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School of Social Sciences
 May 2019
Thursday 16
16:00 - EVENT - Archaeology Seminar Series : Murujuga Petroglyphs – Rock Art Narratives More Information
Murujuga, Burrup Peninsula, comprises one of the world’s greatest petroglyphs assemblages. Spanning many tens of thousands of years, displaying a myriad of styles and subjects; this rock art provides many stories. Correspondingly, the discipline of rock art research has a number of paradigms and ways of interpreting. One of the advantages Australia has over many other rock art provinces is the existence of people directly linked to the art, it is a living tradition. This, sometimes, can add a complication to research but in the main it adds a rich and insightful way of viewing rock art. There are other ways of getting at the story than through the Aboriginal informed process. Description of what we see, the formal recording and analysis of objects has proved to be useful in archaeology. Ways of looking, ways of identifying and ways of interpreting are interwoven with the rock art of Murujuga. This seminar explores just some of the intertwining of these narratives, revealing patterns in understanding the petroglyphs and the sacred landscape of Murujuga.
Friday 17
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Semiar Series : Understanding academic cheating in senior secondary schools in Indonesia and its possible relation to the country’s corruption problem. More Information
The lively public discourse on academic cheating in Indonesia is focused on the National Examination, which is a standardized test organised for Year-9 and Year-12 students. However, since the focus is too narrow, other behaviours that may actually have developed into a pervasive cheating problem have been overlooked. In 2015 the Indonesian government introduced a new twist to the problem by stating that cheating in the National Exam could be one of the causes of the country’s corruption problem. This thesis looks at patterns of actions and beliefs regarding academic cheating shared by students, teachers, and parents in two senior secondary schools in Indonesia. The findings of this study show that cheating in schools in Indonesia is indeed beyond the scope of the National Exam. The pervasiveness of the problem can be partly explained by looking at the dynamics of the social relationships of the students. As for government’s claim on the cause-and-effect relationship between academic cheating and corruption, opportunism and individual collectivism identified in both schools could become the enabling elements.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology/Sociology Seminar Series : This week’s seminar consists of an Honours’ completion presentation and an early stage PhD presentation More Information
Transnational Students, Gentrification and Urban Subjectivities: An ethnography of transnational Chinese student residents in Perth, Western Australia.

This paper explores urbanisation processes of gentrification as they intersect with Australia’s international education industry. These concurrent conditions have led to an increase in what I argue to be transnational studentification in Australia’s urban centres. Little research, however has been undertaken to understand the impacts of these patterns of urban transformation on the students themselves. This project examines a case study of transnational middle-class Chinese students living in the City of Perth precinct. Adopting de Certeau’s theory of tactics and Bourdieu’s notion of habitus as analytical frameworks, and employing a walking interview methodology, this project interprets the students’ experiences and perceptions of space and place. I aim to understand and interpret new regimes of subjectivity that emerge through these patterns of socio-spatial transformation in Australia. I outline positions of translocality, temporality, and contested space which govern these students’ interpretation and construction of the city, and of their modes of subjectivity. Ruth is an Honours’ student in Anthropology and Sociology.

Australian Rules football and Aboriginal well-being in Perth, Western Australia.

Sport, and more specifically in this case, Australia’s ‘native’ game of Australian Rules football, has provided important points of reference around which racial and cultural relations in Australia take place. Australian Rules football brings to the fore, and allows us to investigate, the already established boundaries of moral and political communities, whilst allowing for the physical and social expression of those values and a means of reflecting on them. This seminar aims to shine light on the significance of Australian Rules football in the lives of Aboriginal footballers. The seminar will address some of the inequalities experienced by Aboriginal footballers, and explore the potential for the game to contribute to Aboriginal health and well-being. Furthermore, it is hoped that this research will create a greater understanding of Aboriginal identity, well-being and life ways in the unique social context of Australian Rules football. Leighton is a PhD student in Anthropology and Sociology.
Thursday 23
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : Vessel of Globalization: The Many Worlds of the Edwin Fox, 1853-1905 More Information
The merchant vessel Edwin Fox was exceptional for being unexceptional. It was old fashioned even before its keel was laid down in Thomas Reeves’s shipyards near Calcutta in 1853. It was neither large nor fast, and had none of the prestige of the great tea and opium clippers that captured the public imagination in the mid-nineteenth century. The Edwin Fox was a small, ugly slowpoke in the heyday of the age of sail and a lonesome survivor in the age of steam, and from a mariner’s perspective it sat at the bottom of the hierarchy of opportunities. Yet the life and career of this undistinguished ship coincide with a pivotal era in globalization: the years between 1860 and 1890 that Jurgen Osterhammel calls the “inner focal point” of the 19th century. And the Edwin Fox participated in many of the developments that made these years so crucial: the rapid expansion and intensification of trade around the globe; the spread of industrialization to many regions; the great thrust of Western imperialism; the unprecedentedly large migrations of people, both free and forced; the large-scale and systematic dispossession of indigenous peoples and their replacement with settler populations; the integration of settler colonies into imperial markets; and environmental change on a massive scale. Beginning with the November 20, 1858 arrival of the vessel at Fremantle, Western Australia carrying 82 passengers and 280 convicts, this talk will combine archival research and Arc GIS mapping to reconstruct the many worlds of the Edwin Fox. Emphasizing stories of integration, interactions, and entanglements, this paper describes the ways in which the unique perspective of this single ship can provide to a more intimate understanding of the human agencies and the human costs involved in the most important period of globalization to occur prior to the one we have been experiencing since the 1990s.

