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Today's date is Friday, June 05, 2020
Events for the public
 March 2020
Friday 20
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - POSTPONED: PaintStorm : See Phil Doncon and experience the wonders of PaintStorm. Website | More Information
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to advice provided by the Australian Prime Minister and the Department of Health, this event will be cancelled until further notice.

Are you interested in attending an energetic and inspiring live paint performance? Stop by Oak Lawn on Friday, 20 March, from 1pm - 2pm, to see Phil Doncon and experience the wonders of PaintStorm.

This event is organised by the UWA CALD committee as part of a Harmony Week, a time in which we celebrate the multiculturalism of Australia and the successful integration of other cultures into our community. Australia is a multicultural country which admires the vibrancy of the oldest continuing culture of our first Australians to the new arrivals that now call Australia home.

Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live.

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this work to maintain it.

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

PaintStorm is a live performance, which combines art, music and the occasional spurt of acrobatics all bought together in the theme of unity and diversity.

Phil Doncon is both an artist and a performer. his live painting performance is sure to entertain you through its vigorous and dynamic nature. Discussions will be held on issues relating to unity and diversity all whilst creating a painting. Thi painting will be based on the direction Phil Doncon takes during his storytelling process.

Be sure to take part in this fantastic event and experience all the wonders this performance has to offer!
Sunday 22
10:00 - EVENT - Perth Upmarket : Perth's best design market Website | More Information
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s original and best design market, featuring more than 200 of Perth's most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and foodies all at The University of Western Australia's Winthrop Hall.

There is something for everyone, including a Junior Upmarket section in Hackett Hall which showcases all the best local designers for kids' clothing, toys, games and decor. Have a browse through the gourmet section to inspire your inner Masterchef, shop original locally designed homewares or find the perfect Christmas gift for someone special. Then enjoy a coffee or lunch relaxing on the beautiful lawns around Winthrop Hall.

DETAILS: · Sunday 22nd March 2020 · Sun 21st June 2020 · Sun 13th Sept 2020 · Sun 29th Nov 2020 Time: 10am-4pm Venue: The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Parking and entry free, venue is easily accessible, 3 ATMs on site 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley Website: www.perthupmarket.com.au Facebook.com/perthupmarket
Monday 23
11:00 - CANCELLED - SEMINAR - Dr Marcus White, Sciences of Synthesis More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Speaker is unable to attend on this date due to travel restrictions.


The seminar will provide information on reliable chemical transformations using Science of Synthesis
Tuesday 24
8:00 - WORKSHOP - Introduction to the Application of Risk-Based Methods in Underground Mining Geomechanics Workshop : A forum for underground mine workers to discuss: the methods used to design for geotechnical risk Website | More Information
Within the mining community, geotechnical risk is often underappreciated, sometimes ignored and seldom properly quantified. In all areas of geomechanics, the uncertainty and variability that engineers need to deal with necessitate a rigorous process of quantification or, in the very least, robustly qualifying likelihoods and consequences. There appears also to be a large gap between the state-of-the-art and the state of general practice when it comes to the qualification and quantification of geotechnical risk. The aim of this ACG workshop is to provide a forum for underground mine workers to discuss: the methods used to design for geotechnical risk and those used to manage these risks; to identify shortcomings; and to close the gap between the state-of-the-art and the state-of-practice.
Thursday 26
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Historically Hot: Reimagining Beauty from Japan's Past *Cancelled* Website | More Information
A public lecture by Laura Miller, Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of History, University of Missouri–St. Louis and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

**Unfortunately due to travel restrictions, this public lecture has been cancelled. **

This presentation will feature several reimagined historical figures who are represented by actors, cosplayers, or drawn characters who reflect today's beauty ideology rather than those of the periods they are portraying. Although some efforts are made to depict the costumes and hairstyles of the period, the desire to cater to current beauty norms dominates these productions.

