Jerome Rothenberg spoke as part of the 2017 seminar program on Writing Through: Translation and Othering as Forms of Composition.

Our Next Seminar

Room to Listen online seminar series 2022

Out-of-Home-Care, Digital Lives and Storytelling

with Milissa Deitz and Rachel Morley

chaired by Anne Jamison

Friday 13 May 2022

11:00am – 12:00pm online 

To register for the seminar, please RSVP to you will be sent the Zoom link  

“There is no typical story of foster care: no universal truths about why children are sent to foster care; no widely applicable archetype of a failing family; and no simple answers about why, as a society, we cannot stem the tide of children we send to foster homes.” - Musgrove & Michell, 2018, p. 2

While every young person in Out-Of-Home-Care (OOHC) has their own unique story to tell, they almost always share the experience of a disrupted life. The main challenges these young people continue to face are placement instability, separation from siblings, a high turnover of case workers, and transitioning out of care. And this is against a background of the significant structural challenges within the sector itself. In reality, those problems can be hard to solve and many children and young people spend years in care, sometimes with multiple foster families.

This research project explores the role that digital technology can play in storytelling and life history. It also emphasises the critical role of storytelling in the making of the self — the way storytelling shapes identity and belonging, and impacts and influences physical and mental health.

MILISSA DEITZ is the Academic Course Advisor for the Communication, Screen Media and Creative Industries degrees and lectures in communication, media studies and creative writing in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is a former journalist and novelist with a PhD from the University of Sydney. She is a recipient of the 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Award for her work with academic literacy for first year students, and the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Award for the online blended learning Communication program. Milissa’s book Watch This Space: The Future of Australian Journalism was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Her novel Bloodlust and non-fiction title My Life As A Side Effect about depression are both published by Random House. Milissa has been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines and was the co-host of book show Shelf Life on TVS between 2011 and 2015. Her research and scholarly interests include grief, identity and family; voice and the marginalised within digital storytelling (The Right To Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service, Immigration Museum, Melbourne 2015); and young people, wellbeing and technology (

RACHEL MORLEY is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media, and Associate Dean of Engagement in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. She is also a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Digital Humanities Research Group. Rachel teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in creative writing, networked writing cultures, and media studies. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to student learning including two Western Sydney University Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2013 and 2014), a Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Postgraduate Training and Supervision (highly commended, 2014), a Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Learning and Teaching (2015), and a Vice Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarship (2015). Rachel's research interests and publication areas include literary and creative practice (with a particular interest in biography and autobiography); new media writing technologies; postgraduate pedagogies and academic literacies; theories and practices in qualitative research (including ethnographies of writing and representation); and ageing, creativity and cognition. She has held an ARC grant for a research project based in Central Australia (2012-2016) and has also received funding for an existing collaborative project, 'Ageing Creatively: Creative Writing as a Tool for Healthy Ageing'. Rachel is Assistant Editor and Postgraduate Editor of Global Media Journal - Australian Edition and convenor of the award winning national training event, 'Creative Ecologies: A Postgraduate Retreat in Creative Arts Scholarship'.

**All welcome!**


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