Friday 24
14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series : Magali McDuffie – ‘"Jimbinkaboo Yimardoowarra Marninil" - Listening to Nyikina women's voices, from the inside to the outside: Nyikina women's agency in an inter-generational journey of cultural and environmental actions, economic, and self-determination initiatives on Nyikina Country, through film’ More Information
Twelve years of collaboration between three Yimardoowarra Marninil, Nyikina sisters from the Lower Fitzroy River, and French-Australian filmmaker and PhD Scholar, Magali McDuffie, have revealed the Nyikina women’s determination to speak and re-affirm their Nyikina worldview into existence. Their voices, and those of other Kimberley Aboriginal people, demonstrate the strength and continuity of the women’s discourse, despite ever-changing government policies and strategies.

In her PhD thesis, Magali deconstructs the historical and historiographical discourses, anthropological data, legislative policies, development theory, as well as international Indigenous and non-Indigenous literature on agency and development as they relate to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She investigates the impacts of the colonial state’s development project from colonisation onwards, and describe the Nyikina sisters’ complex interactions with the dominant discourse, bringing to the fore the Nyikina worldview. In privileging Nyikina voices, through film, her study reveals the often hidden flaws of an exclusively market-oriented capitalist economy.

Nyikina women’s voices have become a significant part of a global Indigenous discourse on development alternatives. Their continued agency on the local, national, and international stage, demonstrates the significance of booroo , Country, as a decolonising ground in the context of global development.

In her presentation, Magali will retrace the journey of her PhD thesis, using both film and chapter excerpts to illustrate her findings.

17:30 - PUBLIC TALK - Growing up African in Australia : AfREC Africa Day 2019 public panel discussion and book launch More Information
The theme is “Growing up African in Australia” and will feature an interactive panel discussion and Q&A followed by refreshments and networking. The event also serves as the WA launch of the recently published book by Black Inc. Books Growing up African in Australia. Copies will be available to buy on the night. The event is held in partnership with Black Inc. Books, the UWA African Students Union and the Organisation of African Communities in WA (OAC). We would also like to highlight OAC’s Africa Day 2019 Gala Dinner on 25 May. We hope to see you at both events!
Thursday 30
12:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : The Reverend Smithies’ Native Schools: experiences of Noongar children in residential schools of the Swan River Colony, 1840-1855 More Information
The Reverend John Smithies arrived in the Swan River Colony in July 1840, and immediately established a residential mission to Noongar children in the centre of Perth. In 1845 the mission moved to Wanneroo, then in 1851 moved again, to York. By 1854 the mission at York housed only two children, and in 1855 was closed by the government, having ‘failed’. Many other church, government, and private institutions were also operating during the period of Smithies’ missions, and a number of Noongar children were moved between these institutions, both around the South West and across the country. Very little is currently known about the identities and life experiences of the Noongar people who were institutionalised in Smithies’ missions, the circumstances that led them there, or their lives after institutionalisation. This research seeks to discover what stories can be told about Noongar people who were associated with Smithies’ missions from the results of historical and archaeological investigation. As well as extensive historical and ethno-historical archival research into the written record relating to these missions, this project aims to survey and excavate at the two former Smithies mission sites still accessible to archaeological investigation; Wanneroo and York. It is hoped this research will contribute to a better understanding of these early missions, and the lives of the people associated with them.

