SAM Seminar: The Slipstream Technique: Using the Fantastic to Explore the Real

When:17 May 2018, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Room G17, Robert Webster Building
Who:Isobelle Carmody
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This paper explores Isobelle Carmody’s research into the use of the fantastic to explore deeply real-world questions, as part of her practice led research into the slipstream technique. The slipstream technique is a term coined by Isobelle for her writing practice, which she has honed over her career as an author. This research is informed not only through the composition of a novel, but also through the use of auto-ethnography and qualitative research that informs an exegesis. To investigate the slipstream further, Isobelle has conducted a series of qualitative interviews with renowned American author Ursula K Le Guin, and consulted an extensive archive of Le Guin’s papers at the Knight Library in Oregon. Her research incorporates an interesting use of ethnographic methodologies to complement her practice-led research.

Isobelle Carmody is an awarding winning Australian author and PhD Scholar at the University of Queensland. As part of her research she is developing a novel and exegesis that explores grief as a negotiation of mortality. Another significant aspect of the research is that the novel engages the fantastic to deeply explore real world questions about death, as part of practice led research into the slipstream technique.

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome.

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Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. Room G17 is located on the ground floor.

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