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Today's date is Friday, June 22, 2018
Events for the public
 May 2018
Tuesday 29
8:45 - FREE LECTURE - Regional Responses to the Trump Trade Shock : Free Lecture Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre will be hosting Ms Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, Professor Taeho Bark, President of the Global Commerce Institute of Lee&Ko and Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University and Ambassador Frank Lavin, CEO Export Now, Former US Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; and Former US Ambassador to Singapore for a public discussion on recent trends and shifts in the regional trade system. The Indo-Pacific regional trade architecture is undergoing turbulent shifts prompted by an assertive Trump Administration trade policy which is affecting major trading partners and allies. Western Australia currently conducts 78% of its trade with countries in the region. Shifts in the regional trade system will have significant implications to Western Australia’s economic engagement with countries in the region. At this public event, Ms Christine Holgate will deliver a keynote address followed by a panel discussion with our visiting international trade experts, Professor Taeho Bark and Ambassador Frank Lavin. They will explore possible policy responses to changes in the regional trading system and strategies to ensure the continued economic security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. To enhance your understanding of recent shifts in the international trade system and its implications for Australia, please join us for an informative discussion by our visiting trade and business experts.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - Percussion Carnival Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

The Percussion Fiesta will feature over 80 students, performing pieces from film and TV, Pop and Rock favourites as well as more traditional African melodies in the culmination of their semester's work!

Come and hear part of the wealth of musical talent on campus!

Tickets available at the door (cash only): $10 Standard /$5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Wednesday 30
17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Converge | The Irwin Street Collective: Mozart Double Piano Concerto 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.

In our final Converge of Semester 1, talented honours students Maria Ceccarelli and Adrian Soares join Cecilia Sun, Shaun Lee-Chen and the UWA Chamber Orchestra for a free performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for two fortepianos.

This not to be missed free concert will also feature Mozart's 'Paris Symphony' before renowned soprano and UWA Conservatorium faculty member Sara Macliver joins the orchestra to perfrom Exultate Jubilate.

Entry is free - no bookings required
Thursday 31
9:30 - STAFF EVENT - Unit Design Workshop - 31 May 2018 Website | More Information
Facilitated by an experienced Learning Designer, this one-day workshop is a great practical opportunity for new and current teaching staff at UWA to experience the unit design process.

You and your colleagues will participate in a number of sequential collaborative tasks which will allow you to explore ideas for student- centred learning as well as map out and plan the face-to-face and online elements for your unit.

We recommend that the Unit Coordinator and at least one other teaching staff member participates per unit to gain maximum benefit.

Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided on the day.

To register for this workshop, click on the Eventbrite link below.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : Gulf Spirit Boards: a pre-contact social narrative More Information
Traditional material culture of Papuan Gulf peoples was abundant and rich. It should come as no surprise that it became the object of continual acquisition by European visitors, especially London Missionary Society missionaries and government officials. Today, customary ritual practices have effectively ceased. The associated, elaborate ceremonial objects now fill the collections of museums around the world, and retained memories are mostly all that now remains of the traditional ceremonial life. My current research concerns spirit boards, one class of Gulf ceremonial objects, that are sourced from the Australian Museum and National Museum of Australia, as well as from illustrated works. Contextual information from libraries and archives forms another source of data. The project centres on the analysis of decorative elements that once served as kinship group ‘identifiers’. This information will be used to determine the geographic distribution of and differences among Gulf social systems. This will, in turn, help establish the social dynamics of the Gulf communities who were a key element of the Motu hiri trade system that began 500 years ago. Community engagement is another and perhaps more important objective. This is because it leads to a reconnecting of contemporary Papuan communities with their past, for which material culture and documentation now mostly resides in overseas institutions. The seminar presentation will focus on the background to the project, development of analytical processes, the initial results and next steps in advancing the research program.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Antarctica Homeward Bound Voyage 2018 Website | More Information
A public lecture by Veronique Florec, Research Associate, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, The University of Western Australia.

Plastic pollution in the ocean has become one of the most challenging environmental issues of our time. In 30 years, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! Thousands of marine animals and seabirds are being killed every year, either due to entanglement or from ingestion of plastic waste. To tackle a problem of this magnitude, we require a global solution. But in some circles where some of the most important decisions that affect our planet are made, women are either absent or only present in small numbers. Globally, women hold less than 15% of leadership positions in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) despite research showing that gender-balanced teams are more effective.

Homeward Bound wants to change this and, over a period of 10 years, it’s planning to build a global network of 1,000 women in STEMM and equipping them with leadership skills so that they can heighten their influence in policy circles. A global initiative, Homeward Bound is an intensive 12-month leadership program for women in STEMM that culminates in an expedition to Antarctica. The program aims to enhance the impact of women in science in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes the future of our planet.

