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 October 2018
Wednesday 10
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.

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
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 - 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.

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 - 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!

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
Tuesday 16
18:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Getting to the heart of it: Perkins Community Forum : Come and hear from a panel of cardiology experts and community champions. Website | More Information
Despite remarkable advances in treatment of cardiovascular disease, we have surprisingly little understanding about the basic causes. Cardiovascular disease still kills one Australian every 12 minutes. The looming obesity and diabetes pandemic mean that cardiovascular disease is manifesting itself earlier in our lives.

Come and hear from a panel of experts including cardiologists, heart researchers and patients on the role and challenges we face to find urgent answers.

Tickets are essential. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. You can purchase your tickets from: www.perkins.org.au/events/community-forum

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - History and Urban Agriculture: learning from our productive past Website | More Information
A public lecture by Andrea Gaynor, Associate Professor of History at The University of Western Australia.

Community gardens, school vegetable gardens, apiaries and micro-farms are popping up in cities and towns at unprecedented rates, as communities worldwide seek better food security, community relationships and connection with nature. This lecture will examine some exciting new food initiatives in Australian towns and cities, and explore the potential for history to inspire and inform increased urban food production for resilient and sustainable cities. Tracing changes in the prevalence and practices of urban food production in Australian cities over time, the lecture will a focus on the second world war and how it relates to the contemporary scene. This historical story illuminates the pitfalls and potential of urban agriculture, from the possibility of increased production and the multiple benefits of collaborative and commoning models, to the danger of military-influenced attempts at mass mobilisation.

Andrea Gaynor is Associate Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. Her expertise encompasses the history of food production in Australian cities, Western Australian environmental history, agricultural history, animals in history and the history of fish and fishing. Andrea is co-editor (with Nick Rose) of Reclaiming the Urban Commons: The past, present and future of food growing in Australian towns and cities (UWA Publishing, October 2018).

This talk is presented by UWA Publishing and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - Van Diemen’s Band presents A La Danza Website | More Information
Van Diemen’s Band is made up of some of the nation’s most highly respected early music specialists who, between them, have many decades of experience with some of the finest ensembles in Europe and Australia. With a passion for excellence together with integrity of musicological research, VDB strives to share this expertise by presenting its discoveries in exciting and accessible concerts in interesting and unconventional venues.

In A La Danza, Van Diemen’s Band is joined by international soloists, cellist (and UWA Graduate) Catherine Jones (Australia/Italy) and Baroque guitarist William Carter (UK) for a sumptuous program of Italian music composed during the Spanish Occupation.

Heavily influenced by dance, this music of the High Baroque takes a simple structure and transforms it into a supremely virtuosic display, Concertos by Vivaldi, Fiorenza, arrangements of Neapolitan folk tunes by Gaspar Sanz and the famous Fandango quintet by Boccherini.


Adults $45.00 | Concession $35.00 | Child (Accompanied child 15 years or under) $25.00

Thursday 18
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : "Breaking the radiocarbon barrier? A critical assessment of the earliest dates and models for the settlement of Sahul " More Information
Peter has worked on the evolution of desert, maritime and symbolic capabilities of Indigenous people from Australia, the Torres Strait, the Aru Islands and East Timor. He has carried out collaborative excavations and dating programs on sites which breach the ‘radiocarbon barrier’ in the Kimberley, Western Desert and on the North West Shelf. He has critiqued the primary data and first round of publications from Madjedbebe in recent reviews. As with his initial review of the stratigraphic association and dating of Homo floresiensis outlined in talks at the University of Arizona and UC Berkeley and then published, in this talk at UWA he will outline the strengths (and limitations) of the case for Australian sites breaking the radiocarbon barrier. As evidence for early modern human and Neanderthal art emerges from Africa and Spain it is time to reflect on the evidence and strategies being employed here.
Friday 19
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar Series : Educating about waste management: An ethnographic study of infrastructure and environmental education in rural Sumbawa, Indonesia More Information
Anthropologists have long acknowledged the political and affective dimensions of infrastructures, but rarely have they paid attention to their educational aptitudes. Situated at the intersection between the anthropology of waste/infrastructure and environmental education, this multi-method research project interrogates the couplings that exist between waste management infrastructure and environmental education (EE). Waste management systems not only enable the movement and conversion of matter, but also the exchange and circulation of ideas, meanings and values. In contexts where integrated waste management systems are lacking, new forms of sociality, material improvisations and knowledge emerge to find ways to provide infrastructural services. My PhD is an ethnographic study of informal waste management programmes initiated by environmental NGOs (ENGOs) and carried out by youth organisations in rural coastal communities on the island of Sumbawa, in eastern Indonesia. In combination with established ethnographic methods, such as participant observation and semi-structured interviews, the project will employ a community-based art event and public exhibition to provide an ethnographically rich, visually compelling and publicly engaged account of people’s everyday perceptions and experiences of waste and youth-waste management strategies in two rural coastal communities. I shall examine these in the spheres of household, subsistence economy and communal life, with the view to understanding how social and socio-material relations, especially youth-community and state-society relations, and distinct practices of waste and waste-related pedagogies mediate and are mediated by waste management efforts.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series : Sense of Belonging More Information
This paper draws from my on-going Masters Dissertation in Urban Design (to be submitted 8th Nov 2018). This inquiry considers the role of design in shaping the built environment and thus patterns of human activity and social life. In this inquiry I ask the question “How Can We Design Built Form And Open Spaces In Suburban Contexts In Perth That Engender A Sense Of Belonging For New And Emerging Communities? In an attempt to answer this question a community mapping exercise (n =24) and ethnographic interviews were conducted (n = 10) to understand the places inhabited in people’s everyday and how these places are used. These interviews and maps have been analysed to make meaning so as to develop a place typology for design interventions. While this ‘place typology’ may not be replicable, it is an attempt to tie together the spatial and social sciences.