Laura Miller is an internationally prominent scholar of Japan studies and linguistic anthropology, as well as of the body and feminism, girl culture, mysticism and divination in Japan. After graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara with BA degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies, she supervised an English language program for a Japanese company in Osaka (1977-1981). She received her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988.
Friday 27
11:00 - SEMINAR - Understanding the Role of Transnational Intellectual Networks within the South Korean Pro-democracy Movement – A case study of the Letters from South Korea Project More Information
What role did transnational intellectual networks play in South Korea’s pro-democracy movement? The political turmoil in post-war Korea that culminated in the proclamation of martial law on 17 October 1972 and the promulgation of the Yushin Constitution on 27 December 1972 resulted in a fracture in the link between the South Korean state and civil society. The government actively undermined freedom of speech within the country and was accused of disregarding human rights. In response, domestic actors sought to engage international connections to pressure their government from the outside to change its behaviour. My research focuses on one particular project which sought to influence the Park Regime through a transnational intellectual network. The “Letters from South Korea” was a 16–year long series of articles that were published monthly between May 1973 and March 1988 in the influential Japanese magazine, “Sekai”. These articles were the public face of a project that was built on an elaborate network of individuals and groups that worked together to covertly collect information from Korea and smuggle it into Japan for translation and publication. The articles provided information to the magazine’s readers on Korean activists who fought to restore democracy. The articles, which were published in Japanese, were translated into many languages and circulated worldwide. By focusing on this under-explored narrative of grassroots cooperation between South Korea and Japan, my research attempts to rethink the recent political history between these two nations, with the aim of identifying possible avenues for improving relations going forward.
Tuesday 31
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Oxygen Deprivation, temperature extremes and survival of the human brain *cancelled* : School of Human Sciences 2020 Seminar Series Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Philip Ainslie, University of British Columbia, Canada and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Due to ongoing concerns about the development of the COVID-19 virus and the importance of reducing its spread, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event.

We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, however we believe that this is the most responsible course of action at this time, as the health and wellbeing of our community take priority.

We hope to reschedule this talk at a later date.

 April 2020
Friday 03
11:00 - SEMINAR - The Practice of Environmental Education in Franciscan Schools in Jakarta and Bekasi, Indonesia Website | More Information
This presentation discusses the draft of paper on Franciscan senior high schools in Indonesia to see how Franciscan philosophy regarding the environment is transformed into practice in Franciscan schools. Using mainly qualitative data gained from participant observation in two Franciscan senior high schools in Bekasi and Jakarta and interviews with leaders, teachers and students, the presentation then examines how teachers and students put the philosophy and teachings into practice. Students and teachers have a clear Franciscan identity, and the presentation explores what this means in terms of religious beliefs and attitudes towards the environment as well as motivation for pro-environment practices. Finally, the presentation explains the students’ reported environmental practices, including the challenges and the limitations.

Suhadi is a Lecturer at the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta Indonesia. Previously he was associate researcher at the School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia.

14:30 - SEMINAR - On the Dearth of Ethnography in Higher Education Website | More Information

In the decade that just passed there were some notable lamentation about the lack of attention to ethnographic research in post-secondary education, or higher education (HE) as it is better known (Thrift 2011; Pabian 2014, Iloh & Tierney 2014; Gusterson 2017). To call the level, or amount of concern significant, would be an exaggeration, but this does not mean that the claims regarding a dearth of ethnography in HE is not significant, at least for those of us with professional interest in the area. In this chapter I want to bring the concerns together into the one space, opening up an important question for any ethnographer – “what is going on here”? (Geertz 1976; Walvoord & McCarthy 1990). The question takes us to the heart of the ethnographic imaginary, or more accurately imaginaries – views and versions of ethnography after all are matters of perspective and standpoint (Massey 2004). From there, I want to explore what it means to apply ethnographic imaginaries to higher education, speculating on whether some of the various ways in which ethnography is imagined and represented hinder its adaptation into HE.


