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Today's date is Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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 August 2017
Monday 21
16:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar Series, Seminar 1 2017 : Affective citizenship and ‘multiculturalism’ in South Korea: Children’s inter-ethnic relations at South Korean elementary schools More Information
My paper examines how issues of citizenship and belonging within an emergent ‘multicultural’ South Korea are articulated through the experiences and perspectives of multi-ethnic and mono-ethnic Korean primary school children. Based on ethnographic and interview data and drawing on theories of ‘affective citizenship’, geographies of exclusion (Zembylas 2011; 2014) and Korean concepts of relationality (‘we-ness’ uri, and ‘connectedness’ jeong), I analyse children’s inter-ethnic relations and the exclusionary and inclusionary politics of belonging at school. In doing so, I argue that specific Korean conceptualizations of relationality are critical to understanding the cultural dynamics of (affective) citizenship and are important for understanding processes of marginalisation and discrimination toward people with multi-racial and multi-ethnic backgrounds.
Tuesday 22
13:00 - SEMINAR - What is the role of unions in the 21st century university? : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Australia has some of the strongest anti-union legislation in the OECD, to the extent that they clash with international law that sees the ability to take withdraw labour as a fundamental right. We have the first generation since the Great Depression to be looking at worse living and working conditions than their parents, income inequality is at a record levels. Universities are a microcosm of this, some of the highest paid managers in the world run the universities while real wages of staff decline, stress and workloads increase. University managements hire union busting lawyers to tear up agreements and sue union staff. I will discuss the role of unions in the modern managerial university and the limits to our power as workers to affect the institution that used to be made up of “staff and students” but is increasingly portrayed by management as a business with clients where the staff’s only role is to serve those “clients” and support the organisation’s ability to make a “profit”.

18:00 - EVENT - Shock Room: We do as we’re told. Or do we? : A film screening followed by Q+A panel session with Director Professor Kathryn Millard, Macquarie University; Professor Carmen Lawrence, UWA; and Dr Nin Kirkham, UWA. Website | More Information
A compelling new feature documentary, Shock Room breaks open Stanley Milgram’s dramatic ‘Obedience to Authority’ experiment and forces us to re evaluate its conclusions. In the wake of the Holocaust, Milgram wanted to understand why people inflict harm on others. In 1962, he staged his experiment. Under the guise of participating in a study on memory and learning, participants were asked to inflict apparently lethal shocks on a fellow human being. Milgram later famously claimed that 65% of us will blindly follow orders.

My Lai, Rwanda, Enron, Abu Graib, the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, the News of the World phone hacking – ‘I was only following orders’ is through history. But extensive research from Sydney filmmaker and self professed Milgram obsessive, Kathryn Millard, reveals that Milgram ran more than 25 versions of his experiment, filming only one. And that, overall, the majority of people actually resisted.

Fifty years after Milgram’s original experiments, Millard, with a team of filmmakers and psychologists, re-staged Milgram’s experiments in Sydney, Australia, with actors using director Millard’s unique immersive realism technique. Shock Room combines dramatisations, animation, archival film and interviews with psychologists Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher, providing new insights about how and why people refuse to inflict harm and the conclusions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment.

Millard’s feature length documentary reveals the creative consequences of the impact of art on science … and science on art.

Professor Kathryn Millard is a writer, filmmaker and dramaturg. Psychology, mental health, popular fallacies and the afterlife of images are recurring themes in Kathryn’s body of work which spans award-winning feature dramas, documentaries and hybrids. Major credits include the feature documentaries Shock Room and The Boot Cake, the feature dramas Travelling Light and Parklands and Light Years about Australian photographer Olive Cotton. Awarded writing fellowships by the National Film and Sound Archive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Varuna Writers’ Centre and Screen NSW, Kathryn was Visiting Fellow in Film Studies at Yale University 2012. In her monograph Screenwriting in a Digital Era (2014) Kathryn finds the seeds of innovative screenwriting in the experiments of the past. On new projects, she continues to revisit landmark psychology experiments and explores the history of colour film in Australia. Kathryn is Professor of Screen and Creative Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Professor Carmen Lawrence teaches in the School of Psychological Science, Faculty of Science, at UWA. Carmen’s research focuses on the forces that drive significant social change as well as exploring our reactions to change.

Dr Nin Kirkham teaches philosophy in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Business,Law and Education, at UWA. Nin’s research area is normative and applied ethics, with a particular focus on issues in environmental ethics and bioethics.

