The Silken Cord: Contemporaneous Australian 20th-Century Political Biography & Its Meaning
Wednesday 20 August 2014 4:15-5:30pm
School of History Seminar Series
Speaker: Christine Wallace, PhD candidate, School of History, ANU
McDonald Room, Menzies Library, ANU
Wednesday 13 August 2014 4:15-5:30pm
School of History Seminar Series
Speaker: Alastair MacLachlan, Humanities Research Centre, ANU
Throughout its near century-long existence as a modern state, Iraq has repeatedly undergone forces threatening to undermine its territorial integrity. None, however, have truly shaken the foundations of the state as the events of 10 June 2014 and subsequently. This lecture will explore whether Iraq can be reorganized into a stable and viable democratic state, and, if not, what a post-Iraq dispensation might be.
In 2013, the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) began an ambitious project to teach Persian and Arabic online. The first course offering was Introductory Persian A in Semester 1, 2014; Introductory Persian B and an advanced course in Media Arabic followed in Semester 2, 2014.
Digital learning, whether online, offline, or a blend, has become a major debate for universities worldwide and challenged the traditional model of university instruction.
Tuesday 12 August 3.00pm
Dr Robin Archer, London School of Economics
Coombs Extension Lecture Theatre 1.04 (Bldg 9) ANU
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
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.
The Vexed Link Between Social Capital and Social Mobility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Overcoming the vast socio-economic disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians is a long-standing social policy objective; one shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the nation. Goal achievement will require Indigenous individuals and households to be social mobile, a process integrally involved with social capital, existing and requisite. There is almost no research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social mobility or its attendant social capital connections.
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.
I will give a brief overview of two papers using experimental methods to examine charitable giving in Australia. The first paper investigates the role of ethnicity in paternalistic giving. I present a charitable giving experiment where donors have a choice to donate to one of three recipient types, including an Indigenous Australia recipient. I find that altruism is paternalistic, even when paternalism is costly, with almost 60 per cent of donors willing to pay to restrict how a donation can be spent when given the opportunity.
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.