UWA Logo What's On at UWA
   UWA HomeProspective Students  | Current Students  | Staff  | Alumni  | Visitors  | About  |     Search UWA    for      

What's On at UWA

* Login to add events... *
Today's date is Monday, September 21, 2020
Events for the public
 October 2018
Thursday 04
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : DNA of the invisible: A genetic approach to study past interactions of people and fauna More Information
When our ancestors migrated out of Africa 100,000 years ago, a highly perfected killing machine was unleashed on the rest of the world, catching the local fauna off-guard. Wherever we travelled since then, we left a trail of destruction behind us: species have gone extinct on every continent that we invaded, from the wholly rhino in Europe to the giant wombat (Diprotodon) in Australia. But, even though pre-historic extinctions have a strange tendency to coincide with human arrival, there is a lack of solid evidence demonstrating exactly when, and how, humans caused animals to die out in the past, because of the eons of time passed since it happened. In particular, the highly fragmented nature of many zoo-archaeological bone assemblages pose a challenge in the interpretation of past interactions between people and fauna. My PhD project explores an alternative approach to study faunal remains found at archaeological sites. By sequencing DNA from less valuable material, such as sediment or highly fragmented bone remains, we analyse the species composition in three study areas: Greenland, New Zealand and Texas. We found that certain species tend to be missed by traditional approaches. For example whale species were detected at surprisingly high quantities in Greenland and in New Zealand. Furthermore, in New Zealand, we were able to describe the decline in genetic diversity that occurred in the native kākāpō population after human arrival 750 years ago. Lastly, in Texas, we detected a sudden drop in biodiversity for both flora and fauna at the onset of the Younger Dryas 12,900 years ago. But, while plant diversity recovered when temperatures rose again, animal diversity did not, suggesting that something other than climate change was to blame for the loss of faunal diversity in North America…

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - A Scandalous Empire : The 2018 Fred Alexander Lecture by Professor Kirsten McKenzie Website | More Information
The 2018 Fred Alexander Lecture by Kirsten McKenzie, Professor of History, University of Sydney.

A serial imposter swindles his way through the colony of New South Wales claiming to be a British lord. An activist lawyer is lauded for exposing illegal slave dealing – until he is revealed as an escaped convict in disguise. The mysterious pregnancy of an unmarried young woman transforms into a debate about colonial constitutions. The official commissions of enquiry sent out to investigate the British empire in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars never dismissed such stories as unimportant local gossip. Scandals, they knew well, were part of the mesh of people, power and information that bound the empire together. Can historians use them in the same way?

In this lecture Professor Kirsten McKenzie reflects on two decades of her own investigations into empire. In so doing, she considers the role that seemingly marginal characters, and ostensibly trivial disputes, might play in much larger forces of social change. Just as scandals today tell us about the world we live in, so the often-forgotten scandals of colonial societies can reveal the texture and drama of their past.

Kirsten McKenzie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Sydney, where she has been based since 2002. As a Rhodes Scholar from Cape Town, South Africa, she completed her D.Phil at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1997. She is the author of 'Scandal in the Colonies: Sydney and Cape Town, 1820 – 1850' (Melbourne University Publishing, 2004), 'A Swindler’s Progress: Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty' (University of New South Wales Press and Harvard University Press, 2009/2010) and 'Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order' (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She was awarded the Crawford Medal by the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2004. 'A Swindler’s Progress' was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History, 2011 and the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2010.

Professor McKenzie is the 2018 UWA Fred Alexander Fellow.

The Fred Alexander Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of Professor Fred Alexander (1899-1996), the founding Head of the History Discipline (then Department) at The University of Western Australia.
Friday 05
11:00 - SEMINAR - Linguistics Seminar Series : Reference and the dynamics of discourse: The expanding function of null subjects in Kriol More Information
Kriol is an English-lexified creole spoken throughout the northern regions of Australia. Relatively little is known about the structural features of the language, and a comprehensive description of the language is yet to be produced. In this talk I will present the research I have undertaken as part of my Honours year, which is a description and analysis of the expanding functions of null subjects in Kriol.

