Experimental pedagogy: Leading Deakin 'Spark Start' Talks


As part of a team building interdisciplinary undergraduate Units in 2015, I was invited to launch Spark Start talks.  These were designed to foreground new ideas and research questions that could engage students in explorations through film, theatre, literature and the arts. I focused on Art Nouveau and theatrical gesture, arguing that it was the Jewish actress, Sarah Bernhardt, who first incarnated and made famous the tendrils and weeping, curling lines of the Art Nouveau, long before it became acclaimed within the Arts and Crafts movement.