Monash Criminology doctoral student combines activism and research at public event

Monash Crim PhD student David Vakalis will explore the policing of public space and the eviction of Occupy Melbourne protestors from City Square in 2011 at an upcoming Arts House event. Drawing on his own research and experiences whilst in the Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team, David’s presentation will encourage people to critically question their ideas about space, exclusion, and access to space for protest.  The discussion will be conducted through artistic mediums, designed to draw on the expertise and experiences of all present.
In 2011, Occupy Melbourne answered the global callout to occupy public places as part of a transnational protest for social justice. The #Occupy movement came out of the Arab Spring, Global Financial Crisis and the Spanish indignados movement. Occupy Melbourne was held at City Square for six days, before being forcibly removed by Victoria Police at the request of Melbourne City Council in a 10-hour operation.
David’s discussion will be held as part of the Supper Club: Place & Displacement event for Arts House’s season two 2017 program. David joins Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin, urban planner Timmah Ball, and natural history expert Gary Presland who will explore their view of place through Indigenous culture, our natural environment and the ways that we design new spaces and transform place.
The event will be held on Tuesday 25 July at 7pm. For further information and bookings click here