Roanna Gonsalves passionately argues for the radical yet ancient need we have to tell our own stories – taking a selfie with literature. In these troubling times, when space for those with little privilege seems to be shrinking across the world, Roanna discusses how the selfie (with its focus on ‘presencing’, agency and connections to history) provides a unique way to talk about writing. Roanna is the author of The Permanent Resident, short stories about Indians in Australia.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.