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Today's date is Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Events for the public
 May 2018
Tuesday 08
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Youth in Wartime: medievalist fictions for Victorian children. Website | More Information
A public lecture by Andrew Lynch, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, UWA.

The middle ages acquired a higher cultural prestige in nineteenth-century ideas of English national heritage. Literature exemplifying the spirit of medieval ‘chivalry’ was called on to offer behavioural models to Victorian children, yet there was also a widespread critique of medieval war as marred by mercenary motives, atrocities and civilian suffering. Consciousness of the perceived violence and religious ‘superstition’ of the medieval past in general helped shape writers’ narrative and ideological strategies. With the Middle Ages commonly seen as the childhood of the present, their works focussed a larger debate about war’s place in the course of national history and the development of the English character. The talk will be illustrated by contrasting examples of medievalist fictions about youth growing to maturity in wartime, including Charlotte M. Yonge, The Lances of Lynwood (1855), Charles Kingsley, Hereward the Wake (1866) and Robert Louis Stevenson, The Black Arrow (1888).

This talk is part of the lecture series - Peace and War: Representations in European Art and Literature. The three lectures in this series, offered by UWA academics associated with the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, focus on representations of war and peace in European art and literature. Collectively, they will examine the contexts and reception of cultural and political practices of war and peace in the medieval and early modern era from the perspectives of emotions history, medievalism, and gender studies. In this way, the series stands to challenge conventional interpretations of European life in wartime from the sixteenth- to the nineteenth century.
Wednesday 09
17:30 - CANCELLED - BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch and Garden Opening: The New Fortune Theatre : Help celebrate the launch of The New Fortune Theatre and opening of The Shakespeare Garden Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

This event has been cancelled due to scheduled works that affect the site.


UWA Publishing and The Centre for the History of Emotions warmly invite you to the book launch of The New Fortune Theatre: That Vast Open Stage, edited by Ciara Rawnsley and Robert White, and the opening of the Shakespeare Garden.

Built in 1964, the New Fortune Theatre at The University of Western Australia is a unique reconstruction of the Fortune Playhouse built in London in 1600, the year Hamlet was performed at the rival Globe playhouse. This book, richly illustrated with rare archival images, traces its romantic origins, and debates the possibilities it offers for creating strong emotional effects in audiences in such an intimate but imposing venue.

The book will be launched by Professor Susan Broomhall.

At the same event the first stage of a new Shakespeare-inspired theme Garden, featuring flora referred to in the plays and poems, will be opened by Professor Matthew Tonts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education.

Both projects are supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Refreshments will be available.

Please RSVP by Friday 4 May.

17:30 - MASTERCLASS - UWA Music presents Converge | Guitar Masterclass with Jonathan Fitzgerald Website | More Information
Join us each week for a delightful musical surprise! From young artist-led concerts to informal musical drinks on the famous grassy knoll, behind-the-scenes workshops, lectures and masterclasses, these free weekly musical experiences will delight all music lovers.

Masterclasses are an important learning opportunity for emerging artists but they also offer students, educators and music lovers not only the opportunity to see some amazing performances, but also to get a unique insight into the process of preparing a performance with advice from expert mentors.

This week Head of the UWA Guitar Studio Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald working with the next generation of young high school guitarists.

Entry is free - no bookings required
Friday 11
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert | The Winthrop Singers and Piñata Percussion Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week, be transported by the divine voices of the Winthrop Singers, supported by special guests Piñata Percussion.