My description of null subjects will first distinguish between two broad categories: null subjects which are conditioned by syntactic constraints, and those that are conditioned by discourse constraints. I will then describe the specific environments these types of null subjects are located in and conclude that the two varieties of null subjects fundamentally differ in whether or not they are licensed through syntactic control in antecedent-anaphor relations. This description will then be followed by a quantitative analysis of null subjects constrained by discourse level factors, where I will demonstrate that null subjects that appear as discourse markers are licensed when they encode continued, non-ambiguous topics that occur episode medially or finally.

My presentation will then conclude by suggesting that this variation in the function of null subjects represents an apparent change in progress of null subjects expanding from syntactic to discourse environments, motivated by influence from Australian languages. In this discussion I will consider lexifier and substrate influences, as well as typological parallels in the function of null subjects in other Australian contact varieties.

11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : “How do you think learning Korean will shape your future?" A Q methodology study into university student’s future language selves. More Information
Being able to speak a foreign language is often considered a valuable skill for university students, and to make foreign language learning at the university level more relevant to student’s future careers it is important to understand what learners want to do with the language and how they see themselves as future speakers of a foreign language. This talk presents the results of a survey on student’s future L2 selves, conducted on learners of Korean using Q methodology, a qualitative/quantitative mixed research method. Q methodology, often defined as an inverted factor analysis, it is used for the investigation of subjectivity; however its application to the field of language education has been extremely limited and restricted to students of English as a foreign language. The potentiality of Q-methodology for research in the field of foreign language learning is worth more exploration since it is a promising technique for the investigation of student’s individual differences, among them mainly learner’s motivation. In this presentation, after an outline of Q methodology, I will show how its application to the study of future L2 selves in a cohort of Korean language students highlighted the presence of four main types of students, each with a clearly defined future perspective on how they see themselves in the future as speakers of Korean as a second language. These results are further discussed with reference to other foreign languages and to foreign language teaching at the tertiary level.

14:30 - SEMINAR - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR : Desiring the Modern Boy: Beauty, Modernity and Masculinity in Interwar Japan More Information
This paper problematises the visual representation of the Modern Boy (mobo) in 1920s Japanese popular media as a site of contestation over what constituted desirable masculinity in early twentieth-century Japanese society. On the one hand, the mobo’s image as a beautiful commodified male points to a renegotiation of masculinity in the direction of a new gender-blurring beauty aesthetic and a subversive contestation of the more normative masculinities of the salaryman and soldier. On the other hand, under the disapproving gaze of the state and social critics, the mobo was also constructed as a parodic, emasculated form of masculinity that reinforced the hegemonic masculine ideal by providing its masculine “Other”. Interrogating the tensions involved in viewing and desiring the mobo therefore contributes to our understanding of how beauty practices feature in the project of creating the new modern man in interwar Japan and the concurrent representational strategies that work to diffuse threats to hegemonic masculinity.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Happily Single? It May Depend on Where You Live: how families shape single women’s well-being in three East Asian cities Website | More Information
A public lecture by Lynne Nakano, Professor, Japanese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

The age of first marriage has been rising around the world but nowhere more rapidly than in East Asia. In contrast to patterns of near universal marriage only a generation ago in many East Asian societies, increasing numbers of women in East Asia’s cities are single into middle-age and beyond. In Tokyo, for example, nearly 40 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 34 have never been married. In Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai marriage is a key symbol of status and security; marriage is the ideal lifestyle and most women say that they want to marry regardless of their sexual orientation. Yet single women say they have difficulty finding an appropriate person to marry. In spite of the many similarities in the experiences of single women across East Asian cities, we also find striking differences. In Hong Kong remaining single is understood to be an acceptable lifestyle choice. In Tokyo, singlehood is acceptable but not ideal. In Shanghai, many women feel that remaining single is not an acceptable lifestyle choice and experience intense pressure to marry.

This talk will examine why the experience of singlehood differs in the three cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Professor Nakano will argue that as the state has stepped back from control over the intimate spaces of family life, families have become the primary medium through which singlehood is encouraged and supported as well as discouraged and curbed. In contrast to arguments that the rise of singlehood in Asia reflects growing individualism, she will argue that family structures and values powerfully shape single women’s happiness, well-being and sources of meaning in the three cities under study.

