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 August 2017
Thursday 03
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : Rock art of Omatepe Island, Nicaragua: a search for identity, significance, and interpretation More Information
Nicaragua contains an enormous quantity of rock art, which is virtually unknown, and little formal rock art research or analysis has been carried out there. Her data consists of the largest body of formally recorded rock art in Lower Central America, collected during the course of the Ometepe Archaeological Project, which she has directed over ten field seasons. Over 2000 modified basalt boulders have been recorded, the vast majority of which contain petroglyph motifs. Her thesis research will focus on establishing the identity or identities of the makers of the art and its ritual significance.

Suzanne Baker is currently a doctoral student in rock art studies at Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia. She is normally the principal and senior archaeologist for a cultural research management firm in Oakland, California.
Friday 04
11:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Laws, Sausages and the Question of Taste : Public Talk with Artist John O'Shea Website | More Information
Black Market Pudding is a twist on the traditional Irish blood sausage. It represents an ethically-conscious food product, combining congealed pig blood with fats, cereals and spices. Black Market Pudding is manufactured using blood taken from a living pig. It proposes a cyclical business model to ensure a uniquely fair deal for farmer, animal and consumer. Through a routine veterinary procedure, blood is obtained from the animal in a humane, healthy and safe way. Producers are compensated for costs associated with breeding and maintaining pigs that are kept outside of the traditional food chain. Consumers pay a premium market price for the pudding and the reassurance that no animals are harmed in the making of this product. Black Market Pudding confronts us with the taboo of consuming blood taken from a living animal, echoing the harvesting habits of vampire bats and other blood consuming animals. However, the artist argues that it is no more unusual than drinking milk, eating eggs or wearing wool. Difficult to produce, Black Market Pudding highlights how comparatively easy (and legal) it is to kill an animal while there is no clear-cut legal process for taking and consuming the blood of a live animal. Black Market Pudding was previously produced and consumed legally in the Netherlands, Poland and Ireland, and was displayed as part of Blood: Not for the faint-hearted at Science Gallery Dublin (2014), and featured as part of ARTMEATFLESH live cooking show and evening of SymbioticA in Rotterdam 2012.

John O’Shea is a UK-based curator, producer and artist working with unconventional materials and social structures to create new and experimental approaches to artmaking. In 2011/12 he worked as artist in residence at University of Liverpool Clinical Engineering Research Unit on a Wellcome Trust funded project "Pigs Bladder Football" where he created the world's first bio-engineered football - grown from living pig bladder cells. O’Shea is in Australia through the support of Science Gallery Melbourne, who have commissioned a new version of the work for their Blood: Attract and Repel exhibition: 25-7 -2017 to 5-10-2017. More info here: https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/blood-attract-repel

14:30 - SEMINAR - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : Hunting, foraging and the pursuit of animal ontologies in rural Victoria More Information
Hunting, foraging and the pursuit of animal ontologies in Victoria, Australia Dr Catie Gressier Disenchantment with the industrial food complex—and recognition of its detrimental impacts on ecosystems, animal welfare and human health—has led to growing numbers of Australians endeavouring to reduce their reliance on commercially-produced foods; meat in particular. This paper explores the ways in which self-provisioning hunters and foragers in Victoria invoke animal ontologies within their attempts to create sustainable, emplaced lifestyles and diets that circumvent the industrial food system. Through a focus on practices of accountable killing and sacred eating, I explore hunters’ justifications for their (somewhat anguished) omnivory through the construction of the embodied human as both predator and prey within their local ecosystems.

BIO: Catie Gressier is a McArthur Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. A cultural anthropologist with a focus on settler societies in southern Africa and Australia, her first book At Home in the Okavango examines emplacement and belonging among the white citizens of northwest Botswana. For the past five years, her research has focussed on changing foodways in Australia, particularly relating to meat production and consumption. Her second book Illness, Identity and Taboo among Australian Paleo Dieters will be released in late 2017. She has a PhD from the University of Western Australia and is on the Editorial Board of Anthropological Forum.
Tuesday 08
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Talking Allowed: Art and Leadership : ‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Website | More Information
In this Talking Allowed, Robin McClellan will explore the ways in which art can be utilized as a galvanising tool to provoke thought leadership, by challenging and encouraging discussion whilst also evoking emotional connection to social issues and new ways of being. Robin McClellan is the Chief Executive Officer of Leadership WA. Prior to this role, Robin was the Director of Minerals Research Initiatives at Curtin University. Before that she was based in Singapore as ExxonMobil Corporation’s Senior Advisor for Asia Pacific Government Relations. From 2004 to 2007 she served as the US Consul General during her 24-year career in the US diplomatic service.

