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Today's date is Saturday, December 07, 2019
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 October 2019
Friday 25
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Lunchtime Concert | End of year celebration More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from with the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

The Conservatorium celebrates a busy year of music-making with this special culmination concert to farewell its 2019 concert series.

Free entry, no bookings required.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series 2019 More Information
Title: The Power of Shared Heritage: China’s Belt Road Initiative and the Politics of Silk Road Heritage

Presenter: Erin Linn

In 2013, China formally announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a multinational global development, infrastructure, and investment initiative involving more than 70 countries. As part of its multi-pronged strategy, China is using a number of mechanisms to realise the goals of BRI: infrastructure development, economic and business investments, diplomacy, political negotiations, culture, and cultural heritage. To gain public support for the initiative China is promoting “people-to people bonds”, one of five strategic “cooperation priorities” of the Belt and Road Initiative (NDRC, 2015). Cultural heritage is identified as a key tool by which to foster “people-to-people bonds”. To date, research has primarily focused on the political, economic, and policy implications of BRI in an attempt to understand the motivating factors behind this grand strategy. Few scholars have considered the cultural implications of BRI and how China’s explicit use of cultural heritage may impact the people living in areas most affected by Belt and Road projects. Belt and Road Initiative represents a complex web of institutions, networks of connectivity, and identities spanning vast geographic distances. Through public discourse the BRI is being framed as a revitalization of the ancient Silk Roads. China is both creating and promoting a notion of shared heritage using imagery, history, and heritage of the ancient Silk Roads. This notion of shared heritage is framed around conceptualisations of inter/intra-regional heritage rooted in ideas of an ancient trade network based on peaceful and prosperous cross-cultural exchange between nations. In creating this conception of shared heritage, the heritage of nation states, and ethnic and religious groups are circumvented, the significance of national borders lessens, and new identities are forged. This PhD seeks to understand if notions of shared heritage exist in the context of the lived experiences of communities in countries impacted by BRI, outside of official discourse. The research contributes to the emerging field of shared heritage by developing a conceptual framework of shared heritage drawing on theories of cosmopolitanism. Using this framework China’s use of trans-regional heritage is interrogated to identify how notions of shared heritage are being created and promoted. Oriented by a qualitative methodology and place-based studies, the thesis explores if and how these ideas are manifesting within institutions, policies, and local communities in Central Asia. Fieldwork in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan will be conducted to investigate how these complex ideas of shared heritage are being received, understood, and/or affecting individuals impacted by BRI.

Bio: Erin is a PhD candidate at UWA researching China’s use of cultural heritage within the context of the Belt Road Initiative. Her work explores the emerging concept of shared heritage and how China is creating and operationalizing notions of a shared heritage of the ancient Silk Roads as a key strategy of the BRI. She is interested in understanding how these complex ideas of shared heritage are being received, understood, and/or affecting the lived experiences of individuals and communities impacted by BRI. Erin’s research is informed by 15 years of work in cultural heritage and archaeology in Southeast Asia, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Australia, the US, and the United Kingdom. She holds an MA in Archaeology from the University College London and an MA in Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and is the founder and director of the non-profit organization, Integrated Heritage Project.

Title: Spark-ling New Social Relations. Social Network Analysis and Design-Based Research in practice

Presenter: Lukasz Krzyzowski

Technological innovation in health care can have a positive impact on seniors’ independence at home, enhance their wellbeing, and maintain social networks. While in many cases end-users’ perspectives are included in the process of technology development, this presentation provides a case study for a relation-centred approach combined with the Living Lab model. The Spark Living Lab was a creative environment where project partners and end-users were actively involved in co-designing, prototyping, and testing a mobile application through participation in social network research, a series of design thinking workshops, usability tests, and use of the app ‘in practice’ in the community, enabling the project’s outcomes to be measured and scaled up.

Bio: Dr Lukasz Krzyzowski is Manager of the UWA Social Care and Social Ageing Living Lab (UWA School of Social Sciences) and Assistant Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Lukasz is a certified project evaluator, Design Thinking facilitator, user-centred service and product designer with aged care, and community engagement expertise. Lukasz previously worked on European Commission funded projects including “ICT for Ageing Well”, and recently on “Smartcare: Social Rechnology, Aged Care, and Transnational Connections”. Lukasz currently collaborates with Befriend Inc. to co-design digital services for people with disability in WA.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Enrich | Show Choir and Jazz Spectacular More Information
The vision of the UWA Conservatorium of Music is to enrich all lives with music. Through UWA's broadening units, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in practical music-making as part of their degree.

Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic performances. Come and hear the wealth of musical talent on campus.

Join us for an evening of variety and fun, with performances by the Ukulele Ensemble, Show Choir and Flute Choir.
Saturday 26
11:00 - EVENT - Sensory Science: an exhibition to stimulate the senses Website | More Information
Sensory Science is a unique exhibition that includes the science-based artwork of Dr Erica Tandori, a legally blind artist from Monash University, and the Lions Eye Institute research team. It is a tactile exhibition that enables people with all levels of vision to learn about science and research in a new and engaging way. it will be of interest to people of all ages.
Tuesday 29
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Challenges of Archaeological Research and Cultural Heritage Management in a Developing Country Website | More Information
A public lecture by Mylene Lising, Cultural Deputy Officer, National Museum of the Philippines; Lecturer, Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

The Philippines is a developing country with a population of over 100 million people. Its majority lives below the poverty line. As such, it has a socio-economic climate that puts archaeology and prehistory low on the list of priorities, which have at the top food, shelter, and clothing. Cagayan Valley in the archipelago’s northeast is a known location of several archaeological sites, among which are the oldest in the country dating to the Middle Pleistocene. In the Philippines, the oldest human fossils to date have been found in Callao Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan Province, dating to ca. 67,000 years ago (Detroit et al. 2019). Although no human fossils have yet been published from the Kalinga site, Rizal, on the western border of Cagayan Valley, lithic materials and faunal fossils with cutmarks have been dated from this site to 709,000 years ago (Ingicco et al. 2018). However, previous research has shown that no comprehensive cultural resource management plan exists for the Cagayan Valley sites.

Mylene’s ongoing project is to develop a system for cultural heritage management applications for these two archaeological sites in the Cagayan Valley, Philippines, that will create value and relevance for the prehistoric heritage to the general public, and, which will serve as a foundation upon which implementation of other CHM plans and projects in the Philippines will be based.

In this lecture, Mylene will discuss some of the methods she and her colleagues are employing to achieve this goal, including studying how other countries of comparable socio-economic contexts with the Philippines have addressed their sites of similar characteristics.
Wednesday 30
17:00 - EVENT - FAKES! : A salon and social event Website | More Information
What makes a good fake? How do we identify fakes? Can technology detect authenticity? How can we detect fake sincerity? What are the legal and ethical implication of fakes? When is a fake better than the real thing?

Please join us for a convivial discussion about the art, craft, and science of fakes hosted by the Centre for the History of Emotions and the Tech and Public Interest research group. In the spirit of a salon, clever, incisive, and unpredictable conversation is guaranteed. Bring your own short (2-3 minute) provocation, performance, or dramatic reading – or just turn up to see where the conversation takes us. To get us started, expert insights on the topic of fakes will be offered by five featured speakers:

Oron Catts (fake meats) | Jani McCutcheon (copyright and authenticity) | Julia Powles (merchants of truth) | Kathryn Prince (fake feelings) | Ted Snell (art fakes)

Participation is free, but registration via the url is imperative for catering purposes (wine! cheese! no fakes!).

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Struggles with scale, strategy, and stewardship: fifty years of environmental activism Website | More Information
A public lecture by Graeme Wynn FRSC, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

By common account, environmentalism has had three major concerns: beauty, health, and permanence. Roughly translated these terms mark abiding preoccupations, shared by large numbers of citizens, with issues such as wilderness protection, environmental justice, and sustainability. In one way or another, such concerns are threaded through the recent histories of most parts of the world. They are at the heart of many of the most pressing issues of our times, and they have been the focus of great debates, epic confrontations, and no small amount of political reaction. But the question remains: has half a century of environmental activism made a difference? In working towards a response, this talk considers scale, strategy and stewardship as potential snags upon which the environmental movement has snarled these last few decades.

