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Today's date is Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Academic Events
 December 2019
Thursday 19
14:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : A Tour of the Mandelbrot Set More Information
The beautiful and complicated Mandelbrot set has captivated mathematicians since the first computer images of the set were drawn in the 1970s and 1980s. In this talk we’ll take a walk around the infinite intricacies of the Mandelbrot set, exploring the spirals, finding Fibonacci, and answering the question every maths student wonders when they first meet the Mandelbrot set: why do we care about this pretty picture?

Cheese and wine to follow in the Maths common room.

 January 2020
Saturday 18
9:00 - COURSE - 4 - day GAMSAT Course on Campus : Problem-based Learning GAMSAT Course (Section 1, 2 and 3) Website | More Information
Develop your GAMSAT-level knowledge, skills and strategies for 4 full days through the problem-based learning approach to teach the most frequently tested GAMSAT topics in all three sections.

The speaker is the author of the Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks.

9:00 - COURSE - Gold Standard GAMSAT Live Courses Perth Day 1 : 8-hour Non-science Review, Strategies and PBL:Section 1 and 2 Website | More Information
Learn, review and address your weaknesses and develop your GAMSAT-level reasoning skills in Section 1 and 2.

17:00 - TUTORIAL - Free GAMSAT Strategy Session : 1 hour problem-based learning GAMSAT seminar with Dr Ferdinand Website | More Information
Learn & review the skills, as well as the scope of subjects, being assessed in each test section of the GAMSAT. Practice answering GAMSAT-level questions (including essays!) to get insights into exam strategies.

Experience high-quality teaching from an experienced teacher and author of the Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks.
Wednesday 29
18:30 - TALK - Climate Change: the facts : A free public talk hosted by Extinction Rebellion on the climate crisis. Come and explore the latest climate science and learn what action you can take to make a difference. More Information
Join us at our free introductory talk to learn more about the climate & biodiversity emergency, Extinction Rebellion's history and principles, and how Extinction Rebellion is taking non-violent direct action to tackle the crisis head-on.

 February 2020
Thursday 13
9:00 - CONFERENCE - The Fifth AP-PPN Annual Conference : Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education will be hosting The Fifth AP-PPN Annual Conference Website | More Information
Conference theme: Research, Evidence, and Public Policy in Asia-Pacific. The conference theme encourages papers that examine the changing dynamics of research, evidence and public policy. Call for papers and panels Proposals for both individual papers and thematic panels on all topics relevant to public policy are invited. Please refer to website for full particulars.
Friday 14
12:30 - SEMINAR - A preliminary typology of Australian interjections:results and methodological insights More Information
In this seminar I will present a preliminary typology of the interjections documented in 37 languages of diverse genetic affiliation across the Australian continent. I will spell out the results concerning Australian interjections themselves, which for most of them raise the question of whether they reflect specifically Australian properties, or universals of language. I will also discuss theoretical and methodological issues involved in studying interjections typologically.
Monday 17
8:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Recent Advances in Economic Geology Symposium : This 4 day symposium will showcase some of the CET's most recent research advances. Website | More Information
The Centre for Exploration Targeting and the School of Earth Sciences are pleased to announce the "Recent Advances in Economic Geology Symposium" which will be held from 17th - 20th of February 2020, at The University of Western Australia. This has been very successful in the past and 2020 is a timely renewal of the event. The 4 day symposium will showcase some of our most recent research advances.
Tuesday 18
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Lethal Intersections: women, race and violence Website | More Information
A public lecture by Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland.

In this lecture, internationally renowned sociologist Patricia Hill Collins will consider the concept and practices of intersectionality, a term that refers to the ways that systems of race, social class, gender, sexuality ethnicity, nation and age, intersect to compose systems of privilege and oppression. With particular reference to the intersections between race and gender, Patricia Hill Collins will explore the themes of Black Feminism and Intersectionality and will consider shared histories and contemporary justice claims of black women in the United States and Indigenous women of Australia.

This lecture coincides with the release of ‘Indigenous Femicide and the Killing State’, a case study undertaken by Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Setter States (Curtin University).

