CoVA’s research priorities align with the University of Melbourne’s aims of engagement-led research that value invention and innovation. They serve to build strong research collaborations with industry partners and are explicitly conceived to bring about positive change to local communities, Australia and the world.
Postnational Art Histories
During the past 50 years, contemporary art practices, theories and criticism have engaged deeply with the many postnational challenges to national sovereignties yet the nation state and nationalisms are as strong and influential as ever.
Art across the Archipelago: Indian Ocean Exchanges
Art Across the Archipelago aims to produce a new understanding of cultural alliances across the Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions with programs specifically focused to facilitate collaboration between institutions and individuals across Australia, Indonesia and India. This program aims to produce a new understanding of cultural alliances across the Asia Pacific region through an interdisciplinary network of applied researchers.
Contemporary society, and public culture, is no longer formed by values and practices that arise from and remain bound to a homogenous group, but has multiple origins, addresses diverse communities, and flows across territorial boundaries.
Feminism and Intersectionality: Reframing the Institution
Feminism remains one of the most important philosophical and ideological movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Feminist and intersectional discourses continue to address relations of difference, heterogeneity, and hierarchy, and have enriched our understanding of inequality and global power relations and interactions.