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Academic Events
 March 2018
Saturday 24
15:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Banchieri's Festino Website | More Information
Celebrate Banchieri’s 400th anniversary in a unique concert experience featuring the Conservatorium’s newest voice ensemble – Concordia Vocalis.

Joined by percussion, guitar and brass students, with narration by Italian Studies students, Banchieri’s Festino (Festival for the Evening of Carnival Thursday Before Supper) is an absolute romp of a comedy.

Tickets: $35 Standard / $27 Concessions (includes refreshments).
Wednesday 28
17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Converge | Improvisation : Nicholas Bannan & James ledger 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.

This week we delve into one of our 2nd year music units and explore the development of skills in improvisation. MUSC2525 is the last in a sequence of 4 'Music Language' units that develops core theoretical, musical and perceptual skills, involving two mutually supportive components - harmony and form; and aural–keyboard skills.

Lecturers James Ledger and Nicholas Bannan have devised assignments that involve students in creative responses. Material from these sessions will form the basis of pair and group improvisations, introduced and contextualised by James and Nicholas.

Entry is free - no bookings required.
Thursday 29
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : The Application of 2D Morphometrics on Ceramic Assemblages: An Example from Călineşti-Oaş, an Early Neolithic Site in Northwest Romania More Information
The present study is centred on the analysis of ceramic breakage and alteration approached through 2D morphometric computational techniques. Just like sediment particles, the size and shape of a fragment is altered under conditions of abrasion and breakage. While some of these conditions can occur by the intention of the human agent, most of them appear during or after deposition, which can include actions like trampling, transportation (by aquatic or non-aquatic means), bioturbation, and the ploughing of fields. It follows that the study of morphological changes in specimens can point towards the specific abrasive or breaking processes to which fragments were submitted. The aim of this study is to explore the use of image analysis for ceramic fragment morphometry, and how this methodology can help answer questions of how people dealt with broken pottery in the past, as well as understand the post-depositional conditions of potsherd assemblages. Image analysis of ceramic materials from the Early Neolithic site of Călineşti-Oaş (Mara Mureş Province, Romania) is performed through ImageJ/Fiji and Matlab software, where both the dimensions and the shape description of fragments are estimated. The results obtained shed light on ploughing and selective transportation processes affecting the assemblages, which contradict with the conventional ‘landfill analogy’ for explaining the deposition of materials in pits.

 April 2018
Wednesday 04
8:30 - EVENT - UWA Staff Quiet Day : A contemplative space for teachers, researchers and general staff More Information
Quiet Day for UWA Staff – Wednesday 4th April 2018, 8.30am – 4.00pm Set on a lovely bush block in Mundaring, the Quiet Day provides some space to 'be alone' in the company of other UWA academics and professional staff with the intention of marking out some good quality thinking/reflection time.

There is no formal 'content' to the day – no presentations or butcher's paper! Rather we seek to create an environment of quiet, trust and collegiality in which things become clearer and creative new ideas can emerge. This involves a combination of small group reflections on poetry (which helps slow down the pace and takes us into a deeper level of contemplation) and an extended period of silence, in which participants can rest and reflect. ‘We do less in order to achieve more’. This is not a ‘religious’ event.

The principles underpinning the Quiet Day are based on the work of Parker J Palmer (The Courage to Teach), more of which can be found at: www.couragerenewal.org

Cost: $60 including lunch, morning and afternoon teas ($40 for PhD students)

A registration form can be obtained by emailing [email protected] or phone Michael for more information on 0435 065326

Registration is needed by Tuesday 27th March.

Previous participants have commented:

"this retreat provided a rare opportunity to quietly reflect on what's going on for me internally as a teacher, helped by excellent facilitators and a wonderful peaceful location"

"the benefits of this retreat to my personal and professional life have been immense"

“Thank you for the retreat - I found it really useful, have a sense of focus, realised I was missing an important work goal and came home and wrote a research paper that has been bugging me for some time” (from unsolicited email)

“it is good because it forces you to disengage in order to more fully engage – well done and many thanks”

“useful, health-giving and creative time”

“definitely go!”