Professor Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, 'Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment'(Routledge), published in 1990, with a revised tenth year anniversary edition published in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

This public lecture is presented by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and Curtin University.
Friday 21
10:30 - SEMINAR - A quantum-chemical view on coordination chemistry: spectroscopy, catalysis, and bonding : Martin Kaupp More Information
A quantum-chemical view on coordination chemistry: spectroscopy, catalysis, and bonding

12:00 - SEMINAR - Quantum Chemistry: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly : Peter Gill (David Craig medalist. Schofield Professor of Theoretical Chemistry. University of Sydney More Information
Wednesday 26
17:45 - PRESENTATION - MBA and Graduate Certificate Information Evening : Hear about our MBA suite of programs, including new courses for 2020. Website | More Information
If you haven't already enrolled in an MBA or Graduate Certificate, join us for an information evening on Wednesday 26 February at the UWA Business School to hear about our suite of programs. You’ll meet industry professionals, MBA Directors and some of our current students and alumni who are making their mark in business.

The course fee for our MBA Intensive program has been reduced and multiple scholarships are available every year. Come and join WA’s highest-ranking business school and grab the chance to take your career to the next level.

UWA is a member of the Group of Eight and has an outstanding reputation: we're ranked 1st in Western Australia and among the top 100 universities worldwide (QS World Rankings, 2019).



--What to expect--

We'll cover everything you need to know about these UWA MBA programs and MBA-pathway Graduate Certificates:

-MBA Intensive

-MBA Flexible

-Graduate Certificate in Business

-Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

-Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management (new for 2020)

-Graduate Certificate in Leadership

-Graduate Certificate in Minerals and Energy Management (new for 2020)

-Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

You'll hear about various study options and what's included in each program, and gain some useful application advice. Join us for drinks and nibbles, learn about the new MBA Intensive, and decide which path is right for you.



--Event details--

5.45 PM: Registrations open

6.00 PM: Presentations and Q&A panel begins

7.00 PM: Drinks, nibbles and networking
Friday 28
11:00 - SEMINAR - Hearing the Voice of Chinese International Students at the National Library of Australia More Information
As a recipient of the prestigious Asian Studies Grant, Dr Tao spent four weeks at the National Library of Australia in January 2020, when he was able to explore and investigate into the memoirs published by Chinese international students who studied in Australia since the 1980s. In this talk, Dr Tao will report the preliminary findings of his research residency. According to these findings, the study environment for Chinese international students in Australia changed significantly in the last four decades as a result of the rapid process of globalisation and the advance of telecommunication technologies. However, the key factors that impact the experience of Chinese international students in Australia remain persistent, including the challenges of establishing cross-cultural friendships and the importance of mono-cultural support networks. Dr Tao will also reflect on his experience of working on NLA’s Australiana Collection in the Chinese Language, which is a globally unique resource for researchers and readers who care particularly about how Australia is perceived and presented in the Chinese-language publications.

12:30 - SEMINAR - Embedding variationist perspectives in undergraduate linguistics teaching More Information
Abstract

When I began my PhD research on complex language repertoires, I found my linguistic toolkit was pretty empty of the kinds of analytic approaches that would allow me to do justice to the linguistic dexterity of my participants. This is partly down to the luck of the draw; I had studied my undergraduate linguistics degree at time prior to the upsurge in interest in variationist sociolinguistics in Australia and so no such courses were on offer at my alma mater. But as I embarked on the process of upskilling and methodological innovation that my PhD demanded of me, I also felt at times I was ‘unlearning’ some of the ways of thinking about language that had been engrained during my bachelor studies. In this talk, I reflect on the concept of linguistic variation (and the linguistic variable) and explore how this is navigated in a typical undergraduate linguistics program. In particular, I focus on opportunities for embedding the concept of variable grammar ‘early and often’ as a way to undermine linguistic prejudice and equip the linguists of the future to grapple with some of the big divisions in our field, such as between probabilistic, usage-based accounts and formal theories of language.

