Made by Humans/A Superior Spectre

Angela Meyer + Ellen Broad

The Edge, State Library of Queensland

Contemporary Storytelling / Science



#About the event


Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer

Angela Meyer’s writing has been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, The Big Issue, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Killings. She has previously published a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt).

She has worked in bookstores, as a book reviewer, in a whisky bar, and for the past few years has published a range of Australian authors for Echo Publishing, including award-winners and an international number one bestseller.

She grew up in Northern NSW and lives in Melbourne. A Superior Spectre is her debut novel.

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad is an independent consultant and expert in data sharing, open data and AI ethics. She has worked in technology policy and implementation in global roles, including as Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute, an international organisation headquartered in London and co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, a leading expert in artificial intelligence. She has provided independent advice on data and digital issues to governments, UN bodies and multinational tech companies. She has testified before committees of the European and Australian parliaments, written articles for New Scientist and The Guardian, and been a guest of ABC Radio National programs Big Ideas and Future Tense.


Prof Elizabeth Stephens

Prof Elizabeth Stephens

Elizabeth Stephens is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021). She was previously an Australian Research Council Research Fellow (2010-2014). Her research brings together critical theories and cultural histories of the body, with a focus on gender studies, queer theory, critical race and disability studies, and continental philosophy. Her Future Fellowship examines the cultural history of the experiment, from early modern science to contemporary experimental art. It seeks to show how collaborations between the arts and sciences have historically produced breakthroughs in knowledge and creative practice, and provide models for productive collaborative practice in the present.

She is a founding member of the Somatechnics Research Network, and has been a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of Exeter, and a Visiting Fellow in the History of Science and Medicine at the Huntington Library. In 2010, she was a recipient of the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award. She is currently an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of the Emotions.

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