“The best thing about the day was the space to think (but the whole deal was great) – yes, go. Important opportunity to reflect. Thank you to the organisers. I feel positively that UWA supported this”.


18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Resisting the Orientalization of the Enemy: Korean Americans, Japanese American Incarceration, and Moral Imagination on the Homefront during World War II Website | More Information
A public lecture by Lili M. Kim, Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA and 2017-2018 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea.

World War II, often referred to as the “Good War,” was a race war. For Americans, it was a race war against the Japanese, and it had a profound and disturbing impact on the Homefront. Against the backdrop of Japanese American mass incarceration during World War II, this talk asks the seemingly simple yet hitherto unexplored question: how did other Asian Americans cope with this time of heightened hostility and racism toward people who looked like them?

Korean Americans make an especially interesting case study. In addition to being often mistaken for Japanese based on their physical appearance, they were forced to share the same legal classification with the Japanese on the Homefront. Because Korea had been annexed by Japan since 1910 and did not exist as an independent nation at the time of U.S. declaration of war against Japan, Korean immigrants in Hawai‘i and the continental United States were legally classified as Japanese subjects and, therefore, “enemy aliens” along with Japanese immigrants. Thus, Koreans found themselves in the strange predicament of being lumped together with the Japanese, whom they despised for colonising their motherland, and ironically were now accused of having loyalty to Japan.

Framing her study as what Clifford Geertz has called “a social history of moral imagination,” Professor Kim argues that through complex, not always moral or effective, transnational politics, Korean Americans simultaneously resisted U.S. officials’ Orientalization of them as enemy and contributed to the racialization of Japanese Americans on the homefront during World War II.
Thursday 05
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Allegories for Meditation and Self-Reflection in the Elite Renaissance Home Website | More Information
A public lecture by Dr Elizabeth Reid, Researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

The paintings that decorated the Renaissance home were not solely intended for aesthetic appreciation, but for moral instruction. This talk will take a small selection of the early sixteenth-century works from the exhibition as a starting point to consider the ideal role of religious and mythological allegories in domestic experiences of self-reflective looking.

This lecture is part of a UWA Institute of Advanced Studies lecture series.

The IAS is pleased to present this series of lectures 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.
Friday 06
16:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar: David Roberson, 16:00 Friday 06/04/2018 in Weatherburn LT More Information
Speaker: David Roberson (Technical University of Denmark)

Title: Vector Colorings of the Categorical Product of Graphs

Time and place: 16:00 Friday 06/04/2018 in Weatherburn LT

Abstract:In 1966 Hedetniemi conjectured the that chromatic number of the categorical product (sometimes called the direct product) of two graphs is equal to the minimum of their individual chromatic numbers. This remains one of the major open questions in the field of graph colorings to this day. We will prove this conjecture for the vector chromatic number, a vector/semidefinite relaxation of the chromatic number. Moreover, we will provide a necessary and sufficient condition for when every optimal vector coloring of the product is induced by optimal vector colorings of the factors.

19:15 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Keyed Up! : Victor Sangiorgio Website | More Information
UWA Music and the WA Music Teachers' Association (WAMTA) are delighted to welcome London based Australian classical pianist Victor Sangiorgio back to WA.

With his London debut described by The Times as “poetic perfection”, Sangorgio is sure to enchant.

The program will include:

Bach Partita No. 1 in B flat

Clementi Sonata in B flat Op. 47 No.2

Schubert Impromptus D 899

Earl Wild Concert Etudes based on Gershwin Songs: Etude no. 3 "The Man I Love”, Etude No. 4 "Embraceable You” and Etude No. 7 "Fascinatin' Rhythm.

This concert is presented as part of the 2018 WA Piano Pedagogy Conference.