Short bio

My research and applied work is focused at the intersection of descriptive linguistics, sociolinguistics and education. I have always been interested in linguistic outcomes of contact, such as individual multilingualism, language practises in border regions, and contact varieties. I joined the Aboriginal Child Language Acquisition project in 2011, undertaking a study of Alyawarr children’s use of two closely-related language varieties in central Australia. Prior to this, I worked for several years at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre as a field linguist and I also spent a year in the Philippines working for a local Indigenous people’s education NGO, where I developed multilingual curricula and teaching materials. Before coming to UNE in 2019, I lived in Germany for 3.5 years, teaching linguistics in the English Studies departments of the Friedrich Schiller University (Jena) and Erfurt University (Erfurt).

 March 2020
Wednesday 04
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Trends and dangers in US philanthropy — are there implications for Australia? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In this lecture, Mark Sidel will discuss some important recent themes in US philanthropy – the role of philanthropy in an era of increasing wealth disparities; adaptations by US foundations to changing circumstances; the changing situations for community foundations; the increasing, and increasingly problematic role of philanthropy by the individually wealthy; the regulation/self-regulation dilemma in the US and elsewhere; the changing nature of philanthropy across borders; and other issues. He will also at least ask to what degree these issues may be present or playing out differently in some other jurisdictions.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and consultant for Asia at the Washington DC-based International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. He works on state-society relations, and particularly the regulation and self-regulation of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, in Asia and the United States. Sidel is currently writing a book for the Brookings Institution on China’s relationships with the international nonprofit and foundation community under Xi Jinping, and doing research for a future volume on modern secessionary movements in the US and in comparative perspective.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Reframing Human Rights: health, ‘dirt’ and ecologies of right-making Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Rosemary J. Jolly, Weiss Chair, Humanities in Literature and Human Rights, Pennsylvania State University and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

A central problem of the UNHR is its dependence on the state and citizenship as the conditions under which human rights flourish. Professor Jolly proposes an extra-anthropocentric contextualization of normative human rights as human rightness.

How do communities that do not depend on the state for their articulation – the indigenous, migrant, those at the peripheries of the global economy, and/or indentured by it – envision what she calls extra-anthropocentric human rightness, and how do they practice such rightness in aesthetic production, specifically as manifest in the narrative arts? Further, since human rights norms are deeply immersed in cultures of materialist accumulation, she is specifically interested in how animist cultures, who have beliefs in the value of the non-human and immaterial, have developed practices of human rightness through aesthetics means.

This talk uses narratives, both fictional and non-fictional, to pose an alternative to human rights frameworks that is non-anthropocentric (but not anti-human) to reframe debates concerning the health of humans, of the environment, and of the relation between the two. Professor Jolly will theorize how to frame the concept of Human Rights as non-anthropocentric and then go on to talk about her HIV/AIDS research to communicate a sense of what such an outlook might look like in the sub-Saharan African setting, in a specific context of massive human death.

It is her hope that this talk may open a discussion of what extra-anthropocentric human rightness may have to offer in the current Australian context of massive non-human animal extinction in the fires.

Rose Jolly was born in South Africa and left for Canada in 1981 due to the apartheid regime of the time. She came to Penn State in 2013. Her overarching interest is in the ways in which representations of violence and reconciliation actually affect inter-governmental, inter-community and inter-personal relations in contexts of conflict. Her work explores the links between living conditions of extreme deprivation, gender-based violence and coercion, and the HIV pandemic. She has worked with victim-survivors of state sponsored torture, gender-based violence, and communities fractured by illness globally. She explores the ethics of working with highly vulnerable communities in research and development.
Thursday 05
16:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : It's a wonderful life! - Reflections on the career of a mathematician More Information
Followed by Cheese and wine in Maths Common Room

Abstract: We all have our doubts off and on if life is really so wonderful. But that is not what I want to address here. Watching the Jimmy Stewart movie with this title, there was one scene which captured my imagination: the Guardian Angel shows George Bailey how the world would have been without him. Personally, I never had much need to know how the world would have looked without me. However, all other things equal, how would life have been if I had lived in a different time and place, would be something of interest to me! This is the stuff of movies and fairy tales. But at least it is possible to play this as an intellectual game. I was born and raised in Germany before WW II. After getting my Ph.D. in 1962, I married a fellow mathematician and we immigrated to the US one year later, where we taught at a university until our retirements, first at Ohio State and then at Binghamton University. What would life have been if I stayed in Germany, did not get married, were born fifty or one hundred years earlier, or were born in another country? Looking at actual and potential role models over the centuries helped me answer some of these questions. In essence, it got me back to the roots of what shaped my life.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Legal Humanism and the Automation of Everyday Life Website | More Information
A public lecture by Christophe Lazaro, Associate Professor of Law & Society, Centre for Philosophy of Law, University of Louvain and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