Graeme Wynn (FRSC, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia) trained as an historical geographer, but has had a career-long fascination with and involvement in environmental history. His early work explored forest exploitation, conservation, preservation and management in Canada and New Zealand (Timber Colony, 1981), but Wynn has also published widely in rural/ agricultural, and urban studies, written on the histories of geography, environmental history, and environmentalism, and contributed broadly to Canadian Studies (most recently The Nature of Canada, co-edited with Colin Coates, 2019 and Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History, 2007). He was the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies at UBC (2011-13), and general editor of the Nature|History|Society monograph series with UBC Press (currently at 33 volumes).

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Porn Down Under: The Politics of Consumption, Pleasure and Regulation Website | More Information
Join us for this special panel discussion that will consider the role of pornography in contemporary Australia.


Associate Professor Paul J. Maginn, Urban/Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia - '“Gagging for It”: Geographies of ‘Straight’ and ‘Queer’ Online Porn Consumption in Australia'

Professor Alan McKee, Associate Dean (Research and Development), University of Technology Sydney and IAS Visiting Fellow - 'We Went Looking for Pleasure but we Found Satisfaction'

Dr Zahra Stardust, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and IAS Visiting Fellow - 'Alternative Pornographies, Regulatory Fantasies and Resistance Politics'
Thursday 31
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Experiences of migrant women in contemporary Taiwan More Information
A public lecture by Tiffany Hsu and Yow-Jiun Wang, National Cheng Kung University, 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows.

This lecture has been cancelled. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

Dr Hsu and Dr Wang will give a masterclass on 'Women’s Migration and Carework in Asia' on 30 October.

Details: http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/masterclass/hsu-wang

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519): enigma and genius Website | More Information
A public lecture by Costantino D’Orazio, Art historian and writer, Rome.

This lecture is part of a year-long series that celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA

2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the teaching of Italian language and culture at The University of Western Australia.

In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.

This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.

19:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Centre Stage | Parallel Resonance : A Piñata Percussion Co-Lab with the UWA Guitar Studio Website | More Information
A Piñata Percussion Co-Lab with the UWA Guitar Studio

Parallel Resonance will be a spirited night of music for marimba, vibraphone, guitar and percussion influenced by the energetic rhythms and harmonies of flamenco, tango and jazz. The program will feature joyful instrumental music from a diverse range of composers including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Julia Wolfe, Emmanuel Séjourné as well as lesser known gems from Joe Duddell, Robert Davidson, Olga Amelkina-Vera and more.

The UWA Conservatorium of Music is one of Australia’s leading music performance schools. Pinata Percussion is the Conservatorium’s virtuosic ensemble of percussion students, led by award-winning musician Dr Louise Devenish. The UWA Guitar Studio is directed by American artist Dr Jonathan Fitzgerald, performing frequently throughout WA and around Australia.

Parallel Resonance is directed by Louise Devenish and Jonathan Fitzgerald.

Tickets from $15 (plus b.f.)

Contact details: concerts@uwa.edu.au


Due to some poor weather forecast this Thursday night the performance will now be staged at Fremantle Town Hall – not Fremantle Arts Centre. All times and the date remain the same – doors open 6pm, performance starts 7pm. Fremantle Town Hall is located at 8 William St.

Parking is available at the Kings Square Carpark. Limited street parking is also available around the venue.

Please note that due to the venue change, we will no longer be offering woodfired pizzas as we do at FAC, so if you had intended on having dinner beforehand please do so in Fremantle. We will be running a bar at the Town Hall.

