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Today's date is Thursday, January 18, 2018
Events for the public
 June 2017
Thursday 01
9:30 - FREE LECTURE - Legal responses to domestic and family violence: Gendered aspirations and racialised realities : A public lecture by Dr Heather Nancarrow CEO, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS). Website | More Information
In this public lecture, Dr Heather Nancarrow will examine the data on domestic and family violence through a legal lense. The lack of an intersectional policy analysis, which would consider race, class and gender, has resulted in unintended negative consequences of civil domestic violence laws in Australia. The problem is amplified for Indigenous women. This is demonstrated through a mixed methods research design that examines: 1) gender and race differences in the application of legislation that reflected gendered aspirations (but ignored race); and 2) the kinds of domestic violence that occurred and its contexts. The data analysed were parliamentary debates, linked administrative court and police records for people who had been charged with breaches of civil domestic violence orders, and interviews with service providers and police prosecutors. A major finding was that although legislation was premised on gender-based coercive controlling violence, the application of the law in practice was far broader, applying it to fights, which is neither effective nor appropriate. For domestic violence law to be effective, it must distinguish between coercive control and fights, and victims (not just police) must have choice about state intervention. The findings have implications for the design and delivery of interventions, including justice mechanisms, in intimate partner violence. Dr Heather Nancarrow has 35 years experience working on the prevention of violence against women, including direct service provision, policy and legislation, and research and professional development. Heather has held many leadership roles at both the state and national level in regards to the prevention of violence against women. She was co-Deputy Chair of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Advisory Panel to Reduce Violence against Women 2015-16. In 2014-15 she was a member of the Queensland Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence; and in 2008-09 she was Deputy Chair of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which produced Time for Action, the blue-print for COAG’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Heather has a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her primary research interests are justice responses to violence against women, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Friday 02
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents: Free Lunchtime Concert : UWA Vocal Consort Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday in our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the finest musical talent locally, nationally and within the School.

Under the leadership of Helpmann Award winner and Head of Vocal Studies Andrew Foote, see these young emerging artist perform works for vocal ensemble.

Entry is free, no bookings required.

14:30 - SEMINAR - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : Micro-Minorities: The Emergence of New Sexual Subjectivities, Taxonomies and Languages of Gender and Sexuality; social and theoretical implications More Information
Co-creative digital practices are recently playing a central role in fostering opportunities for youth and young adults to participate in the production of new, emergent discourses that define, label and categorise new norms and counter-norms for gender and sexuality. Through digital cultural practices, recent figurations of sexuality and identity have emerged that present a widespread range of sexualities and genders challenging traditional masculine/feminine, hetero/homo dichotomies or LGBTQI labels that describe a more specific categorisation of identity practices. For example, this emergent taxonomy includes many new terms such as heteroflexible, asexual, homoflexible, sapiosexual, nonbinary, a-romantic and others, including multiple combinations. New practices of categorising and living sexualities/genders have significant implications for social theories of gender and sexuality, minority, health and mental health practices, community services, public facilities and family law. Two available approaches for understanding the emergence of new social formations of gender and sexuality include, firstly, a generational rejection of labels of earlier epochs, seeking instead a specificity for more ‘accurate’ descriptions of deeply-felt attachments, expressed principally in online settings as post-identity queer fluidity. Secondly, as a set of “micro-minoritisations” competing on a ladder of greater-or-lesser marginalisation, surveiled and policed through online interactivity afforded by the sociality of digital cultures. Drawing on nascent analyses of data collected as part of an ARC Discovery Project on queer youth support and belonging across two generations, this presentation accounts for the digital emergence of “micro-minority” taxonomies of sexual/gender identity, theorising new social practices in terms of digital affordances, while presenting a framework for understanding the implications of new, meaningful languages of identity categorisation for social theory.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents: Enrich! : Show Choir & Jazz Spectacular Website | More Information
The School of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduates studying at UWA. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

Under the direction of Aaron Hales, the Show Choir, will be performing medleys from Broadway favourites Hairspray and Cats! Whilst the UWA Jazz Ensemble, led by Jess Herbert will perfrom staples of the Jazz repertoire.