This lecture is presented by UWA’s Institute for Advanced Studies, the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the Forrest Foundation and is part of a suite of events, including the symposium 'Emotions and Intimacy in Asian Migration, Past and Present' on Friday 23 November 2018.
Monday 08
8:00 - CONFERENCE - In The Zone Above: The Indo-Pacific Era in Space Conference 2018 : As the investment centre of gravity related to space shifts towards leading economies in the Indo-Pacific, we must think together about shared opportunities, challenges and risks around the 'Zone Above'. This year's In The Zone Conference will focus on the Indo-Pacific era in space and the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. Website | More Information
Tuesday 09
13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations : The Nation and The Nature; The Power and Practice of Assembling Military Environmentalism on the Borders of India. More Information
This paper empirically examines and debates the specific governmental intervention of military environmentalism that set out to improve and protect the disputed Himalayan borders of India. Through employing the analytic of assemblage to study military environmentalism, the paper focuses upon the typology of six practices namely: forging alignments; rendering technical; authorising knowledge; managing failures and contradictions; anti-politics and reassembling to determine the power of discourses, institutions, procedures, tactics and subject positions that makes up any governmental intervention. Based upon a long-term fieldwork, it examines the practice of paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s wildlife conservation initiatives inside the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary that brings together an array of actors (pastoralists, state conservation officials, biologists, activists, politicians and the border militaries) and objectives (livelihoods, control, authority, sustainability and security). It demonstrates how military environmentalism is assembled and sustained in the midst of mounting army force deployments and an operational readiness of India to go on a war with China. Moving away from resolving the moral questions connected to such an assemblage, the paper highlights how military environmentalism is a matter of fragile relays, contested locales and fissiparous affiliations and is not a governmental rationality that extends unproblematically to take forward its promise of improvement.

16:00 - EVENT - Postgraduate Opportunities: Arts Q&A + networking : Join us for Q&A session followed by networking with academics. Website | More Information
Discover more about your postgraduate study options in Arts, Business, Law and Education and have all your questions answered.

Postgraduate qualifications have become an expectation in a global workforce and can be the defining factor in your future career pathway. Find out how you can have a rewarding career and contribute to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Join us for Q&A session followed by networking with academics. This event is in collaboration with the Arts Union.

Related Courses:

- Master of International Relations

- Master of Social Research Methods

- Master of Forensic Anthropology

- Master of International Development

- Master of Heritage Studies

- Master of Public Policy

- Master of Strategic Communications

- Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

- Master of Teaching (Primary)

- Master of Teaching (Secondary)

- HASS Curriculum

- Master of Asian Studies

Other events in the Postgraduate Opportunities series:

School of Design information session

STEM: Expo + networking

Juris Doctor: Q&A session

Global Professional Sundowner

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Blasphemy and Islam More Information
Blasphemy and Islam

by Sajid Hameed, Research Fellow, Al-Mawrid Global

Blasphemy is a long-standing issue of debate across cultures. However, in 2005, when a Danish newspaper published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the topic became a major global controversy. What does Islam say about blasphemy? What is Islam’s stand on freedom of expression? Sajid Hameed’s lecture will focus on issues of freedom of expression and blashpemy with specific respect to Islam.

About Sajid Hameed

Mr Sajid Hameed is an Islamic scholar and Research Fellow, Al-Mawrid Global. He is also the Director of the Directorate of Education, Al-Mawrid Global. Mr Hameed is a member of the Editorial Board of the Quarterly “Ijtihad” Organ of cii.gov.pk. He is currently conducting doctoral research on the topic of Islamic Thought and Civilization. His previous research was on the concept of certitude and probability, in Muslim thought.

Entry: Free but please RSVP via [email protected] For more information: Azim Zahir, Research Assistant, CMSS, 0417800303

17:30 - EVENT - Postgraduate Opportunities: School of Design information session : Explore your postgraduate options in Created and Creative Environments. Website | More Information
Discover more about your postgraduate study options in Arts, Business, Law and Education and have all your questions answered.

Postgraduate qualifications have become an expectation in a global workforce and can be the defining factor in your future career pathway. Find out how you can have a rewarding career and contribute to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Explore your postgraduate options in Created and Creative Environments.

