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Symposium photos online

You can find our symposium photos now online:



Film Screening of ‘WHEN THE DOGS TALKED’ 5th Nov


We are happy to announce the screening of the film


A film written and performed by the Karrabing Film Collective

as part of Panel 2: Mental Health Dis/orders

Wednesday 5th November, between 9.30-11.00am

As a group of Indigenous adults argue about whether to save their government housing or their sacred landscape, their children struggle to decide how the ancestral Dreaming makes sense in their contemporary lives. Listening to music on their iPods, walking though bush lands, and boating across seas, they follow their parents on a journey to re-enact the travel of the Dog Dreaming. Along the way individuals run out of stamina and boats out of gas, and the children press their parents and each other about why these stories matter and how they make sense in the context of Western understandings of evolution, the soundscapes of hip hop, and the technologies of land development. “When the Dogs Talked” mixes documentary and fiction to produce a thoughtful yet humorous drama about the everyday obstacles of structural and racialized poverty and the dissonance of cultural narratives and social forms.

Camboy…Cameron Bianamu; Gavin…Gavin Bianamu; Sheree…Sheree Jane Bianamu; Taleesh…Taleesh Bianamu; Trevor…Trevor Bianamu; Kelvin…Kelvin Bigfoot; Marcia…Marcia Bigfoot; Over…Rex Edmunds; Ryan…Ryan Gordon; House Inspector #1…Claude Holtze; Daryl…Daryl Lane,; Paul…Paul Lane; Robyn…Robyn Lane; Sharon…Sharon Lane; Angie…Angelina Lewis;Gigi…Cecilia Lewis; Serina…Serina Lippo; Housing Assistant…Joslyn McDonald; Cassie…Cassandra Sing; Kerin…Kerin Sing;Shannon…Shannon Sing; Suntu…Rex Sing; Gudji…Claude Yarrowin; Daphne…Daphne Yarrowin; Linda…Linda Yarrowin; Rossie…Roger Yarrowin; Sandra…Sandra Yarrowin; Housing Boss…Tess Lea.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Director; Liza Johnson: Co-Director; Ian Jones: Director of Photography (1st Unit); Tim Wood: Director of Photography (2nd Unit); Alana Branch: 1st Assistant Camera; David Barker: Editor; Harry Yoon, Ron Dulin: Additional Editors; Chris Healy: Sound (1st Unit); Ian Redfearn, Sound (2nd Unit); Tess Lea and Liza Johnson: Producers; Leandros Ntounis: Sound Designer & Editor; Kostos Varybopiotis: Sound re-cording Mixer; Aly Migliori: Color & Title FX; Elizabeth A. Povinelli: Subtitles; Mike Uguccioni: Special Effects; Greg Moo: Logistics; Sandra Yarrowin, Rex Edmunds, Gavin Bianamu, Paul Lane, Taleesh Bianamu, and Ben Williams: Location Managers

Introducing The DAY RATE for the Disorder Symposium


For all, who cannot make it both days, but want to – at least – get a glimpse of this exciting program, we introduce the DAY RATE:


31 Oct – 5 Nov

Fully waged 100.00
Concession 60.00
Student 40.00

To register for one day only, please click here.

Disclaimer: Please note, that previous made registrations for the entire Symposium cannot be changed into a day rate ticket.

Registration for Disorder Symposium extended

We have extended the registration until 3rd November:

To register for the symposium and or the dinner, please click here.

To register for the dinner only, please click here.

If you are a staff member of the University of Sydney and want to use your research account, please click here.

For more information on the registration, please click here.


Volunteer at the Disorder Symposium

For University of Sydney students who want to get a unique look behind the scenes of an international symposium, who want to rub elbows with academic experts in Anthropology, and who want to build their CVs volunteering at the Disorder Symposium is an excellent opportunity.


You will receive free participation and free meals while at the symposium, and organisers will make sure that you can attend panels and presentations of particular interest.



Tasks include:

  • Helping with symposium preparation (e.g. assembling conference bags) on Monday 3 November.
  • Running errands and putting up direction signs around campus
  • Assisting conference participants with campus directions
  • Preparing and supervising workshop rooms
  • Helping to staff the symposium office
  • Assisting with symposium registration and check-in Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Life tweeting from the panels
  • Photographing panels and events
  • And generally being helpful, polite and knowledgeable about the venue and event details


If you are interested in helping out, contact with (1) your name, (2) mobile number, and (3) what days you are available. Also please look at the program and symposium program to identify which panels you are most interested in attending or facilitating.

Disorder – Symposium and Exhibition

The Sydney anthropology Symposium this year addresses the theme of disorder. As observers and analysts of the social, there is a tendency for anthropologists to look for underlying orders in the sometimes puzzling phenomena we encounter in the field. This Symposium asks whether the enduring reality might, in fact, be disorder and what the implications of this might be for our practice. We also ask how the concept of disorder works in the social worlds we observe: how marginal people are understood as pathologically disordered, for instance, or the impact diagnoses of political and economic disorder have on what we conceive of as probable, possible or permissible. 

EP01We are excited to announce the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, as our keynote speaker, with her address “Might Be Something (Again): Order, disorder and the quasi-event.”

Povinelli is renowned for pushing the boundaries of anthropology into philosophy and vice versa. Her most recent work focuses of the governance of the otherwise in Late Liberalism and the fracturing of everyday worlds through what she calls quasi-events. She has published four books, the most recent Economies of Abandonment (Duke, 2011) and numerous essays. She is also a member of the Karrabing Film Collective.

Povinelli’s address joins an exciting program of speakers, performances and an adjacent artistic rendering of the theme of disorder to be held at Verge gallery (more info).

Registrations are now open, and we encourage broad participation from within anthropology and beyond for a lively exchange.