‘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 Tuesday of every month, a UWA academic 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.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar Series Semester 2 2017 : African Resistance to the International Criminal Court: implications for the “anti-impunity” norm More Information
Abstract: about two-thirds of African states are members of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and before 2008 they generally cooperated with it unproblematically. But in July 2008 the ICC’s Prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s sitting President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Subsequently, key African actors – both the AU and many ICC African members – have resisted the ICC ever-more stridently. This presentation explores the influence of ‘strategic’ and ‘tactical’ resistance to the ICC. Resistance to the ICC is a major problem as it has neither the authority nor the resources to act on its own and, instead, it is heavily reliant on members cooperating with it. I explain why the level of African resistance has effectively stalled effort to entrench progressive norms in international politics.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Luther’s Reformation at 500: Luther’s Image and the First Media War : This is an Institute of Advanced Studies and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies series of lectures. Website | More Information
Martin Luther was the media superstar of his time. Thousands of painted and printed portraits of Luther were issued particularly during the early years of the Reformation. Some were even signed by Luther in the first recorded instance of a celebrity sending out autographed portraits. These likenesses did not simply chronicle Luther’s life, they created his image - as a doctor of the Church, as a divinely inspired prophet, as a heroic outlaw, or (in the hands of Luther’s adversaries) as a devilish miscreant.

This lecture will explore how these portraits both responded to and boosted Martin Luther’s importance to the success of the Reformation, as they lent a face to the cause and allowed wider audiences to follow the fate of a charismatic figurehead.

Susanne Meurer is a lecturer in Art History at UWA. Her research interests are art historiography, prints and printmaking, Northern Renaissance and Baroque. Her most recent publication is “Aus aller Herren Länder” – Die Künstler der Teutschen Academie von Joachim von Sandrart, ed. by Susanne Meurer, Anna Schreurs, Lucia Simonato, Brepols 2015.

About this Series

On the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies – Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series reconsiders the legacy of Martin Luther, who in 1517 published Ninety-Five Theses criticising the Church’s sale of indulgences. From diverse historical perspectives, UWA researchers tackle key issues regarding Luther’s life, his thought, and his significance for the momentous changes that Europe underwent during his lifetime.


19:00 - EVENT - Friends of the Library UWA Library Speaker : “New Norcia – a little bit of Spain in Western Australia” More Information
About the talk

In 1846 two Spanish monks, Dom Rosendo Salvado and Dom Joseph Serra, members of the Order of Saint Benedict, arrived in Western Australia with the intention of becoming missionaries. They were allocated an area now known as the Victoria Plains by Bishop Brady in Perth. The early years were quite a struggle but over the decades they established a farm, developed a successful mission, built a monastery, and in later years boarding schools for girls and boys were constructed.

Secondary education programs were delivered at New Norcia until December 1991 when the New Norcia Catholic College eventually ceased operation.

The Town is now popular with tourists and school groups, the latter heading there for periodic camps during the school year.

The architecture in the town provides opportunities for keen photographers, as the Spanish influence extends to the buildings as well as in the chapels in the schools and the Monastery.

The talk will cover the history, development, and architecture of the Town, as well as its artworks and carvings.

About the Speaker

Roy Stall’s first experience in New Norcia was as a first year high school student, boarding at St Ildephonsus’ College. Many decades later he returned as an occasional tour guide, escorting groups on two-hour walking tours of the Town, often staying overnight at the Monastery Guesthouse and conducting morning and afternoon tours during his two-day visits. Over a period of about 15 years he got to know more about the Town, its history, and the monks.

Roy has also canvassed the views of ‘Old Boys’ of the boys’ college and has compiled an anthology of their reminiscences. He continues to maintain an interest in this unique town in WA’s wheat belt.

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Thursday 10
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : The role of ancient humans in plant dispersal and distributions More Information
The movement of species outside their native ranges is a significant form of anthropogenic impact on the environment. This is commonly considered a relatively recent impact of colonialism and globalism. However, humans have been transporting species around the world for a variety of practical and cultural uses for millenia. In places such as Australia, where there is a long-held view of a continent of hunter-gatherers, with anthropogenic agency limited to ‘fire-stick farming’of landscapes for nomadic foraging and hunting,the role of indigenous people in the dispersal and distribution of species has mostly been ignored. To understand these ancient human-mediated dispersals requires an interdisciplinary approach, combining data from the biological sciences and the social sciences. There is a small, but growing, body of literature using this interdisciplinary approach to investigate the ancient human history behind the current geographic distributions of various plant species. sing examples from my research, I will present evidence for the role of humans in shaping plant evolution, and determining whether the geographic distribution of genetic diversity is explained, in part, by patterns of human migration. I will also outline where this evidence is lacking, and what sources of data may help to test hypotheses of ancient humanmediated dispersal. Finally, I will discuss the implications for management of native and introduced species in contemporary environments.

