SOPHIS – Performing Refugee History: Voices from Contemporary Australia

Date/Time: Tue 07 Mar / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Old Treasury Building

Cellist Stephanie Arnold performs Across the Water, based on asylum seeker interviews; Michael Green from Behind the Wire talks about recording and presenting refugee testimony.


This seminar series, now in its tenth year and offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, History Council of Victoria and Old Treasury Building, explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society.

Tuesday March 7, 6pm to 7.30pm – Old Treasury Building, Spring Street (by Parliament Station)

Performing Refugee History: Voices from Contemporary Australia
Michael Green and Stephanie Arnold
Melbourne writers, artists and historians are working with refugee testimony in cutting edge media and are using personal stories to challenge public policy. Cellist Stephanie Arnold ( will perform and discuss Across the Water, a work for cello and electronics based on oral history interviews with Melbourne based asylum seekers. Michael Green from Behind the Wire (winner of the 2016 Oral History Victoria Innovation Award) will talk about the opportunities and challenges of recording refugee testimony and presenting it in a range of formats (including podcasts, a museum exhibition, a book and a website – see

Admission is free – Bookings required.
Please book at

For further information, please contact
Alistair Thomson
990 59785

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