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Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

Friday 14 December 2018 > 6PM to 8PM


Join us again for Strange Bedfellows, our new series of talks where we present an unusual combination of guest speakers, each discussing a separate topic.

For our second round of Strange Bedfellows, we’ve got the scoop on Political Campaigning with Professor Sean Scalmer from the University of Melbourne and Beekeeping with Kirsten Bradley from Milkwood Permaculture.

Professor Sean Scalmer will share the intriguing history of the rise of political speechmaking, a.k.a 'stumping', in the early 19th century and how national elections, public life and culture have been shaped by debate over the past century.

Then, Kirsten Bradley will discuss the latest research into superorganisms and the collective hive mind of bees to understand the worlds bee population crisis and our current beekeeping practices.

With drinks, good conversation and interesting topics - this event is experimental and presents the unexpected.

This isn’t about art, it’s about what makes these two topics Strange Bedfellows.


WHEN > Friday 14 December 2018, 6PM to 8PM
VENUE > Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
COST > $25 per person, 18 + includes a drink on arrival



About the speakers:

Professor Sean Scalmer studied political economy and political science at the University of Sydney, before undertaking a PhD on intellectuals and class in the Australian labour movement. He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Politics, Macquarie University (1998-2004), then as a Lecturer in Sociology (2004-2006) at the same University. He joined the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Sean's major interests are in the histories of social movements, class, and democracy. He is the author of a number of books in these fields, including: Dissent Events (UNSW Press, 2002), Activist Wisdom (with Sarah Maddison) (UNSW Press, 2006), The Little History of Australian Unionism (The Vulgar Press, 2006), and, most recently, Gandhi in the West: The Mahatma and the Rise of Radical Protest (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is currently working on a history of the relationship between political campaigning and democracy in America.

Kirsten Bradley is the director Milkwood Permaculture, dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills for living like it matters. Mirkwood is run by a small family in Melliodora, southern Australia in a beautiful permauture smallholding designed by David Holmgrem, co-originator of permaculture. Mirkwood has a large crew of educators, facilitators and doers, and together teach everything from permaculture design to market gardening, natural building and mushroom cultivation, to help create resilient and abundant household and communities.

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