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Today's date is Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Events for the public
 August 2018
Sunday 26
14:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Music presents: ATAR Performance Workshops (Clarinet & Saxophone) Website | More Information
The UWA Conservatorium of Music and the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of WA (CASSWA) invite clarinet and saxophone students undertaking their WACE/ATAR practical music exams to come along and perform in front of our panel of experts (including UWA's Ashley William Smith and WASO's Allan Meyer), receiving individual feedback, plus helpful tips on performance etiquette and managing stress.

We will provide an experienced accompanist to play with you, or if you prefer to being your usual accompanist along, please feel free to do so!

Attendance is free but bookings are essential!

15:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Rossini - Petite messe solennelle Website | More Information
Rossini’s 'Petite messe solennelle' is a musical curiosity, and written 30 years after his retirement from writing operas. The sacred text of the Missa solemnis is set to music which is sometimes delicate, often witty, and frequently over-the-top… while poking fun at Rossini’s own (and other composers’) musical styles.

In this salon-style performance we present Rossini’s original and rarely heard version for two pianos, harmonium/piano accordion, and 11 singers. (Spoiler alert: Sadly we can’t meet Rossini’s direction of 12 singers of three sexes: men, women and castrati).

If you love a melody and sparkling music, the Callaway Music Auditorium on Sunday 26 August at 3pm is the place you need to be.

Tickets: Standard $20 | Concessions $18 | Friends of UWA Music $15 | School students attend for FREE (email [email protected])
Tuesday 28
13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar : "If it walks like a duck”: Policy responses to recognising Incel as violent extremism More Information
Incel is an international online movement of ‘involuntary celibate’ men. In recent years, sexually and socially frustrated Incels have committed terrorist attacks, killing strangers of both sexes in North America. In this seminar we provocatively advocate a securitisation strategy against the threat of violent extremism posed by Incel. We are sympathetic to critiques of securitisation as a concept and a practice. However, we argue that considering Incel through a securitisation framework is a useful exercise. It opens doors to a coherent, encompassing and sorely needed policy response to both Incel itself and the misogynistic ideologies that have sustained other forms of gendered violence not hitherto deemed “universal” enough to warrant large-scale interventions. Elevating the response to Incel above everyday politics allows us to address the possible policy responses to gender-based violence as a form of violent extremism. The process of reviewing the likely successful policy responses to Incel also shines a critical light on the problematic nature of other securitisation efforts, while revealing that the best response to state security is to try to understand and include the antagonised other before radicalisation occurs.
Thursday 30
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : Precious Metals and the Rise of Two Macedonian “Greats”: Philip II and Alexander III More Information
This presentation highlights the remarkable reign of the Macedonian king, Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, and emphasises the key role of precious metals in underpinning the rise of Macedonia under Philip and its capacity to embark on conquest of the Persian Empire under Alexander III. From 359-336 BC Philip led his kingdom from a small, threatened, relatively poor entity in northern Greece to leadership of the first land empire in Europe that endured for almost 200 years. His extraordinary achievements provided the foundation for his son to then lead the Macedonian army that conquered the mighty Persian Empire in just 13 years. Together they brought irreversible change to the ancient world. They were exceptional men, yet their achievements also required a sustainable source of wealth to train, equip, provision and pay the permanent infantry, cavalry, and mercenaries that enabled their conquests. In the time of Philip, silver, gold and base metals were much more valuable than today and it was his access to precious metals that underpinned much of what he accomplished. Furthermore, it was Macedonian-controlled mines and wealth, in combination with Philip’s ground-breaking achievements and preparation of his son for leadership, that paved the way for Alexander’s success in the Near East.

17:00 - EVENT - TEDxUWASalon: Sustainable Change : A TEDxUWASalon dedicated to sustainability and the environment! Website | More Information
In celebration of Enviro Week 2018 and in collaboration with UWA Student Guild and UWA Student Guild Environment, we bring you TEDxUWASalon: Sustainable Change!