This fantastic concert is not to be missed!

Tickets (available at the door): $10 Standard | $5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Monday 05
19:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents : Piano Possibilities Website | More Information
Join talented UWA Piano Students as they perform all your favourite repertoire under the guidance of Head of Keyboard Studies Graeme Gilling.

Tickets $10 Standard $5 Concessions Available at the door
Tuesday 06
17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - UWA School of Music presents: Free Lecture Recital : Illuminating Significative Utterance in Performance More Information
Free Lecture Recital

Presented in association with the Harp Society of WA

Jacinta Dennett: Illuminating Significative Utterance in Performance

In this presentation that relates to her PhD research, Jacinta Dennett will advocate the sonic and expressive qualities of the modern concert harp through the performance and recordings of selected solo repertoire for the instrument. Helen Gifford’s Fable (1967) for harp solo will provide the lens through which a deeper enquiry into performance is sought. The research process will involve a study of Helen Gifford’s oeuvre, its critical reception authenticated by performance reviews, published and archival documents, radio broadcasts and transcriptions of interviews, and interviews between the performer and the composer herself. Using Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom (1894), in particular his theory of ‘moral imagination,’ this path of investigation will lay hold of music performance as the focus for developing an epistemology after the model of a fable, where discovery is self-initiated rather than delivered. What insights (inner sight or wisdom), does a study of Helen Gifford’s Fable (1967) reveal?

Jacinta Dennett is Harp Tutor at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music

18:00 - EVENT - Return to Moscow : Tony Kevin, a former Australian career diplomat (1968-1998), will discuss his latest book Return to Moscow (UWA Publishing 2017). Website | More Information
Forty-eight years ago, a young and apprehensive Tony Kevin set off on his first diplomatic posting to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. In the Russian winter of 2016 he returns alone, a private citizen aged 73.

Tony Kevin had a successful and challenging diplomatic career, ending with ambassadorships to Poland (1991-94) and Cambodia (1994-97). In Return to Moscow he applies his attention to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, a government and nation routinely demonised and disdained in Western capitals. Why does President Putin arouse such a high level of Western antagonism? Is the West throwing away the lessons of recent history in recklessly drifting into a perilous and unnecessary new Cold War confrontation against Russia?

Tony Kevin invites readers to see this great nation anew: to explore with him the complex roots of Russian national identity and values, drawing on its traumatic recent seventy-year Soviet Communist past and its momentous thousand-year history as a great Orthodox Christian nation that has both loved and feared ‘the West,’ and which the West has loved and feared back in equal measure.

Tony Kevin is a former Australian career diplomat (1968-1998) who held diplomatic postings and ambassadorships in Moscow, UN New York, Poland and Cambodia. Since retiring from foreign service, he has been an active advocate for change in areas such as Australian asylum-seeker policy, border protection, and climate change.

He has written several books inspired by his career and life experiences, including A Certain Maritime Incident (Scribe 2004) which won the ACT Book of the Year Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Multicultural Writing in 2005; Walking the Camino (Scribe 2007), winner of the ACT Book of the Year Award 2008; Crunch Time (Scribe 2009), and Reluctant Rescuers (self-published 2012). In 2012 Tony Kevin was awarded an Emeritus Fellowship at Australian National University, Canberra, for his four books.
Wednesday 07
13:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - 2017 Postgraduate Showcase: Frontiers in Agriculture : Come and hear UWA's top postgraduate students present their research in agriculture and related areas Website | More Information
Come and hear UWA's top postgraduate students present their research in agriculture and related areas.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dawn Freshwater will give the opening address.

Afternoon tea is provided and the event will be followed by drinks and nibbles in the Bayliss Foyer.

