16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : The role of ancient humans in plant dispersal and distributions
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
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!
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]
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
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
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.
9:00 - CONFERENCE - Do Women Matter? South Asian and Middle Eastern Perspectives
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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'
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
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.
10:00 - OPEN DAY - UWA Open Day : An opportunity for future students and the community to explore what's on offer at UWA.
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.
15:00 - SEMINAR - Science Education Seminar : Two seminars presented by visiting Professors Michael Reiss and Anat Zohar
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
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!
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
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
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
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
Register online at ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register
16:00 - EVENT - Influences of Early Shipbuilding Technology: a study on the (sewn) construction of the Phanom - Surin shipwreck in Thailand
Phanom-Surin shipwreck is a western-Indian-Ocean-style sewn ship, dated to the 9th century AD, recently found in Thailand. It exhibits planks fastened edge-to-edge with fibre cordage continuously cross stitched over wadding. The sewing seams run along the length of the ship hull. This shipbuilding technique is known in western Indian Ocean regions and has different characteristics from Southeast Asian sewn boats, or ‘lashed lug’. In addition to this, the PNS carried ceramics ranging from Persia to China that help better understand the relationship between China and the west in the 1st Millennium AD through Mainland Southeast Asia. Being the only surviving sewn shipwreck of this type, it is highly hoped that the PNS can be an excellent reference to impart knowledge of ancient shipbuilding technology. Ultimately the intensive and extensive study of the PNS is one potential way to safeguard such heritage for present and future generations. This study can also help raise public awareness to fight against illicit trafficking of our priceless heritage.
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - What’s So New About the “Gig” Economy? ... and What Should Be Done About It? : Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations Annual Lecture 2017
The development of platform-based businesses (like Uber), which utilise on-call contingent labour to do the work, has led some commentators to proclaim that traditional “jobs” as we know them will come to an end. Instead of being employees, workers will support themselves as flexible, free independent suppliers. Some welcome this development, others fear its consequences for the stability and quality of work – but all see it as a process driven primarily by technology, and most would consider it inevitable. Standing in the way of the “gig” economy is seen as no more feasible than the efforts of Luddites to stop the steam engine and the spinning jenny.
Some perspective is needed to better understand what is actually new about digital platform businesses, and to distinguish between the technical innovations which they utilise and the changes in work organisation which their business models also require. The major organisational features of “gig” type work – contingent on-call labour, piece work, and workers utilising their own equipment – are not new at all. And the creation of more precarious jobs, including those in digital platforms, reflects changing social relationships as much as technological progress. This lecture will put the “gig” economy in historical and theoretical perspective, identifying the reasons why businesses are expanding this type of employment, and the potential regulatory and political responses to the rise of “gig” work.
18:30 - SCREENING - The Destruction of Memory - FULLY BOOKED / SOLD OUT : A film screening followed by panel session
A powerful award-winning
film on the war against culture,
and the battle to save it.
Over the past century, cultural destruction
has wrought catastrophic results across
the globe. In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of
civilization’, millennia of culture have been
destroyed. But the push to protect, salvage
and rebuild has moved in step with the
destruction. Legislation and policy have
played a role, and heroic individuals have
risked and lost their lives to protect not just
other human beings, but our cultural identity
— to save the record of who we are.
Based on the book of the same name by
Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory
tells the whole story — looking not just at the
ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other
contemporary situations, but revealing the
decisions of the past that allowed the issue
to remain hidden in the shadows for so many
years. Interviewees in the film include the
Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor
of the International Criminal Court, as well
as diverse and distinguished international
experts, whose voices combine to address
this urgent issue.
The film has screened in a wide range of
settings, including at the British Museum,
for UNESCO, at universities such as Harvard,
Brown and Oxford, and at film festivals
This event is co-sponsored by the UWA
Institute of Advanced Studies, Faculty of Arts,
the History Council of WA, and the National
Andrea Witcomb is Professor of Cultural
Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin
University. Her research focuses on
the interpretation of difficult histories
and heritage sites. Her books include
Reimagining the Museum and (with
Kate Gregory) From the Barracks to
the Burrup: The National Trust in
Benjamin Smith is Associate Dean
(Research) in the Faculty of Arts,
Business, Law and Education. He
is Professor of World Rock Art. He
coordinates the Master of Heritage
Studies. He is President of the
International Committee on Rock
Art of the International Council
on Monuments and Sites and a
former President of the PanAfrican
Archaeological Association. He is
happiest when working in remote
rural areas with communities on
matters of importance to them
concerning their heritage.