Martin is an educational sociologist/anthropologist with particular interests in the social and cultural effects of schooling. More recently he has been paying attention to higher education, focusing on learning & teaching and the internationalization of tertiary education. Martin’s publications include books on neoliberal reform of government schooling and school choice. The range of papers reflect his interdisciplinary commitments as well as his interest in qualitative research methods. Martin recently became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Tuesday 07
13:00 - SEMINAR - The Imperial Discipline: Race and the Founding of International Relations Website | More Information
Disciplinary history defines the identity of a field of research. IR has traditionally told itself that it started in 1919 with the goal of bringing about world peace. This ‘world peace’ though, was far from the utopia we think of when we hear the term today. For the past four years, I have been writing a disciplinary history with Vineet Thakur and Peter Vale which emphasises the imperial margins in the development of IR. The project traced the ideas, institutions and methods associated with the discipline. We argue that some of the key ideas behind the discipline emerged in 19th century South Africa. These ideas then travelled to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, returned to South Africa anew and, eventually, came to India, spread by a committed network of imperial ideologues. IR’s origins, then, lie partly in the attempt to bring the empire together, to see world affairs the same way, and to better control world order. Racial ideas were central to the debates that took place within this network. This seminar will go through the argument and case studies presented in our forthcoming book The Imperial Discipline: Race and the Founding of International Relations, along with our call for plural, diverse and less US/UKcentred histories of the discipline.
Thursday 16
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Hormonal Changes with Age in Women and Men: Impacts of Exercise *cancelled* : School of Human Sciences 2020 Seminar Series Website | More Information
Due to ongoing concerns about the development of the COVID-19 virus and the importance of reducing its spread, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event.

We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, however we believe that this is the most responsible course of action at this time, as the health and wellbeing of our community take priority. 

We hope to reschedule this talk at a later date.

19:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Keeping People Healthy and Out of Hospital: treating the global inactivity pandemic *cancelled* : School of Human Sciences 2020 Seminar Series Website | More Information
Due to ongoing concerns about the development of the COVID-19 virus and the importance of reducing its spread, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event.

We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, however we believe that this is the most responsible course of action at this time, as the health and wellbeing of our community take priority. 

We hope to reschedule this talk at a later date.
Thursday 23
16:00 - SEMINAR - Aboriginal archaeological case studies in Visible and Near Infrared – Shortwave Infrared Spectroscopy Website | More Information

Visible and Near Infrared – Short Wave Infrared spectroscopy allows the identification of molecular bonds in samples by the absorption of energy at characteristic wavelengths. An introduction to the technology is provided. Two case studies in the application of non- destructive, non-invasive VNIR-SWIR spectral technology to Aboriginal archaeology in Western Australia are discussed: Hyperspectral Core Imager analysis of a small grindstone from Red Hill Camp in Swan River People Nyoongar Country and portable VNIR-SWIR measurements on in situ rock art at Weld Range in Wajarri Yamaji Country.


Lionel Fonteneau is a Senior Spectral Geologist at Corescan Pty Ltd and a specialist in interpretation of iron ore, nickel laterite and oil/gas hyperspectral data. He has a Masters degree in geosciences from Université de Poitiers and through Corescan he undertakes Research and Development for their cutting edge Hyperspectral Core Imagers. Karen Horn undertook an HDR Preliminary thesis at UWA in 2016. Her project investigated whether portable VNIR- SWIR could identify the molecular constituents of paints made experimentally with ochre and carriers and/or binders. The final part of the project was scoped alongside the Blood of the Red Kangaroo project (www.facebook.cm/bloodoftheredkangaroo) as a field test of VNIR-SWIR readings on painted rock art in Wajarri Country at Weld Range but due to word count limitations the results of this were not included in the thesis. Vicky Winton is a UWA Honorary researcher and consultant archaeologist. She emigrated to Western Australia from the UK in 2008 and her research interests have evolved from a doctorate on the stone artefacts of archaic humans to more diverse aspects of Aboriginal archaeology in Western Australia.

Erick Ramanaidou and Ian Lau are affiliated with CSIRO and Graham Walker is retired (formerly CSIRO).
Friday 24
12:30 - SEMINAR - Aboriginal languages use in Darwin Website | More Information

Research on Aboriginal languages is usually conducted in remote communities. But with increasing mobility of speakers, Aboriginal language can now be heard far beyond their homelands, with social orbits taking in urban centres such as Darwin and Alice Springs. As the speakers of these languages continue to seek out new social horizons, urban language ecologies can be expected to play a key role in the future of Aboriginal languages. I here present initial findings from a project on Aboriginal language use in Darwin.

The latest census reports 1101 speakers of Aboriginal languages in Darwin (ABS 2016), though this may undercount in various ways. In my 2018-2019 fieldwork the languages I encountered most were Anindilyakwa, Burarra, Kriol, Murrinhpatha, Tiwi and Yolngu varieties, spoken by both permanent residents and visitors from remote communities. Some speakers move back and forth regularly between homelands and Darwin. There is some degree of social differentiation between those who live in mainstream housing, those who live in Aboriginal-only ‘town camps’, and those who sleep in public parks and bushland, i.e. ‘long-grassers’. Another particularly intensive site of Aboriginal language use is Darwin prison, where the majority of some 1000 prisoners speak one or more Aboriginal language. Recently there has been a push to provide more languge-appropriate rehabilitation activities for these prisoners.