 November 2019
Friday 01
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Research Seminar 2019 : Understanding School-Family Relationships and their Contribution to Children’s Religious Identity Formation in Indonesia More Information
Indonesia has been built on the pluralism principle, as enshrined in its state ideology, Pancasila. However, tension over the relationship between religion and the state has always existed. Contemporary Indonesia is marked by inter-religious conflicts, religious intolerance and the increasing discrimination against religious minorities. Education potentially could be used to promote religious tolerance in a diverse society. In the education system, religious identity formation is foregrounded in specific areas such as curriculum and in broader activities designed to create school culture. Given the centrality of religion in Indonesian culture and schooling, there is a need to better understand the religious life sphere, the possibilities for peaceful religious coexistence, and how children’s religious identities are formed. This presentation provides an outline of a proposed doctoral study that aims to explore school-family relationships and their role in shaping children’s religious identities. It is important to research these relationships for two main reasons. First, religious identity is poorly understood and is only now appearing as a sub-field within identity studies. Research about children’s religious identity is lacking globally especially in the Indonesian context. Second, while there is a large amount of work on parental involvement in schools globally, this is not the case in Indonesia, where there is a major need for further research. Data gathered will be based on six months of ethnographic fieldwork with teachers, parents, school principals, and children in two primary schools in Indonesia, and will employ participant observation, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and photo-elicitation interviews.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series : The governing parent-citizen: School governance, policy reform and divisions of parent labour More Information
Internationally, major policy reforms seek to deepen parent and community engagement in schools. Yet whilst pervasive in policy documents, discourses surrounding ‘parent engagement’ are elastic and imprecise, ultimately gaining meaning through the technologies of governance that emerge when policies are enacted in schools. In this paper, we examine how one major reform movement in Australia is articulating new roles for parents and community members in schools: the 'Independent Public Schools' initiative in Western Australia. We argue that this reform is constructing a new ‘governing parent-citizen’, through which the parental labour of social reproduction is being extended and rearticulated. Our analysis demonstrates the intensive policy intervention required to produce this new form of parental labour and the subsequent divisions of labour it is producing.

Dr Glenn Savage is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. His research is located at the intersection of public policy and sociology, with specific expertise in schooling reform, federalism and the politics of education policy. He has recently completed an Australian Research Council 'Discovery Early Career Researcher Award' project titled 'National schooling reform and the reshaping of Australian federalism'.

Jessica Gerrard is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is an interdisciplinary researcher who works with sociological and historical methods and policy analysis to address issues of inequity in education. Her research focuses on the relationship of education to social change and politics in the context of transforming school and work contexts

18:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Student Recitals : Jacob Monteith (Guitar) More Information
Each year the Conservatorium of Music celebrates the amazing talent of our performance and composition students in a series of senior and graduation recitals. These recitals are the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and showcase the technical, musical and artistic skills of these young emerging artists. Recitals take place in Callaway music Auditorium (unless otherwise specified) and are free to attend, so come and see these emerging artists delight!

Fri 1 Nov | 6.00pm | Jacob Monteith (Guitar)
Saturday 02
10:00 - WORKSHOP - How to keep a beehive : Did you ever want to keep a beehive? Website | More Information
Or perhaps you just want to take better care of your bees.This overview explains how to manage a healthy, productive honeybee colony. Learn how to work with these fascinating insects and produce your own local honey.The theory section (Friday, 1 November 2019; 6.30pm to 8.30pm) will take you through the logistics of starting in bees, how to use your equipment, how to register as a beekeeper, recognising disease, what a colony needs to stay healthy, how to re-queen and how and when to take off honey. The practical session will give you hands on experience of a bee colony, expand on and show what was learnt in the theory session. Also recognising and locating the queen, colony orientation, how to enjoy the beekeeping experience and keep it low stress for the bees and yourself. The practical session will be held in the CIBER bee yard at UWA Crawley on Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 10am to 4pm.
Monday 04
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Physics in the Fight against Cancer Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Thomas Bortfeld, Medical Physicist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Even though cancer is far from being universally curable, there has been significant progress in its treatment over the past few decades. In the Unites States, for example, the five year survival rate after diagnosis of cancer, has increased from 50% in the 1970s to 67% in the 2010s. This improvement is not only due to advances in clinical research, cancer biology, and pharmaceutics, but largely also due to advances in physics.

Over the past decades, physicists have developed three-dimensional anatomic imaging (e.g., computed tomography) and functional imaging (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography), which have revolutionized cancer diagnosis as well as our ability to target the disease with various treatment modalities such as surgery and radiation. In radiation therapy physicists have made particularly important contributions. For example, the development of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) allows doctors today to focus radiation on the tumor and spare surrounding healthy tissues to a degree that has been previously unachievable. Yet another level of “conforming” radiation dose to tumors while avoiding surrounding organs is achievable with proton beams and heavier ions (see figure). The first proton therapy center in Australia is currently under development in Adelaide.