Entry is free - no bookings required

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Monsters, dogs, blackfellas, and whitefellas: An ethnographic riddle about seeing and unseeing from central Australia More Information
The main aims of this paper are to (1) familiarise you with some diverse strands of my research, and (2) start a discussion about how they interface. Since 1994, I have been undertaking research with Warlpiri people, in the town of Yuendumu in central Australia. Yuendumu is one of four Warlpiri settlements on the fringes of the Tanami Desert, the Warlpiri homeland, and was set up in 1946 as a government ration station to alleviate Warlpiri suffering due to the ravages of the colonial frontier. Today, between 400-800 highly mobile Warlpiri people reside at Yuendumu, as well as about 100 non-Indigenous (mainstream Australian) service providers. My primary research focus has been on the phenomenology of the everyday, and topics span from sleep, fear, boredom, and death to laughter, neo-colonial relations, the night and the monstrous. This paper is structured as follows: I first sketch the riddle, which arises out of the different ways in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, respectively see monsters in my fieldsite. This is followed by three different analytical paths, each introduced by a brief ethnographic vignette: the first considers meanings of death, the second Warlpiri-dog relations, and the third unseeing as a social practice. In the conclusion, I transpose my insights to the national level.
Monday 14
8:00 - COURSE - Practical Rock Mechanics in Mining Short Course : This course is designed to develop specific open pit and underground mining geomechanics competencies for mine geologists and engineers so their contribution to mine site geomechanics programmes is enhanced. Website | More Information
This course is designed to develop specific open pit and underground mining geomechanics competencies for mine geologists and engineers so their contribution to mine site geomechanics programmes is enhanced. The course could be of particular benefit to geomechanics personnel with limited practical experience and is applicable to both open pit and underground mining personnel.

Course topics include:

Intact rock strength Discontinuities Rock mass classification Core logging and geotechnical mapping Stress measurements Rock mass failure criteria Data collection strategy Underground geomechanics mine design Open pit geomechanics design Groundwater management Numerical modelling Monitoring underground mines Monitoring open pit mines Stope reconciliation Introduction to probabilistic design
Tuesday 15
12:30 - DISTINGUISHED VISITOR - Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series: UWA Visiting Professor Dame Jill Macleod-Clark : Imagine a different future - is the time up for traditional Health Professional roles? Website | More Information
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences welcomes UWA Visiting Professor Prof. Dame Jill Macleod-Clark from the University of Southampton, to present 'Imagine a different future - is the time up for traditional Health Professional roles?' Join us for light refreshments at the conclusion of the presentation.
Wednesday 16
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Savonarola and Botticelli: the visionary prophet and the penitent painter Website | More Information
A public lecture by Arvi Wattel, School of Design, The University of Western Australia.

After the French invasion in 1494, the Florentine people revolted against its de facto rulers and exiled the Medici family from Florence. Subsequently, the followers of the Dominican preacher Girolamo Savonarola (called piagnoni: weepers) instituted a theocratic government, taking fierce control over the city, while Savonarola was preaching the end of times and called for a large ‘bonfire of the vanities’ to ‘cleanse’ the city. Savonarola’s disgust of splendour is famous, but what exactly was the impact of his sermons and this theocratic government on the arts? How did artists respond to his attacks on their art and his calls for reform?

This lecture is part of a lecture series: A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence.

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to present a series of lectures to be held in conjunction with the exhibition, A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence, which is being held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 24 February – 18 June 2018.

The exhibition is organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tãmaki, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and MondoMostre, Rome.
Thursday 17
8:00 - COURSE - Managing Seismic Risks in Underground Mines Short Course : This course is designed to introduce mine geotechnical engineers to basic mine seismology concepts and their application in mining. Website | More Information
Hard rock mines in deep and high-stress environments often require the use of seismic systems to enable operators to manage seismic risk posed to the workforce, the mining investment and the environment. Seismic data is also used in assessing the rock mass response to mining activities where source parameters are used in the interpretation of rock mass failure mechanisms, the calibration of numerical modelling, and the interpretation of failure mechanics of the rock mass. This course is designed to introduce mine geotechnical engineers to basic mine seismology concepts and their application in mining. Geotechnical engineers who work on medium to high risk seismic mines would benefit most from this course. Course topics include: • Intact rock strength • Spatial seismic analysis • Seismic response • Seismic re-entry • Seismic hazard assessment