How can we develop our future without creating a destiny defined by climate chaos?

This time, we're changing up the format! Our 2 esteemed speakers will propose questions and everyone will get a chance to debate their answers with the speakers! Do you have what it takes?

Come along for some amazing and thoughtful conversations as well as food and drinks throughout the event!

Tickets are only $5 for members and $10 for non-members (What a steal!)

Get your tickets now! https://tedxuwasalonsustaina.getqpay.com/

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Main Stage Let's Dance Website | More Information
The exceptional ability of young emerging artists and their passion for music will always create an extraordinary experience for concertgoers.

'Let’s Dance' is the inspiration for new works by emerging young composers from the UWA Conservatorium of Music. These new works, performed by the UWA Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of celebrated composer James Ledger, will sit alongside John Adam’s ‘foxtrot for orchestra’, The Chairman Dances and Aaron Copland’s perennial favourite Appalachian Spring.

TICKETS: $18 Friends of Music | $20 Concessions | $25 Standard
Friday 31
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : Charting Vietnamese mobility from Vietnamese to New Caledonia to Australia More Information
Since the mid-1980s, historians have recognised that the close geographic proximity between Australia (a British colony) and New Caledonia (a French colony) has seen a proximity in the methods of settler colonisation of both sites. They have, however, paid less attention to the connections of these places to Vietnam, not least made through the transportation of Vietnamese indentured labourers, or Chan Dang, to New Caledonia from the 1890s to the 1930s. This paper brings a triad of polities into the one frame – Vietnam, Australia and New Caledonia – connected in the first instance by the South China and Coral Seas and in the second by British and French colonial regimes. It charts some of the surprising historical mobilities of Vietnamese people through this geography, and in doing so considers the ties and tensions between these colonial regimes.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents a Free Lunchtime Concert | The Irwin Street Collective : Beethoven Sonata Project More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

Celebrated UWA music staff Cecilia Sun (fortepiano) and Simon Lee Foundation Artist in Residence Shaun Lee-Chen (violin) will present some of Beethoven’s classic violin sonatas in a series of concerts across 2018.

Entry is free - no bookings required

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Johann Gottfried Herder and the History of Cultural Relativism More Information
A popular view in the history of anthropology identifies Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) as a primary source of the idea of cultural relativism. More recent scholarship notes Herder’s deployment of Kultur in the singular, along with very conventional Enlightenment assumptions, including universal “criteria” from which to judge other civilizations. Far from diminishing Herder’s status, however, these Enlightenment sensibilities are celebrated: “respect for cultural specificity does not cancel out the universalizing, transcultural thrust of concepts like progress and ethical judgment,” according to David Denby. I argue that such a reading is anachronistic by placing Herder in the “universal-relative” hand-wringing of today’s cultural anthropologists. Herder’s Kette der Kultur promotes the idea that all peoples of the world express different stages of universal history relative to a single divine will. Moreover, the individual is the creative force behind the difference of “nations” and not vice versa. Not only do these points disqualify Herder as a “pioneer” of anthropology, but more importantly the focus on Enlightenment figures like Herder has acted as a distraction to a proper intellectual history initiated by George Stocking in the 1960s of the concept pluralized by Franz Boas - namely, “culture.”

18:30 - EVENT - Perth Medieval and Renaissance (PMRG) Quiz Night Website | More Information
PMRG Annual Quiz Night and Fundraiser - Friday August 31st at 6:30pm, UWA Tavern.

Come one, come all to this annual night of fun! Only a couple of weeks to go until our annual quiz night to raise money for the events which you all love.

This year we have a new General Knowledge format - it's not just for the medieval scholars! So bring your friends, buy a ticket and win some prizes.

Tickets are $15 and get you entry, door-prize ticket and a FREE table game. $2 for additional table games and raffle prize. We are swamped with prizes this year so everyone is bound to win something!