In this lecture Professor Bortfeld will review some of these contributions of physicists to medicine through his own lens as a physicist working in a hospital and at a medical school, based on his experience with the development of IMRT and proton therapy. He will also give an outlook into the future role that physicists may play in the search for a cancer cure. This should go beyond imaging and radiation therapy and be driven by grand challenges and provocative questions, which are being defined in collaboration with Professor Martin Ebert at The University of Western Australia. It should focus on the understanding of physical mechanisms underlying the evolution, growth, spread, and treatment of cancer. It should include the modelling and optimization of combinations of treatment modalities, and the probing of the patient’s dynamic response to the treatment for individually optimized treatments.

Professor Bortfeld’s visit is gratefully supported by an Australia-Harvard Fellowship, provided by the Harvard Club of Australia Foundation.

18:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Student Recitals : Oliver Crofts (Clarinet) and Jane Pankhurst (Clarinet) More Information
Each year the Conservatorium of Music celebrates the amazing talent of our performance and composition students in a series of senior and graduation recitals. These recitals are the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and showcase the technical, musical and artistic skills of these young emerging artists. Recitals take place in Callaway music Auditorium (unless otherwise specified) and are free to attend, so come and see these emerging artists delight!

Mon 4 Nov | 6.00pm | Oliver Crofts (Clarinet)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY | Première Rhapsodie ARAM KHACHATURIAN | Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano GIOACHINO ROSSINI | Introduzione, tema e variazioni

Mon 4 Nov | 7.30pm | Jane Pankhurst (Clarinet)

Jane will performing works by Weber, Martinu and Stravinsky with guest artist Adam Pinto (piano).
Tuesday 05
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Surgical robots – What they can and can’t do, what are they for, and the future Website | More Information
A public lecture by Kiyoyuki Chinzei, Deputy Director of Health Research, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan and 2019 UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.

Surgical robots are one of the top hi-tech medical gadgets of the day. Developed in early 1990s, the world market now reaches 4 billion USD/year, expanding 10-20 % annually. Followers of the dominant ‘da Vinci Surgical System’ are increasing as the patents of the Silicon Valley based giant Intuitive Surgical expire. Subsequently many new types of surgical robots are appearing, moving us from research to enterprise.

However, the truth is that virtually all of the current available gadgets are not in fact robots - in the sense that they do not do surgery on their own - and no new surgical techniques have been made possible by the introduction of surgical robots. Large numbers of research studies about clinical outcomes are published – some are positive, some are not. Given this situtation, what then are surgical robots for? And, what is their attraction for surgeons and patients?

This lecture will give an overview of the current state of surgical robots, describing currently available systems that use robotic technology, as well as some ongoing R&D projects in multiple medical fields. Professor Chinzei will review clinical papers on the impacts of surgical robots, and outline some of technical challenges faced by the research community.
Wednesday 06
17:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Student Recitals : Sarah Blanchard (Clarinet) and Chelsea Davis (Flute) More Information
Each year the Conservatorium of Music celebrates the amazing talent of our performance and composition students in a series of senior and graduation recitals. These recitals are the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and showcase the technical, musical and artistic skills of these young emerging artists. Recitals take place in Callaway music Auditorium (unless otherwise specified) and are free to attend, so come and see these emerging artists delight!

Wed 6 Nov | 5.00pm | Sarah Blanchard (Clarinet)

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) – First Sonata Op. 120 No. 1 (1894) I. Allegro appassionato James RAE (b.1957-) – Sonata in G Minor for Clarinet and Piano (2014) Artie SHAW (1910-2004) – Concerto for Clarinet (1940)

Wed 6 Nov | 6.30pm | Chelsea Davis (Flute) +Honours Recital
Thursday 07
17:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Student Recitals : Claire Orman (Percussion) and Merina Chen (Bassoon) More Information
Each year the Conservatorium of Music celebrates the amazing talent of our performance and composition students in a series of senior and graduation recitals. These recitals are the culmination of years of hard work and dedication and showcase the technical, musical and artistic skills of these young emerging artists. Recitals take place in Callaway music Auditorium (unless otherwise specified) and are free to attend, so come and see these emerging artists delight!

Thurs 7 Nov | 5.00pm | Claire Orman (Percussion)

Thurs 7 Nov| 7.30pm | Merina Chen (Bassoon)

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