 June 2019
Thursday 06
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Assessment Essentials : A workshop for academics and postgraduate students Website | More Information
The objective of this two day workshop is to enhance the skills of the faculty and postgraduate students in the assessment of student learning. The topics covered include; Writing test items, creating assignments, conducting pre and post examination reviews, assessment of professionalism, feedback and development of blueprints. This workshop is organised by Peers Learning Together: A Community of Practice for academics with an interest in assessment and feedback funded by the Educational Enhancement Unit at the University of Western Australia
Thursday 27
8:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Korean Studies : Professional Training Workshop More Information
Professional development certificate provided by the School of Social Sciences, the University of Western Australia.

Features presentations by leading academics from UWA, UNSW, Monash University and ANU, as well as presenters from NSW DoE, WA and ACT school.

Registration and participation is FREE.

Refreshments, lunch and workshop dinner set at the University Club included in the registration.

Why sign up?

A two-day workshop designed to provide you with a solid overview of Korean society, culture, history, politics, popular culture and Australia-Korea relations. All presentation materials have been designed to address the ‘Asia priority’ curriculum, and will be free for you to take and use in your own teaching practice in classroom.

Q&A session on funding and further curriculum development opportunities.

Workshop dinner hosted at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, featuring Korean cuisine and a traditional music performance by Jocelyn Clark and Choi Jinsook.

Register through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfD_kY51EUDdiY7O2xrIvaYT18laKCLu8eje1x06Bk3Gc19Jg/viewform

Click on the following link to view the detailed program and speakers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oL0wSax9tJ0qm9yn07sHjJSXI4UC7tH_/view

For information regarding the venues and parking, please click on the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tAp8XvZ31MHcQa2aaXyrLBkFRhaa71Cx/view

Times are different on both days, please click the above detailed program link for the time details.

 July 2019
Tuesday 23
11:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies (CMSS) Seminar : 'The Rise of Islamism in the Maldives' More Information
This presentation examines the spectacular emergence of Islamism in the twenty-first century in the island nation of the Maldives, where Islam has existed for about 800 years. It problematizes the conventional view that political Islam is the other of the modern state or an outcome of an aberrant understanding of Islam. As counterintuitive as it is, the chapter argues that the genealogy of Islamism goes back to the institutional and discursive politicisation of Islam through modern nation building since 1930s by state actors with Islamic modernist orientations. Those nation building projects transformed Islam into a modern religion in two primary ways. First, instead of jettisoning Islam from the polity, Islam was institutionalised into modern institutional forms – constitutions, codified laws and rules, centralised state authority, a bureaucratised judicial system. Second, Islam was also transformed into an extra-institutional public political discourse of collective national identity. Both forms of statist political Islam in many ways conformed to the liberal expectations and sensibilities consistent with Islamic modernist orientations. However, instead of weakening Islam in the polity, it was deeply embedded in the political domain. The paper shows that Islamism in the twenty-first century was unwittinglynourished by those forms of political Islam in the polity, as Islamism finds the right ‘language’ already in the political domain. While Islamism agrees with the modalities of the forms of political Islam that emerged through modern nation building, it deeply contests the content, as it were, of them. Oppositional Islamism wants more substantive institutionalisation of Islam and more substantive religious identity for the people, threatening even the liberal aspects of statist political Islam.
Thursday 25
13:30 - FORUM - The UWA Institute of Agriculture Industry Forum : Finding Common Ground: Bringing food, fibre and ethics to the same table Website | More Information
With increasing public scrutiny of agricultural practices in food and fibre production, rebuilding trust between innovative primary producers and ethically informed consumers is becoming more important than ever before. Join us for a lively discussion on finding common ground and moving forward together.

The event program is as follows: 1.30pm Registration and refreshments, 2.00pm Event start, 5.00pm - 6.30pm Sundowner

For more details, view the flyer: https://www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/publications/industry-forum
Friday 26
14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series : The Thermal Complex: Air conditioning Urban Asia in an era of Climate Change More Information
As cities across the world endure increase extremes of heat, indoor comfort has become a key vector in the debate about sustainability and energy consumption. Across Asia the carbon footprint of buildings continues to rise because of the widespread adoption of air conditioning. Current trends are unsustainable, and alternative, less energy intensive comfort regimes need to be maintained or cultivated.

This presentation examines such challenges as a thermal complex, an approach that seeks to move the debate beyond questions of engineering and smart-city solutions. In this informal presentation we want to outline our struggle at conceptualising a book, and the challenges of imparting socio-cultural histories and political analyses into a domain dominated by techno-scientific discourses.