Tables of 6 people. All tickets at the door. Bookings for tables and further enquiries can be made at, [email protected]

 September 2018
Saturday 01
12:30 - WORKSHOP - UWA Day of Brass : Splendour of the Brass! Website | More Information
Calling all Brass players and enthusiasts! Join us at the UWA Conservatorium of Music on 1 September for an exciting day of performances, workshops and clinics led by some of WA’s finest performers and educators including:

Golden Gate Brass

Rob Gladstones

Alan Lourens

Liam O'Malley

Peter Younghusband

Whether you’re studying trumpet at University, have just started learning Euphonium at school or have been playing trombone in your local brass band for 40 years, this day is for you!

Emphasis of the day will be on performing! You’ll have the opportunity to work on technique and sound in instrumental workshops, learn how to make the most of your practice time, find out how best to look after your instruments, or even try your hand at conducting. You’ll work on some pieces in groups, before coming together to perform these in a concert at the end of the day!

COST Participants: $20 (Standard) / $10 (Students/Teachers) | Observers: $5

Attendance at the concert is FREE
Tuesday 04
12:30 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar : Is Australia (and the world) becoming ungovernable? More Information
Australia has recently appointed its 6th prime minister in ten years, causing many international commentators to make unfavourable comparisons with banana republics and unstable governments in less ‘developed’ countries. This special roundtable considers whether the recent political turmoil is a uniquely Australian problem or a symptom of a wider malaise that is gripping Western Europe and the United States as well. In short, can democracies cope with contemporary problems, or is the world becoming ungovernable and at risk of descending into chaos and/or authoritarian populism?

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Comparing the UK approach to exploiting offshore petroleum with Australia - does who dares win? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor John Paterson, Professor in Law, University of Aberdeen and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

The petroleum licensing regimes of the UK and Australia were created in the1960s at a time when the offshore petroleum potential of the North Sea and Australia’s offshore was untested and those areas were immature. Over the intervening 50 years the offshore fields of both countries have matured and there is now a more complex, diverse and crowded landscape; where, for example, several small fields with different ownership need to share common infrastructure to be economic. In 2016 because of declining production the UK made a radical change by introducing an independent regulatory authority the Oil and Gas Authority and an overarching obligation on industry to “maximise the recovery of UK petroleum”, or MERUK, meaning that industry had to consider the national interest as well as its own commercial interests. This brought with it what might be called a “use it efficiently or lose it” approach. Now, some two years after this radical change Professor John Paterson will reflect on whether MERUK is working and what the problem areas are. Will the UK win as a result of this daring approach?

Professor Paterson will be introduced by Professor John Chandler from the UWA Law School. Professor Chandler is the Co-Director of the UWA Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law and researches how Australia, Norway and the United Kingdom are dealing with the challenges of a mature petroleum environment.
Wednesday 05
14:00 - SEMINAR - CMSS Public Seminar: Blasphemy in Pakistan More Information
Blasphemy in Pakistan: a spectacle of piety Sana Ashraf, PhD candidate, Australian National University

Blasphemy allegations in Pakistan in recent years have led to a student getting lynched on a university campus, neighborhoods getting burnt down by angry mobs, and a governor getting killed by his own security guard, among other similar incidents. Pakistan inherited the clauses concerning 'Offences Related to Religion' from the British government that criminalized insult to any religion in colonial India. However, in the 1980s, the military dictator General Zia-ul-Huq introduced laws exclusively protecting the sentiments of Muslim majority of Pakistan. Consequently, there have been more than 1500 recorded incidents of accusations, and at least 75 of the accused have been killed by mobs or individuals between 1987 and 2017.

The seminar will explore the issues related to blasphemy in Pakistan and its significance for the wider socio-political and moral landscape of the nation.


