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 August 2018
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.



ABOUT SANA ASHRAF

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 - 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'


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.
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.
Tuesday 11
13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar : Governing Asian International students’ Mobility in Australia More Information
Over the past two decades, Asian international mobility has literally changed the face of Australian campus, altered the socio-political dynamics of higher education, and posed many challenges for policy makers, managements, academics and students caught up in the torrents of globalization. This paper outlines the transformed higher education landscape, and contests against the ‘neoliberal cascade’ of students as customers and the marginalization of public good. It draws out the implications of the State regulatory regime’s attempts to redefine the public good of a university in market citizen terms at a time of Asia’s rise as a hub of knowledge production. The paper argues that in face of increased mobility, Australian universities have imposed uniformity in governing practices in which difference is sublimated and categorized along a developmental continuum. The paper notes what is unique about the Australian university system is its openness to the inflow of students and academics from the Global South but dominated by the hegemonic ideology of the Global North. The paper argues for a new ontology as well as a new epistemology that recognise the ‘internationalising’ effect of international students, and oblige a global cognitive justice and build an international constituency of the public good of international student mobility.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Raising the Bar Perth : 10 talks, 10 bars, 1 night only Website | More Information
For the first time in Perth, join ten world-leading UWA researchers as they escape their labs and lecture theatres to bring impactful talks into ten Perth City bars. Raising the Bar Perth is for one night only, so bookings are essential.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Is Democracy Dying? Thoughts on the Present Crisis of Representative Democracy and the Importance of Hope in Dark Times Website | More Information
The UWA School of Social Sciences Annual Social Sciences Week Public Lecture by John Keane, Professor of Politics, University of Sydney.

Democracy urgently needs reimagining if it is to address the dangers and opportunities posed by current global realities, argues leading political thinker John Keane. He offers an imaginative, radically new interpretation of the twenty-first century fate of democracy.

In this talk Professor Keane will discuss why the current literature on democracy is failing to make sense of many intellectual puzzles and new political trends. His talk will focus on a wide range of themes, from the growth of cross-border institutions and capitalist market failures to the greening of democracy, the dignity of children and the anti-democratic effects of everyday fear, violence and bigotry.

Professor Keane will discuss the idea of ‘monitory democracy’ to show why periodic free and fair elections are losing their democratic centrality; and why the ongoing struggles by citizens and their representatives, in a multiplicity of global settings, to humble the high and mighty and deal with the dangers of arbitrary power, force us to rethink what we mean by democracy and why it remains a universal ideal.

18:00 - EVENT - The UWA School of Social Sciences Annual Social Sciences Week Public Lecture : Is Democracy Dying? Thoughts on the Present Crisis of Representative Democracy and the Importance of Hope in Dark Times Website | More Information
Democracy urgently needs reimagining if it is to address the dangers and opportunities posed by current global realities, argues leading political thinker John Keane. He offers an imaginative, radically new interpretation of the twenty-first century fate of democracy. In this talk Professor Keane will discuss why the current literature on democracy is failing to make sense of many intellectual puzzles and new political trends. His talk will focus on a wide range of themes, from the growth of crossborder institutions and capitalist market failures to the greening of democracy, the dignity of children and the antidemocratic effects of everyday fear, violence and bigotry. Professor Keane will discuss the idea of ‘monitory democracy’ to show why periodic free and fair elections are losing their democratic centrality; and why the ongoing struggles by citizens and their representatives, in a multiplicity of global settings, to humble the high and mighty and deal with the dangers of arbitrary power, force us to rethink what we mean by democracy and why it remains a universal ideal. This lecture is presented by the UWA School of Social Sciences and the Institute of Advanced Studies. Professor Keane’s talk will be followed by discussion with scholars from UWA’s School of Social Sciences.Discussants : • Yu Tao, Lecturer, Asian Studies • Tauel Harper, Lecturer, Media and Communication • Tinashe Jakwa, PhD Candidate in Political Science and International Relations.

About Professor Keane John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), and Distinguished Professor at Peking University. He is renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy. He is the Director and co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network. He has contributed to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Harper’s, the South China Morning Post and The Huffington Post. His online column ‘Democracy field notes’ appears regularly in the London, Cambridge and Melbourne-based The Conversation. Among his best-known books are the best-selling Tom Paine: A political life (1995), Violence and Democracy (2004), Democracy and Media Decadence (2013) and the highly acclaimed full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009). His most recent books are A Short History of the Future of Elections (2016) and When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter (2017), and he is now completing a new book on the global spread of despotism.

19:30 - EVENT - Friends of the Library : Lead Kindly Light - Harold Rowell’s Emergency Landing at Fitzroy Crossing, 31 July 1971 Website | More Information
Harold Rowell was an experienced pilot with MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA). He had served as a pilot in the Second World War and joined MMA as a commercial pilot in 1948. The introduction of jet aircraft to service the Pilbara and the North West in the 1970s meant that many of the gravel airstrips, suited to propeller-driven aircraft, were unacceptable for the new jets.

Harold Rowell, who knew the Kimberley like the back of his hand, was forced to land a jet aircraft, in the dark, on the gravel strip at Fitzroy Crossing, when Derby airport was closed to fog. Instead of being hailed as a hero for preserving the company’s safety record and saving the lives of 53 passengers, he was stood down, and pilloried by his employer and the Department of Civil Aviation.

In 2017, the Australian Federation of Air Pilots commissioned the Harold Rowell Award for outstanding airmanship.

Dr Hough has contributed entries to the Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, the Australian Dictionary of Biography and The New Grove Dictionary od Opera. His first full-length biography, A Man of His Time: the public life of Robert Mitford Rowell, will be launched in November. A Dream of Passion: the centennial history of His Majesty’s Theatre (2004) was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s History Prize, and his Boans for Service: the story of a department store 1895-1986 (2009) was a best-seller.

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Wednesday 12
16:00 - EVENT - Combating Populism? : A Social Sciences Research, Community and Engagement Discussion Website | More Information
In an era marked by Brexit, Pauline Hanson One Nation, the election of US President Donald Trump, and many years of problematic governance in parts South East Asia and South America, we are beginning to learn what right-wing populism is, how it comes about, and puts at risk some of the core institutions of a just and ethical society and obscures some of the alternatives used to describe future societies.

But how do we challenge and combat populism? is it enough to say we just don't like it? Do we Argue for the solidification of liberal institutions, or do we push for even more radical social and governmental systems? In what ways are different groups, organisations and communities actively combatting populism already? What can the humanities and social sciencs learn from existing real-world experience, and how can we better work together to address one of the world's significant social and political problems?

Please join Professor John Keane (The University of Sydney), Professor Mark Beeson (UWA) and other speakers from The University of Western Australia and the community for lively discussion on how we address right-wing populism and protect social justice and ethical societies.

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