As part of the program, we conducted research on plastic pollution in the ocean and are now looking to bring about change in this area. So what happens when you put 80 women — all passionate about science, gender equity and the state of our planet — on board a ship for 22 days in Antarctica? In a visually beautiful presentation, Veronique will share her experience of participating in the program, the lessons learned throughout the year, her research on plastic pollution in the ocean, and the amazing visit to the white continent.

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 sustainability.

 June 2018
Friday 01
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : Family language policies: A case study of Japanese immigrant families in Perth More Information
From interviews of Japanese speakers in Perth, this study explores language use in the day-to-day domestic environment. The project employs the concept of the family language policy and examines the families’ language policies, what factors contribute to their policies, and how and why they adhere to or change the policies. Families do not usually state their language policies explicitly, but whether intentionally or unintentionally, people make decisions on their language use in each speech community and those decisions become the community’s language policies.

The study identifies key factors that influence the family language policy. The strongest internal factor within the family is the belief on ‘elite bilingualism’ that one should speak two languages perfectly as a native speaker to be a bilingual (Heller, 2007). This belief can both encourage and discourage the bilingualism (or multilingualism) within the family. The strongest external influence on the family language policy is the status of English, that is, its dominance in the society and its social and economic mobility. Yet, the family language policy also shows fluidity and variations, and is related to individuals’ migrant identities. This study discusses how their migrant identities shape their beliefs, practices and management of the family language policy, and how language use influences their identities at the same time.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime | Concert Concordia Vocalis and Con-Cantorum 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.

In our final Lunchtime Concert for this semester, the Conservatorium's Vocal Ensembles present an all a cappella program.

Concordia Vocalis present selections from Banchieri’s Madrigal Comedy Festino, and Con-Cantorum (chamber choir) perform sublime reflective works by Gjielo (Ubi Caritas), Whitacre (Lux aurumque), Elgar (Lux aeterna arranged from Nimrod), and modern arrangements.

Entry is free - no bookings required

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Inside the choice machine: the public display of national testing data and its consequences More Information
That schools and social stratification are strongly linked is a ‘familiar’ sort of insight (Connell 2012). Connell also reminds us that the means by which inequality is produced and reproduced is historically contingent, arguing that, ‘a major shift is [currently] happening between old forms of inequality based on institutional segregation and new forms of inequality based on market mechanisms’ (p.681). In this presentation we want to move beyond assertions regarding new stratifications, to test the validity of a significant claim about market mechanisms further concentrating class divides through government techniques of choice and the “machinery” surrounding this. The focus is on Australian primary schools (a rather ignored arena when it comes to researching school choice), for which we pay particular attention paid to a government endorsed website called My School which makes public aggregated school test scores from the National Assessment Programme: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which is justified on the grounds that parents need these sorts of data if they are to make informed decisions about which school to send their child to. Ultimately in this presentation we will use the national data available through My School to test hypotheses suggesting that the practice of making NAPLAN data publically available increases social class concentration of students with elite schools attracting students from advantaged families, and vice versa.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - Show Choir Jazz Spectacular Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

Under the direction of Tim How, the Show Choir, will be perform songs from Broadway favourites. Whilst the UWA Jazz Ensemble, led by Jess Herbert will perform staples of the Jazz repertoire. This fantastic concert is not to be missed!

Tickets available at the door (cash): $10 Standard / $5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Tuesday 05
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Triumphant Entries during the Italian Wars 1494-1559: celebrating alliances and displaying cultural prowess in the face of unsteady peace Website | More Information
A public lecture by Elizabeth Reid, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA.

Between 1494 and 1559 two major European powers, the French Valois and the Austro-Spanish Habsburg fought a series of wars in a competitive bid to expand their territory into the Italian Peninsula. This period was characterised by ever-shifting allegiances, conspiracies, battles, and peace treaties. Major military victories or new alliances forged, and sealed by marriage, often occasioned a kind of ‘victory-lap’ whereby the triumphant ruler or his bride-prize entered allied territory and were treated to carefully orchestrated festivities. Artists, composers, poets and performers utilised gendered allegories to honour the entering party and to communicate the rich cultural identity of the city itself. Entries were just one level at which the politics of peace played on culturally engrained ideas of masculine strength juxtaposed with feminine vulnerability. This talk will contextualise and discuss key entries in light of this gendered framework. It is supported by a new ARC research project that aims to reconsider the events and cultural output of the Italian Wars through the lens of gender.