Sana Ashraf is a final year PhD candidate at The School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University. She has been researching the socio-cultural context of blasphemy-related violence in Pakistan since 2012. She has conducted 14 months of fieldwork in Pakistan for her research and has presented at various international forums.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Feeling of Eugenics Website | More Information
A public lecture by Rob Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, La Trobe University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Familiarity with the eugenic past, particularly that associated with the Holocaust, has primed a wariness about the potential misuse of new ventures in biology, such as the Human Genome Project and the emerging gene-editing technology of CRISPR. That critical perspective, shared by academics and lay persons alike, has sometimes cast a skeptical shadow over future uses of existing reproductive technologies both to create designer babies and to discard embryos or fetuses that do not measure up to some ideal or standard of normality. In his preface to the second edition of In the Name of Eugenics, the historian of science Daniel Kevles cautioned that the “specter of eugenics hovers over virtually all contemporary developments in human genetics”. And in his Backdoor to Eugenics the sociologist Troy Duster viewed contemporary technologies utilizing individual choice as a pathway to a eugenic future. The message here has been clear: understand past eugenics, critique present eugenics, avoid future eugenics.

Yet, for Professor Wilson, eugenics doesn’t feel like that. Not because it’s not a danger, but because its more than a mere possibility lurking in current and future technologies. That feeling stems in part from his work in oral history with eugenics survivors in the Canadian province of Alberta over the past ten years.

In this talk Professor Wilson will share his reflections on eugenics, disability, and attitudes towards human variation, adopting what he calls a standpoint eugenics, eugenics from the standpoint of those who have survived it.

Rob Wilson returned to Australia as professor of philosophy at La Trobe University in 2017 after teaching previously at Queen’s University and the University of Alberta in Canada, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the United States. His philosophical work ranges across the cognitive, biological, and social sciences, as well as metaphysics, ethics, and the history of philosophy. Amongst his award-winning books are 'Boundaries of the Mind' (2004) and 'The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences' (1999), of which he was general editor, together with the developmental psychologist Frank Keil. Graduating with first-class honours from UWA in 1985, Rob completed his PhD at Cornell University in 1992. In 2009, Rob’s contributions to academic philosophy were recognized with his election to the Royal Society of Canada. Over the past ten years, Rob’s time and energy has been invested primarily in a number of community-focused philosophical initiatives, including founding Philosophy for Children Alberta (2008-2015), serving as the principal investigator for the internationally recognized project Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada (2010-2016), and most recently organizing the Melbourne-based network Philosophical Engagement in Public Life (PEiPL). His most recent book is 'The Eugenic Mind Project', published by the MIT Press in March 2018.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - A Tale of Two Diseases: regulating immune responses in the retina : The 2018 Ian Constable Lecture Website | More Information
The 2018 Ian Constable Lecture by Professor Andrew Dick, Director, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Our immune system does not operate solely to protect against infection, cancer and tissue damage. The immune system has evolved so that many cells, both of the immune system and non-immune cells in all tissues, have an ability to generate immune responses that regulate and maintain normal cellular, tissue and organ function. Activated and overactive immune responses are observed in many blinding non-infectious disorders. The eye is endowed with an exquisite network of cells capable of regulating function of the ocular tissues compartments (such as the retina and cornea). However, two diseases I will discuss demonstrate how the dysregulation in the immune system generates blinding disease. The first is uveitis, a general and non-specific clinical term to describe inflammation inside the eye and the second is age-related macular degeneration. This talk will describe how our understanding has led to step changes in treatments in children and adults with uveitis and the current research on how the diseases inform our understanding of immune responses that maintain normal tissue function by regulating metabolism and cell function.

Professor Andrew Dick is a clinician scientist and immunobiologist. He is Director of the UCL-Institute of Ophthalmology where he is Duke Elder Professor of Ophthalmology. He is also Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Bristol, UK.

The annual Ian Constable Lecture lecture is presented by the Lions Eye Institute and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and honours the work of Professor Ian Constable. Professor Constable is recognised as one of the world’s leading ophthalmic surgeons. He was appointed the Lions Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology in 1975. In 1983 Professor Constable established the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease. Today the LEI is a not-for-profit centre of excellence that combines world class scientific research into the prevention of blindness with the highest level of eye care delivery, combining the expertise of researchers and ophthalmologists.