Registration required at www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register

16:00 - STAFF EVENT - Easy, Effective, Exciting: Virtual Reality in Teaching and Learning : Presentation followed by a demonstration and networking Website | More Information
The release of a series of new consumer-grade virtual reality devices in 2016 opened up exciting new worlds of experiential and multimedia learning and teaching. Using these devices, students are free to move beyond the confines of the two-dimensional page and screen by walking through digital reconstructions of human blood vessels or holding in their hands fragile artefacts otherwise kept under lock and key. Teachers, meanwhile, have access to a powerful suite of simple but effective tools with which they can create virtual experiences of their own in a matter of minutes and hours by contrast to the days and weeks of years past.

Join Dr Michael Ovens at the UWA Futures Observatory for a presentation on the potential and practical use of virtual reality in education to enhance student learning, followed by a demonstration and networking event featuring many of the latest virtual reality devices including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Daydream. This event is funded by the West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND), with additional support from the UWA Centre for Education Futures and the UWA School of Humanities.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link below.

18:00 - ALUMNI EVENT - School of Design - Annual Dean's Lecture : On Beauty and Justice in Architecture Website | More Information
"This lecture will discuss the important convergence of beauty and justice, ethics and poetics in architecture, both in practice and in education. This reflection is urgent in view of our complex political environment and the prevailing obsession with digital tools and formal novelty for its own sake." - Dr Alberto Pérez-Gómez

The Annual Dean's Lecture will be introduced by Foundation Board Member Janet Holmes à Court AC, and is presented in collaboration with The University of Western Australia.

Alberto holds the position of Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture. Founding Director of the post-professional M.Arch. and PhD, History and Theory of Architecture Option, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.
Thursday 08
16:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - CMSS Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) and Public Lecture Website | More Information
Please join us for Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) Event to celebrate Ramadan 2017.

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies, UWA, holds this event annually to promote inter-religious harmony and increase understanding of Islam in a globalised world.

Professor Abdullah Saeed, The University of Melbourne, will speak on A Contextualist Approach to Interpreting Qur'an in order to highlight the significance of reformist thought in Islam. He will demonstrate how such a reading is rooted in the Islamic tradition by giving examples of precedents that might be connected to this approach. He will also respond to the criticism that a contextualist reading of the Qur'an is relativistic by arguing that there are many ways in which possible relativistic tendencies can be curtailed in such a reading.

Abdullah Saeed is currently the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a member of the UNESCO Commission of Australia of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Australia. He was awarded Order of Australia (AM) in 2013. Among his publications are: Reading the Qur'an in the Twenty-First Century (2014); Islam and Human Rights (edited, 2012), Islamic Political Thought and Governance (edited, 2011); The Qur'an: An Introduction (2008); Interpreting the Qur'an: Towards a Contemporary Approach (2006), Islamic Banking and Interest (1999); Islam in Australia (2003); Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-authored, 2004).

Free but RSVP required via url or email to cmss-ss@uwa.edu.au
Friday 09
15:00 - EVENT - Blakers Mathematics Competition is now open : Closes Fri 4 Aug 2017 4:00pm Undergraduate Mathematics Competition More Information
EVENT: Blakers Mathematics Competition

The 2017 Blakers Mathematics Competition is now open.

Eligible candidates are all undergraduates in first, second and third years at a WA university.

Entries must be received by Friday, 4 August 2017. They may be mailed or given to Dr Greg Gamble, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, 6009.

PDF-scanned entries may be sent to greg.gamble@uwa.edu.au

Please mark your entry Blakers Mathematics Competition 2017, and include your name, address, email address, university, and number of years you have been attending any tertiary institution.

More details about how to enter can be found at

Monday 12
15:00 - SEMINAR - Let There Be Light: The Observational Quest for the First Galaxies : A seminar by Prof. Richard Ellis (European Southern Observatory/University College London) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
The first billion years after the Big Bang represent the final observational frontier in assembling a coherent picture of cosmic history. During this period early stars and galaxies formed and the Universe became bathed in ultraviolet light. Hydrogen in the intergalactic medium also transitioned from a neutral gas to one that was fully ionized. How and when did this `cosmic reionisation’ occur and were star-forming galaxies the primary agents? Recent measurements by the Planck satellite suggest reionisation occurred later than originally envisaged and this raises the exciting prospect that we may be able to directly observe the first galaxies. Deep exposures with Hubble provides evidence that star-forming galaxies were present during the relevant period. Spectroscopy is now required to address these important questions. I will review the rapid progress being made with current facilities, and the prospects with the James Webb Space Telescope and the ELT.