16:00 - Moved Reading - Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe : Play 1, CMEMS Moved Reading Project Website | More Information
As part of the 'Moved Readings Project', the play will be read on the New Fortune stage with the help of willing students, staff, friends and family. No experience is required, as the readings will take place with script in hand! We hope to provide a dynamic learning space that creates a fun and entertaining experience for anyone who has an interest in early modern drama, acting, theatre studies, or watching colleagues perform outside their comfort zone. Come along and join in!

17:00 - SEMINAR - A Panel Discussion on the Report Islamophobia in Australia Website | More Information
The Centre for Muslim States and Societies, the University of Western Australia, The Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University, and the Islamophobia Register of Australia, invite you to a Panel Discussion on Islamophobia in Australia 2014-2016, the first-of-its-kind report in Australia.

The report captures and critically analyses data collected by the Islamophobia Register of Australia from 2014-2015 reflecting Australian Muslims' lived Islamophobic experiences. The report also describes the historical, political and cultural aspects of Islamophobia, and examines the interplay of Islamophobia within the religious plane, the political sphere, media reporting, right-wing organizations and the field of criminology. This report is especially timely as there is a continuing debate over the existence and the scale of Islamophobia in Australia.

The panel will feature several brief talks by community leaders and university academics including Dr Derya Iner, report editor and senior lecturer at Charles Sturt University, and Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director at CMSS, UWA, who contributed to the report.

Entry: Free but RSVP via Eventbrite (below) or email to [email protected] is required

We hope you will join us at the event to reflect on the report's findings, better understand the impact Islamophobia has on Australia.

17:15 - BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch: Japan's Security Renaissance by Professor Andrew L. Oros : Free Event Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre is delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of Japan's Security Renaissance by Professor Andrew L. Oros. This book explores the influence historical legacies have on Japan's security policies since the Cold War and Prime Minister Abe's rise to power. Professor Oros will deliver a presentation addressing the impact of the three main historical legacies mentioned in his book and the effects they have on current political and policy decision making in Japan. Professor Oros' speech and the subsequent Q&A will provide an opportunity to explore the future direction of Japan's security policies in an uncertain geopolitical climate. Copies of Japan's Security Renaissance will be available for purchase at the event.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Financial Crisis and Rural Reforms in China: Implications for Australia : China in Conversatoin Website | More Information
Reforms in land ownership and the opening up to international markets have contributed to China’s successful recovery from the financial crises experienced over the last decades.

Of significance is the shift in China’s policy towards agricultural production. With only 14% of land arable and pollution and water shortages reducing agricultural land by 2%, rural Chinese people, society and agriculture have undergone economic, production and social changes to develop a more robust economy.

Join in the conversation and see how these reforms led to economic growth and how this might affect Australia’s economy and approach to agriculture in a climate of environmental and economic change.

This event is presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with The UWA Institute of Agriculture.
Friday 11
9:00 - CONFERENCE - Do Women Matter? South Asian and Middle Eastern Perspectives More Information
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Centre for Muslim States and Societies, The University of Western Australia, invites you to an interdisciplinary conference, Do Women Matter? South Asian and Middle Eastern Perspectives.

The conference is being organized to develop understanding of the role South Asian and Middle Eastern women play as agents of change in the region and globally, and how this agency is manifested in different environments and spaces. It specifically focuses on their participation in the social, cultural and political arena in these societies and the challenges women face. The ultimate aim is to shed light on how women from these regions have shaped local, regional and global interactions in the contemporary world.

Dates: 11 to 12 August 2017

Times: 9.00AM to 5.00PM, 11 August AND 9.00AM to 1PM, 12 August

Venue: The Karrakatta Club Incorporated 4 Sherwood Court, Perth W.A. 6000


Students: A$30 first day; A$20 second day Others: $50 first day; A$45 second day

Note: The costs cover morning tea, lunch and afternoon on the first day and morning tea and lunch on the second day.

Confirmed speakers and topics: Dr Huda Al-Tamimi, Effects of Iraq’s parliamentary gender quota on women’s political mobilisation and legitimacy post-2003, Australian Nation University

Associate Professor Savitree Thapa Gurung, Role of women in Nepal in shaping debates on public policy and use of authority, Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Government of Nepal, and Tribhuvan University

Leila Kouatly, Lebanese women through film: the illusion of empowerment, The Australian National University

Setayesh Nooraninejad, Women's political-love letters and writing practices: the public dimension of personal correspondence with prisoners of conscience in Iran, The Australian National University

Dr Zahra Taheri, Breaking boundaries and raising voices: women in Iranian cinema, The Australain National University

Professor Samina Yasmeen, Women's agency in jihad: narratives of Jamat ud Dawah and Lashker-e-Taiba, The University of Western Australia

Dr M. Murat Yurtbilir, Islamist in form, patriarchal in content: role of women in Turkey under Justice and Development Party, Australian National University

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents Free Lunchtime Concert : Perth Orchestra Project and UWA Composition present 'Adventure' Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday in our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the finest musical talent locally, nationally and within the School.

