The conveners of this research collaboratory wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land upon which these events will be held, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, and pay respect to their Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and the region.


ABOut the everyday militarisms collaboratory


Military tactics and technologies are omnipresent. The mushrooming of security-guarded gated communities, routine ‘stop-and-frisk’ encounters at airports, or the harvesting of consumer data from surveillance technologies texture quotidian life, while everyday infrastructures for disease management, transportation logistics, and environmental conservation extend our military dependencies in vital and not always negative directions. Colonialisms old and new, gendered and racialized power structures, and other striations of human and species difference both inform these everyday militarisms, and are reinscribed through them. Human and non-human bodies incorporate the material traces of wars past, while futures unconditioned by militarisms seem impossible to imagine: so impossible, militarism has lost its place as a key issue for public discussion.

This week-long collaboratory on Everyday Militarisms will bring together researchers, artists, activists and other professionals to generate new perspectives and dialogue on the ways in which militarisms are inseparable from everyday life. Addressing pressing questions about the sustainability of human and other life both within and outside of a militarised existence, this collaboratory brings these issues to greater academic and public scrutiny.

Themes include:

  • Militarisms “hidden in plain sight” – the making visible and invisible of militarised logics and legacies

  • Oceans, lands, and non-human bodies as archives of war

  • Ongoing colonialisms and lasting legacies of the Frontier Wars

  • The arts of war – arts-based methods and military aesthetics

  • Hinterlands and hinterseas: extraction as military technology

  • Embodying war and the militarised sensorium: foodscapes, soundscapes, and alternative ways of seeing

  • Intergenerational and interspecies entanglements of the afterlives of war

  • Gender, sex, race and species in/as militarised existence






Facilitators: TBD
9.00 - 2.30 pm
Location: Seminar Room 2003, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Closed event

Experienced and early career researchers will share their work and participate in bespoke workshops on writing and research methods in the context of everyday militarisms.

walking tour of wolli creek flying fox colony

Guides: TBD
4.00 - 6.00 pm
Location: Wolli Creek Valley
Registration: Closed event

collaboratory dinner and social

Time: 6.00 - 8.00 pm
Location: NA
Registration: Closed event

24 April

Composing Self Through Sense Memory - THEATRE workshop

Facilitator: Michelle St. Anne
Time: 10.30 am - 12.00 pm
Location: Begins at Carriageworks, then proceeds to Seminar Room 2003, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Closed event

Come to understand the feelings of our environment through sense isolation and research telling.

Inspired by the work of Janet Cardiff and Konstantin Stanislavski, Michelle St Anne, Animateur with The Living Room Theatre will take you through a 40 minute experience using the walls of CarriageWorks as a stimulus for discovering research.

This experience will conclude with a discussion about St Anne’s methodology and debrief of the walkshop experience.

Gear Acquisition Syndrome is Real: FaILInG aT mAkInG sEnSe Of VIoLeNcE bY fOlDiNg paper airplanes AnD WAtChInG youtube (Workshop)

Facilitator: Joshua Kim
Time: 1.30 - 2.30 pm
Location: Seminar Room 2003, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Closed event

My workshop will first present a history of the advancement of camera technology alongside the advancement military technology. 

During the workshop we will watch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfvVrevzSMM

And then we will fold paper airplanes that was designed to return back to thrower. 


Rehearsals for Descent 8

Facilitator: Katja Aglert
Time: 3.00 - 4.30 pm
Location: Seminar Room 2003, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Closed event

As part of this research collaboratory, I will perform an artistic experiment in three parts, beginning with this lecture performance, “Rehearsals for Descent 8”. It takes as starting point my transdisciplinary artistic research practice, which examines forms of materialisations with and through speculative multi-beings storytelling. For the last decade I have been developing artistic research projects from the lively relations between humans and so-called alien invasive species. In the context of this collaboratory, I will through participatory artistic methods explore storying practices through encounters between box jelly-fish, and everyday items invented by the military such as aerosol bug spray, microwave oven, and duct tape.

Can we through artistic practice, more than-human perspectives, and “storytelling through alien encounters”, create new imaginaries of coexistence, and of the world as we know it? Building on concepts such as “archipelagic thinking” (Glissant) and “SF” (Haraway) I artistically explore how research situated in the liminal can be imagined, materialised and performed, without reproducing the order it attempts to trouble. Research processed, and manifested in this form, can leak into other realms and modes and account for the paradoxical, altered, non-identificational liveliness of liminality. As such, choosing the hybrid format of a lecture performance amounts to an experiment with the possibility of aligning the trajectory of choices with the research topic.