17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Public Panel Discussion - Sustainable Oceans and Security: Global Perspectives on the Indian Ocean Rim : Public Panel Discussion Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre, the UWA Oceans Institute and the School of Biological Sciences invite you to join us for a panel discussion on the sustainability of the Indian Ocean and the future prosperity and peace of the Indian Ocean Rim nations. The Indian Ocean contains biodiversity and resources crucial to sustaining the people of the Indian Ocean Rim with its rapidly growing populations. It includes three of the globe's major trading choke points; the Strait of Hormuz, the Strait of Malacca, and Bab el-Mandab.

This public panel is a lead-up event to the 2017 In The Zone conference "The Blue Zone". In the Zone will explore the sustainability of the Indian Ocean with respect to issues of food security, environmental management, resource sustainability and maritime security.
Tuesday 13
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Talking Allowed: Culture Jamming the Perth Modern School Relocation Proposal : This presentation examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect Website | More Information
Culture Jamming is defined as a movement that mixes politics with graffiti, and satire with paint. Said by some to scramble “... the signal, injects the unexpected, and spurs audiences to think critically and challenge the status quo”, this presentation examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect. We will showcase some of the many artistic works produced by artists and children to protest the recent proposal to relocate Perth Modern School to an inner-city high-rise, as well as jamming sites which promote racial equality, and ask the question: Is this controversial way of visually expressing public resistance and opinion effective in ifluencing legislation? Should it be?

19:00 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : “Missionaries, Adventurers, Laborer’s and Intellectuals”: Italians in WA before mass migration More Information
About the talk

Australia has received large numbers of migrants from the two great diasporas of modern times: Italians and Chinese. The latest census shows that the most widely spoken languages in Australia, after English, are Chinese and Italian. However while we are all aware of the mass migrations that have happened in recent decades, it is not so widely known that through the colonial period, up to the Second World War, Australia was a multicultural and multilingual place. This talk will describe the presence of Italians in Western Australia from the earliest times. The first recorded presences are an exhilaratingly mixed bag of “missionaries, adventurers and intellectuals”, to be followed by the labourers, who fished, grew and panned for gold. At Federation, one in three Italians in Australia lived in the West. The talk will conclude with a salute to a distinguished Italian, born in the 19th century, who in 1929 offered the first course in Italian in an Australian university: Francesco Vanzetti.

About the Speaker

John Kinder teaches Italian in this University and is Chair of European Languages and Studies. After researching recent Italian migration to Australia and New Zealand, and then the linguistic history of Italy itself, he has now turned his attention to the presence of Italians in Australia during the colonial period and the early twentieth century. This enquiry is based on a study of the letters Italians in Australia wrote to each other, letters that are found in public and private archives. In 2016 John Kinder was elected a Corresponding Member of the Accademia della Crusca, the prestigious language academy founded in Florence in 1583, the first Italianist in the southern hemisphere to receive this honour.

Saturday 17
10:00 - EVENT - UT Presents: 'The Wind in the Willows' : A charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand-new one-man adaptation Website | More Information
This is a charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand-new one-man adaptation - starring Shaka Cook (Jasper Jones). Kenneth Grahame’s rollicking tale of four woodland creatures is one of the true enduring classics of children’s literature and writer/director team Maxine Mellor and Kat Henry have given it a fresh coat of paint. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the incorrigible Mr. Toad on their journeys, trials and misadventures around the river, the Wild Woods and beyond. Featuring a magical set with plenty of surprises throughout, and playful costuming and props.

