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Research seminar session II

8 August in S07_1.23 @12:00pm

Dr Laini Burton is Senior Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, where she is currently Program Director of Honours (Design, Design Futures, Digital Media, Fine Art, Photography). Laini teaches Research Methods and professional presentation strategies within the Honours programs. Her own research centres on body politics, bio-art and design, fashion theory, performance and body/spatial relations. She has presented her research in the USA, UK, Russia, across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and in China where she was a visiting scholar. Laini has acted as an Independent Assessor for Federal Government arts funding programs, and as External Assessor for various Australian universities. She is the co-editor and contributing author of Fashion as Masquerade: Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty Volume 3 (Chicago University Press, 2014). Laini has recently published 'Space-Actant-Event: A Performance Art Criterion' in the text What is Performance Art? (Power Publications, USYD) and has a forthcoming article in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture (Taylor and Francis) titled “‘My Leg is a Giant Stiletto Heel’: Fashioning the Prosthetised Body’. Laini also supervises PhD candidates whose research projects align with her expertise.

Abraham Garcia - Abraham's current practice is in the visual arts. He is doing an expanded practice on photography. He has been involved as an organiser or curator of regional art exhibitions for contemporary Mindanao (Philippines) and Southeast Asian visual arts. He is a long time cultural worker in Mindanao, and is a full time faculty in the Humanities Division of Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). He gets his ideas while riding buses, taplud (topload) jeepneys, and tricyles in Mindanao (and buses and trains in Brisbane). He is currently on the Faculty Development Program of AdDU to pursue his doctoral research at the Queensland College of Art (through the GUIPRS & GUPRS) from 2018 to 2021. He completed his Master of Visual Arts in QCA in July 2011 as a Ford Foundation International Fellow. He lives with his family in Davao City (Mindanao, Philippines).