Tuesday 12 August 3.00pm
Dr Robin Archer, London School of Economics
Seminar Room, China in the World Building (188), ANU (map: http://ciw.anu.edu.au/contacts.php)
Collaboration and Methods: Behind the Scenes in Researching the Long History of Drought Assistance in Australia
Rebecca Jones, Karen Downing and Blake Singley will pull the curtain on their recent forays into an interesting mix of methods and sources that together, they hope, will add new dimensions to the long history of government drought assistance in Australia. We have begun to chart monetary assistance through financial records in official Year Books; visualise the language of legislation and newspaper commentary; and correlate these findings with firsthand accounts of drought in personal writings and oral history interviews.
Jill Guthrie, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU
Michelle Evans, Charles Sturt University and Ian Williamson, Melbourne Business School
A good idea that went wrong’: The rise and fall of two Aboriginal licensed clubs in northern Australia
Using interviews with protagonists and documentary sources, this seminar examines the development of two licensed social clubs that were designed to inculcate responsible drinking practices for their Aboriginal clientele. The Murrinh Patha Social Club at Wadeye was designed by well-meaning Catholic missionaries in the late 1970s, in a post-prohibition effort to teach moderation in a safe environment and the Tyeweretye Social Club in Alice Springs was established in the early 1990s for very similar reasons.
Maggie Walter, University of Tasmania
Lean methods offer a model for translating Closing the Gap policies to the real world that is both efficient and allows genuine partnership with community stakeholders. It focuses on validated learning, flexibility and adaptation to local needs, rather than implementing a fixed (often redundant) plan.
Anthropologist Arturo Escobar argues in Territories of Difference that political ecology should not be viewed solely as a two-pronged conflict between economics and ecology but as a conflict that includes another important dimension, namely the cultural.
Kristy Jones, Monash University
Experimental governance in Australian Indigenous Affairs: From Coombs to Pearson via Rowse and the competing principles
This seminar examines the different meanings attached to empowerment by the Cape York Welfare Reform Trial in Aboriginal Australia and the Community Development Agency Development Education Training program in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Both programs seek to address deteriorating social conditions, and see passive dependence as a primary cause. Both aim to rebuild social norms through restoration of Indigenous authority and access to the means to have independent income. Colonisation forms a common context for their use of the language of empowerment.
Please join us for the launch of A History of Canberra by Nicholas Brown.
The book will be launched by Geoff Page.
Thursday August 7
5.45 for 6.00pm
Telephone 6295 6723 or
Kim Doyle: Archipelagos of Peace: An Oral History of Australian Peacekeeping in Bougainville, East Timor and Solomon Islands 1997–2006
After briefly defining and detailing the nature of racism, this presentation will describe the Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) program which was initiative by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation to build the evidence and knowledge base for reducing race-based discrimination and supporting diversity, including exploring the relationship between anxiety, depression and racial discrimination.
On October 26, 2013, the Saudi YouTube production company C3 released ‘No Woman, No Drive’ to coincide with a major protest against the ban on women driving in the Kingdom. The video, based on Bob Marley’s song, ‘No woman, No Cry’, addresses the issue of women’s driving directly and has earned over 12 million hits on YouTube.
In the wake of the on-going NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, many analysts have been speculating how it could affect Central Asia and Tajikistan more specifically. While this is an important question, the “Afghanistan factor” has also tended to overshadow ethno-religious ruptures and local conflicts in Tajikistan that are of the country’s own doing, for example, the conflict in Gorno-Badakhshan, situated along the Afghan border in the eastern part of the republic.
In the fraught case of East Jerusalem, the concept of biopolitics offers fresh insight equally into Israeli efforts to manage the city and into the scope for non-violent Palestinian resistance. The broader significance of the project lies in the capacity of biopolitics to present a fresh conceptualization of post-Oslo Israel/Palestine, shedding new light on the demographic dimensions of the conflict.
In 2010, the G20 set up an Anti-Corruption Working Group to identify priority actions and monitor their implementation. A key priority of the G20 is to prevent corrupt officials from accessing the global financial system and from laundering the proceeds of corruption.
In 2015 Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary. It is a timely moment to look back and see how successive generations have utilised and understood the foundational document of British history.