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Some postgraduate coursework options - Semester 1, 2015

CAIS - news - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:19
Political Sectarianism in the Middle East MEAS8105 (2015)

Have you ever wondered why sectarianism in the Middle East has reached a critical point? With the conflicts in Syria, Bahrain and Iraq, will the region be divided into sectarian lines? Is it religion or the geopolitics that shapes the region?

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Try before you buy - Arabic and Persian online

CAIS - news - Mon, 2015-01-19 11:10

The Australian National University’s Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (CAIS) is offering Arabic and Persian Online courses at Introductory level, requiring no prior experience of either language, starting from February 2015.

These courses are delivered through an interactive learning platform, using a variety of media, interactive quizzes, handwriting exercises, dialogue practice and more. 

You can now test* the first lessons for yourself:
To try the first lesson in online Arabic

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Get Ready for ANU Day

School of History - news - Fri, 2015-01-16 13:45

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all had a refreshing break and a relaxing start to 2015. Get Ready for ANU Day is now two weeks away, it has come around very fast indeed.

Academic Advice Day is now officially known as Get Ready for ANU Day.

The Student Experience team will be providing Subway lunch for all staff.

Signage for Get Ready for ANU Day will be same as Open Day 2014 and the same layout from Academic Advice Day 2014.

For more information relating to this event please refer to

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HDR student Scott Stephenson awarded 2015 Gollan Prize

School of History - news - Mon, 2015-01-12 10:37

Scott Stephenson has been awarded the 2015 Gollan Prize  for his article, “‘Ballot-Faking Crooks and a Tyrannical Executive’: The Australian Workers Union Faction and the 1923 New South Wales Labor Party Annual Conference”, Labour History, no. 105, November 2013, pp.93-111.

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New Director for Research School of Social Sciences

RSSS - news - Thu, 2014-12-18 17:30
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The University has appointed prominent academic and social researcher Professor Catherine Waldby as Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS).

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CAIS courses in 2015

CAIS - news - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:16


The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) will offer the following courses in 2015:

Undergraduate courses (including all languages courses)

Postgraduate courses (including all language courses)

Dr Shé Hawke's new book tells a lyrical history of water

School of Sociology - news - Wed, 2014-12-17 14:21

With summer in full swing in Australia and the ever-present threat of drought, ANU researcher Dr Shé Hawke says now is the time to truly understand and appreciate water.

Her new book Aquamorphia: Falling for Water is a literary, scholarly work, telling the story of water in its many images and guises.

It takes a unique approach to understanding water, drawing on diverse fields including Western mythology, feminist philosophy and Australian Indigenous knowledge to create a narrative of the history of water since the beginning of time.

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Interview with Martin Thomas, author of 'Expedition into Empire'

School of History - news - Tue, 2014-12-16 15:00

Interview with Martin Thomas, author of Expedition into Empire

Author Martin Thomas discusses his research and how his book, Expedition into Empire: Exploratory Journeys and the Making of the Modern World,  illuminates the whole notion of an expedition  to spark new and more critical dialog.

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Professor Jacqueline Lo wins French honours

RSSS - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:54
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Professor Jacqueline Lo has been honored with a prestigious French Ordre des Palmes academiques (Order of Academic Palms) award for her work to in promoting French-Australian relations through research and education.

Former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin was on hand when Professor Lo was presented with the award at a ceremony at University House.

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Congratulations to Dr Malcom Allbrook

School of History - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:28

Dr Allbrook's new book Henry Prinsep’s Empire: Framing a distant colony, Canberra: ANU Press, 2014 has been published.

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Congratulations to Professor Angela Woollacott

School of History - news - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:57

Congratulations to Professor Angela Woollacott who has been elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities. This is a great honour and a recognition of Angela’s very significant contributions to Australian historical writing.

For further information:

Stepping up the fight against malware—Australian Internet Security Initiative portal launch

School of Sociology - news - Mon, 2014-11-24 17:52

Did you know that malware infections are becoming more sophisticated? The Australian Communication Media Authority's (ACMA) Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) is an important tool in combating this problem.

A new self-service AISI portal has been developed to make it even easier for AISI members to access critical information and help their customers. Join ACMA online for the official launch of the AISI portal to find out how it works and the benefits it brings.


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Bachelor of Middle East and Central Asian Studies

CAIS - news - Mon, 2014-11-17 11:52

The history, society and culture of the Middle East and Central Asia influence many parts of the world, including Australia. Events in the region often have global significance, and are central to an understanding of a number of key issues in international affairs. The Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at ANU takes you through the topics, debates and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia. You will study the socio-cultural, political, historical and economic structures of these regions and develop comprehensive knowledge of their relationship to global trends.

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Congratulations to Carolyn Strange and Mary-Anne Jebb in the 2015 ARC round!

School of History - news - Thu, 2014-11-13 11:34

Congratulations to Carolyn Strange and Mary-Anne Jebb in the 2015 ARC round!

Carolyn Strange is a Lead CI in a Discovery Grant that she and colleagues from Griffith and UQ will undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis on sexual offending in a historical context.

Mary-Anne Jebb is a CI in a 3 year DP with colleagues from the University of Melbourne. This project aims to investigate Indigenous song traditions of the western Pilbara through current practice and legacy recordings.

Tom Griffiths' essay 'Weather and Mind Games: Why can't we talk about climate change?' has been selected for publication in The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

School of History - news - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:48

Tom Griffiths' essay 'Weather and Mind Games: Why can't we talk about climate change?' has been selected for publication in The Best Australian Science Writing 2014 (ed. Ashley Hay, UNSW Press) launched on 6 November by David Gonski AC.  Tom's essay was first published in Griffith Review, no. 41, and can be found at:

Professor Amin Saikal releases new book 'Zone of Crisis'

RSSS - news - Mon, 2014-11-10 14:22
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Professor Saikal's most recent book, Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran & Iraq was launched at CAIS, by the ANU Chancellor Prof. The Hon Gareth Evans on 22 October 2014.

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SPIR PhD student interviewed on Sky news in relation to sexual assault used as weapon of war

PhD scholar at the School of Politics and International Relations, Susan Hutchinson, has been interviewed on Sky News in relation to sexual assault used as weapon of war.

The interview is now available on the Sky News website.

Research School success in ARC funding

RSSS - news - Thu, 2014-11-06 13:00
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The Australian Research Council has announced the successful applications for Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous funding schemes for 2015 which include members of the Research School of Social Sciences.

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ANU political scientist to chair political science world congress

RSSS - news - Thu, 2014-11-06 11:10

Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer of the School of Politics and International Relations will be chair of the World Congress of Political Science to be held in Istanbul in July 2016.  Her co-chair will be Professor Dianne Pinderhughes, past president of the American Political Science Association.  This will be the 24th World Congress of Political Science organised by the International Political Science Association.  It's theme The Politics of Inequality covers developments of increasing interest to political scientists in the Global North as well as the Global South

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