18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Annual Ian Constable Lecture 2018 : Speaker: Prof Andrew Dick, Director UCL-Institute of Ophthalmology London Website | More Information
This annual Ian Constable Lecture presented by the Lions Eye Institute and the UWA IAS, honours the work of Prof Ian Constable who is recognised as one of the world's leading ophthalmic surgeons. Please join us for the 2018 lecture presented by Professor Andrew Dick: 'Tale of two diseases: regulating immune responses in the retina'

Friday 07
11:00 - SEMINAR - Linguistics Seminar : Unbalanced comparative patterns in historical linguistics: implications for reconstrution and explanatory mechanisms for their development More Information
Linguistic lineages are reconstructed on the basis of comparative linguistic patterns assumed to reflect the social process of language transmission over time. In this seminar I introduce the notion of balance as a central element in the interpretation of such patterns.

I argue that the idealised, comparative pattern associated with genetic relationship is balanced, and therefore that the more unbalanced a comparative pattern is found to be, the less consistent it is with the type of history that can be modelled as a lineage. Imbalance is instead the expected linguistic signature of a significant history of contact.

I go on to argue that in order to interpret unbalanced comparative patterns it is therefore crucial to consider the possible effect of bilingual processing biases which can, over time, give rise to transmission biases, so that eventually it will be possible to better evaluate different historical explanations for a particular pattern – e.g. is unbalanced pattern A best explained from a starting point of common ancestry plus a transmission bias B, or from a starting point of no common ancestry plus an alternative transmission bias C? I end by presenting research which makes a significant contribution towards this goal.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Brass : Plus special guests Golden Gate Brass More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week, the UWA Brass ensemble under the direction of WASO's Liam O'Malley and the UWA Horn Choir, directed by Rob Gladstones (WASO Principal 3rd Horn) will be joined by Ensemble in Residence 'Golden Gate Brass' to present a Lunchtime Concert of big, bold, brassy delights!

Entry is free - no bookings required

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Between National Rootedness and Cosmopolitan Openness: Investigating the Politics of Belonging as an Overseas Filipino in Australia More Information
Cosmopolitanism is generally understood as a moral ideal whereby the individual transcends particular solidarities to see themselves as belonging to humanity as a whole. This ideal is seen as increasingly relevant due to processes of globalisation. Social scientists have turned to the concept of cosmopolitanism to investigate how individuals see themselves as belonging to the world rather than to the nation-state. In spite of its growing popularity, social scientists have also criticised cosmopolitanism research for being Eurocentric, elitist, and for valuing individual freedom over collective solidarity, resulting in a poor understanding of how cosmopolitanism operates in practice. This research seeks to contribute to addressing these gaps by focusing on the lived experiences of Filipino migrants in Australia. More specifically, this presentation explores how one can be both open to the world and rooted within a particular ethnonational cultural location, by investigating three non-state structures established by Filipino migrants: Migrante WA (an activist organisation for Filipino labour migrants), Gawad Kalinga (a diasporic philanthropic organisation) and Iglesia ni Cristo (a Filipino Christian church). This research found that national rootedness and cosmopolitan openness are not mutually exclusive. In fact, for cosmopolitanism to take effect, shared ‘frameworks of meaning’ must be established. However, the case studies demonstrate that while particular domains of commonality were built between non-national others, such forms of openness were typically limited by anxieties, tensions and contradictions, resulting in the reinforcement rather than dissolution of boundaries. Through these findings, the research thereby illuminates the possibility of a pluralistic view of cosmopolitanism that recognises the significance of rootedness to belonging. Bio: Charmaine Lim is a final year PhD candidate in the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Charmaine graduated with First Class Honours from a Bachelor of Arts degree at Curtin University in 2013. She is currently researching the lived experiences of Filipino migrants in Australia. Through her voluntary engagement with Filipino migrant organisations, Charmaine is particularly interested in looking at the role that non-state structures play in societal and individual cohesion both locally and globally. Her research interests include identity, belonging, cosmopolitanism, community and migration.

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