This week student-led ensemble 'The Perth Orchestra Project', conducted by Izaak Wesson present Haydn's Symphony No.31 “Hornsignal” plus new works by two UWA Composers - 'Motes' (Nate Wood) and 'Sinfonietta' by Brock Stannard-Brown.

Free entry - no bookings required

17:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents : [email protected] - Milhaud: La Creation du Monde Website | More Information
Now in its third season, [email protected] is the ideal way to kick-start your weekend! Each session offers a unique musical experience to delight all music lovers, from young artist led concerts to informal musical drinks on the famous grassy knoll, behind the scenes workshops to lectures and masterclasses. Join us each week for a delightful musical surprise!

This week, enjoy a performance of Milhaud’s 'La Creation du Monde' and Dvorak’s 'Serenade for Winds', conducted by student Shaun Fraser and performed by UWA Music Students.

Bar Open 5pm. Event starts 5.30pm. Free entry - no bookings required.
Sunday 13
10:00 - OPEN DAY - UWA Open Day : An opportunity for future students and the community to explore what's on offer at UWA. Website | More Information
There’s so much to discover, experience and enjoy at UWA Open Day.

Get a taste of uni life as the campus comes alive with interactive activities, entertainment, tours, displays and more.

Visit the Future Students Hub, explore our campus and facilities on a tour, check out the displays and information sessions, enjoy some lunch, chat to representatives from UWA Guild clubs and teaching staff, learn more about our sporting facilities and visit College Row.

Staff and current students will be on hand to answer all your questions about courses and career opportunities. Discover how a degree from UWA will equip you with the skills needed in a rapidly changing world.

We welcome you to write your future at UWA and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.

Visit the website at openday.uwa.edu.au to create your own program.

Tuesday 15
15:00 - SEMINAR - Science Education Seminar : Two seminars presented by visiting Professors Michael Reiss and Anat Zohar More Information
Seminar 1: How can we get more students to study STEM subjects once these are no longer compulsory? Professor Michael Reiss, University College London Seminar 2: Teaching higher order thinking to low achieving students: do they make a marriage? Professor Anat Zohar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA School of Music presents Free Research Seminar : Claire Stokes - Making Music Sustainable More Information
It is widely understood that music, and indeed all arts, are a critical part of society and we simply could not live without it. However, the way it is funded and supported in Australia is not set up in a way that ensures sustainability. Individual artists are expected to be entrepreneurs as well as artists, often without the necessary knowledge, skills, and networks.

This presentation explores these ideas in the context of a new foundation, Arts Initiative Australia, and introduces specific examples of innovative projects that support the sustainability of music in Australia. It also offers some frameworks for discovering and clarifying purpose and impact in artistic endeavours. Claire Stokes is a lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Social Impact UWA, as well as managing the Centre’s engagement activities such as the Social Impact Festival. Also a freelance musician and pre-concert talk speaker, Claire was previously Program Manager at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Free entry - all welcome!
Wednesday 16
12:00 - TALK - NTEU Blue Stocking Week Panel Discussion: "The Women Who Won the fight for Beeliar" : A panel discussion featuring some of the key women who drove the campaign and helped win the fight to protect the Beeliar Wetlands Website | More Information
This year the BSW theme is about fully valuing the work of women so we will also be making a "WORTH ONE HUNDRED PERCENT" wall together.

Light refreshments later served 1-2pm in the NTEU Union Office 10-12 Parkway.

17:00 - EVENT - From dust bowls to food bowls: Australia's conservation farming revolution : Brian Carlin Memorial Lecture by Adjunct Professor John Kirkegaard Website | More Information
The challenges of global food security and climate change have re-focussed public and political attention on agriculture in Australia.

Images of dusty ploughed fields and dying sheep and trees have generated a public perception of an inappropriate “European” agriculture in Australia that belies the innovative, efficient and productive farming systems that have developed during the last 30 years.

In this talk, Adj/Prof John Kirkegaard will discuss how Australia’s innovative farmers now grow a diversity of crops and pastures without tillage, underpinned by fundamental and adaptive agricultural research.

They retain stubble to protect the soil, and use satellite-guided precision seeding, spraying and harvesting to provide highly efficient production with reduced environmental risk. Innovation is continuing apace, with rapid soil and plant sensing to guide management, better forecasting of weather and crop yields, and novel physiology and genetics to provide better crop varieties to meet the challenges, in the coming decades, of substantially increasing food production in environmentally benign ways.

Register online at ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register

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