This event is a collaboration between the UWA School of Social Science, the School of Psychological Science and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Wednesday 23
13:00 - SEMINAR - "Grassroots deterrence": Chinese public opinion and the South China Sea dispute : Discussion of strategic role of state-led popular nationalism in China’s maritime disputes in the internet era. All welcome. More Information
Thursday 24
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : People and animal interactions: A relational approach to the study of social identity in North-Eastern Kimberley rock art, Australia More Information
This proposal explores how Indigenous people from the Kimberley Region materially expressed their identities through rock art, by looking at three key rock art styles - Irregular Infill Animal, Gwion Gwion, and Elegant Action Figures (highly detailed and rich in human-animal depictions) - and the set of relationships human populations established with other animals. Rock art is an ideal medium for exploring social identity/ies as it has been argued that it was closely linked to country, material culture, animals, plants, and other beings. Following this line of enquiry, my research focuses on the analysis of human and animal interactions with a special emphasis on those scenes where human and animals are engaged (e.g. dancing, hunting, etc.), from which I will propose new theoretical approaches to explain the contribution of animals to human identity. The methods consist of iconographic analysis and Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) of qualitative attributes (e.g. personal ornamentation, weaponry, body postures, scene compositions, and pigments) and quantitative and spatial attributes (size of the motifs, number of elements that integrate each individual depiction, and geographical distribution) of rock art motifs. Finally, the research relevance relies on the critical re-assessment of Kimberley stylistic sequences, the linkage between theoretical approaches to identity theory and archaeological evidence, and the implementation of a relational approach that takes into account alternative constructions of identity; thus, approaching its study from a holistic viewpoint firmly grounded on rock art, material culture, and the landscape.
Friday 25
12:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : A genomic perspective on the origins of the first Australians More Information
Recent reports of archaeological evidence from Arnhem Land show that Aboriginal people occupied Australia by 65,000 years ago – consistent with the first comprehensive fullgenome study of Aboriginal people, published in 2016. High-coverage genomes for 83 Aboriginal Australians and 25 Papuans from the New Guinea Highlands show that Aboriginal Australians and Papuans diverged from Eurasians between 51 and 72,000 years ago. Ancestors of Papuan and Aboriginal Australian people split after about 40,000 years ago, and ancestors of the 83 Australians formed distinct groups sometime between 10,000 and 32,000 years ago. There is evidence for a population expansion in northeast Australia in the past 10,000 years. Further genetic investigations provide additional insights into Aboriginal origins and population movements within Australia. Taken together, the recent genetic and archaeological studies reveal a number of gaps in knowledge – and opportunities for Recent reports of archaeological evidence from Arnhem Land show that Aboriginal people occupied Australia by 65,000 years ago – consistent with the first comprehensive fullgenome study of Aboriginal people, published in 2016. High-coverage genomes for 83 Aboriginal Australians and 25 Papuans from the New Guinea Highlands show that Aboriginal Australians and Papuans diverged from Eurasians between 51 and 72,000 years ago. Ancestors of Papuan and Aboriginal Australian people split after about 40,000 years ago, and ancestors of the 83 Australians formed distinct groups sometime between 10,000 and 32,000 years ago. There is evidence for a population expansion in northeast Australia in the past 10,000 years. Further genetic investigations provide additional insights into Aboriginal origins and population movements within Australia. Taken together, the recent genetic and archaeological studies reveal a number of gaps in knowledge – and opportunities forRecent reports of archaeological evidence from Arnhem Land show that Aboriginal people occupied Australia by 65,000 years ago – consistent with the first comprehensive fullgenome study of Aboriginal people, published in 2016. High-coverage genomes for 83 Aboriginal Australians and 25 Papuans from the New Guinea Highlands show that Aboriginal Australians and Papuans diverged from Eurasians between 51 and 72,000 years ago. Ancestors of Papuan and Aboriginal Australian people split after about 40,000 years ago, and ancestors of the 83 Australians formed distinct groups sometime between 10,000 and 32,000 years ago. There is evidence for a population expansion in northeast Australia in the past 10,000 years. Further genetic investigations provide additional insights into Aboriginal origins and population movements within Australia. Taken together, the recent genetic and archaeological studies reveal a number of gaps in knowledge – and opportunities for future research.
Tuesday 29
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - In Absentia: The Politics of Cameraless Photography : A public lecture by Professor Geoffrey Batchen, Art History, Victoria University Website | More Information
How can a photograph of nothing—of nothing discernable or apparently significant—be said to offer some useful political purchase on the world it inhabits? How can a photograph that represents, but does not depict, a given situation be freighted with historical knowledge and import? Confining itself primarily to examples of cameraless photography, from the 1830s to now, this paper will ask these questions with a view to determining a politics for such photographs in the present. It will argue that photographs which draw attention to their own coming into being assume photography is always already a politics; by engaging the visual and chemical grammar of the photograph, they dispute and challenge the fixity of that politics. In any case, to make such photographs today returns photography to a unique, hand-made craft and away from global capitalism and its vast economies of mass production and exploitation. Not that these photographs are innocent; on the contrary they are often generated by actions that are toxic, radioactive, enigmatic, violent, dangerous. Nor are they “abstract.” Instead, I will argue, they redefine the nature of both photography’s realism and its potential as a political agent.