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : When, why and by whom was the controversial ‘ship motif’ painted at walganha (Walga Rock)? More Information
For nearly 100 years people have wondered who painted a European ship with two masts, a row of gun ports and an apparent funnel at walganha, the most profusely decorated, ceremonially and mythologically significant, pictogram site known in southern Western Australia. Is the ship meant to be VOC Batavia or Zuytdorp, or is it the SS Xantho; they wrecked near Geraldton in 1629, 1712 and 1872, respectively. Does the stylised four-line pattern beneath the ship’s hull represent ‘waves’ or mimic Arabic or Asian ‘writing’? Is the motif simply graffiti, made in the 1890s during the Murchison gold rush? Was the artist a blonde, blue-eyed (part-Dutch?) girl who was killed and buried nearby for desecrating a men’s site? Did Sammy Malan/Hasssan, a ‘Malaysian’ ex-pearl diver, paint the ship after he settled at Walga Soak in about 1917? These questions will be considered in the light of several mutually-corroborative newspaper articles overlooked by previous commentators. They indicate that the ship was probably painted by an Aboriginal man before 1890; when pastoralism was being introduced into the Cue region. While difficult to ‘prove’, definitively, this scenario makes historic sense and has implications for post-colonial cultural collapse in this under-studied region.

17:30 - VISITING SPEAKER - 2018 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture : 2018 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture with speaker Cr Tony Briffa Website | More Information
The Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture is an annual collaboration between the Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia and the University of Western Australia to honour the work and achievements of the late Ms Isabelle Lake, a young trans rights activist, former employee of the Commission, and a University of Western Australia student.

These lectures aim to honour Ms Lake’s work and draw attention to the issues faced by transsexual, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people. The 2018 lecture takes place on IDAHOBIT (International day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia) and will be given by Cr Tony Briffa, who will speak about her life experiences as an intersex person. After the lecture, Cr Briffa is looking forward to interacting with the audience with a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm before the lecture starts at 6pm.

*RSVPs to https://www.trybooking.com/371061 for catering purposes please*

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Fish Must Breathe! Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Daniel Pauly, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

One of the expected responses of marine fishes to ocean warming is decrease in body size, as supported by evidence from empirical data and theoretical modelling. The theoretical underpinning for fish shrinking is that the oxygen supply to large fish size cannot be met by their gills, whose surface area cannot keep up with the oxygen demand by their three-dimensional bodies. Although this logic has been recently challenged, it will be shown, in the context of Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) that gills, because they must retain the properties of open surfaces, cannot avoid being limiting for fish growth. Also, besides explaining (1) the growth patterns of fish, a wide range of biological features of fish and other water-breathing organisms can be understood only when gill area limitation is used as an explanation, including (2) the decline of food conversion efficiency with size; (3) the size at which they reproduce; (4) the phenomenon known as ‘abortive maturation’; (5) why the fish of a given species are larger at the cold end of their distribution ranges; (6) why fish move into deeper/colder waters when they grow bigger; (7) why the growth and food conversion efficiency of farmed fish declines when oxygen supply is reduced; (8) why fish perform temperature-driven seasonal migrations (9) why global warming induces poleward migrations; (10) why the flesh of tuna that have fought for a long time at the end of a fishing line becomes inedible; (11) why the otoliths of fish and the statoliths of invertebrates form clear daily rings in larvae and juveniles, but in adults; (12) many other phenomena that are never ben elucidated before, or even perceived as requiring an explanation. The GOLT thus appears to have the potential of a powerful theory capable of acceleration progress in marine biology and limnology and the corresponding applied discipline, ie, fishery science and aquaculture.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich! Ukulele Sensation Website | More Information
Since 2012 the Conservatorium of Music has offered a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduates studying at UWA.

From humble beginnings in 2014, there are now 6 Ukulele ensembles running each week on campus and in the Enrich! Ukulele sensation, the amazing Luke Dux brings these groups together to showcase their semester's work!

Tickets $10 Standard / $5 Concessions (available at the door - cash only)

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Main Stage | Collaboration Website | More Information
The exceptional ability of young emerging artists and their passion for music will always create an extraordinary experience for concertgoers.

In this concert, the UWA Wind Orchestra directed by Paul de Cinque perform some exciting repertoire for winds, before the UWA Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms' monumental Symphony No. 4, conducted by Head of the UWA Conservatorium Professor Alan Lourens.

Come along and be inspired by the cream of Western Australia's young musicians.

