Doing Visual Politics - Nepal

Location: Nepal

8 - 31 December 2018

Duration: Three weeks
Eligible students: All undergraduate students from Design, Media and Communications, Social Sciences and Humanities. (10 places all together are available)
Unit code: MFP20002
Cost: $3000 plus flights and visa. 10x $3000 New Colombo Plan funded places available. The scholarship will cover the in-country program, so your out-of-pocket is airfares, visa and personal expenses.
Applications: Applications close 31 August 2018


Doing Visual Politics is global mobility project that takes the form of a three-week intensive Symposium + Workshop + Festival exploring contemporary issues in visual communication. Based in Kathmandu, the project brings together students and faculty from a range of disciplines from Australia, Bangladesh and Nepal, with a group of international industry guest mentors. Employing a transdisciplinary approach spanning art, photography, media, design, and the social sciences, this diverse group of students, academics and professionals will work collaboratively to interrogate and expand disciplinary understandings of visual politics in an applied setting. 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

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.

The hybrid Symposium + Workshop + Festival model comprises a three-day symposium addressing relevant issues in visual politics, which 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.

The project is a partnership between Photo Circle, a Kathmandu based photography school and visual archive, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute (Bangladesh), Queensland College of Art, RMIT University, The Australian National University and Swinburne University of Technology.

Information sessions

To learn more about this program, please attend one of the following information sessions:

20th August 2018 11.30am - 12.30pm BA 605, Hawthorn campus
22nd August 2018 11.30am - 12.30pm BA 708, Hawthorn campus


Payment includes:

  • accommodation
  • breakfast
  • some dinners
  • airport transfers
  • local sim card
  • 2 day symposium
  • 5 day workshop
  • 10 day infield program

Payment does not include:

  • return airfare (book this yourself)
  • tuition fees (HECS or unit fee)
  • visa (if required).
  • travel insurance
  • most meals
  • personal expenses

You may be eligible for an OS HELP Loan to help fund the cost of the trip.


Dr Oliver Vodeb

Academic Tour Leader and mentor

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