John Taylor FRAIA M.ICOMOS
BArch(UWA), MA (York), PhD (UWA) is
a national and international award
winner for heritage work. John has
extensive experience and knowledge
of Australian heritage, combining
valuable technological expertise
within the adaptive re-use of heritage
places. He is an Honorary Research
Fellow at UWA.
Rebecca Repper is an affiliate researcher
with the Endangered Archaeology in the
Middle East and North Africa Project,
University of Oxford. Using satellite imagery,
the project maintains a photographic
database and monitors threats to cultural
heritage in the region. Rebecca is particularly
interested in photographic archives and the
accurate communication and utilisation of
Chair and MC
Jenny Gregory AM is Emeritus Professor of
History at UWA. She has published widely on
aspects of urban history and heritage. She
is an Executive Member of the National Trust
WA, after many years as Chair and President,
was a member of the Heritage Council of
WA and is currently President of the History
Council of WA.
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar Series, Seminar 1 2017 : The “Zero” Subjectivity of the Modern Boy: Contesting the Meaning of Modern Masculinity in Interwar Japan
This presentation provides an overview of my dissertation project, which explores a new discourse of masculinity in the visual and literary culture of Japan during the 1920s and 1930s – the Modern Boy (modan bōi), commonly shortened as the mobo. The mobo appeared at a time when what had begun as a state-sanctioned project of modernity in the Meiji period had become a multiplicity of competing modernities due to diverging views on what it meant to be modern. In this dynamic context of change and debate, this thesis attempts to demonstrate how the mobo’s often ambivalent construction in visual and textual discourses was reflective and constitutive of tensions, contradictions and contestations in the struggle to determine what it meant for men to be “modern” in Japan’s interwar years. In 1928, members of a roundtable discussion on different aspects of modern life called the mobo a “zero” in comparison with the moga as a comment on the agency of the moga and therefore, by extension, the mobo’s lack of agency. In my exploration of the discourse on the mobo, I am drawn to critically interrogate this metaphor of the mobo as a “zero” because it resonates with the way his masculine and modern subjectivity was often defined as a lack – of agency, masculinity or modernity. In my interrogation of the mobo as a “zero”, I examine the ideological assumptions and socio-historical forces underpinning visual and literary constructions of the mobo as an undesirable and unviable form of modern and sexual subjectivity. At the same time, however, this research aims to reclaim his subjectivity by understanding the mobo as an embodied form of modern masculinity that lived alongside various other modern masculinities, engaging in and inspiring new expressions and practices of modern masculinity during early twentieth-century Japan. In this way, my work on the mobo not only challenges the dismissal of the mobo’s subjective agency by commentators of the mobo in the 1920s and 1930s, it also argues for the inclusion of non-mainstream perspectives of gender and modernity in our understandings of how gender construction was linked in complex ways to Japan’s project of nation-building and international positioning in the early twentieth-century.
14:30 - SEMINAR - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : “Violence is not part of our culture”: Ruminations about violence, culture and gender.
Over the last 20 or so years in Fiji, the statements of iTaukei chiefs on gender violence have appeared to contradict the statements of gender activists who claim that Fiji sustains a rape culture. It is this contradiction and my involvement with development projects aiming to eliminate gender violence that has provoked me to revisit a broad spectrum of social theory in order to understand the way in which gender is implicated in the relationship between culture and violence. In doing so, I question whether gender violence can truly be eliminated, if only because it is legitimated in diverse ways by overlapping imaginaries in indigenous and colonial traditions, as well as contemporary global practices.
16:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents Music on the Terrace - Baroque Beauties
The UWA String Orchestra and Vocal Consort join forces with renowned soprano Rachelle Durkin for an afternoon of exquisite baroque music in the majestic Government House Ballroom.
16:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar Series, Seminar 1 2017 : Affective citizenship and ‘multiculturalism’ in South Korea: Children’s inter-ethnic relations at South Korean elementary schools
My paper examines how issues of citizenship and belonging within an emergent ‘multicultural’ South Korea are articulated through the experiences and perspectives of multi-ethnic and mono-ethnic Korean primary school children. Based on ethnographic and interview data and drawing on theories of ‘affective citizenship’, geographies of exclusion (Zembylas 2011; 2014) and Korean concepts of relationality (‘we-ness’ uri, and ‘connectedness’ jeong), I analyse children’s inter-ethnic relations and the exclusionary and inclusionary politics of belonging at school. In doing so, I argue that specific Korean conceptualizations of relationality are critical to understanding the cultural dynamics of (affective) citizenship and are important for understanding processes of marginalisation and discrimination toward people with multi-racial and multi-ethnic backgrounds.