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How can the Arts permeate throughout the curriculum, to ensure the DIVERSE CULTURAL NEEDS of the school community are met? 

Masterclass 2 | Dr Denise Chapman | Thursday 1 August, 4:00pm | Wickham Room 


What are the dangers of the single story and what does this have to do with curriculum, the racial imaginary, and ultimately student possibilities? This workshop will explore how poetry can support a jazzed way of thinking, seeing, and being to counter hegemonic practices within the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative making that encourages an aesthetic of hope.

Dr Denise Chapman

Senior Lecturer, Literacy, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, poet, critical autoethnographer, and academic who lectures in children’s literature and inclusive children’s media at Monash University. She has served as a literacy specialist for diverse communities in Australia, Fiji, Kenya, Singapore, UAE, and the USA. Denise is keen for teachers to see themselves as critical curators and creatives of media that support student belonging.

Her scholarly engagements centre around critical media literacy with a special focus on the impact of representation on imagination. She uses oral stories, children’s literature, poetry, and digital images as counternarrative windows for social change and liberation. Her counter-hegemonic creative work continues the traditions of her Gullah heritage and explores themes of home, immigration, belonging, epistemic injustice, teacher education, Black motherhood, as well as eco-racism.

In 2023, she was the Mem Fox Visiting Research Fellow and an invited speaker for AATE / ALEA’s national conference in 2023 and 2024. Denise was shortlisted for the Queensland Poetry’s 2022 XYZ Prize in Spoken Word Poetry and exhibited her poetry and interactive digital storytelling at Brisbane MetroArts (2022), the Counihan Gallery (2023), DotDot Studios (2024) and was invited to present at the upcoming Furious Flower Poetry Conference (Sept 2024).

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