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Today's date is Sunday, October 25, 2020
Events for the public
 February 2020
Wednesday 05
18:00 - EVENT - Spanish for Beginners : Back by popular demand Website | More Information
Whether you’re enjoying some tapas in the middle of Madrid, or haggling at the markets in Buenos Aires, you’ll get to know the wonderful locals better with some basic Spanish language. Using a communicative approach, students practise language in real and recognisable situations in a cultural context. There is an emphasis on speaking and also on building vocabulary and a sound grammar base.
Friday 07
18:00 - LAUNCH - Opening Night: The Long Kiss Goodbye + Boomerang - A National Symbol Website | More Information
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery invites you to the launch of its Season 1 2020 program, featuring the opening of two new exhibitions: 'The Long Kiss Goodbye' and 'Boomerang - A National Symbol'.

Light refreshments will be served.

Presented in association with Perth Festival, 'The Long Kiss Goodbye' explores how artists transform familiar materials and symbols into complex meditations on love, loss, attraction and repulsion.

Presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, 'Boomerang - A National Symbol' examines the idea of the boomerang - beyond a symbol of 'Australia' - to highlight its many uses and meanings.
Saturday 08
9:30 - WORKSHOP - Introduction to Digital Photography : Learn from the Master Photographer himself! Website | More Information
Photography is one of the world’s most popular pastimes and yet many people don’t understand how to use and maximise the creative controls of their camera. Regardless of whether you use a compact; DSLR or a mirror-less camera; this workshop will explain the many creative choices you have in setting up and using your camera with the aim of shooting some stunning images. Nick Melidonis has been one of Australia’s foremost photographers and photo educators for over two decades. A Master Photographer with five gold bars, named number two in the world in 2016 and a finalist in the National Geographic 2016 'Travel Photographer of the Year'.

10:00 - FUNDRAISER - Summer Booksale! : Save the Children Booksale in Hackett Cafe Website | More Information
For over 50 years the University of Western Australia has held its annual book sale to raise funds for Save the Children. Thanks to the generosity of volunteers from the UWA branch and many others offering up their second hand goods, thousands of donated books are available at bargain prices with all proceeds going to support children in Western Australia and around the world.

OPEN TIMES Saturday 8th Feb: 10am - 4pm Sunday 9th Feb: 10am - 4pm https://www.savethechildren.org.au/
Monday 10
18:00 - EVENT - The Inaugural Laki Jayasuirya Oration : Democracy, Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Can there be consensus? Website | More Information
In honour of the life and rich legacy of Emeritus Professor Laksiri (Laki) Jayasuriya, the UWA Public Policy Institute invites you to attend the inaugural Laki Jayasuriya Oration. The Honourable Geoff Gallop, AC will be delivering the oration, speaking on democracy, human rights and multiculturalism.

Laki (1931-2018) was an intellectual, policy and campaigning pioneer. Having first arrived at The University of Sydney in the 1950s, he had an extraordinary career in academia, working at the interface of government and community organisations. As the first Asian professor at The University of Western Australia, he founded the UWA Department of Social Work and Social Policy, and made significant contributions to the development of social policy. Upon his appointment by Whitlam Government to the Immigration Advisory Council in 1973, he was amongst the key architects of Australia’s Multicultural policy. A staunch supporter of positive engagement with Asia and the Indian Ocean region, Laki challenged historic assumptions about the country’s European identity.

