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2017 Laureate Profile: Professor Jill Bennett

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Professor Jill Bennett

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Administering Organisation: The University of New South Wales
Discipline Area: Humanities and Creative Arts

Fellowship project summary

Simulating subjective experience: a new paradigm in immersive visualisation (FL170100131)

This project aims to harness emerging immersive visualisation technology, pioneering a new approach to the study of subjective experience. The project expects to develop a transformative research tool, a virtual Perception Environment that simulates seeing through the eyes of another, with the larger social goal of transforming capacity to understand stigmatised and devalued populations, and of effectively remediating the effects of stigmatisation and prejudice. The expected outcome of the project is to advance societal understanding of the experience of ageing, and substantially develop our capacity to promote empathy and to remediate the problem of stigmatisation. This will position Australia as a leader in a new area of Visualisation, engendering a powerful means of knowledge transfer.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,194,989

About Professor Bennett

Professor Jill Bennett is founding director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where she previously founded the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics and is currently leading The Big Anxiety: festival of arts + science + people (2017). Professor Bennett has published widely on visual culture, contemporary art and new media, particularly at the intersection with trauma studies, psychology and mental health. Her books, including Empathic Vision and Practical Aesthetics, have advanced the study of empathy and aesthetics as a practical technique. Her research encompasses multimedia and curatorial practice. She has curated many exhibition projects, contributing to understandings of the experience of both trauma and memory loss. Professor Bennett received the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision (2007).

Find out more about Professor Bennett and her research by visiting her profile page on The University of New South Wales website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.


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