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.

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

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Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, a collection of short fiction about Indians in Australia. Her series of radio documentaries, On the Tip of a Billion Tongues, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers and was commissioned and broadcast by Earshot on ABC RN. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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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.