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

In Main Stage: Culmination three outstanding performers compete in the finals of the prestigious VOSE Concerto Competition backed by the full forces of the brilliant UWA Symphony Orchestra. Who will win this coveted prize? Have your say and vote for your favourite performance in the People’s Choice Award!

Also on the program, Shumann's Konzertstuck for 4 Horns, and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the French composer Gounod, the UWA Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus join forces with a performance of his beautiful, serene St Cecilia Mass.

Tickets from $18
Saturday 20
9:30 - OPEN DAY - Lions Eye Institute Open Day is free on Saturday 20 Oct 9:30-12:30 : Open Day this Saturday 20 October 2018 - Free event Website | More Information
This year’s Open Day will feature interactive displays from a number of LEI research groups showcasing the latest in cutting edge eye science with a focus on eye genetics, DNA testing, stem cell technology, gene therapy and clinical trials. Displays on offer: • Experience being inside the eye using virtual reality technology. • Learn how the LEI uses skin samples to grow eye cells in petri dishes. • Vision impairment glasses will show you how different eye diseases affect eyesight. • Chat with LEI Managing Director Professor David Mackey. • Games prizes and raffles. • Special offers on eye tests with the Lions Optics team. • Learn about the ATOM study and how we’re tackling short-sightedness is children. • Get a close look at a real eyeball. • Make damper with our Outback Vision team and learn more about their work in remote WA. • Learn more about our ‘Surfer’s eye’ clinical trial and many more. The Open Day is free and all are welcome.

16:30 - FESTIVAL - Pingelly Astrofest : Pingelly Astrofest is a free family-friendly event to celebrate astronomy, science and the Western Australian night sky, and is hosted by UWA Farm Ridgefield and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). Website | More Information
UWA Farm Ridgefield and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are hosting a community based festival event to celebrate astronomy and Australian science on Saturday, 20 October 2018!

The event will feature fun and engaging activities in a beautiful rural setting, approximately 2 hours from Perth. Attendees will be able to interact and engage with astronomy experts, enjoy activities run by Scitech, see fabulous astrophotography and learn about some of the local history of astronomy in the Pingelly region.

Don't forget to register and attend the event to go into the draw to win your very own telescope!: ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register

Bus transport is available and will be leaving UWA campus at 2pm on Saturday 20 October, 2018 and will return to the UWA campus at approximately midnight. Bus charges are $27 per adult and $15.00 for children under 12 and concession holders. Please purchase your ticket through Eventbrite: https://ow.ly/gtJ730lRv64

If you have any questions, please email Debra Mullan ([email protected]) or call 08 6488 1539
Monday 22
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Apocalyptic Skies and the Decay of Public Symbolism : A CMEMS/PMRG/CHE Public Lecture Website | More Information
Do representations of clouds in Western art and architecture bear out Foucault’s claim of a split in the stable relations of words and images after the seventeenth century with drastic consequences to shared public meanings? This talk offers an answer to this question through an environmentalist survey of the changing significance of clouds in the art and architecture of many cultures over several centuries. From a predominantly religious significance in ancient art, the meaning of clouds shifts towards science in the era of industrial progress and global warming. Thus from clouds as premonitions of an ideal after-life, the man-made clouds of industrial pollution and nuclear warfare create a paradoxical restoration of shared meaning through bleak nostalgia for uncontaminated skies and terror of cloudless ones. The lecture will conclude with a discussion of a Lars Von Triers’ movie Melancholia (2011), invite discussion of An Te Liu’s Cloud (2008) installation and report some responses to the lecture when it was recently delivered in Ekaterinburg and Perm, Russia.
Tuesday 23
13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations : ‘The invisible man': H. G. Wells and the interwar push for human rights More Information
H.G. Wells is best known as ‘the father of science fiction’. However, the bulk of his writing is both non-fiction, and concerned with social justice. While it is widely held that his The Rights of Man (1940) helped shape the drafting of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this article argues that Wells’s influence extended well beyond this. Through his contribution to rights-based debates concerning social liberalism, internationalism, liberal internationalism, and international law, between the late 1890s and his death in 1946 Wells made crucial interventions in emerging discourses around rights, and was a significant actor in rights-based civil society.

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