Professor Geoffrey Batchen teaches art history at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, specializing in the history of photography. His books include Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (1997), Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2001), Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance (2004), William Henry Fox Talbot (2008), What of Shoes? Van Gogh and Art History (2009), Suspending Time: Life, Photography, Death (2010) and More Wild Ideas (forthcoming in Chinese, 2017). He has also edited Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida (2009) and co-edited Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012). In April 2016 his exhibition, Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph, opened at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand. A book of the same name was published last year by Prestel. In October 2017 an exhibition curated under the direction of Batchen and titled Apparitions: The Photograph and its Image will open at the Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University of Wellington.
Wednesday 30
11:00 - SEMINAR - CMCA Seminar: Super-resolution and correlative imaging of malaria parasites More Information
New microscopy techniques are providing amazing views of the cellular landscape. We have used 3D Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM), direct Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (dSTORM), 3D-Electron Tomography and Block-Face Scanning EM to explore the sub-cellular topography of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. P. falciparum is the most virulent of malaria parasites, causing ~480,000 deaths per year. Efforts to control malaria need to target both asexual multiplication in red blood cells (RBCs), which causes disease, and sexual development, which is responsible for transmission. We have probed the changes to the host RBC membrane skeleton that mediate rigidity changes and imaged the virulence complex that the parasite establishes at the RBC surface, which mediates adhesion to blood vessel walls. We have explored the changes in the parasite and host cytoskeletal structures that underpin the remarkable reversible morphology changes that permit sexual blood stages to survive in the circulation ready for transfer to the mosquito vector.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Migrating ‘ndrangheta: Cultural bias and cultural differences in the policing of the Calabrian mafia between Italy and Australia : A public Lecture by Dr Anna Sergi, Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK Website | More Information
International media and popular culture have been perpetuating the presumption that criminals of Calabrian origins around the world must belong to, and replicate the structure of, the mafia-type Calabrian ‘ndrangheta clans in Italy. This presumption has been largely confirmed by Italian authorities and recently been considered by Australian ones. However, without analysis of the mechanisms of mafia mobility in the particular contexts of Australian cities and communities there is a danger of replicating awed conceptualisation of mafias as always hierarchical and monolithic from the USA while risking to miss the true nature of the Calabrian mafia phenomenon and its hybrid forms abroad.

This presentation will re ect upon contemporary challenges to police ethnic mafia-type organised crime groups across borders, when cultural traits of origins are deemed fundamental to the knowledge of the phenomenon, like in the case of the ‘ndrangheta. By looking at the way the Calabrian mafia is understood, conceptualised and contrasted in Italy and in Australia, this work will challenge stereotypes and bias from Italian authorities while also assessing the degree of cultural differences of the Calabrian clans abroad from the point of view of Australian law enforcement. The very core of this paper, therefore, is a reflection on the concepts of policing through cultural awareness, which requires an evaluation of concepts such as the culture and ethnicity within migrant groups as applied to behaviours typical of the “mafia method”, and with an attempt to overcome cultural relativism and ethnocentrism.

Dr Anna Sergi holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex, UK, an LLM in Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College, London and a specialist law degree from the University of Bologna, Italy.As a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex, she specialises in organised crime and mafia studies, from different perspectives, privileging comparative research approaches in policing and criminal justice methods. She has been a visiting fellow in different institutions, among which New York University, Flinders University, University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Criminology and the University of Montreal. Anna has published articles in various international peer-reviews journals and two books, one about the ‘ndrangheta and the ‘glocal’ dimensions of Calabrian mafia clans, and one of the policing of organised crime and mafias in Italy, UK, USA and Australia, both with Palgrave Macmillan. Currently, in 2017, she is working on a project on mafia mobility across Europe, Canada and Australia, funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust in the UK.