Tickets: $18 Friends of Music, $20 Concessions, $25 Standard

School students attend for Free (RSVP to [email protected])
Saturday 07
10:00 - EVENT - Public Speaking with Confidence and Credibility : Seminar Website | More Information
Although the benefits of being an engaging and confident speaker are endless, research indicates that public speaking is something most people fear more than death! During this highly interactive workshop led by Shona Rowan, you will learn a range of tools and techniques to maximise your personal impact, eliminate nerves, increase your confidence and improve your overall success in business meetings, sale pitches and formal presentations. Shona is a trained psychologist, peak performance consultant and former ballroom dancing champion. Shona works internationally with clients including DLA Piper, Shell, Citi Bank, Ashurst, FTI Consulting, Bird & Bird, UWA, CGSH and Norton Rose Fulbright to maximise potential and accelerate success.
Monday 09
8:00 - WORKSHOP - Rheology Fundamentals for Slurries and Pastes Workshop : The course will focus on identifying what information is required, how to interpret measured data and how to apply to new system design and existing operations. Website | More Information
An understanding of slurry and paste rheology or fluid flow, dewatering including thickening and filtration and surface chemistry/rheology interrelationships is fundamental to slurry system design, optimal operation and risk management. Investment into understanding slurry fundamentals is often insufficient to mitigate against the risk of under or over design and poor operating performance.

The course will focus on identifying what information is required, how to interpret measured data and how to apply to new system design and existing operations. You will learn about slurry physical and chemical properties, how flow properties or rheology are measured and how to meaningfully interpret rheological data for viscosity, yield stress, time dependence and dewatering information. The course will outline how to apply rheology and surface chemistry for pipeline transport and thickening equipment selection and optimal control and operation.
Tuesday 10
8:00 - COURSE - Is the Future Filtered? Paste and Thickened Tailings Short Course : Drawing on experiences from a number of operational filtered tailings facilities, the short course will discuss available technologies, appropriate test programmes to determine relevant design parameters, operational challenges and cost comparisons. Website | More Information
Thickening of mine tailings is now going beyond the use of large, deep thickeners and addressing a new challenge – filtration of tailings to produce a low water content material that should pose much lower environmental and safety risks than most conventional TSFs. Tailings filtration provides many potential benefits, including improved water recovery and the ability to deposit and compact the filtered tailings to form a stable, engineered landform. However, there are also many concerns and potential pitfalls in adopting a filtered tailings management system, including high capital costs, equipment reliability, clogging of filter cloths, appropriate wash systems and optimisation of placement techniques.

Drawing on experiences from a number of operational filtered tailings facilities, the short course will discuss available technologies, appropriate test programmes to determine relevant design parameters, operational challenges and cost comparisons.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Love in Times of War: war wives and widows in Shakespeare Website | More Information
A public lecture by Bob White, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, UWA.

The subject of war in Elizabethan literature, and Shakespeare’s plays in particular, has attracted sustained attention from a variety of perspectives. However, it is usually treated in the light of military manuals as a technical subject, which is ‘men’s work’, and the question is rarely raised--what happens to love relationships in times of war? In discussions of the comedies the existence of war is either ignored altogether or diminished to the level of ‘background noise’ even though there is a war in almost every comedy, if only a trade war in The Comedy of Errors and a diplomatic war in Love’s Labour’ Lost. In tragedies the loss of love is generally seen as part of the male protagonist’s lonely fate rather than a set of emotional tragedies in which conflict is internalised destructively within relationships, and there are female casualties not often considered in terms of their own loss—Desdemona, Cordelia, Ophelia, Lavinia, Lady Macduff, and others. In history plays, war is kept firmly in the foreground, and love is analysed only in terms of providing moments of apparently insignificant contrast. However, with the renewed critical interest in emotions, the nexus drawn in Shakespeare’s plays between war and love, and the consequences of war on love relationships emerges as a subject inviting closer attention. It is the subject of this talk.

This talk is part of a 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.

19:30 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library : Herman Goering and the Bunbury Solicitor, A Ding Dong Dogfight More Information
Adolph Hitler and Hermann Goering were one of the most evil combinations of the20th century but they very nearly didn’t make it as a pair. Goering, who created the dreaded Gestapo in Nazi Germany at the time of World War ll and was a key figure in the “final solution” of exterminating the Jewish people, survived a ding dong dog fight with a West Australian airman in World War l.

