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CAIS academic commentary on Iraq

CAIS - news - Mon, 2014-09-22 11:16

CAIS academic staff and research scholars have been able to provide constant media commentary on the situation in Iraq and Australia's involvement in the Middle East. In the last week the following interviews and media pieces have been published:

Adj Prof. Bob Bowker with  Adj Prof. Ross Burns (Macquarie University) interview on Iraq and Syria with Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National, 19 September 2014.

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School of Politics and International Relations ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Australia

The School of Politics and International Relations ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Australia in the latest QS Top Universities rankings.

For more information please read the ANU news story "ANU hits top in global rankings" or visit the QS website.

"The importance of domestic political engagement"

Dr Sean Burges has recently published an article in the Brazilian journal Conjuntura Austral in relation to the upcoming Brazilian presidential elections.

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ANU hits top 25 in global rankings

RSSS - news - Wed, 2014-09-17 11:30
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The Australian National University has been ranked 25 in the world and the highest ranked Australian university by the QS Top Universities rankings.

RSSS leads in top-ranking fields of Politics, History, Philosophy and Sociology.

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Crafting Democracies

RSSS - news - Tue, 2014-09-16 11:27
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Ending an authoritarian regime is a tricky business where individual political leadership can emerge as one of the most important factors in reaching the compromises and accommodations needed to bring a shift towards democracy.

In this video, Professor Abraham F (Abe) Lowenthal from the University of Southern California speaks with Dr Sean Burges, Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for Latin American Studies about what we can learn from those countries which have been through this transition to democracy.

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The Obama version of Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ strategy

CAIS - news - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:28

President Barack Obama has finally enunciated his strategy for degrading and eventually eliminating the extremist Sunni ‘Islamic State’ (IS) on Iraqi and Syrian territories.

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Interview with Professor Lowenthal on Crafting Democracies

Professor Abraham F (Abe) Lowenthal from the University of Southern California speaks with Dr Sean Burges, Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for Latin American Studies about what we can learn from those countries which have been through this transition to democracy.

For more information and to watch the video, please click here.

Congratulations Ann McGrath: Film 'Message from Mungo' shortlisted in the Atom Awards

School of History - news - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:24

Congratulations to the School of History's Ann McGrath; Co-Director and Producer of the film Message from Mungo, shortlisted in the Atom Awards.

Public screenings of the film will be held at the Palace Electric Cinema on the 19th and 21st September. Details here:

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Revisiting Leichhardt in 2014

NCB - news - Thu, 2014-09-04 09:06

The NCB has created an innovative digital map of explorer and naturalist, Ludwig Leichhardt's Expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in 1844-45.

The map is the first in a planned series of maps covering major land explorations of Australia.

Click here to read more about the project.

Arabic online - first semester 2015

CAIS - news - Tue, 2014-09-02 14:01

ANU is introducing an innovative way to study Arabic through the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. 

ANU Students as well as students from other universities around Australia and internationally can apply directly to study Introductory Arabic A online and seek credit for their existing program at their home university. 

So why not join us in the first semester of 2015? 

Course requirements:

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Adj/Prof. Bowker interview on ISIS

CAIS - news - Mon, 2014-09-01 12:05

In this interview CAIS Adjunct Professor and Former Ambassador to Egypt and Jordan, Bob Bowker makes an assessment of the US bombing campaign in Iraq and the likelihood that their mission their will expand to Syria. He also assesses the possibility of Australian forces assisting in the region:

ABC Breakfast interview 23 August 2014

New Book by Karen Downing 'Restless Men: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 1788-1840'

School of History - news - Fri, 2014-08-15 10:30

Around the turn of the nineteenth century Robinson Crusoe turns up remarkably often in material dealing with the emerging Australian colonies. The call to adventure and do-it-yourself guide to settlement in Daniel Defoe's novel resonated strongly with British explorers and settlers. But Crusoe did not make men restless: restlessness was the expression of unresolved tensions in men's lives between ideals, aspirations, traditions and material circumstances, the tension between what men felt they should do and what was actually possible.

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CAIS HDR students produce timely publication

CAIS - news - Thu, 2014-08-14 14:46

The Contemporary Middle East: Revolution or Reform?

CAIS research scholars, Jessie Moritz, Brenton Clark and Adel Abdel Ghafar, edited the volume The Contemporary Middle East: Revolution or reform?
[ISBN 9780522866346, Melbourne University Press, 2014. pp 257].

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School of History welcomes two new members of staff

School of History - news - Mon, 2014-08-04 16:36

We are delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the School of History: Dr Patricia O’Brien and Dr Ben Mercer.

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ANU hosts Australasian Philosophy Conference

RSSS - news - Tue, 2014-07-29 16:04
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Over 300 philosophers gathered at the Australian National University (ANU) in early July for the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference.

The week-long conference features prominent international and ANU academics including Professor David Chalmers, Professor Phillip Pettit, Professor Geoff Brennan and Professor Frank Jackson.

ANU academics feature heavily in the conference themes, with entire tracks devoted to Professor Brennan and Professor Jackson.

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Paper by Dr Jan Hayes and Prof Andrew Hopkins a top article accessed in Journal of Pipeline Engineering in 2013

School of Sociology - news - Tue, 2014-07-29 15:09

The Journal of Pipeline Engineering has just released its most popular papers for 2013. Established in 2001, the Journal is an independent, international quarterly published by Tiratsoo Technical and Clarion Technical Conferences. It focuses on all aspects of engineering for oil, gas and products pipelines. In addition to the hard-copy Journal, published papers are available via an online, fully searchable database of current and archived papers. Subscribers use this database as reference material throughout the year.

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Dr Gavin Smith Awarded $9600 CASS Research Hub Funds for Workshops on Imminent Citizenships

School of Sociology - news - Tue, 2014-07-29 15:01

Dr Gavin J.D. Smith, a senior lecturer in Sociology, has recently been awarded $9,600 from the CASS Research Hub Funds to run a trilogy of interdisciplinary workshops at the ANU during 2014 and 2015 that explicate the notion of 'imminent citizenships' as this concept applies to current social transformations occurring in Australian, and global, society.

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Kaima Negishi wins 2013-2014 Surveillance and Society Prize

School of Sociology - news - Tue, 2014-07-29 14:55

School of Sociology HDR student Kaima Negishi has been awarded the Surveillance and Society prize for early career researchers 2013-2014 for his paper “From Surveillant Text to Surveilling Device: The face in urban transit spaces” which was published by the journal Surveillance and Society in 2013. His paper examines the changing role of the face as an agent of social control. In the context of Japanese railway stations, Kaima’s paper shows how faces have too often been viewed in the literature as merely passive objects of surveillance.

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School of History professor new president of AHA

School of History - news - Mon, 2014-07-28 12:50

The Australian Historical Association elected ANU Manning Clark Professor of History, Dr Angela Woollacott, as new president at their Annual General Meeting in July.

Professor Woollacott feels honoured to be able to support her discipline in this role for the next two years.

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ANU PhD scholars to participate in global humanities collaboration

School of History - news - Thu, 2014-07-24 14:54

CASS PhD students Emily Soper and Annemarie McLaren have been chosen to participate in a new project aimed at increasing collaboration in the humanities.

The project, Integrating the Humanities across National Boundaries, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, is designed to foster new forms of collaborative research and partnerships between universities that are part of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). ANU participation has been led by the ANU Humanities Research Centre.

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