Short bio

John Mansfield is a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Fellow of the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. He is currently working on an ARC-funded project, ‘Remotely urban: Aboriginal language use in Darwin’.

The current COVID-19 crisis has created a situation in which suddenly many social researchers have found themselves isolated at home, unable to move freely among the community doing the work they normally do. Researchers have suddenly found doors closed to work internationally and unable to reach their targeted communities.

This is a crisis like no other. We need to think collectively about the various ways that researchers can creatively respond to this situation.


Identifying the current issues

Analysing the issues

Shifting approaches: past,present and into the future

Tools to overcome the issues

*We recognise that some coming and going during the symposium are inevitable and acceptable.
Thursday 30
16:00 - SEMINAR - Metal Burial: understanding caching behaviour and ‘contact’ material culture in the NE Kimberley : Archaeology Seminar Series 2020 More Information
This paper explores identity, and the impacts of cross-cultural encounters on individuals, material objects and cultural practices through a lens on cached modified metal objects and associated cultural materials from the NE Kimberley. These objects were wrapped in paperbark and weighed down within a stone rock-ring, a bundling practice also seen in human burials in this region. The utilisation of new materials (e.g. metal) with traditional techniques (edge-grinding metal into an axe) is explored. These objects and their potential owner(s) are contextualised within the invasion/ contact and particularly pastoral history of this region.

 May 2020
Friday 01
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : The Origins of Urban Renewal in Singapore: A Transnational History Website | More Information
This paper examines the origins of urban renewal in Singapore through a transnational history lens. It focuses on the role in particular of two United Nations led teams of experts one headed by Erik Lorange and the other by Charles Abrams in the early 1960s and the impact these had on how urban renewal proceeded in Singapore’s central city area. This approach broadens the focus to encompass more than just the role played by Singapore’s Housing and Development Board and Urban Renewal Authority which dominates much of the existing scholarship. In doing so it finds that there was much more agreement between these international experts and their visions of a modern city and that of the Singaporean agencies and individuals tasked with implementing renewal. The paper finds that both the foreign experts and local authorities perceived urban renewal of Singapore’s central area (and more broadly) as a key stone in the state’s plans for national development.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology Seminar Series : Precarity and the Pandemic: Talking about Trauma Website | More Information
Following research into the conditions and experiences of academic precarity, the talk is in response to calls from Australian sociologists and universities to turn our attention to the COVID-19 crisis. This is done by taking seriously the idea, which stretches from experts in the news media to laymen on social media, that many if not all of us are experiencing trauma or will be traumatised by the pandemic. Using social systems theory and cultural trauma literature to guide the discussion, three contexts that have been touched by the pandemic are considered: casual university tutors working from home, a senior-focused not-for-profit operating in Perth, and community building efforts by the International Bateson Institute.
Saturday 02
10:00 - EVENT - Wedding Upmarket : Perth's best boutique wedding fair Website | More Information

Calling all engaged couples! If you are getting married in Perth, put Wedding Upmarket in your diary now as we will be showcasing more than 50 handpicked local designers to help you create a bespoke celebration. Draw inspiration from our beautifully styled areas around UWA’s Winthrop Hall and meet Perth’s finest designers. It is the perfect opportunity to discuss with them how they can help you transform your inspiration boards into a reality. Western Australia is home to countless talented creatives but sometimes the best wedding suppliers are hard to find. Wedding Upmarket is all about connecting couples with local designers to create a truly custom, personalised event. DETAILS: Saturday 2nd May 2020 Time: 10am-3pm Venue: The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall Parking and entry free, venue is easily accessible 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley Website: www.weddingupmarket.com.au Facebook.com/weddingupmarket
Tuesday 05
18:30 - FREE LECTURE - UCC Tech Talk #2: Dive into DNS : Learn the basics of the Domain Name System. Website | More Information
Join the University Computer Club online from 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 5th to learn all about the DNS system and how you can get started.

The URL for the event is here: http://meetings.ucc.asn.au/b/dyl-rvz-n2c

Facebook URL to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/183359025954204/

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