Tickets $18-25 | School students attend for Free (email concerts@uwa.edu.au to RSVP)
Friday 18
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : Bamboo or Banksia? Exploring plants, spaces and design for the Chinese garden in Perth More Information
Classical scholar gardens of Suzhou date back to the Wu Kingdom (6BCE). Their designs had developed and matured by the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644). Nine of these gardens are listed as UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sights which signify their importance and value. Many Chinese gardens have been built in recent years across the world, mimicking the design of the classical scholar gardens of Suzhou. A Chinese garden in Perth will make a significant contribution to local cultural life, enhance the multicultural society of Australia and educate visitors about Chinese arts and design. This paper demonstrates an avant-garde approach to making this a cultural and eco-rehabilitation project.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Guitar Studio Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week, quartets from the UWA Conservatorium Guitar Studio will perform movements from Phillip Houghton’s Opals, and an arrangement of a Philip Glass string quartet (rarely heard on guitars). This free concert will also feature solo performances of works by JS Bach, Leo Brouwer and Giulio Regondi.

Let the sensuous sound of classical guitars take you from the mundane to the sublime.

Entry is free - no bookings required
Wednesday 23
17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Peace or Peril in Pyongyang: Dr Dino Patti Djalal on his Recent Visit to North Korea : Free Public Discussion Website | More Information
In this exclusive event, the Perth USAsia Centre will host Indonesia’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Dino Patti Djalal, who in April 2018 led a delegation of Indo-Pacific scholars and academics to North Korea. Dr Dino Patti Djalal initiated the visit to through his think-tank, the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), to meet with representatives of the North Korean Government to discuss contemporary issues facing the region. Professor Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, will interview Dr Djalal about his visit. The two experts will place this visit into the context of the significant diplomatic and de-escalation developments on the Korean Peninsula. In April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an unprecedented inter-Korean summit to discuss denuclearisation and the opportunities for a Peninsula peace regime. This summit followed a March President Xi-Kim meeting and precedes the upcoming and unprecedented President Trump-Kim summit. Join us at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) Auditorium, Fairway, Perth WA for this timely conversation with two experts who have on-the-ground experience in North Korea as the world anticipates the outcome of the forthcoming meeting between U.S. President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Converge | Piano Showcase Website | More Information
Join us each week for a delightful musical surprise! From young artist-led concerts to informal musical drinks on the famous grassy knoll, behind-the-scenes workshops, lectures and masterclasses, these free weekly musical experiences will delight all music lovers.

Come and hear music from Bach to Dizzy Gillespie in the UWA Conservatorium piano (and piano accordion!) student showcase!

Entry is free - no bookings required

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Duties to One's Own Population and Combatants in War: is there an "Internal" Humanitarian Law? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor of Law and Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

International humanitarian law is traditionally about the "other" side in the war, whether combatants or non-combatants. Just war theorists however have hinted at the idea that there is an "internal jus in bello" that applies in the relationship of the sovereign to its own population in war.

In this lecture, Professor Mégret will explore that possibility in existing international humanitarian law. To what extent are some rules in armed conflict actually about protecting one’s own population (eg: not recruiting child soldiers; not placing military assets next to civilian installations)? What if the state has duties towards its own combatants? The recent judgment of the International Criminal Court convicting Ntaganda for sexual slavery against one’s own troops points to this emerging dimension. It implicates some crucial debates about the relationship of international humanitarian law to international human rights law, and emphasizes some of the challenges involved: is there a risk, for example, of being too protective of the lives of one’s soldiers at the expense of non-combatants on the other side?

This public lecture is presented by the Australian Red Cross, the UWA Law School and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
Thursday 24
12:00 - Open to staff, students, and the public! - Plant Sale! with Friends of the Grounds : JOIN US! herbs, succulents, and more - plants typically $3 to $5 each Website | More Information
UWA Friends of the Grounds are holding a May Plant Sale on Thursday 24 May 2018 (and Friday 25 May 2018 if remaining stock)

Find herbs, succulents, and more - plants typically $3 to $5 each. Great finds! Open to staff, students, and the public.

Please bring a carry bag or cardboard box to cart your new plant friends home - thank you :)

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