19:30 - FREE LECTURE - The Future of Murujuga Rock Art Website | More Information
Explosive new research findings will reveal the extent to which Burrup rock art is being destroyed rapidly by industrial pollution. Be there. Hear the news first. Join the fight to preserve Western Australia’s most significant cultural heritage site. The Burrup Peninsula and Murujuga National Park holds the greatest concentration of rock art in the world, with an estimated one million engravings spread over less than 400 square kilometres. It has some of the oldest surviving art, with recent research suggesting ages greater than that of European Cave art. The area has amongst the oldest human face depictions anywhere in the world. The new WA Labour Government pledged to nominate the area to the UNESCO World Heritage list in its election campaign and it is now acting on this commitment. But… new findings show the increasing speed at which industrial pollution is destroying the art. Hear the evidence. Find out what you can do about it.
Thursday 31
12:30 - VISITING SPEAKER - Assessment of Future Risk in Asthma: Opportunities and New Technologies Website | More Information
Dr Blakey's interest is in improving the assessment and management of people with asthma by incorporating newer data streams and measurement of future risk into models of care. Note: 12.30pm lunch for 1.00pm - 2.00pm presentation

13:00 - STAFF EVENT - mLearning Month - September 2017 : Are you Interested in Learning about Mobile Technology and Applications in Higher Education? Website | More Information
Across the month of September, the Centre for Education Futures will be hosting a range of mLearning events that will explore the use of mobile and in-context learning in Higher Education.

•Demonstrations on how to use the new Blackboard Instructor mobile app and Blackboard Mobile Compatible Tests.

•Virtual Reality demonstration by Unleashed VR.

•Showcases featuring Ruby the NAO Robot and her new range of functionalities.

•Workshops with our learning technologists on designing Augmented Reality experiences using Aurasma and recording video using your mobile device.

•Presentation by Associate Professor Martin Forsey on his reflections on the flipped classroom.

•Futures Enthusiasts Meet-Up (FEMU) featuring a presentation by the UWA Centre for Social Impact on 'Windows into Homelessness: A Virtual Journey'.

All events will be held in the Futures Observatory, Hackett Hall.

The first 100 event participants will receive a free mobile charger (one per person).

Register for one event, or as many events as you like via the Eventbrite link listed below.

13:00 - STAFF EVENT - DEMONSTRATION: Mobile Apps, Mobile Web, Mobile Personas, What's it all About : Event for mLearning Month - September 2017 Website | More Information
A look into the Blackboard mobile suite, new innovations, how to adopt them and what we have planned.

Will include a brief overview of the new Blackboard Instructor app, designed to better meet the needs of staff, by offering to enhance the user-centric mobile experience.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Mining the data – surely there’s more to it than points and polygons? Right? More Information
With over 30 years of heritage surveys in the Pilbara, Rio Tinto holds an immense collection of heritage data including a large relational database of site and survey records. As is the case with many industry-based cultural heritage resources, this information is most often used to manage sites on the ground and then largely put on the shelf to collect dust. Such a valuable dataset, however, should not be confined to the ‘grey literature’ and opportunities abound to ‘mine’ this data to guide and inform heritage values, significance assessment and ultimately site management. This paper will explore some approaches to data retrieval and manipulation and subsequently the value of the heritage dataset as a vital part of the archaeological toolkit and challenges the “greyness” of data collected in a cultural resource management context.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Rigs, Reefs and Re-cycling: how offshore infrastructure can be re-used to benefit our oceans : All at Sea: Restoration and Recovery Series Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Erika Techera, Director, Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia.

The offshore oil and gas industry is facing the prospect of de-commissioning thousands of installations in the coming decades. In some parts of the world the issue is already pressing. The technical difficulty and financial cost of complete removal is significant, and therefore the prospect of leaving part of the installation in situ is attractive. Furthermore, it is clear that in some cases, marine ecosystems have established themselves around this infrastructure, and are providing ecosystem services. Nevertheless, despite the success of rigs-to-reef projects in the US it is unclear whether such initiatives are transferable to Australia given very different physical and jurisdictional contexts. UWA researchers are exploring the way forward through multi-disciplinary projects including engineering and technical advances, marine science, socio-economic, legal and sociological perspectives.

