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Sam Moyn (Harvard Law School)

Philosophy - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:10
Date and time:  Thu, 25/05/2017 - 16:00 - 17:30 Seminar Special event Research School of Social Sciences Location:  Lecture Theatre 1.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building

Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon): "The Credit Economy and the Economic Rationality of Science"

Philosophy - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:06
Date and time:  Thu, 18/05/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Seminar Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Theories of scientific rationality typically pertain to belief. This talk argues that we should expand our focus to include not just scientists' beliefs but also their motivations.  An economic model is used to evaluate whether science is best served by scientists motivated only by truth, only by credit, or by both truth and credit.  In many, but not all, situations scientists motivated by both truth and credit should be judged as the most rational scientists.

Alex Miller (Otago): "Rule-Following, Meaning and Primitive Normativity"

Philosophy - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:04
Date and time:  Thu, 11/05/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Seminar Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

In “Inside and Outside Language: Stroud’s Non-Reductionism about Meaning” (2011), “Primitive Normativity and Skepticism about Rules” (2011) and”Meaning, Understanding and Normativity” (2012), Hannah Ginsborg develops what she describes as a “partially reductionist” account of meaning. Ginsborg’s account is intended as a middle-ground alternative to non-reductionism about meaning and the kind of reductive dispositionalism attacked in Kripke’s *Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language*.

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Bayesian demographic estimation and forecasting

Demography - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 12:51
Date and time:  Fri, 12th May 2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm School of Demography Location:  Seminar Room A Presenter:  John Bryant

Abstract: There is a natural affinity between Bayesian statistical methods and demographic estimation and forecasting. Bayesian methods can cope with complex models, noisy data, and uncertainty, all of which figure prominently in demographic estimation and forecasting.  Bayesian methods also have transparent mechanisms for bringing in expert judgement, which allows them to capitalize on the substantive knowledge built up within demography.

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Income trends for selected single parent families

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 08:46
Date and time:  Wednesday, 17th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Presenter:  Cukkoo Joseph Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:

Government transfer payments make a major contribution to the incomes of many single parent families, increasingly single parents are active in the workforce and frequently pay income tax.
This seminar will present joint research undertaken with Associate Professor Ben Phillips and considers the trends in social security payments and personal income tax paid by typical single parent families (cameos) in Australia. The modelling considers the period from 2005 to 2016 and includes a further projection of two years to 2018.

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Indigenous Data Sovereignty

CAEPR events - Wed, 2017-05-03 17:02
24 May 17 Seminar John Taylor Contact person:  Tracy Deasey Contact email: Contact phone:  02 61250587

In the age of 'big data' debates about 'data sovereignty' have been dominated by national governments and multinational corporations focused on issues of access and legal jurisdiction. Missing from those conversations has been consideration of the inherent rights and interests of indigenous peoples regarding the collection, ownership and application of data about their people, lifeways and territories. In this seminar I report on new thinking and emerging practice regarding an assertion of 'indigenous data sovereignty'.

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Demographic Research in Ageing and Longevity: A Road Less Travelled

Demography - events - Tue, 2017-05-02 14:57
Date and time:  Fri, 5th May 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm Seminar School of Demography Location:  Seminar Room A Presenter:  Heather Booth

Assessing drought conditions in Australia: A self-report measure based on spike and slab lasso

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 16:33
Date and time:  Wednesday, 10th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton Presenter:  Dr. Shuvo Bakar Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:

Dr Bakar will be presenting collaborative work being undertaken with Professor Matthew Gray, Dr Ben Edwards and Dr Boyd Hunter. The object is to better understand the perception of drought using a self-report measure from a survey conducted in 2007. We establish a relationship between climatic variables and survey data using a novel Bayesian spatial spike & slab lasso method. The proposed method identifies key climatic factors and their lagged influences on the self-reported drought measurement at postcode levels.

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Kioloa Research & HDR Development Weekend

School of History - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 11:26
Date and time:  Fri, 28/04/2017 - 09:00 - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 17:00 School of History Contact Person:  School of History Contact email:

Staff and PhD students will travel to the ANU's Kioloa Coastal Campus on 28 April for a Research & HDR development weekend.

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Using an ‘Intermediate Data Structure’ for Sharing and Analyzing Historical Life Course Data

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 11:15
Date and time:  Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building Presenter:  Professor George Alter Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:

Life course data for historical studies of demographic behavior come from a wide range of sources.  Even when fundamental aspects of the data are the same (births, deaths, marriages, kinship, co-residence), data have been stored in idiosyncratic formats that are difficult to share and re-analyze.  The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) offers a new approach to sharing both data and the data analysis software.  The IDS uses an entity-attribute-value format, which can hold almost any kind of data.  Data elements are dated for longitudinal analysis, and we capture relationsh

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Fiona Fidler (UMELB): How reproducible should science be?