The story of how this happened will be told in a talk to the Friends of the University of WA Library at their monthly meeting at Reid Library at 7.30pm on April 10.

The late Bunbury solicitor Frank Slee was the pilot who came close to victory in the air battle against the then little-known German, but was finally shot down himself.

Goering claimed and was awarded the victory after Slee made a forced landing near the Belgian town of Moorslede on June 8, 1917.

The story will be told in a talk by former POST reporter John Slee, who is the son of the late Australian pilot. Mr Slee will also tell the story of a notorious route March of 70km through the Egyptian desert by thousands of Australian soldiers, some of whom died through exposure to the heat. Frank Slee was one of these soldiers. This was in July 1915 and was ordered by their leaders as an exercise to toughen them up.

RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – [email protected] or 08 6488 2356

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-of-uwa-library-hermann-georing-the-bunbury-solicitor-a-ding-dong-dogfight-by-john-slee-tickets-44357018035

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Wednesday 11
8:00 - SEMINAR - 21st International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings : This seminar represents a valuable opportunity for academics, designers, practitioners, consultants and suppliers to discuss best practice, improved methods and technology, all with an emphasis on safety, efficiency and environmental impact. Website | More Information
The Australian Centre for Geomechanics initiated the series of international seminars on Paste and Thickened Tailings (P&TT) in 1999. Since then the seminars have become an influential and respected annual event which provides an excellent forum to bring together tailings and mine waste practitioners from around the world.

The ACG is proud to host the 21st International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings in Perth, 11-13 April 2018. This seminar represents a valuable opportunity for academics, designers, practitioners, consultants and suppliers to discuss best practice, improved methods and technology, all with an emphasis on safety, efficiency and environmental impact.

13:00 - TALK - The Virgin, the Madame, and the Greenie Girlie-man: an art scholar’s tale. : A Talking Allowed event with Dr Ann Schilo, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University. Website | More Information
Kehinde Wiley’s recent official portrait of the former US president, Barack Obama, has caused debate over dinner tables and in conference rooms. Looking unlike the conventional figure of conservative, patriarchal power, Obama is pictured seated, amidst a forest of flora. While it has been discussed as a shift in the portrayal of American presidents, the painting has also been seen as a sign of African-American empowerment.

Using Wiley’s portrait as a springboard for a personal reflection on portraiture, or more specifically the figure in a floral setting, Dr Ann Schilo will spin a tale that encompasses some favourite pictures from the annals of art history, a few ideas about representation and the presentation of the self, as well as a notation on the all-pervasive symbolism of flowers. In so doing, she will consider how images are embedded in their social cultural milieu and embroiled in the circulation of meanings.

Dr Ann Schilo has published widely in the visual arts, creative practice research, and cultural studies. In addition Ann works as an independent curator. Her edited volume, 'Visual Arts Practice and Affect: place, memory and embodied knowing' was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2016.

‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

On the second Wednesday of every month, a researcher/practitioner will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion and debate.

‘Talking Allowed’ is designed to be thought-provoking, challenging, stimulating and engaging. Come along and join the dialogue on matters that are of great importance to our society.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future Website | More Information
A public lecture by Mark McKenna, Research Fellow, History, University of Sydney.

The UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, City of Perth Library and Boffins Books are pleased to present Mark McKenna, author of 'Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future' in 'Quarterly Essay 69'.

In this inspiring essay, Mark McKenna pushes the debate about Australian history beyond the familiar polarities. Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if its citizens and politicians can come to new terms with the past. Indigenous recognition and a new push for a republic await action.

Judging by the Captain Cook statue controversy, though, our debates about the past have never been more fruitless. Is there a way beyond the history wars that began under John Howard? And in an age of free-floating fears about the global, digital future, is history any longer relevant, let alone equal to the task of grounding the nation?