Jiat Hwee Chang is Associate Professor at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, and is author of a number of books, including A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience. He is also co-founder of Southeast Asia Architecture Research Collaborative (SEAARC).

Tim Winter is ARC Professorial Future Fellow in the School of Sciences, UWA and was Lead CI on 2 international research collaborations on air conditioning and urban development in Southeast Asia (ARC DP) and the Middle East (QNRF).

 August 2019
Friday 02
11:00 - SEMINAR - The Clash of Ideologies – How? Making sense of the Christianity-related protests in contemporary China : This talk about decoding the State-religion contention in contemporary China will be followed by a seminar in the afternoon hosted by the Anthropology and Sociology group More Information
This talk aims to offer an analytical framework to make sense of the abundant empirical materials regarding the Christianity related protests in contemporary China. It argues that the inherent ambiguity in the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) religious policy is fundamentally responsible for the many Christianity-related protests in contemporary China. However, while many Christianity-related protests in contemporary China are closely associated with the clash of ideologies, the specific causes of protests differ significantly among Catholic churches, Protestant churches, and Christian-inspired groups. The ideological incompatibility between the ruling CCP and the Catholic Church in China is epitomised by their struggle for authority and influence over the Chinese Catholic community. On the contrary, some influential Protestant church leaders have turned their progressive theology into social activism since the turn of the 21st century, leading to various forms of protests against the authoritarian policies and politics in contemporary China. In addition, ideological and theological conflicts between different religions or religious schools may also trigger the CCP’s suppression of certain religious groups and activities, which often in turn cause protests.

Dr Yu Tao teaches and researches contemporary China at the University of Western Australia. A political sociologist by training, he conducts theoretical and empirical analysis into the intersections and interactions among religious groups, civic organisations and local state agencies in contemporary China and overseas Chinese communities.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series : Why do Chinese cadres worry about religion? Findings from a list experiment More Information
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is often portrayed in the West as hostile towards religion, and the Party indeed still prohibits its members from joining any religion. How should we understand the apparent incompatibility between the CCP and religion? Is the CCP hostile towards religion because of the atheist ideology of a Communist Party? Or is the CCP, as an ‘organisational emperor’, is concerned with the strong organisational capacity that religious groups have in mobilising contentious politics? Moreover, if we were to study this topic through direct interviews, could we believe what Chinese cadres tell us in the first place? In this work-in-progress presentation, we will report findings revealed by a simple, yet sophisticatedly designed, list experience with 170 junior CCP cadres in Beijing. Our result demonstrates that the problem of social desirability exists in some, but not all, dimensions of the perceptions that Chinese cadres have on religion. We also revealed that Chinese cadres tend to perceive different religions with different levels of concerns, while in general they have much stronger concern over the frequency of religious congregation (i.e. the organisational aspect of religion) than over individual religious participations (i.e. the ideological aspect of religion).

15:00 - SEMINAR - The Formation of Grass-roots Heritage Movements In Iran More Information
In this presentation, I examine the activities of a group of heritage enthusiasts in Iran. Grass-roots heritage activism is a relatively recent phenomenon that appeared in Iran since the late 1990s. Activists often operate collectively, as NGOs that focus on heritage. They represent a range of cultural and socioeconomic origins with different political views. However, they share a certain ambivalence towards and critical approach to official, state definitions of heritage and identity. By referring to data collected through fieldwork I argue that these activities constitute a form of heritage movement and outline some of the characteristics of this movement.

Ali Mozaffari is a Fellow of the Australian Research Council with the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. Through his research, he seeks to understand the uses of the past in contemporary discourses of heritage and built environment in Iran and West Asia. His publications include Forming National Identity in Iran: The Idea of Homeland Derived from Ancient Persian and Islamic Imaginations of Place (2014) and World Heritage in Iran: Perspectives on Pasargadae (2016), and “Picturing Pasargadae: Visual Representation and the Ambiguities of Heritage in Iran” (Iranian Studies, 2017).
Tuesday 06
13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar Series 2019 : Title:Environmental Populism: The Politics of Survival in the Anthropocene More Information
Populism is popular but generally gets a bad press—for good reasons. But could populism actually be a progressive force in domestic and even international politics? Recent movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the abortive Arab Spring suggest it might. This presentation previews my forthcoming book and considers—more in hope than expectation—whether a populist upsurge could actually mobilise around the issue of climate change. We will undoubtedly be forced to respond to climate change eventually, but thoughtful, constructive responses may no longer be possible by the time we do. Yet public pressure to make policymakers act in environmentally sustainable ways is still just about possible. Progressive forms of populism, especially in democratic states, could compel even the most conservative politicians to take climate change seriously before it is too late. As Mrs Thatcher might have said, as far as the majority of us who have no influence over policy are concerned, there really is no alternative. This presentation is based on Mark’s new book of the same name.


13:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Semiar Series : Being Japanese, Indigenous Australian, and 'mixed' in Broome More Information
This conversational presentation will consider both the process and the implications of intermittent research conducted by Associate Professor Yamanouchi since 2009 in the vibrant, northern, coastal town of Broome, in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Via a focus on emphases such as a Japanese diaspora, identity, history, ethnicity, food, place‐naming and making, the complex extent to which Indigenous Australians and persons with Japanese heritage identify and interact in Broome, will be explored, alongside an interest in theories of contemporary identity.

Dr Yuriko Yamanouchi is an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). She finished PhD (Anthropology) at the University of Sydney. She has been visiting Broome and conducting research with Indigenous people who share a Japanese heritage since 2009. Dr Yamanouchi lectures in Oceania Studies Course at TUFS (The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies).
Thursday 08
12:00 - EVENT - Asian Studies Semiar Series : Towards a framework for (re)thinking the ethics and politics of international student mobility More Information
In recent years, scholarship on international student mobility (ISM) has proliferated across various social science disciplines. Of late, an interest in the ethics and politics of ISM seems to be emerging, as more scholars begin to consider critically questions about rights, responsibility, justice, equality, etc., that inhere in the thorny relationships between ISM stakeholders. To date, however, these discussions remain largely scattered. Bringing together these scattered conversations in literature, this paper outlines elements of a framework for (re)thinking the ethics and politics of ISM. The proposed framework identifies eight key ISM actors between whom various ethical and political relationships arise, where these relationships range from the social to the institutional. Furthermore, the framework discusses four sets of concepts from the literature deemed pertinent in thinking further about ISM ethics and politics. This proposed framework is aimed at stimulating further conversations and efforts to make ISM more socially equitable and sustainable.

Dr Peidong Yang (DPhil Oxford) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With a background in sociology of education, Dr Yang’s research interests are mainly located at the intersections between education and migration/mobility. He is the author of International Mobility and Educational Desire: Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore (Palgrave, 2016) and various international peer‐reviewed journal articles and book chapters.


16:00 - SEMINAR - Baler shell knives in northern Australia : A comparative study of archaeological, experimental and ethnographic data More Information
This paper explores the archaeological evidence for the making of baler shell (Melo spp.) knives found in the late Pleistocene/early Holocene deposits in Boodie Cave on Barrow Island, northwest Western Australia. While such knives have been reported in surface midden contexts the archaeological signature of baler shell knife manufacture as not been described and these artefacts are rare. This study aims to determine how the knives were made, characterise the manufacturing debris and investigate how they were used using three sets of data – Barrow Island knives, knives made by Kaiadilt people and experimentally made knives. This presentation will discuss these three data sets in detail. In the 1960s Tindale both filmed and collected knives and their manufacturing debris made by the Kaiadilt on Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. In late 2018 Fiona Hook and Sean Ulm recorded the collected knives held in the South Australian Museum. Using this ethnographic information, a series of knives were made by Kim Akerman. The experimentally made knives were used in butcher and woodworking experiments to capture usewear patterns. The ethnographic and experimental data was then compared with the Boodie Cave knives. This paper will discuss the initial results of the analysis showing that the experimentally made knives have been key to understanding manufacturing debris patterns, providing the basis for possible identification of shell knife manufacture in the Boodie Cave deposits where whole knives were not found.
Friday 09
11:00 - SEMINAR - Linguistics Seminar Series : Linguistics in High School: Building the curriculum More Information
This talk investigates the process of creating a 24-lesson syllabus for a secondary school linguistics course. Doing this has required a fine balance between student needs, student interest, availability of existing materials, teacher skillset, and the requirements of the language curriculum.

Initially, materials from the yearly OzCLO competition — the Australian Computational and Linguistic Olympiad — were selected for their wide availability and appeal. This appeal, while evident in a competitive situation, has not translated to the classroom. Speedy analysis is one useful skill in linguistics, but other skills have taken precedence in this curriculum, including knowledge about language, code-switching, and the ability of students to analyse their own language behaviour.

Daniel is working on this project with Amy Ward, a teacher at Scotch College.

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