Payments: You can book online with a school Purchase Order Number.
PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to pay by Credit Card, please ring the VATE office and we will process your card payment over the phone.
You will need to pay first, then go online to book and we will give the instructions on how to fill in the online form.
Booking system: When you book online you should receive an email Confirmation/tax invoice within a few minutes. Please ring us immediately if this does not arrive.
Catering - we always have approximately 50% vegetarian food so you do not need to request this. You can indicate Gluten Free on the online form. For other requirements please email the office: firstname.lastname@example.org
The caterers are Mary and Steve.
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
Edmund in King Lear
We use the word ‘bastard’ to describe something no longer in its pure original form; it is in some way debased. But to Australians, it is often a term of endearment; Lawrence Money defines an ‘amazing bastard’ as ‘a bloke who does stuff that other bastards wouldn’t try in a month of Sundays’. Our students search for, and discover a range of voices, just as we teachers do. As the world changes, so must our language and our use of it. Who would have thought that Bob Dylan would be a Nobel Laureate? The times certainly ‘are a-changing’.
In 2017 VATE celebrates those individuals who take the contrary line, who will not or cannot swim in the main stream, who view the world from a different perspective, who, with Shakespeare’s Edmund, question what is legitimate. In doing so, we also celebrate and further empower the language in which we work and live. We value the bastards, the contrarians, the iconoclasts, the dissidents and the marginalised, those for whom the status quo will not do.
When accepting the Gold Logie, actor and activist Samuel Johnson described himself as an ‘outlier’. This almost geographic term evokes a world which is capable of infinite extension, but at the same time which is capable of alienating its inhabitants. In 2017, when we as a society are excluding and punishing the innocent and deracinated, language is one of the few weapons we can wield in their defence. In his fourth year of detention, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani claims that ‘only in literary language can people understand our life and our condition’, as ‘where we are is too hard’ for the jargons and limitations of transactional language.
VATE 2017 wants to speak to and for the mavericks, we want to disrupt, challenge, experiment, innovate: we, like Oliver Twist, ask for more, as we search for space in the cracks of a rigid curriculum. After all, as Leonard Cohen says, ‘There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in’.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received at the VATE office in writing. Cancellations received between 5 and 3 working days prior to the event date will be charged a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations received less than 2 working days prior to the event will receive NO REFUND. If you do not attend and have not notified the office in writing according to the above policy, you will receive no refund.
Deakin University, Burwood
Linda Baron - Mon-Thurs email@example.com (9411 8500)