In this inspiring essay, Mark McKenna considers the frontier, the Anzac legacy and deep time. He drags some fascinating new scholarship into the light, and pushes the debate about history beyond the familiar polarities.
Thursday 12
12:00 - SEMINAR - Emotions in a Miracle of St Rose: An Italian Eighteenth-Century Notary Source : A CHE/CMEMS/Italian Studies Seminar Website | More Information
This seminar will discuss the results of a study of an unpublished Italian notarial source, known as the ‘Miracles of Fabriano’. It contains insights into the religious sentiments and emotional responses of worshippers who were granted miracles from St Rose of Viterbo in the period between 1738 and 1740.

Notarial sources are generally regarded as very strict and purely administrative documents, but this case includes depositions in which worshippers recall and explain the emotions of their miraculous experiences (desperation, hope, compassion, etc.).

In earlier times, depositions were given in the vernacular and the notary translated them into Latin, the language used for official and legal acts. In the eighteenth century, depositions were registered in Italian, which had become the accepted language for administrative documents. For this reason, the text of depositions became more genuine and adhered more closely to the emotional responses of devotees.

Apart from the emotional moods of people who were granted miracles by St Rose of Viterbo, it has also been possible to analyse the reactions of a little ‘emotional community’ that lived in Fabriano (family, the neighborhood, doctors, priests, the collector of relics in the city, etc.), along with the records of relics and devotional objects involved in the healing process (St Rose’s water, St Rose’s oil lamp, the cord of St Rose’s dress, etc.). The seminar will also consider this evidence.

This seminar is supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Italian Studies within the School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia.

This is a free event, but please RSVP to [email protected]

16:00 - SEMINAR - Maths and Stats Colloquium : Have you ever wondered what is a fluid theory? More Information
Fluid models are widely employed in many fields of science, ranging from astronomy and physics to biology and chemistry. The fundamental principle, and motivation, behind fluid models is to provide an effective macroscopic representation of the collective behaviour arising from a large number of microscopic events. Thus, the main advantage of fluid models is a reduction in complexity, while still capturing the essential characteristics of the macroscopic system. The difficulty in constructing fluid models from kinetic theory arises from the presence of the collision operator. A systematic treatment of the collisional effects in a plasma is presented to derive fluid models beyond the usual assumption of “thermal equilibrium”. Such extended models will greatly help model cold and moderate temperature plasmas, for example in the study of astrophysical phenomena or in industrial applications.
Friday 13
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : Status and social conflict in the Philippines at the turn of the sixteenth century More Information
The social structure of the Philippines at the turn of the sixteenth century comprised three distinct groups. These were the rulers and their families who obtained their position through skill or force, and held it by dint of power and wealth; the slaves who came about their status after defaults on loans, abduction in wars or by inheritance, being the children of existing slaves; and the freemen who formed the intermediate class and were neither rulers nor slaves. Aspects of this class system form the first part of this presentation.

The second part examines various ways in which conflict developed in the society, where divergent opinions led to arguments and debates, provocations led to challenges and threats, and differences in status and trust led to reprimands and blame. These periods of anger, annoyance or offence often came to a satisfactory end with reconciliation reached between the aggrieved parties themselves, or with third party assistance.

The primary focus of this presentation is on the Bikol region which occupies the southern part of Luzon. Included as well are references to the other major central Philippine languages (Kapampangan, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cebuano and Waray) as well as Malay.

12:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Medical Humanities Network: Networking Lunch with Dr. David Tuller : PACE trial on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on trial! More Information
David Tuller is a Senior Fellow in Public Health and Journalism at the Center of Global Public Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California. Previous to this he was academic coordinator of the University of California, Berkeley's joint masters program in public health and journalism. He has worked as a reporter and editor for ten years at the San Francisco Chronicle, served as health editor at Salon.com and frequently writes about health for The New York Times. David will be discussing his work as a journalist in public health and especially in covering the PACE trial on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) for The New York Times as health editor. This trial advocating cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise dominates clinical policy for this condition in many countries. However David’s concerns over the results of the trial have led him to further investigate the study and to become an outspoken advocate for patients with ME/CFS.

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