Dr Juanita Ruys
Dr Juanita Feros Ruys is Director of the Sydney Node of the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Sydney. She specialises in Medieval Latin and her research focuses on medieval approaches to autobiography, sexual temptation, suicidal emotions, and the emotions attributed to demons. She is a specialist in the writings of the medieval thinkers Abelard and Heloise and has just completed a book on the late life poetry written by Abelard.
Sex and Representation
Date: Friday 24 May
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Venue: Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Join four incredible women for a panel on sex and representation in discussion with MCA’s Senior Curator Rachel Kent. Wangechi Mutu is a visual artist whose collages focus on black female representation in popular culture; Naomi Wolf’s latest work is the fascinating Vagina: A New Biography; Emily Maguire’s Princesses and Pornstars: Sex + Power + Identity examines the treatment of women; and the University of Sydney’s Dr Juanita Ruys’ work explores issues of sexuality, including the sexual appetites attributed to demons, in the Middle Ages.
Stories That Last
Date: Sunday 26 May
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venue: Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
In a conversation about ancient literature and the power of storytelling over centuries, Dr Juanita Ruys from the University of Sydney talks to historian William Dalrymple, master storyteller Daniel Morden, and Iranian doctor Kooshyar Karimi (three men from very different professional and personal backgrounds) share an understanding and passion for the art of storytelling. Together, they’ll cover Urdu writings, mythology, folk tales and ancient Persian literature.