The UWA Public Policy Institute is pleased to bring you this event in collaboration with the Ethnic Communities Council of WA, the Multicultural Services Centre WA, the WA branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the UWA Department of Social Work and Social Policy for the inaugural Jayasuriya Oration.
Friday 14
12:30 - SEMINAR - A preliminary typology of Australian interjections:results and methodological insights More Information
In this seminar I will present a preliminary typology of the interjections documented in 37 languages of diverse genetic affiliation across the Australian continent. I will spell out the results concerning Australian interjections themselves, which for most of them raise the question of whether they reflect specifically Australian properties, or universals of language. I will also discuss theoretical and methodological issues involved in studying interjections typologically.
Tuesday 18
8:30 - FREE LECTURE - The Japan Symposium 2020 : Australia, Japan and India: Strengthening trilateral strategic relationships in the Indo-Pacific Website | More Information
In collaboration with Japanese Consulate in Perth, the Perth USAsia Centre will convene the Japan Symposium 2020 in February. This is the third annual iteration of a forum for policymakers, business and academic leaders to discuss issues of shared concern in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s Symposium will explore the topic Australia, Japan and India: Strengthening trilateral strategic relationships. It will bring together senior officials, experts and strategic thinkers from Australia, Japan and India. The Symposium will facilitate expert-led discussion about the complex strategic challenges the three nations face in the Indo-Pacific region, and enhance cooperation between them in the economic and security realms.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Lethal Intersections: women, race and violence Website | More Information
A public lecture by Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland.

In this lecture, internationally renowned sociologist Patricia Hill Collins will consider the concept and practices of intersectionality, a term that refers to the ways that systems of race, social class, gender, sexuality ethnicity, nation and age, intersect to compose systems of privilege and oppression. With particular reference to the intersections between race and gender, Patricia Hill Collins will explore the themes of Black Feminism and Intersectionality and will consider shared histories and contemporary justice claims of black women in the United States and Indigenous women of Australia.

This lecture coincides with the release of ‘Indigenous Femicide and the Killing State’, a case study undertaken by Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Setter States (Curtin University).

Professor Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, 'Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment'(Routledge), published in 1990, with a revised tenth year anniversary edition published in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

This public lecture is presented by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and Curtin University.
Thursday 27
16:00 - PUBLIC TALK - From satellite imagery to electron microscopy: lessons learned about wildfire management in California : Part of the UWA Environment Seminar series More Information
In combination with recent drought, elevated temperatures, and extended fire seasons, the high fuel loads in fire suppressed forests are contributing to larger and more severe wildfires in the Western United States. Many of these fires occur in the forested montane watersheds that provide 60-90% of the developed water supply of the state, creating a critical nexus between water and fire from a management perspective. Both water and fire cycles are impacted by, and impact upon the growth, spread, function, and disturbance of vegetation communities. This means there are multiple processes linking plants, fire and water. With climate change projected to further warm temperatures, reduce snowpacks, extend fire seasons, and increase drought stress on Californian watersheds, a better understanding of the dynamics of this complex system is urgently needed. This presentation is an overview of 4 years of graduate work at the nexus of climate change, wildfires, vegetation, and hydrology. It is filled with surprising findings, lessons learned, some mishaps, and bears compromising science.

Speaker: Katya Rakhmatulina is an ecohydrology PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. She studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, and pursued her masters degree in Civil Systems at Berkeley, working with remote sensing networks. Katya loves everything outdoors and is currently working on her dissertation with her advisor, Sally Thompson, at UWA.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Public Lecture: Digging in the Desert: Unearthing the Prehistory of Arabia Website | More Information
For the past two years, a team from the University of Western Australia’s Classics and Ancient History Discipline Group has been undertaking archaeological fieldwork in the hinterland of the desert oasis town of AlUla, Saudi Arabia. Most of the 20,000 km2 hinterland is relatively inaccessible but the isolated and dramatic landscapes surrounding the town are densely packed with spectacular archaeological remains. This project is one of several being conducted on behalf of the Royal Commission for AlUla, a broad ranging directive designed to develop the region around AlUla and to document and preserve its rich heritage.

This lecture will focus on some of the key findings of this pioneering new project, which combines traditional archaeological techniques with exciting modern technology such as 3D modelling and UAV’s.
Friday 28
11:00 - SEMINAR - Hearing the Voice of Chinese International Students at the National Library of Australia More Information
As a recipient of the prestigious Asian Studies Grant, Dr Tao spent four weeks at the National Library of Australia in January 2020, when he was able to explore and investigate into the memoirs published by Chinese international students who studied in Australia since the 1980s. In this talk, Dr Tao will report the preliminary findings of his research residency. According to these findings, the study environment for Chinese international students in Australia changed significantly in the last four decades as a result of the rapid process of globalisation and the advance of telecommunication technologies. However, the key factors that impact the experience of Chinese international students in Australia remain persistent, including the challenges of establishing cross-cultural friendships and the importance of mono-cultural support networks. Dr Tao will also reflect on his experience of working on NLA’s Australiana Collection in the Chinese Language, which is a globally unique resource for researchers and readers who care particularly about how Australia is perceived and presented in the Chinese-language publications.