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.
Thursday 07
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Towards Zero Hunger (SDG2) in Africa Website | More Information
A public lecture by Frans Swanepoel, Research Professor, Centre for Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, South Africa and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Currently there are 1.3 billion people in Africa; more than five times the population in 1950. By 2050, Africa’s population will double to 2.6 billion, eventually reaching 4.2 billion by the end of the century – just about the entire world population in 1977. Africa is also the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes, high rates of malnutrition, and a significantly worsening food trade balance. Ironically Africa has sufficient land, water and human resources to be a substantial contributor to the world’s food balance sheet, and to contribute to the growing global demand for both food staples and higher value added food, as well as to energy markets. Agriculture and the food sector also present significant opportunity for employment and wealth creation. This critical role of agriculture in fostering sustained competitiveness and profitability in the sector, in the face of a world economy that is rapidly transformed into a knowledge and network economy is acknowledged both within the scientific community and in Governments at large. Without question, agriculture and capacity strengthening are now back on the development agenda as Africa refocuses towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). African agriculture has a number of major strengths, but also faces a significant number of challenges, a set of unique opportunities. Africa has now entered a development stage where some analysts are taking a more positive outlook and narrative as opposed to the traditional ‘Afro-pessimism’ of the last five decades. A new school of thought is emerging, one that recognises that Africa is in a better position to help itself be food secure moving forward – agriculture has started growing, albeit slowly but sustainably over the last decade. However, a number of interesting trends distinguish the economic growth of Africa from other continents. The dominant growth detected here is by small intermediary groups who are responding to rapid urbanisation and the growing ‘middle-class’. Strategies to support growth in sustainable agriculture should thus be responsive to these trends in order to vastly improve food security on the African continent.
Tuesday 12
12:30 - DISTINGUISHED VISITOR - Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series: Emeritus Professor Ian Puddey : Selecting Medical Students: Origins Matter Website | More Information
Join the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences as Emeritus Professor Ian Puddey discusses "Selecting Medical Students: Origins Matter".

19:30 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library : Hungary - After the Wall was Over - From Communism to Capitalism More Information
In 1989 the wall between East and West Berlin came down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Hungary as part of the Soviet block had virtually been occupied by Russia for the previous 40 years.

In 1990 Hungary was economically weak and very quickly they saw their best opportunity for economic growth was to seek capital investment from the west. Coca-Cola Amatil Australia identified the potential of building their business and purchased the State-run Coca-Cola Franchises of Hungary & the Czech Republic in 1990. The operations in Hungary were in dire need of modernisation both in manufacturing & marketing. Jim Natt was asked to join a team from Australia with this mission and he worked in Budapest for 6 months in 1991/92. It was a time when Hungarians for the first time could buy products they had seen in magazines or movies. They queued for hours at the new Levi jeans store, or Nike trainers or big Macc. Natt was focused in the Human Resources area and involved the recruitment of new marketing teams and making some difficult changes for some employees. Communism had a low unemployment rate but very low productivity from their workers. Most Hungarians had a job but not necessarily a task. The talk is a personal story of Natt’s experiences working with Hungarians adjusting to a new way of life He grew to love the people and is proud to have a very small part in helping the country prosper today.

Jim has been in the soft drink industry all his working life spending 14 years managing the family business (Mackays Aerated Waters) and 28 years with Coca-Cola Perth in Marketing and Human Resources. In 1989 he retired to pursue other goals.

He was involved in some very Interesting projects including a few years on the organising team of the Variety Club Bash – a car rally around Western Australia – and, with David Tunley, helping to manage the York Winter Music Festival and the Terrace Proms.

In 1991 Coke approached him to go to Hungary as part of a group from Coca-Cola Amatil Australia to help grow the business they had just purchased there. Jim joined the team of Australians in Budapest whose mission was to bring the franchise up to western standards of marketing and production. His appointment was for two three month periods in 1991 and 1992 and he will describe his experiences in Hungary at that time and some of the changes that were taking place.

RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – kathryn.maingard@uwa.edu.au or 08 6488 2356 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-the-library-hungary-after-the-wall-was-over-from-communism-to-capitalism-tickets-46000112575

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Wednesday 13
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Finding Ourselves in the World: Emotion, Orientation, Place : A CHE Public Lecture Website | More Information
‘We must above all see that here it is not a matter for psychology, nor even for a psychology undergirded by physiology and biology. It is a matter of the basic modes that constitute Dasein, a matter of the ways man confronts the Da, the openness and concealment of beings, in which he stands’ – Heidegger, Nietzsche I (p.45).

