Featured Speakers

We are delighted to announce our confirmed featured speakers for the Disorder Symposium:


Gillian Cowlishaw (University of Sydney)

Greg Downey (Macquarie University)

Chris Gregory (ANU and University of Manchester)

Jonathan Marshall (University of Technology Sydney)

Kalpana Ram (Macquarie University)



For more information on the speakers, titles and abstracts, please click here



Verge Gallery is looking for artists working in any medium to take part in an exhibition on the theme of Disorder to coincide with an anthropological symposium on the same topic. The exhibition will be curated by artist, Peter Annand.

Patterns, orders, repetition, sequences and algorithmic-basedprogressions are all common elements of art both in technique and subject matter. There can be a satisfaction and elegance to artworks that exemplify this orderliness. Disorder, on the other hand, can be a challenging theme. Disorder can threaten established relationships and perceptions, yet it can also offer the chance for new concepts and creations. How can disorder be represented in art? Do all disorders eventually fall into some kind of ordering scheme? And is order, like proverbial beauty, actually in the eye of the beholder?

Using notions of order and disorder, this show aims to graphically (and perhaps aurally) illustrate this age-old tension.

Submissions for the exhibition will be closing on September 1 and the exhibition will be on between October 29-November 5.

On the opening night we plan to have a panel discussion between Peter Annand (curator), Greg Shapley (Verge Gallery Manager), participating artists, and anthropologists about the works included in the exhibition.

If you would like to get involved in this exhibition please email g.shapley@usu.edu.au with a paragraph addressing Order and Disorder and up to three images of your work (or a link to a sound/video recording) by September 1, 2014.

Final Week of Early Bird Registration


this is the final week of our early bird registration. On Monday 7 July the standard rate will come into effect.

Hurry and use this great opportunity to register for the lower rates. Just click on the registration tab on our webpage.

Category Early bird: Tue 2 April – Sun 6 July Standard: Mon 7 July – Sun 26 October
Fully waged 150.00 190.00
Concession 80.00 110.00
Student 50.00 60.00
Dinner 55.00 55.00

Symposium Dinner

Due to the success in the last years, this year’s symposium dinner will again take place at

Fountain 77 is set in a beautiful historic sandstone building, and set back from Glebe Point Road, inner city Sydney with a large courtyard and beautiful fountain, Fountain 77 is a great place to relax and enjoy a great Italian meal, or drinks from the bar.

Fountain 77 has an extensive menu including home made gluten free pizza and pasta and a great selection of vegetarian options and are happy to cater to your dietary requirements.

The dinner costs are AUD 55.00.

You will be able to book the dinner with the general registration once it has opened on Tuesday 2 April 2014.

Fountain 77 map

Keynote by Elizabeth A Povinelli


We are happy to announce that Professor Elizabeth Povinelli (Columbia University) has agreed to be the keynote speaker for our symposium.

Her lecture is titled:

Might Be Something (Again): Order, disorder and the quasi-event

For more information on Prof Povinelli and her abstract click here.


Welcome to the page for the fifth Symposium hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney.

This is just the beginning and we will populate the site in the next coming weeks and update regularly. So keep dropping in.