12:30 - SEMINAR - Embedding variationist perspectives in undergraduate linguistics teaching More Information
Abstract

When I began my PhD research on complex language repertoires, I found my linguistic toolkit was pretty empty of the kinds of analytic approaches that would allow me to do justice to the linguistic dexterity of my participants. This is partly down to the luck of the draw; I had studied my undergraduate linguistics degree at time prior to the upsurge in interest in variationist sociolinguistics in Australia and so no such courses were on offer at my alma mater. But as I embarked on the process of upskilling and methodological innovation that my PhD demanded of me, I also felt at times I was ‘unlearning’ some of the ways of thinking about language that had been engrained during my bachelor studies. In this talk, I reflect on the concept of linguistic variation (and the linguistic variable) and explore how this is navigated in a typical undergraduate linguistics program. In particular, I focus on opportunities for embedding the concept of variable grammar ‘early and often’ as a way to undermine linguistic prejudice and equip the linguists of the future to grapple with some of the big divisions in our field, such as between probabilistic, usage-based accounts and formal theories of language.

Short bio

My research and applied work is focused at the intersection of descriptive linguistics, sociolinguistics and education. I have always been interested in linguistic outcomes of contact, such as individual multilingualism, language practises in border regions, and contact varieties. I joined the Aboriginal Child Language Acquisition project in 2011, undertaking a study of Alyawarr children’s use of two closely-related language varieties in central Australia. Prior to this, I worked for several years at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre as a field linguist and I also spent a year in the Philippines working for a local Indigenous people’s education NGO, where I developed multilingual curricula and teaching materials. Before coming to UNE in 2019, I lived in Germany for 3.5 years, teaching linguistics in the English Studies departments of the Friedrich Schiller University (Jena) and Erfurt University (Erfurt).

 March 2020
Wednesday 04
17:30 - EVENT - Close to Home: Discovering Female Indonesian Writers : This event will highlight the work of female Indonesian writers who have challenged dominant narratives. Website | More Information
Indonesia is our nearest international neighbour consisting of 17,000 islands. Home to multiple ethnic groups, languages and religions, Indonesia has a rich body of literature. Its complexity reflects the depth and breadth of diversity of its people.

This event, jointly hosted by the Centre for Stories, the Australia Indonesia Centre and the UWA Public Policy Institute, will highlight the work of female Indonesian writers who have challenged dominant narratives. Join us to learn how they explore history, religion, feminist and queer issues, religion and political violence, drawing inspiration from local and Western traditions.

You will hear from the work of visiting writer Erni Aladjai and from Iven Manning and Alberta Natasia Aadji who will read the work of selected female Indonesian writers. Following the readings, Professor Krishna Sen will facilitate a discussion on Indonesian literature, and the ways in which these writers inform, challenge and stimulate political and policy debates in contemporary Indonesia.

This event is part of the Centre for Stories Lintas Laut: Eastern Indonesia-Western Australia Writing Exchange supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Trends and dangers in US philanthropy — are there implications for Australia? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In this lecture, Mark Sidel will discuss some important recent themes in US philanthropy – the role of philanthropy in an era of increasing wealth disparities; adaptations by US foundations to changing circumstances; the changing situations for community foundations; the increasing, and increasingly problematic role of philanthropy by the individually wealthy; the regulation/self-regulation dilemma in the US and elsewhere; the changing nature of philanthropy across borders; and other issues. He will also at least ask to what degree these issues may be present or playing out differently in some other jurisdictions.

