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Information and Invitation: Persona Studies Working Papers Symposium

The persona cluster of the Persona Celebrity Publics Research Group warmly invites you to join us for an afternoon of scholarship and discussion with local and international colleagues.

When:  Thursday February 5th, 1-5pm, afternoon tea provided, followed by drinks at Mrs Robinsons

Where: Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood.

Building BC, Burwood Corporate Centre, Level 2 (the new highway frontage building)

Room East 1 – Please see reception on arrival.

To register your attendance, please email personastudies@deakin.edu.au

Persona studies is an emerging area of cross-disciplinary study that investigates the presentation of the self and the masks that we use as we construct ourselves in real and virtual settings and worlds. It is an exploration of the public self and how these versions of identity come to prominence in contemporary culture. It acknowledges that we all negotiate and construct personas that we deploy and employ in work and professional environments as much as in our recreational and leisure activities: much of the emerging work in persona studies is closer studies of these particular settings and how they help frame our public selves.

The symposium is designed to allow ample discussion. Therefore, each presenter will briefly introduce their project or paper, identifying areas where they are looking for feedback. The focus will then shift to group discussion. The program will look at persona studies in the context of the use of emojis in instant messaging, social mobility, political communication, Andy Warhol’s, objects, audience research, celebrity activism, and queer television. Papers will be presented both in person and online. Deliberately broad ranging and interdisciplinary, the papers presented emphasise the flexibility of persona studies, and will provide an introduction to the possibilities offered by this rapidly growing field of study.

Exhibition: When do you feel most like yourself?

Aligned with the symposium is an exhibition by Deakin University artists Cameron Bishop, Glenn D’Cruz, and Shelley Hannigan. Investigating whether there are places and activities that people consider more private and more authentic than others, the artists respond to the question when do you feel most like yourself by producing works that address persona through questions of identity, selfhood, role play, and authenticity.

Please join us for the exhibition opening prior to the symposium:

When: Thursday February 5, 11am

Where: Phoenix Gallery, Building B

– Meet at 10:45 at Mrs. Robinson’s Café in building BC (easily accessible from Burwood Highway) for assistance in locating the gallery