This is the first of three parts in the “Rehearsals for Descent” sessions. The second will be presented as part of the “Hidden in Plain Sight” event on Thursday 25 April and is titled “Rehearsals for Descent ~”. The third will be presented as part of the “Military Sensoria Performance & Reception” event on Friday 26 April and is titled “Rehearsals for Descent X”.

Uranium Afterlives

A Public Talk with Professor Peter van Wyck of Concordia University, Canada, with Justin O'Brien of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (via Skype) and a screening of JABIRU 0886 : TRESPASS (by David Vadiveloo).

Time: 6.30 - 8.00 pm
Location: Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Essential (click for Eventbrite link)


Drawing on material from his award-winning book, The Highway of the Atom, Peter C Van Wyck considers the event of nuclear explosion, entanglements of scale, and the possibilities of representation:

An abiding question for me has been to ask how we come to write about the nuclear. How, in other words, we come to write about nearly a century of nuclear practices and histories, territorial archives and toxic legacies, emphatic landscapes, persistent wastes and atomic exposures. If the toxicity of the present has no real ethical horizon beyond which the future could not hold us responsible, how are we to take measure of this responsibility? What is asked of us today? As Hannah Arendt figured it, “All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.” This, she continues, is because “story reveals the meaning of what otherwise would remain an unbearable sequence of happenings.” So, with story and its burdens in mind, my talk will consider some of the messy entanglements that have arisen from uranium, its many afterlives and progeny, from the point of view of my research and field work on the highway of the atom.

After watching the seminal film ‘Trespass’ audience members will have the chance to hear from Justin O’Brien, who will talk to us from his base in the Northern Territory. He will speak to the Cold War realpolitik of the development of uranium mining in the Kakadu region of Australia’s Northern Territory and the intersect between these events and the rights of traditional Aboriginal owners.

25 april

Hidden in Plain Sight: Everyday Militarisms in and around Sydney Harbour (Alternative Anzac Day Walkshop/Ferry Tour)

Guides: Uncle Jimmy Smith, Katja Aglert, Helary Ngo, Clare Nicholson
8.00 am - 3.00 pm
Locations: Hyde Park (optional breakfast at Tony Albert statue), Royal Botanical Gardens, Cockatoo Island, Olympic Park/Rhodes
Registration: Essential. (click for Eventbrite link; limited places).
Program: download here! (PDF)

On this “alternative” ANZAC Day walkshop we will collectively explore militarisms hidden in plain sight around Sydney Harbour, paying particular attention to Indigenous histories, artistic practices, sensory perception, and cultural memory. We will move from Hyde Park to the Botanical gardens, and then via ferry, to Cockatoo Island and Olympic Park/Rhodes.

26 April

Everyday Militarisms - Public Symposium

Panelists: Caren Kaplan, Jennifer Terry, Lindsay Kelley, Ann Elias, Anja Kanngieser, Xan Chacko, Safdar Ahmed, Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks), Natalie Osborne
9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Location: Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Free (click to register via Eventbrite); lunch and coffee/tea included - all welcome!
Program: download here! (PDF)

This symposium brings together scholars, artists and activists working across the broad theme of “everyday militarisms” in order to illuminate some of the underexamined, but vitally connected ways in which militarized infrastructures, languages, logics and matters pervade our everyday lives—for better or worse. The day will comprise a number of scholarly and creative presentations across three different panels, followed by responses and Q&A with the audience. Coffee/tea and lunch will be provided.

Military Sensoria: WET & DRY

(Performance, PARTICIPATION & CLOSING Reception)

Presenters: Lindsay Kelley, Katja Aglert
Time: 5.30 - 7.30 pm
Location: Refectory, Abercrombie Business School
Registration: Eventbrite

“Tasting History Launch” - Lindsay Kelley

Participate in the launch of the Tasting History project, a three year long investigation of how ration cultures inform contemporary eating practices. The tasting will include the project's three case study foods: Anzac biscuits, hardtack, and fry bread.

“Rehearsals for Descent X” - Katja Aglert

In this final part of the three steps Rehearsals for Descent sessions, Katja Aglert will share experiences gathered across the collaboratory that engage undersea multi-beings story-telling practices. Video and sound performance.


This collaboratory would not be possible without our partners:

University of Sydney Partnership Collaboration Grants
Sydney Environment Institute
The Seedbox
Critical Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies Group, UC Davis


Contact us

Dr Astrida Neimanis
Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

A/Prof Tess Lea
Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Sertan Saral
PhD Candidate, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies


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"Armoured plate" by petrOlly
"Visvim Green Camouflage Converse All Star-style Shoes" by Chris Goldberg