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ST | Doing Visual Politics: The Second Nonfiction Visual Storytelling Symposium
Kathmandu, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
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RMIT College (AUS)/School (VTN): Design & Social Context (DSC) RMIT School: Media and Communication
Study level: Undergraduate Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
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About your Experience
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Program details:
  • Tour Leader: Alan Hill
  • Program Dates: 10 – 29 December 2018
  • Availability: 20 students
60 Australian students (from four Universities) will be selected to join peers from Bangladesh and Nepal, and a group of high profile international guest mentors, to explore contemporary issues in visual communication.
Aims:
Students will work together in cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary groups to develop (visual) research projects in response to issues such as:
  • the politics of aid
  • socially responsive communication
  • media mis/representations
  • visual archives
  • collaborative practices, among others...
Previous projects have culminated in books, zines, performances, public exhibitions, visual essays, films and online works. The workshop acknowledges the complexity of cross-cultural practice and places ethical considerations at its core. Employing a transdisciplinary approach spanning art, photography, media, design, and the social sciences, this diverse group will work collaboratively to interrogate and expand disciplinary understandings of visual politics in an applied setting.
Program:
The hybrid Symposium+Workshop+Festival model comprises a three-day symposium addressing relevant issues in visual politics, led by local experts and international mentors. This begins an intensive first week of small-group workshops and an evening program of talks and panel discussions. Over two subsequent weeks, students will work collaboratively to break down cultural, institutional and disciplinary boundaries to produce projects in collaboration with local community groups and organisations.
Partners:
The project is a partnership between Photo Circle, a Kathmandu based photography school and visual archive, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (Bangladesh), RMIT University, Queensland College of Art, ANU and Swinburne.
Students and Staff:
The project would suit, but is not limited to, students from visual art, photography, humanities, design, media, film, visual anthropology and development studies. The program is led by Alan Hill & Kelly Hussey-Smith from RMIT School of Art/Photography, along with academic staff from participating institutions.

Program cost
The total program costs are approximately $5000 (inc airfares, accommodation, transfers, breakfasts and all program expenses)
RMIT has secured 20 x $3000 New Colombo Plan scholarships for Australian students which means the only cost is your airfare and visa (approx. $2000) plus spending money. (See Funding section below for more information)

Additional costs to consider:
  • RMIT tuition tee
  • Host Country Visa (if applicable)
  • Personal Expenditure
** Travel insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. 
For more detailed information, please refer here

Eligibility
  • All students (undergraduate)
  • Note: selection will be based on merit (folio of works), demonstrated interest and group diversity/balance, with preference to higher year levels (but all year levels encouraged to apply)
Academic Credit
  •  VART3669 Art Studio Intensive  (24 Credit Points)
Application and Selection process
STEP ONE: Apply directly to the study tour leader
STEP TWO: Approved students will be notified by the study tour leader and directed to register via Mobi
STEP THREE: Register for this program on Mobi by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this page by 27 July 2018.
Complete the following questionnaires:
  1. Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
  2. Short Term Mobility: General Information
    • ??NOTE: no Statement of Purpose or further Academic Approval is required in this Questionnaire. 
Funding There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

Student testimonial 
The Nepal nonfiction storytelling workshop was an exciting and challenging intensive festival dedicated to creating and communicating through social engagement with the world. It was unique in bringing together international students and practitioners with diverse backgrounds and interests with a shared focus on visual storytelling.
 
We were immediately able to take initiative and practice with freedom and independence, going out and meeting our questions and ideas out in Kathmandu. Necessary for this were our friendships with our Nepali and Bangladeshi peers. They were invaluable for their cultural and historical knowledge, their enthusiasm to share their home with us, and especially in their openness and fun. Having these peers helped us understand the region, connect us with locals, and navigate us through various social structures, interactions and differences.
 
We found Nepalese people to be incredibly kind and easygoing, which alleviated the daunting task of approaching strangers when beginning research. Their openness was also important to realizing our global interconnectedness, making it a beautiful and personal experience.
 
Through the workshop, we had access to an open and supportive community who we could approach for different skills and perspectives, and to receive feedback and critique throughout our various projects.
 
Countless conversations, situations and subsequent thoughts and ideas from Nepal have stayed with me as I continue with socially engaged nonfiction visual storytelling. It was an important part of my transition out of University, where I have become more aware of the broader context in which I operate, of ethical and representational responsibility, and have made great friends to share this with throughout my life. 
 

 

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