CoVA’s research priorities aligned with the University of Melbourne’s aims of engagement-led research that values invention and innovation. They served to build strong research collaborations with industry partners and were explicitly conceived to bring about positive change to local communities, Australia and the world.
Postnational Art Histories
During the past 50 years, contemporary art practices, theories and criticism have engaged deeply with the many postnational challenges to national sovereignties yet the nation state and nationalisms are as strong and influential as ever.
Art Across the Archipelago
This program aims to produce a new understanding of cultural alliances across the Asia Pacific region with programs specifically focused to facilitate collaboration between institutions and individuals across Australia, Indonesia and India.
Contemporary society, and public culture, is no longer formed by values and practices that arise from and remain bound to a homogenous group, but has multiple origins, addresses diverse communities, and flows across territorial boundaries.
Feminism and Intersectionality
The Feminism and Intersectionality program is designed to challenge dominant narratives and ideologies, and propose new frameworks in which to continue making and legitimising forms of knowledge and cultural production that are otherwise rendered invisible.
Art + Science
The CoVA Art and Science program, supported by Science Gallery Melbourne, facilitates vital, national and international research projects in this space, building relationships between the University of Melbourne and scientific and creative research institutions across the world.
Lectures, conferences, exhibitions, artist talks, podcasts and symposiums hosted by CoVA or convened by CoVA fellows.