Arts make an impact

13 October 2015
Anya Banerjee
Laurence Simmons congratulates Arts Impact oral competition winner Anya Banerjee at Best of Arts.

The participants in this year’s Arts Impact competition are competing in the University-wide Exposure competition this week.

The winners of the oral presentation and poster categories will be hoping to add to the substantial cash prizes already awarded in Arts Impact.

Master of Arts in English student Anya Banerjee took out the oral category in Arts Impact with her presentation on the reception of Shakespeare in Bengal.

She argued that gaps in the narrative of Shakespeare’s ‘universal’ appeal point to an inextricable link between the story of Shakespeare in Bengal and that of modern Bengali femininity.

The nineteenth century in Bengal is commonly called the ‘Bengal Renaissance’ — an age when Indian and European ideas coalesced, instigating a break from traditionalism into what was thought of as progress and modernity for Bengali society.

Most of these legislative and cultural shifts centred on women, and Anya’s thesis explores various instances of the reception of Shakespeare in Bengal, and the ways in which the Bengali male elite sublimated the overwhelming experience of British authority into constructions of womanhood.

Master of Creative Writing student Caroline Barron spoke about how critical both careful research and wild imagination are in creating a believable world against which fictional characters can go about their fictional lives, and placed second.

Third place went to Ania Grant, who spoke about sexual selection and female choice in popular narratives for women.

Best of Arts 2015
Laurence Simmons congratulates Arts Impact poster competition winner Josh Emmitt at Best of Arts.

Doctoral candidate in Anthropology Josh Emmitt won the poster category in Arts Impact with his poster that added the third dimension to archaeological section drawings.

Archaeological section drawings are two-dimensional representations of deposit cross sections within an excavated area that have been common in archaeological literature since the early twentieth century. With modern computing techniques these drawings can now be digitised and transformed into three-dimensional representations.

Three-dimensional representations can then be integrated into Geographical Information Systems to place the data back into its original context and consider it in relation to contemporary data. This process was applied to the 1925-26 excavation of Kom W in the Fayum, Egypt by Caton-Thompson and Gardner and allowed for the original excavation of Kom W to contribute to current research.

Two doctoral candidates in History tied for second and third place in the poster competition: Ella Arbury, with a poster on the influence of ideas about health on Auckland homes from 1918-1949, and Emma Zuroski, with a poster exploring the maritime, scientific and imperial traditions in which the HMS Challenger Expedition of 1872-1876 took place to better understand how early scientific knowledge of the ocean developed.

You can catch all these presentations at Exposure this week, culminating in a prize giving MC’d by Ben Hurley.