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Tuomas E. Tahko (University of Helsinki): Where Do You Get Your Protein? Or: Biochemical Realization

Philosophy - events - Mon, 2017-04-10 11:48
Date and time:  Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

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.

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The Forgotten Periphery: Creating the Iraqi public sphere

CAIS - events - Thu, 2017-04-06 20:39
Date and time:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 17:30 - 18:30 Seminar Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies Hala Fattah Photo .JPG Image: Dr Hala Fattah Speakers:  Dr Hala Fattah Contact person:  CAIS Contact email: Contact phone:  612 54928


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Self-agency and asylum: Who, how and why people undertake long and dangerous migration journeys. An examination of the migration patterns and processes of Hazara irregular maritime asylum seekers to Australia

Demography - events - Thu, 2017-04-06 12:23
Date and time:  Fri, 26th May 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm School of Demography Location:  Seminar Room A Presenter:  Marie McAuliffe

In recent years, large numbers of people have embarked on high-risk sea journeys to reach specific destinations, including Australia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand and the United States. In 2015, for example, over 850,000 people crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, with many continuing their journeys to eventually reach other parts of Europe (mostly Germany, Sweden and Austria). Just over half were Syrian refugees who had been living in Turkey, with Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Iranians and a multitude of others making up the remainder.

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Human Geopolitics: Emigrants, States and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions

Demography - events - Thu, 2017-04-06 12:20
Date and time:  Fri, 19th May 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm School of Demography Location:  Seminar Room A Presenter:  Alan Gamlen


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Differences in labour force participation between birth cohorts and the implications for long-term projections

Demography - events - Thu, 2017-04-06 12:19
Date and time:  Fri, 12th May 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm Seminar School of Demography Location:  Seminar Room A Presenter:  Linus Gustafsson, Department of Treasury

The persistent rise in aggregate labour force participation rates in Australia up until around 2010 suggests that later birth cohorts are more likely to participate than earlier ones. However, changes in aggregate participation rates are often analysed by looking separately at developments for different age groups. For example, Treasury produces medium- to long-term participation rate projections for different age groups for the Commonwealth Budget and the Intergenerational Report. These projections are then aggregated using projections of the structure of the population.

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Aboriginal land recovery in NSW: Mechanisms and Prospects from 2017

CAEPR events - Thu, 2017-04-06 12:19
19 Apr 17 Seminar Detail from Guach (2006) by Terry Ngamandara Wilson Associate Professor Heidi Norman University of Technology Sydney Contact person:  Tracy Deasey Contact email: Contact phone:  02 61250587

New provisions in the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA) are forecast to see a six-fold escalation in land recovery from 2017 through negotiated settlement. Criticism of the slow and protracted native title determination in New South Wales will also see more expeditious processing of claims currently in place over more than 35 per cent of the state. These predominant land recovery statutes will have significant crossover with the conservation estate and Aboriginal land management interests, unique land grants (such as Goat Island) and divestment of the Crown Land estate.

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Categories: CAEPR, Events

Declan Smithies (OSU): Affective Experience, Reasons for Action, and Desire

Philosophy - events - Tue, 2017-04-04 20:58
Date and time:  Thu, 06/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

What is the role of affective experience in explaining how desires provide us with reasons for action? When we desire that p, we are disposed to feel attracted to the prospect that p, and to feel averse to the prospect that not p. In this paper, we argue that these affective experiences – feelings of attraction and aversion – provide us with reasons for action in virtue of their phenomenal character. Moreover, we argue that desires provide us with reasons for action only because they are disposed to cause the phenomenal character of affective experience.

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Kim Sterelny (ANU): Norms: Cooperation, Scale and Complexity

Philosophy - events - Tue, 2017-04-04 12:39
Date and time:  Mon, 29/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Just about everyone who works on the evolution of social or moral norms connects the evolution of norms to the distinctive character of human cooperation. More specifically, important recent work has connected the evolution of norms to the scale of human cooperative life: this idea is developed in somewhat different ways in Michael Tomasello’s Natural History of Human Morality; Robert Boyd’s A Difference Kind of Animal; Philip Kitcher’s The Ethical Project and Joseph Henrich’s The Secret of Our Success.

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Work and Socio-economic differences in biomarkers of stress

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-04-04 10:13
Date and time:  Wednesday, 19th April 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:

Professor Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Manchester and Co-Director, National Centre for Research Methods, UK will give a seminar on the 19 April 2017. His expertise and current research is related to biosocial research methods, including work and stress-related biomarkers, retirement and stress/health. He is also involved in a newly funded ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial research with University of Manchester, UCL and University of Essex.

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Living Ethically in the 21st Century - Philosophy and Public Policy Lecture Series

Philosophy - events - Wed, 2017-03-29 08:40
Date and time:  Wed, 29/03/2017 - 18:00 - 20:00 Public lecture Special event School of Philosophy Singer image.jpg Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B Contact email: Contact phone:  02 6125 3744

To live ethically in the 21st century as a citizen of an affluent country like Australia, it is not, Peter Singer contends, enough to abide by conventional moral rules which tell us not to do certain things. The world has changed, and our responsibilities have also changed accordingly. He will discuss those responsibilities in respect of global poverty, climate change, and our treatment of nonhuman animals.

