Amal Awad was tired of seeing books that explored the lives of Arab women from a western perspective. She set out to interview women of Arab heritage from both the Middle East and in Australia, as a Palestinian-Australian woman herself.
Amal Awad talks about the fascination with Arab women and their lives; the misconceptions that abound; and how Arab women respond in her upcoming book, Beyond Veiled Clichés – The Real Lives of Arab Women.
Opportunities and challenges in evaluating national public health programs delivered through regional service organisations
Local involvement in how programs are delivered and implemented is supported by many working in community development and increasingly seen as important in public health, particularly in preventive health programs. Yet there are challenges for national program evaluation when decisions on implementation are devolved. These tensions play out in determining: how to define, standardise and measure national objectives, what measures to use in evaluation and who is responsible for collecting and analysing the data.
In contemporary settler societies reconciliation has emerged as a potent and alluring form of utopian politics.
The latest ANUpoll has found a large majority of Australians support science and want politicians to rely more on the advice of scientists and experts.
The ANUpoll also found 67 per cent of those surveyed believe science is best funded by government rather than private business, while 82 per cent believe politicians should rely more on expert scientific advice.
Associate Professor Ben Phillips of the ANU Centre for Social Research and methods will be providing an introduction to ‘PolicyMod’ the recently developed ANU tax and transfer policy simulator. The presentation will detail the policies that are modelled and the underlying data and methodologies.
This paper concerns what has come to be called ‘moral luck’. It begins with Adam Smith’s account of the problem, and then moves to the problem’s scope. It is argued that some of our sentiments in such cases may have their origin in views about moral pollution we no longer accept, and that this may provide an argument in favour of a volitionalist ethics. The paper closes with some discussion of the implications of and problems for such an ethics.
It is topical in moral psychology to equate the abilities required for being deserving of blame with the abilities required for being an appropriate addressee of the reactive attitudes. The most influential account of these abilities is reason responsiveness (McGeer & Pettit, 2015; McKenna, 2012; Shoemaker, 2015; Wallace, 1996; Watson 1993).
Joint collaboration between the ANU's CSRM and the University College of London (UCL) has led to the development of a Cost-Benefit Tool for the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction. CSRM's Dr Matthew Manning is the lead developer of the tool which been designed to help practitioners make more accurate cost-benefit assessments of their interventions.
CSRM's Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle has written a piece for the Conversation today on the first results from the 2016 Census.
Prof. Tom Griffiths wins the Ernest Scott Prize for History for his book 'The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft'
Congratulations Tom Griffiths on winning the 2017 Ernest Scott Prize for History, supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. This prize is among the premier awards for books in History published in Australia and New Zealand, and the citation (below) for The Art of Time Travel captures much of what there is to celebrate, admire and learn from Tom’s scholarship and wisdom. Thank you, Tom, for those gifts to our School, and to our discipline.
Please join the ANU School of History in welcoming Professor David Armitage, FAHA, for the 2017 Allan Martin Lecture
Tuomas E. Tahko (University of Helsinki): Where Do You Get Your Protein? Or: Biochemical Realization
Biochemical kinds such as proteins pose interesting problems for philosophers of science. They can be studied both from the point of view of biology and chemistry, but these different perspectives may result in different classificatory practices. I will examine the tension that such classificatory differences produce. The reducibility of the biological functions of biochemical kinds to the chemical structures that realize these functions is a key question here. This leads us to a more general discussion of multiple realizability and realization at the biology-chemistry interface.
The ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies is extraordinarily proud of the small group of Arabic students who have travelled to Qatar to take part in the International University Arabic Debating Championship. The team of experienced Arabic scholars from CAIS have their work cut out for them, competing against native Arabic speakers. Despite this obvious handicap, the team are courageously putting all their efforts into each debate. While they don't have the advantage of the locals they are able to show their great skills and knowledge of Arabic in this international forum.Image gallery Qatar debate.jpg qatar 3.jpg Capture.JPG Capture 2.JPG 17807286_10155173789100489_8755619364086003545_o.jpg
The paper can be found here.