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and consultant for Asia at the Washington DC-based International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. He works on state-society relations, and particularly the regulation and self-regulation of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, in Asia and the United States. Sidel is currently writing a book for the Brookings Institution on China’s relationships with the international nonprofit and foundation community under Xi Jinping, and doing research for a future volume on modern secessionary movements in the US and in comparative perspective.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Reframing Human Rights: health, ‘dirt’ and ecologies of right-making Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Rosemary J. Jolly, Weiss Chair, Humanities in Literature and Human Rights, Pennsylvania State University and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

A central problem of the UNHR is its dependence on the state and citizenship as the conditions under which human rights flourish. Professor Jolly proposes an extra-anthropocentric contextualization of normative human rights as human rightness.

How do communities that do not depend on the state for their articulation – the indigenous, migrant, those at the peripheries of the global economy, and/or indentured by it – envision what she calls extra-anthropocentric human rightness, and how do they practice such rightness in aesthetic production, specifically as manifest in the narrative arts? Further, since human rights norms are deeply immersed in cultures of materialist accumulation, she is specifically interested in how animist cultures, who have beliefs in the value of the non-human and immaterial, have developed practices of human rightness through aesthetics means.

This talk uses narratives, both fictional and non-fictional, to pose an alternative to human rights frameworks that is non-anthropocentric (but not anti-human) to reframe debates concerning the health of humans, of the environment, and of the relation between the two. Professor Jolly will theorize how to frame the concept of Human Rights as non-anthropocentric and then go on to talk about her HIV/AIDS research to communicate a sense of what such an outlook might look like in the sub-Saharan African setting, in a specific context of massive human death.

It is her hope that this talk may open a discussion of what extra-anthropocentric human rightness may have to offer in the current Australian context of massive non-human animal extinction in the fires.

Rose Jolly was born in South Africa and left for Canada in 1981 due to the apartheid regime of the time. She came to Penn State in 2013. Her overarching interest is in the ways in which representations of violence and reconciliation actually affect inter-governmental, inter-community and inter-personal relations in contexts of conflict. Her work explores the links between living conditions of extreme deprivation, gender-based violence and coercion, and the HIV pandemic. She has worked with victim-survivors of state sponsored torture, gender-based violence, and communities fractured by illness globally. She explores the ethics of working with highly vulnerable communities in research and development.
Thursday 05
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Legal Humanism and the Automation of Everyday Life Website | More Information
A public lecture by Christophe Lazaro, Associate Professor of Law & Society, Centre for Philosophy of Law, University of Louvain and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

An entirely new fauna composed of entities, which are said to be smart and autonomous, progressively colonizes our everyday life (prosthetics, watches, clothes, tablets, vehicles, smart homes, etc). The emergence of these objects might cause a profound anthropological shift by radically transforming the nature of our environment in a fully automated technosphere.

This public lecture aims at analysing the legal consequences of the current process of automation of everyday life on legal humanism. Specifically, Professor Lazaro will explore three major tensions, which radically challenge legal humanism, by altering its fundamental fictional figures: the person, the subject, and the individual. By examining the tensions between (i) human and artefact (person), (ii) autonomy and paternalism (subject), and (iii) equality and singularity (individual), he will identify, beyond binary oppositions, a set of parameters, which could guide the legal and ethical understanding of these new “uncanny” entities.

Christophe Lazaro, Associate Professor of Law & Society at the Centre for Philosophy of Law of UCL, is an expert in interdisciplinary research on the legal and social impacts of new technologies on human agency and subjectivity (prosthetics, robotics, artificial intelligence).
Friday 06
12:30 - SEMINAR - The End: how a language dies More Information
Abstract

What Tolstoy wrote about happy and unhappy families applies equally to languages: all living languages are alike; each dying language is dying in its own way. Because the death of a language is a particular death, the death of this language and not some other one, the story of its demise has to be a specific story. For the past thirty years I have conducted research on an isolate Papuan language in the lower Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. The language, called Tayap, is dying; it currently has fewer than fifty active speakers. My talk will discuss how Tayap is disappearing; both in terms of the social and cultural factors that inexorably are leading to its passing, and also in terms of the grammar of the language itself, as it dissolves in the speech of young people who attempt to speak it.

Short bio

Don Kulick is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he directs the Engaging Vulnerability research program. He has published widely on sociolinguistics, gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, queer theory and animal studies. His most recent books are A Grammar and Dictionary of Tayap: the life and death of a Papuan language (with Angela Terrill, Mouton de Gruyter), and A Death in the Rainforest: how a language and a way of life came to an end in Papua New Guinea (Algonquin Books), both from last year.

