Performing Arts and Justice Symposium Keynote Speakers

Dr Sarah Woodland and Dr Vicki Saunders:  Listening to Country: Making an Immersive Audio Work with Indigenous Women in Prison

Listen to Sarah and Vicki's keynote speeches and download the presentation slides.

Dr Woodland and Dr Saunders - keynote speech

Dr Saunders - closing speech

Dr Woodland and Dr Saunders - presentation slides

Dr Sarah Woodland - Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University

Dr Sarah Woodland is a researcher, practitioner and educator in arts, theatre and performance. She has over 20 years' experience in the arts and cultural sectors in Australia and the UK, with a particular focus on engaging communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. She is currently Chief Investigator on the project ‘Listening to Country: Exploring the Value of Acoustic Ecology with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Prison’, funded by the Lowitja Institute; and is a Research Fellow on the ARC Linkage project ‘Creative Barkly: Sustaining the Arts and Cultural Sector in Remote Australia’ (2016-2019). Sarah is passionate about her applied theatre practice in prisons, having spent the past seven years developing participatory drama with women at Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre. Sarah's research interests are in applied theatre, prison theatre, participatory arts, socially engaged arts, and community arts and cultural development.

Dr Sarah Woodland

Dr Vicki Saunders - First Peoples Health Unit, Griffith University


Dr Vicki Saunders is a Gunggari woman from the Maranoa Region in Southern Queensland. She is currently Research Fellow within the First Peoples Health Unit and Adjunct Research Fellow within the Institute of Criminology at Griffith University, and a Co-investigator on the Listening to Country Project within the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre.  Trained in psychology and public health, Dr Saunders has, for over 20 years, been involved in a diverse range of research projects with Indigenous groups and health and community-based organisations.  Her recent work explores the value of poetic inquiry, acoustic ecology and arts informed research within corrective services and the community-controlled health sectors.  Her research focus includes creative or arts informed and poetic research methodologies, and Indigenous social emotional well-being with a particular focus on empowerment, Indigenous research capacity building, mental health care and recovery.

Dr Vicki Saunders

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