Philosophy - events - Tue, 2017-04-25 17:21
Date and time:  Thu, 27/04/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30 Thursday Seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Less than half of peer-reviewed, published experiments in psychology can be replicated with the same or similar effects[1]. The reproducibility of published biomedical research is even lower, and the cost of irreproducibility in biomedicine has been estimated at $28 billion per year, in the US alone[2]. This is all widely considered undesirable—but how reproducible should science be? This talk is a thinly veiled plea for philosophical help with this question.

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Anne Barnhill

Philosophy - events - Sat, 2017-04-22 21:42
Date and time:  Mon, 14/08/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Preston Greene (NTU Singapore)

Philosophy - events - Sat, 2017-04-22 19:19
Date and time:  Mon, 07/08/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Cailin O'Connor (UC Irvine): The Dynamics of Inequity

Philosophy - events - Sat, 2017-04-22 19:17
Date and time:  Mon, 31/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

It is no secret that some people get more and others get less. In most societies, seemingly irrelevant personal factors like gender and race importantly determine patterns of resource distribution. In this talk, I will use social models to explain the ubiquity of such patterns. As I will argue, in a bargaining population, the simple addition of a social category like gender or race completely changes the expected cultural evolutionary outcomes by breaking symmetry between actors in the group.

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David Sobel (Syracuse): The Impotence of the Demandingness Objection

Philosophy - events - Sat, 2017-04-22 19:15
Date and time:  Mon, 10/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

My thesis is that the Demandingness Objection cannot itself provide good reason to break with Consequentialism since it must presuppose the truth of prior and independent breaks with the view. The way the Objection measures the demandingness of an ethical theory reflects rather than justifies already being in the grip of key anti-Consequentialist conclusions. We should reject Consequentialism independently of the Objection or not at all.

Connie Rosati (Arizona): Normativity and the Naturalistic Fallacy

Philosophy - events - Sat, 2017-04-22 19:12
Date and time:  Mon, 17/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

In Principia Ethica, G. E. Moore famously accused ethical naturalists of committing the “naturalistic fallacy.” Critics charged that this was no fallacy at all, and that the open question argument, which Moore deployed to defeat naturalism, depended on a mistaken view of analysis. In what was originally intended to be the preface to the second edition of Principia, Moore discussed some of the many confusions in the book, abandoning some of his earlier claims and attempting to more clearly formulate others.

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Julia Driver (WUSTL): Undermining Promises

Philosophy - events - Sat, 2017-04-22 19:09
Date and time:  Mon, 19/06/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00 MSPT seminar School of Philosophy Location:  Coombs Seminar Room A

Conditional promises such as my promise to donate to Oxfam, if you donate to Oxfam, can only be broken if the condition event is realized. In this case, the condition event would be you giving money to Oxfam. At that point, if I do not give any money to Oxfam, I have broken my promise. Breaking one’s promises is [pro tanto] wrong. In the past I have argued that we can learn a good deal about the practice of promising by looking at failures of the practice, such as promise breaking. However, there are at least two other ways in which promises can be undercut.

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Beyond Veiled Clichés – The curiosity of Arab women

CAIS - events - Fri, 2017-04-21 19:45
Date and time:  Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 17:30 - 18:30 Lecture Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies Amal-Awad.jpg Location or Venue:  Contact Us Australian Centre on China in the World, Building 188, Fellows Lane ., ANU. Speakers:  Amal Awad Contact person:  CAIS Contact email:

Amal Awad was tired of seeing books that explored the lives of Arab women from a western perspective. She set out to interview women of Arab heritage from both the Middle East and in Australia, as a Palestinian-Australian woman herself.

Amal Awad talks about the fascination with Arab women and their lives; the misconceptions that abound; and how Arab women respond in her upcoming book, Beyond Veiled Clichés – The Real Lives of Arab Women.

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Opportunities and challenges in evaluating national public health programs delivered through regional service organisations

CAEPR events - Fri, 2017-04-21 17:13
10 May 17 Seminar Alyson Wright Contact person:  Tracy Deasey Contact email: Contact phone:  02 61250587

Local involvement in how programs are delivered and implemented is supported by many working in community development and increasingly seen as important in public health, particularly in preventive health programs. Yet there are challenges for national program evaluation when decisions on implementation are devolved. These tensions play out in determining: how to define, standardise and measure national objectives, what measures to use in evaluation and who is responsible for collecting and analysing the data.

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Risky Performances: Reconciliation, Frontier Violence, and Imagined Refoundings

School of History - events - Fri, 2017-04-21 13:44
Date and time:  Wed, 26/04/2017 - 16:15 - 17:30 School of History Speakers:  Associate Professor Penny Edmonds Contact Person:  School of History Contact email:

In contemporary settler societies reconciliation has emerged as a potent and alluring form of utopian politics.

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