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Income Poverty – Results, Methods, and Issues

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-03-28 20:26
Date and time:  Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building Presenter:  Rob Bray Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:

Estimates of the number of people living in ‘poverty’ are regularly produced by academics, welfare organisations, and in some cases by government. While frequently used at face value in political and social debate, these estimates which frequently suggest that significant numbers of people are living in poverty are also at times contested.  This raises the question of what do these figures mean, how much reliance should be placed on them, how are they produced and what are the issues in their derivation.

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Launch of Carolyn Strange's 'Discretionary Justice'

School of History - events - Mon, 2017-03-27 10:11
Date and time:  Fri, 31/03/2017 - 16:15 - 17:00 School of History cs2.jpg Speakers:  Dr Douglas Craig Contact Person:  School of History Contact email:

Please join the School of History, ANU, in the launching of Discretionary Justice: Pardon and Parole in New York from the Revolution to the Depression authored by Carolyn Strange.

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Categories: Events, School of History

Utopias: Retrospective and Prospective

School of History - events - Mon, 2017-03-27 09:37
Date and time:  Wed, 29/03/2017 - 16:15 - 17:30 School of History History Seminar_wk 6_Utopias panel.jpg Thomas More, Utopia, 1516. Hand-tinted illustration. Venue:  McDonald Room, Menzies Library, ANU Speakers:  Tania Colwell Speakers:  Benjamin Huf Speakers:  Russell Jacoby Speakers:  Desmond Manderson Contact Person:  School of History Contact email:

The 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia in December 1516 has provided scholars with a fitting opportunity to revisit this classic work. Social critique, biting satire, or political philosophy: however one interprets More’s original text, concepts of utopia as both no-place and the good place, and its various derivations (e.g., dystopia, anti-utopia), have played a significant role in Western socio-political thought across the last five centuries.

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Categories: Events, School of History

Keith Horton

Philosophy - events - Sun, 2017-03-26 00:14
Date and time:  Mon, 05/06/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Serene Khader

Philosophy - events - Sun, 2017-03-26 00:13
Date and time:  Mon, 22/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Matthew Lindauer (ANU)

Philosophy - events - Sun, 2017-03-26 00:12
Date and time:  Mon, 15/05/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room B

Disadvantaged or diverse? Child disability and families in Australia

Demography - events - Mon, 2017-03-20 15:31
Date and time:  Fri, 7th Apr 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm School of Demography Location:  Seminar Room A Presenter:  Annemarie Ashton-Wyatt

Abstract: Children may be born with a disability or may acquire one through accident or illness. Approximately 7% of all children or young people aged 0 to 19 years in Australia are estimated to have a disability. Understanding the needs of families with a child with disability informs policy development, particularly during the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Webinar; Managing & publishing sensitive data in the Social Sciences

RSSS - events - Fri, 2017-03-17 09:35
Date and time:  Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm webinar.jpg Presenter:  Dr. Steven McEachern Presenter:  Professor George Alter Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:

Co-hosted by the Australian Data Archive (ADA) and  the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), join us for a webinar on Wednesday 29 Mar 12.30pm AEDT.

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The Arab World: Between collapse and transformation

CAIS - events - Wed, 2017-03-15 10:59
Date and time:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 17:30 - 18:30 Lecture Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies Dr Shafeeq Ghabra.jpg Image: Prof. Shafeeq Ghabra Location or Venue:  Al-Falasi Lecture Theatre, CAIS Building, Ellery Cres, ANU Speakers:  Professor Shafeeq Ghabra Contact person:  CAIS Contact email: Contact phone:  61 2 61254982

Since the rebellions of 2011, the Arab order is in a state of disorder, sitting atop a time bomb made up of youth, who constitute the overwhelming majority. Today’s youth, want more freedom, dignity, jobs, and security. The unaccountable and security driven states cannot satisfy their aspirations and, in fact, push them in the opposite direction. Although the monarchies have tended to have more legitimacy than the entrenched despots of the Arab republics, their populations still experienced lack of political expression, freedoms, and government accountability.

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Luke Roelofs: Revelation, Confusion, and Panpsychism

Philosophy - events - Tue, 2017-03-14 10:11
Thursday Seminar Date and time:  Thu, 16/03/2017 - 03:30 - 05:30 Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Constitutive panpsychists face a dilemma over what is sometimes called the ‘revelation principle’, according to which being in a conscious state teaches you the nature of that conscious state. On the one hand, they rely on some version of this principle in arguing against physicalism. On the other hand, the principle seems to support a simple argument against constitutive panpsychism itself: human consciousness doesn’t seem introspectively like the combination of a trillion micro-consciousnesses, and given the revelation principle, if it were that, it would seem that way.

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