Emotion is central to the life of the subject, but emotion is no mere modification of subjectivity taken on its own. Rather, emotion is an essential part of the structure that opens up the subject to the objective and to the world. In phenomenological terms, emotion is essentially disclosive of the world. Yet in being so, emotion is also tied to felt bodily locatedness – the ‘being-placed’ – of the subject. Emotion thus belongs not to phenomenology alone, but to the essential topology of the human, and as part of that topology, emotion belongs to the externality of things no less than to the internality of the self. On this basis, we can better understand the relation of emotion to the materiality of human life (the material is always ‘felt’ and the ‘felt’ is always materialised), as well as the character of emotion as itself a mode of orientation – a finding of oneself as in the world in a certain way. Only in this latter fashion, in fact, can one find oneself in the world at all.

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor at La Trobe University. He was founder, and until 2005 Director, of the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics. He is the author or editor of 21 books on topics in philosophy, art, architecture and geography. His work is grounded in post-Kantian thought, especially the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions, as well as in analytic philosophy of language and mind. He is currently working on topics including the ethics of place, the failing character of governance, the materiality of memory, the topological character of hermeneutics, the place of art, and the relation between place, boundary and surface.

This free public lecture is the opening keynote of the Third International CHE conference, ‘The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders’, at The University of Western Australia, 14–15 June 2018.

This is a free event, but please RSVP (link on website or email emotions@uwa.edu.au)
Thursday 14
9:00 - CONFERENCE - The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders : Third International CHE Conference Website | More Information
Scholarship on the history of emotions is now rich and varied, and informed by multiple disciplinary perspectives from the humanities. This conference celebrates the many achievements of humanities emotions research and looks to new horizons in which it can be applied.

Registration details to be advised. Call for Papers closes 21 February 2018.

9:30 - STAFF EVENT - Unit Design Workshop-14 June 2018 Website | More Information
Facilitated by an experienced Learning Designer, this one-day workshop is a great practical opportunity for new and current teaching staff at UWA to experience the unit design process.You and your colleagues will participate in a number of sequential collaborative tasks which will allow you to explore ideas for student-centred learning as well as map out and plan the face-to-face and online elements for your unit.
Friday 15
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - China in Conversation: The World Order in Transition - China, the US and Australia Website | More Information
The 21st century has been dubbed the Asian century, as the growth of China’s economic and political influence puts increased pressure on the existing world order. For Australia, an ally of the United States situated in the Indo-Pacific region, these changes could not be more significant.

In recent years China’s rise has sparked debate about how Australia should manage the relationship with its largest trading partner. Tensions between Australia and China have noticeably increased in the first few months of 2018. As Trump and Xi go head to head on the world stage, what will be the effect on Australia China relations, and what role can Australia play in these turbulent times?

Join in the conversation with our experts for what is likely one of the defining issues of our time.

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute of UWA in partnership with Perth USAsia and Australia China Business Council.
Sunday 24
10:00 - EVENT - Perth Upmarket : Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. More Information
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 180 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. Incorporating a dedicated Junior Upmarket and Gourmet section.

Parking and entry are free and the venue is easily accessible. Three ATMs onsite.

Sunday 24 June 2018 10am - 4pm University of Western Australia's Winthrop Hall www.perthupmarket.com.au
Tuesday 26
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Babylon, the Bible and the Australian Aborigines: missionary networks and theories of racial origin in the nineteenth century Website | More Information
A public lecture by Hilary Carey, Professor of Imperial & Religious History, University of Bristol; Conjoint Professor of History, University of Newcastle, NSW and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

[God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation (Acts 17:26. KJV).

Until challenged by Darwinian evolution, Christians believed on excellent biblical authority that ‘all nations of men’ were God’s creation and there could be no fundamental division between them. From this it followed that all the extraordinary cultural diversity exhibited by the peoples of the world disguised an essential unity: they were ‘one blood’. This talk will examine the work of the Scottish schoolteacher Dr John Fraser (1834-1904) who sought to prove that the languages of the Australian Aborigines demonstrated that they were descended from the Dravidian peoples of southern India and were, ultimately, Babylonian in origin. Fraser’s views were published as part of his 1892 edition of the works of the missionary Lancelot Threlkeld (1877-1859) which was prepared as part of the New South Wales contribution to the World’s Columbian exhibition in Chicago in 1893. Fraser was both an able linguist and a skilled editor but those who have encountered the important work of Lancelot Threlkeld and his collaborator Biraban through his edition have found his biblical arguments distracting, if not bizarre.

This lecture will consider John Fraser as a representative of a Calvinist rear guard who sought to use the science of linguistics to defend the literal and scientific value of biblical narratives. Far from being a marginal figure, Fraser was at the centre of an extensive network of missionary linguists seeking to harmonise knowledge of Pacific and Aboriginal languages with scriptural deep history.

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