This lecture will explore the issues, the questions being examined and potential solutions for Australia and beyond.

About this Series: All at Sea - Restoration and Recovery

Our oceans and coasts provide us with food, energy, livelihoods, cultural and recreational opportunities, yet they are coming under increasing pressure. This UWA Institute of Advanced Studies – Oceans Institute Lecture Series explores the wonders of our seas, the challenges they face and how research at UWA - in a diverse range of fields including marine science, ocean engineering, health, humanities and social sciences – are contributing to ensure sustainability.

 September 2017
Friday 01
6:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents : The Winthrop Singers – Dawn Chorus Website | More Information
The Winthrop Singers ascend Winthrop Tower for their annual serenade to the sunrise on the first day of Spring, followed by an intimate performance in the resonant acoustic of the Winthrop Hall Foyer.

11:00 - SEMINAR - Flexible non-citizens? Migrants from China and the citizenship dilemma More Information
Permanent residents from China living in Australia face a dilemma of citizenship. China does not permit dual nationality and so when Chinese citizens apply for naturalization elsewhere they must effectively renounce their Chinese citizenship and thereafter be treated as aliens under Chinese law. As Chinese immigration law has been complicated, piecemeal and unevenly applied, migrants fear that in the future they may be excluded from visiting China altogether. Also, as the administration of the hukou household registration is linked to the administration of borders and migration, former Chinese citizens lose access to the welfare and other social provisions that are tied to their hukou status. This makes longer visits and return or retirement migration much more difficult. Qualitative research conducted in Perth demonstrates that many Chinese migrants choose not to naturalize and instead practice ‘flexible non-citizenship’, as they perceive it grants them, on balance, the greatest accumulation of rights across borders. Yet this approach has drawbacks too. Permanent residents in Australia are excluded from some of the benefits of legal citizenship, are politically disenfranchised, and most importantly are always subject to the threat of deportation. This paper examines the varied strategies employed by families who juggle diverse and sometimes conflicting objectives when engaging with the citizenship dilemma.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert : UWA Wind & Brass 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.

This week join talented UWA students as they perform solo, as trios and quartets and as part of our Brass Ensemble.

14:30 - EVENT - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : Transforming education: An ethnography of open online learning and its potential in the Global South More Information
This presentation investigates the avowed potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Education Resources (OERs) to improve educational opportunities for learners in the global South. Based on action research in Dili, Timor-Leste in June-July 2015, May-June 2016, and February-July 2017, the research documents and analyses participants' engagement with a number of open online learning resources. As a rapidly developing post-conflict city, Dili provides an interesting case study of the potential for MOOCs and OERs to promote social and sometimes spatial mobility. Field research included observations of higher education classrooms, informal English conversation clubs and various public Wi-Fi 'hotspots' around Dili.The major field research phase was completed in July 2017 and primarily involved the facilitation of four online course study groups with English speaking adult learners in Dili. Data was collected via participant observation, semi-structured interviews with participants before and after the courses, observations outside study group meetings, and analysis of online course forum contributions. This is a multi-sited ethnographic study (Marcus 2009) exploring the role of the ethnographer as "embodied, distributed and mobile" (Landri 2013 p.239).

15:00 - CANCELLED - STAFF EVENT - mLearning Month Launch and Geoguessr Experience : Event for mLearning Month - September 2017 Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

We regret to advise that unfortunately the ‘mLearning Month Launch and Geoguessr Experience’ event scheduled to take place on Friday, 1 September 2017 from 3pm to 4.30pm has been cancelled.

There are many more events for mLearning Month that you can attend. Please visit https://mlearningmonth2017.eventbrite.com.au to register for these.

Kind regards

Centre for Education Futures M401, Perth WA 6009 Australia T +61 8 6488 1577 • E futuresobservatory@uwa.edu.au

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Join us for the mLearning Month launch! Explore the Futures Observatory with CEF Learning Technologists. Experiment and play with the technology on offer. Find out what events will be coming up during the mLearning Month.

Exploring with Geoguessr – where in the world are you?

Geoguessr is an online platform for cultivating 21st-century skills. The web based game will challenge your geographical and cultural knowledge by dropping you somewhere in the world – you can explore using Google Street View until you determine your location, then pin point it on a world map. This highly engaging and somewhat addictive game has been praised as an educational tool, with a range of uses in the classroom.

Join us in the Futures Observatory and see where in the world Geoguessr will take you!

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.

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