An entirely new fauna composed of entities, which are said to be smart and autonomous, progressively colonizes our everyday life (prosthetics, watches, clothes, tablets, vehicles, smart homes, etc). The emergence of these objects might cause a profound anthropological shift by radically transforming the nature of our environment in a fully automated technosphere.

This public lecture aims at analysing the legal consequences of the current process of automation of everyday life on legal humanism. Specifically, Professor Lazaro will explore three major tensions, which radically challenge legal humanism, by altering its fundamental fictional figures: the person, the subject, and the individual. By examining the tensions between (i) human and artefact (person), (ii) autonomy and paternalism (subject), and (iii) equality and singularity (individual), he will identify, beyond binary oppositions, a set of parameters, which could guide the legal and ethical understanding of these new “uncanny” entities.

Christophe Lazaro, Associate Professor of Law & Society at the Centre for Philosophy of Law of UCL, is an expert in interdisciplinary research on the legal and social impacts of new technologies on human agency and subjectivity (prosthetics, robotics, artificial intelligence).
Friday 06
12:30 - SEMINAR - The End: how a language dies More Information
Abstract

What Tolstoy wrote about happy and unhappy families applies equally to languages: all living languages are alike; each dying language is dying in its own way. Because the death of a language is a particular death, the death of this language and not some other one, the story of its demise has to be a specific story. For the past thirty years I have conducted research on an isolate Papuan language in the lower Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. The language, called Tayap, is dying; it currently has fewer than fifty active speakers. My talk will discuss how Tayap is disappearing; both in terms of the social and cultural factors that inexorably are leading to its passing, and also in terms of the grammar of the language itself, as it dissolves in the speech of young people who attempt to speak it.

Short bio

Don Kulick is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he directs the Engaging Vulnerability research program. He has published widely on sociolinguistics, gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, queer theory and animal studies. His most recent books are A Grammar and Dictionary of Tayap: the life and death of a Papuan language (with Angela Terrill, Mouton de Gruyter), and A Death in the Rainforest: how a language and a way of life came to an end in Papua New Guinea (Algonquin Books), both from last year.

14:30 - SEMINAR - DISONANCE OF “NON-ALIGNED” POST WWII HERITAGE More Information
Abstract

As early as in the late 1940s, Yugoslavia developed its own brand of Socialism based on self-management. In the cultural sphere, the uniqueness of the Yugoslav context gave way to the official renunciation of Soviet Socialist Realism around 1948 and contributed to the rise of a unique brand of moderate (Socialist) modernism. The post-WWII architectural heritage in "non-aligned" Yugoslavia articulated and legitimized a different political stance toward ideology while insisting on new art that signified a break with typical Soviet Socialist (Realism) art and architecture as well as integration into the international art world, a situation that allowed greater radicalization of artistic practices in Yugoslavia than in other countries of real Socialism. The very "ordinariness" of these post-war works and negligible official recognition of their modernist principles and significance, was a major obstacle for their heritage listing in comparison with the "historic", older heritage. Furthermore, after the 1991-95 war, the region has been managing its difficult, recent past not through recognition of it but through concealment and cultural reframing, directing attention away from the post WWII legacy, towards counter-trends of national historicism and nation branding. This discursive strategy and readjustment of identity politics have proven to be especially critical for the generation who is coming of age in the era of ideology-neutral pluralism.

Bio

Sandra Uskokovic, a scholar of modern and contemporary Central and Eastern European art, is Associate Professor at the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. A visiting scholar at universities in Europe, Asia, and North America, her research interests include art criticism, modern and contemporary art, urban and cultural theory, performative arts, heritage studies.

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