Related Courses:

- Master of Architecture

- Master of Landscape Architecture

- Master of Urban Design

- Master of Building Information Modelling

- Graduate Certificate of Architectural Conservation

- Graduate Certificate of Urban Design

- Graduate Diploma of Urban Design

- Master of Heritage Studies

- Human Geography and Planning

- Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Other events in the Postgraduate Opportunities series:

Arts: Q&A + networking

STEM: Expo + networking

Juris Doctor: Q&A session

Global Professional Sundowner

Wednesday 10
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations Annual Lecture 2018 - What has the #MeToo movement achieved? Website | More Information
The proliferation of global #MeToo movement, and its sister hashtag, #TimesUp, has been a watershed moment, capturing the global imagination and breaking a longstanding and deafening silence on how those in senior, influential positions across all areas of society – politics, business, education, charities, the arts, sport and religion - exercise sexual power to harass, humiliate, discriminate, marginalize and bully.

In this lecture, Professor Paula McDonald from the QUT Business School will examine the question of whether #MeToo is likely to galvanise substantial, longstanding change for working women and men.

RSVP By 8 October Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-great-awakening-with-many-dangers-what-has-the-metoo-movement-achieved-tickets-49976948398

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - A day in the life of Sinead – how technology makes all the difference Website | More Information
A public lecture by Sinead Quinn, Occupational Therapist / Assistive Technology Consultant.

Come and listen to how Sinead, an Occupational Therapist and a person who has low vision, is using technology to make everyday life easier. When it comes to every day activities such as accessing social media, reading recipes, managing emails, using a mobile, and navigating independently. Have you ever wondered how someone who has a vision impairment can do all these everyday tasks? From waking up in the morning, to dressing, getting to work, how they work, how they study and how they socialise. See how main stream devices and assistive technology can be used by any individual of any age and any ability in everyday activities.

Sinead Quinn graduated from Curtin University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science; Occupational Therapy. Sinead was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa when she was 9 years old. This condition has continued to slowly degenerate, currently she experiences patches of vision loss which makes reading and navigating very difficult. Sinead works at VisAbility as an Occupational Therapist (Assistive Technology Specialist). She has worked at VisAbility for over 4 years and has immersed herself in the world of assistive technology specialising in the prescription of low vision products to clients with a varying range of eye conditions. She also provides training to clients in using low vision computer software, specialised equipment and smart device accessibility. As a user of assistive technology Sinead is passionate about this area as she realises firsthand how it can make all the difference to a person’s independence.

This talk is part of the 2018 Light Talks series, "Living with and without Light". Our aim is to raise awareness about the experience of people with a vision impairment in a globalised and technological world.

This series is presented by UWA Optical Society (OSA) student chapter and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
Thursday 11
12:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : "Excavating Prehistory’s Past: Some Themes in Investigating the Historiography of (Francophone) Archaeology in the Pacific" More Information
In this talk I present some of the most accomplished themes I have been exploring as part of the ARC Laureate Project ‘The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific’ (CBAP), led by Prof. Matthew Spriggs at ANU. CBAP is the first consolidated research program to investigate the historiography of archaeology in the Pacific (including, to some degree, Australia), while this field of study has emerged during the last 20 years as a solid sub-discipline in the history of sciences in Europe and the Americas. My role in the multidisciplinary and multilingual CBAP team has been to specifically look into the history of francophone traditions in this field: ones which have been present since the very early days of European questioning about the origins and past of the ‘South Seas’ inhabitants and which were framed by specific trends in French (and Belgian) intellectual history as well as socio-political and colonial developments. This has been approached mainly through individual case-studies: using the ‘collective biography’ theme to investigate networks and transnational history as well as national and specific colonial contexts; and to replace the production of ideas or the establishment of practices within specific lives and personal experiences in the ‘field’ so as to balance intellectual history with ‘real-life science’. I will present some stories that demonstrate such themes, from the very first field archaeologists of the 1890s to the establishment of professional archaeology and the French school of ‘Oceania ethnoarchaeology’ in the mid-20th century. I would also like to finish by discussing some ideas for a new project that will build on this one, investigating the specific role of hidden though ever-present figures in this history: women.

16:00 - EVENT - 'King Lear', by William Shakespeare : 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!