14:30 - SEMINAR - DISONANCE OF “NON-ALIGNED” POST WWII HERITAGE More Information
Abstract

As early as in the late 1940s, Yugoslavia developed its own brand of Socialism based on self-management. In the cultural sphere, the uniqueness of the Yugoslav context gave way to the official renunciation of Soviet Socialist Realism around 1948 and contributed to the rise of a unique brand of moderate (Socialist) modernism. The post-WWII architectural heritage in "non-aligned" Yugoslavia articulated and legitimized a different political stance toward ideology while insisting on new art that signified a break with typical Soviet Socialist (Realism) art and architecture as well as integration into the international art world, a situation that allowed greater radicalization of artistic practices in Yugoslavia than in other countries of real Socialism. The very "ordinariness" of these post-war works and negligible official recognition of their modernist principles and significance, was a major obstacle for their heritage listing in comparison with the "historic", older heritage. Furthermore, after the 1991-95 war, the region has been managing its difficult, recent past not through recognition of it but through concealment and cultural reframing, directing attention away from the post WWII legacy, towards counter-trends of national historicism and nation branding. This discursive strategy and readjustment of identity politics have proven to be especially critical for the generation who is coming of age in the era of ideology-neutral pluralism.

Bio

Sandra Uskokovic, a scholar of modern and contemporary Central and Eastern European art, is Associate Professor at the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. A visiting scholar at universities in Europe, Asia, and North America, her research interests include art criticism, modern and contemporary art, urban and cultural theory, performative arts, heritage studies.
Monday 09
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - When Animals Talk Back. Perspectives on human-animal communication. Website | More Information
A public lecture by Don Kulick, Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, Uppsala University, Sweden and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

The past two decades have seen a seismic shift in our understanding of what animals are, what they perceive and think, and what they are capable of. Biologists and ethologists who study animal behaviour have made vital contributions to this shift. However, a significant quantity of writing about animals comes from philosophers, humanities and social science scholars, as well as those working in professional sectors, including freelance animal trainers and behaviourists. What is behind this outpouring of interest in animals? And now that animals seem to have our collective ear, what exactly are they saying?

Don Kulick is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden, where he directs the Engaging Vulnerability research program. He has published widely on sociolinguistics, gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, queer theory and animal studies. His most recent books are 'A Grammar and Dictionary of Tayap: the life and death of a Papuan language' (with Angela Terrill, Mouton de Gruyter), and 'A Death in the Rainforest: how a language and a way of life came to an end in Papua New Guinea' (Algonquin Books), both from last year.
Tuesday 10
7:30 - EVENT - Friends of the Library : "Why politics?" by Diana Warnock Website | More Information
Diana Warnock, a former newspaper and radio journalist, went into politics at the age of 52 when she was elected as the State member of Parliament for Perth in 1993. Before entering politics, Diana was an activist for about 30 years for women’s rights and for minorities, and always belonged to many community and voluntary groups, both locally in Perth and nationally. She grew up in the Eastern Goldfields—between Menzies and Leonora—but lived most of her adult life in the city of Perth. Her late husband Bill Warnock, an Irish-Scot, grew up in a Glasgow slum and migrated to Australia in his teens. They both graduated in arts from UWA.

Special Collections

James Hume Nisbet (1849-1923) Scottish born author and artist first visited Australia as a young man in the late 1860s. He visited Australia twice, travelling to Tasmania, New Zealand, and the South Sea Island, painting, sketching, writing poetry and stories. The Friends of the Library purchased four of Nisbet’s sketches currently on display in the foyer Special Collections 2nd Floor Reid Library until April. The display also includes many of his novels and poetry from the Peter Cowan Collection.

Special Collections will be open for Friends from 6.30pm prior to the talk to view the foyer display and objects from the collection in May, June, July, August and November 2020.

AGM The Committee invites members to nominate and join the Committee in 2020. Please contact Kathryn Maingard (email [email protected] or by phone 6488 2356) if you are interested in joining the Committee.

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