Imagineers in Circus and Science: Scientific Knowledge and Creative Imagination

Photo by Jurgen Burgin


The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University presents

Imagineers in Circus and Science: Scientific Knowledge and Creative Imagination


Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 April 2018


This conference will discover stupendous (inter)connections between the Arts of the Ring in different media and the discourse of science intricate synergies, hidden relationships and captivating narratives.

It will uncover what Circus & Science teach us, not only about the relationships between scientific knowledge and creative imagination, but also about ingenious scientific discoveries, the mechanics of high-risk entrepreneurial adventures and innovation. We will hear about bold and unconventional intellectual and performative endeavours, and the use of art to facilitate the transfer of knowledge.


What are the ways that circus mediates science (for Australia’s popular audiences)?

How do Circus & Science practise and produce curiosity?


Themes of the conference include


Circus and technological Innovation * Circus and Robotics * Circus and Bioethics * Circus and Frankenstein * Circus and Evolution * Circus & Science Communication * Science and Magic * Dramatisation of Curiosity


What's on offer?


Presentations by 48 speakers from different academic disciplines including the top Australian circus scholars * Science Show at Questacon * Circus Movie Night with the National Film and Sound Archive at the Arc Cinema * Magic Lantern Show * Glassblowing Performance * Performance by the Warehouse Circus, Canberra’s Youth Circus


Who's involved?


The Australian National University, Australian and international scholars and speakers from 5 National Institutions and 2 external partners from the ACT, including Inspiring the ACT.


Keynote speakers


  • Professor Jane Goodall
  • Professor Peta Tait
  • Professor Graham Durant AM
  • Professor Richard Weihe (Switzerland)
  • Professor Stefan Buchenberger (Japan)


For registration press on the 'register' button (top right).


For inquiries about the conference, please email Dr Jürgens or



LaborARTory Award - Competition for Creative Conference Recording

Look at the conference programme at our webpage and get inspired! Send us your idea of how to creatively record that conference – a dance? A video? An installation? Let us know what you’d suggest!

The Call for Ideas closes on March 25.

See attachment below for further information.




Date & time

Tue 03 Apr 2018, 9am – Thu 05 Apr 2018, 5pm


Sir Roland Wilson Building


Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Professor Jane Goodall
Professor Richard Weihe
Professor Peta Tait
Professor Graham Durant AM


Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens
6125 6767


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