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : Heritage and the Politics of Recognition More Information
This talk addresses work I am doing for a new book that, as part of its thesis, investigates the utility of theorizations in political philosophy around diversity and redistribution for understanding the political power and consequences of heritage. The politics of recognition is an attempt to both explain and address ways of influencing post-1960’s transformations in the political landscape, and in particular the politics of identity claims. I argue that various ideas and expressions of heritage, including the way heritage is displayed in museums, may on the one hand be understood as implicated in the politics of recognition, and on the other hand contribute to understanding the nuances of struggles for recognition and redistribution not only in post-colonial but also other contexts and circumstances. I suggest that a consideration of the politics of recognition opens up new ways of evaluating and assessing the consequences and political impact of heritage that in turn requires a revaluation of the ethical and political responsibilities of heritage and museum professionals.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Linguistics Seminar Series : Morphological encoding in language processing More Information
This talk will be about how we plan and produce speech. More specifically, how do we put together words and sentences and what are the linguistic units that need to be activated and retrieved from long-term memory. Words can consist of smaller meaningful elements called “morphemes”, e.g. the English compound dishwasher consisting of dish (meaning: ‘dirty dishes’) and washer (derived from ‘to wash’; meaning: ‘to clean’). How do we represent words like dishwasher in our memory – as one holistic entity or do we (also) store the morphemes dish, wash, and the suffix -er separately?

The present series of studies investigated morphological priming as well as its time course and neural correlates in overt speech production using a long-lag priming paradigm. Behavioural (reaction time), event-related potential (ERP), and neuroimaging (fMRI) data were collected in separate sessions. Recently, we extended our research to multilingual participants. I will report about five different studies which show an extremely coherent picture and argue for a separate level of morphological processing in language production planning.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Living Flesh: splendour, sex and sickness on the surface of the skin : Presented by the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and the IAS. Website | More Information
A public lecture by Lisa Beaven, Lecturer in Art History, La Trobe University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Presented by the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and the Institute of Advanced Studies. This lecture explores the relationship between artistic images of nudity in early modern Europe and societal attitudes to nakedness in real life. Despite the importance of the nude for the history of Western art, little attention has been paid to the effect of such images on contemporaries’ perceptions of nakedness. With the advent of humanism during the Renaissance, images of naked gods and goddess multiplied. Instead of viewing these through the lens of classical antiquity this lecture will chart the effects such images had on social values, perceptions of beauty, courtship rituals and intimate sexual behaviour. The more skin was shown, the more it became the focus of theoretical attention, with the widespread belief that this pliant surface could reveal the secrets of temperament, health and destiny.

Lisa Beaven is Lecturer in Art History at La Trobe University. She has previously taught at the Universities of Melbourne and Auckland. She was the 2008 Trendall Fellow at the British School at Rome and from 2014-2018 was a post-doctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at Melbourne University.
Friday 12
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Leigh Sales on 'Any Ordinary Day' Website | More Information
The City of Perth Library, UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, Perth Festival and Boffins Books, are delighted to present Leigh Sales on 'Any Ordinary Day'.

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories – and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event.

Join Leigh Sales as she speaks with William Yeoman, Director, Perth Writers Festival, followed by an audience Q&A, book sales and book signing.

Cost: $15 | Booking Enquiries: to Boffins Books on 08 9321 5755 or [email protected]
Saturday 13
10:00 - CONFERENCE - TEDxUWA 2018: Turning Points : TEDxUWA returns for its third annual conference dedicated to ideas worth spreading! Website | More Information

WELCOME TO TEDxUWA 2018 The theme for this year is Turning Points. With an amazing line up of 10 inspirational speakers from the UWA community and beyond, get ready for a day of excitement, entertainment and enlightenment.

||Ticket Prices and Release Dates||

***FIRST RELEASE 03/09/18 - 16/09/18*** Standard $40 | Concession $30 | TEDxUWA Members $25

***SECOND RELEASE 17/09/18 - 13/10/18*** Standard $45 | Concession $35 | TEDxUWA Members $30

***Door Sales $50***

Registration opens at 9AM, for a 10AM start.

Please note morning and afternoon tea & coffee will be provided. There will be food trucks available outside for lunch.

About TED:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

About TEDx:

x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TEDxUWA:

The TEDxUWA movement aims to bring the spirit of TED to the University of Western Australia campus community by organising events that are focused on the power of ideas to change. The major TEDxUWA conference is held annually and is a full-day, multidisciplinary event with a simillar structure to the TED conference. We also host smaller scaled gatherings, called TEDxUWASalons throughout the year focusing on a singular theme, allowing attendees to have a more intimate outlook on ideas-sharing.

#tedxuwa2018 #turningpoints

Alternative formats: Default | XML

Top of Page
© 2001-2010  The University of Western Australia
Questions? Mail [email protected]