written a book, ‘I Am Here’ (forthcoming from Scribe in May 2016 in Australia and July in the UK) about his work. He is currently working on a second book, ‘The Art of Dying’.


The inaugural Land Dialogues Conference includes a number of social program activities ensuring ample time outside of the conference to continue discussion, make connections and to engage in further ‘land dialogues’.

A conference dinner is booked for Thursday 14th April at 5:30pm. The $65.00 price tag include canapes in the wonderful surroundings overlooking the vineyards towards the Murrumbidgee River as the sun sets, followed by a sit down main meal, dessert and tea/coffee at the award winning Magpies Nest restaurant. When booking through the conference booking link please ensure you include all necessary dietary requirements.
An exhibition opening is booked for Friday 15th April at 6:00pm at the Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery for the opening of one of the many Land Dialogues exhibitions as well as the touring exhibition Country and Western. Please join us for drinks & nibbles.
An exhibition opening is booked for Wednesday 13th April at 3:00pm at the HR Gallop Gallery for the opening of one of the many Land Dialogues exhibitions. Please join us for drinks & nibbles.



Wagga Wagga is located midway between Sydney and Melbourne and just two and half hours drive from Canberra. Serviced by two airlines – Regional Express and QantasLink – with more than 150 flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne every week. You can also reach us by coach, train, car or bicycle.


By Car: Wagga Wagga is situated at the intersection of the Sturt and Olympic Highways. If travelling from Sydney or Canberra, turn off the Hume Highway approximately 35km south of the township of Gundagai. If travelling from Melbourne, pass through Albury on the Hume Highway then turn off onto the Olympic Highway approximately 20km north of Albury.

By Air: Daily flights operate to Wagga Wagga from both Sydney and Melbourne.  Both major regional airtlines, Rex and Qantaslink, service Wagga with over 150 flights per week in and out of the City. Regional Express (Rex) – phone 13 17 13 or OR QantasLink – phone 13 13 13 or

By Train: NSW Train Link visits Wagga twice daily connecting both Sydney and Melbourne with Wagga Wagga. NSW Train Link – phone 13 22 32 or

By Coach: Firefly Express Coaches and Greyhound/McCafferty Coaches offer regular transport between Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Greyhound/McCafferty’s also offer regular transport between Wagga Wagga and Adelaide.

By Bicycle: Good luck!


CSU’s campus at Wagga Wagga is the biggest of the Charles Sturt University campuses; spanning more than 640 hectares and including a campus farm, equine centre, vineyard, winery and huge range of technical and industry standard facilities. A central dining room provides for students who live on campus, and the campus offers a range of playing fields, netball, basketball, tennis and squash courts, a gymnasium and a swimming pool available for student use. There are several ways to make your way from the City of Wagga Wagga out to the campus.


By Car: By far one of the simplest ways to get to the campus is by car, traveling out of the city north either across the Gobbagombalin Bridge following the signposts to the university or alternatively through North Wagga.

By Bus: Getting to the university campus by bus can be an easy and cost-effective option. Buses are operated by Busabout Wagga Wagga, with information and timetables available by phone 02 6921 2316 and Please be aware that many of the buses to the university stop at the front-gate only at which point you can make your way on foot to the venues.

By Taxi: Potentially more expensive than by bus unless you have a small group (or larger in Maxi-Taxi’s). The local Taxi number and provider is Radio Cabs Wagga; Phone 6921 4242 or 13 10 08.

By Bicycle: If you intend to get to/from the university by bicycle, we highly suggest you take the North Wagga Route to the university and do not take the Gobbagombalin Bridge unless you are either a very experienced rider, or have a death-wish.


Temperature: Wagga Wagga’s average April temperature is 22.5 Degrees Celsius. With the average daily low being 9.2. However, we have on occassion stil recorded temperatures of 34+ during April so please be advised to watch the weather conditions and pack appropriately.


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Facilities: Information on the conference location and specific facilities coming shortly.


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