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“2023 Spring Encounters: with(in) place” is series of activities organised by the Alliance for Praxis Research (APR), composed by artists, researchers and PhD candidates from Monash and RMIT. Spring Encounters provides a platform for researchers, activists and artists to connect in a relaxed setting of informal conversations and action. Its purpose is to break the boundaries of disciplines and institutions, creating cracks for open dialogue and the sprouting of ideas. Our program this year will be hosted in different locations across Melbourne. This year, we’ve designed these gatherings as a means to nurture our connections with place and, simultaneously, to highlight initiatives that are collaboratively shaping communities across Melbourne. From Preston Market to the Catalyst Social Centre, we hope that by the end of this journey, we will be able to entangle relationships, cultivate care, ground ourselves, and reimagine our work and lives with(in) place.
09 September | Make only radical plans
Meeting at Bell station | 10 to 12 pm
Facilitated by Zheng Chin (APR/Monash University) + TBA
Radical planning questions existing power structures to prioritise social justice, sustainability, and community empowerment. By reimagining urban spaces and engaging in social transformation, radical communities seek to create more equitable and democratic environments. Join us as we walk towards Preston Market while we discuss initiatives such as the ‘Save The Preston Market’ action group and other movements led by local communities striving for social justice.