The Wind in the Willows will take badgers (small and large) on a heartfelt and humorous adventure that explores humanity, time and the value of friendship. For children aged 4 - 12 and anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.

"A huge holiday hit" - Absolute Theatre "Fun, playful, full of life" - Aussie Theatre "an excellent outing for the school holidays" - The Blurb
Sunday 18
10:00 - EVENT - Feeding the Future event : Students, staff and community are invited to see some of UWA's pioneering work and find out about careers of the future. Website | More Information
Our world-leading researchers tackle global, regional and local issues. One example is advancing research to feed the world. Despite the significant progress made over the last two decades, more than one billion people around the world still go hungry every day. UWA will host Feeding the Future to showcase how our research translates into economic, social and environmental impact. Attendees can engage in talks, interactive displays and live demonstrations to see how UWA research tackles real world issues.
Tuesday 20
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - 'Sense and Sensibility' and Jane Austen's lexicon of emotions Website | More Information
A public lecture by Robert White, English and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia

Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' reflects different attitudes to reason and emotion running through the century preceding its publication in 1811. The eighteenth century is sometimes called 'the age of reason' and 'the enlightenment' because of a philosophical emphasis on 'sense', 'common sense', prudence and rational thought — all qualities which define Elinor Dashwood in the novel. However, a simultaneous cultural and literary movement led to the same century being labeled 'the age of sensibility', because of an emphasis on feelings, expressive emotions and sympathy – all of which characterize Marianne Dashwood. Austen clearly signals through her title that she is exploring through fiction the paradoxes in the two apparently opposite modes, thought and feeling, reason and emotion. One question that can be raised to focus this issue is whether her title poses a question – Sense OR Sensibility? – or a more inclusive statement to suggest a possible amalgamation of qualities – Sense AND Sensibility.

About this Series - New Perspectives on Jane Austen On the two-hundredth anniversary of her death, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies - Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series presents new perspectives on the life and work of Jane Austen. Drawing upon the latest literary and historical research, UWA researchers tackle key themes in Austen's work and the wider social and cultural contexts in which she created her now world-famous novels.
Wednesday 21
9:30 - Masterclass - Earthquakes - How predictable are they? : A masterclass with Margaret Boettcher, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of New Hampshire. Website | More Information
While earthquake predictability is poorly understood, some faults have more regular seismicity than others. Earthquakes on oceanic transform faults exhibit many of the most systematic and predictable behaviors known in seismology and therefore provide a window into earthquake forecasting on potentially damaging faults. On short time scales (hours to days) earthquakes on these faults display extremely high levels of foreshock activity. On intermediate time scales (years) oceanic transform faults show the clearest evidence of quasi-periodic seismic cycle behavior in the instrumental record. And on long temporal and spatial scales (decades & 100s of km) the size and frequency distributions of oceanic transform fault earthquakes can be predicted from scaling relations dependent only on transform fault lengths and slip rates.

In 2008 the periodicity of oceanic transform fault earthquakes was put to the test when an array of ocean bottom seismometers were positioned on Gofar Transform Fault, located just south of the equator on the East Pacific Rise. The next expected earthquake on this fault occurred right on time and the seismometers recorded an incredible dataset including the magnitude 6.0 earthquake, thousands of foreshocks, and the aftershock sequence.

In this Masterclass participants will discuss maximum expected magnitudes, fault zone complexity, time-dependent earthquake forecasts, and examples of successful and unsuccessful recent earthquake forecasts and more. Join us to learn about some of Earth’s most predictable earthquakes- those on oceanic transform faults!

Margaret Boettcher is an Associate Professor of Geophysics at the University of New Hampshire. Her research aims to constrain the physical properties of fault zones using records of earthquake ground motion, laboratory friction experiments, and numerical models. She is particularly interested in contributing to the worldwide effort to address seismic hazard issues of societal importance. Her contributions have largely focused on understanding earthquakes in two very different, yet relatively simple, environments: mid-ocean ridge transform faults and deep gold mines.

Margaret Boettcher is a UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.

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