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Telephone Wires

The Sentient City

Podcast available HERE

A lecture by Professor Sir Nigel Thrift delivered at The University of Melbourne on Wednesday 22 September 2016.

Throughout cities of the world today, an explosion in digital information and communications technology is producing a profusion of data as never before. In this provocative lecture, one of the world’s leading geographers examines what kinds of technological practices are becoming commonplace in cities today.

Sir Nigel Thrift is Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars, and the former
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick.

Presented by the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges and co-hosted with
the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Hawke Research Institute.

Sir Nigel Thrift

Non-representational Theory: Performative, Embodied and Affective knowledge

A masterclass by Professor Sir Nigel Thrift on Wednesday 21 September at City West Campus.

In this Masterclass, Sir Nigel Thrift – widely hailed as one of the world’s top geographers – discussed “non-representational theory”.  This is an approach to the social sciences pioneered by Thrift which seeks to shift social science away from traditional notions of scholarly reflection and contemplative forms of social thought and instead towards the unprocessual elements of social practice. 

Sir Nigel Thrift is Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars, and the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick.


RoboticsRobotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Employment

A two-day Workshop hosted by the Hawke Research Institute and sponsored by the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia held at UniSA's City West Campus from 2 - 3 August 2016.

Briging together prominent scholars and policy analysts from different disciplinary backgrounds, the workshop explored the social implications of robotics and artificial intelligence on work, employment and unemployment. It aimed to strengthen Australia’s research capacity regarding the digital capability and skills of Australian citizens to compete in a global economy shaped by technological automation.

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Excelators, lightsSiri, Why am I so Busy?

Podcast available HERE.

What what does our contemporary fascination with digital gadgets and robotics tell us about our culture? How does this fascination reflect our perception of relationships between humans and machines?

Appearing in conversation with Hawke EU Centre Executive Director, Professor Anthony Elliott, Professor Wajcman examined the ways in which digital technologies enable us to complete tasks faster and more efficiently, notwithstanding the common lamentation that the pace of everyday life is too fast and spiralling out of control. 

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London
School of Economics and Political Science.


Judy WajcmanFrom Gender and Technology to Feminist Technoscience

A masterclass by Professor Judy Wajcman on Monday 1 August at City West Campus.

In the context of new technologies, the digital divide that characterised the early days of computers and mobile phones has ended. Women today are equal users of digital devices and social media. So is there still a need for a feminist analysis of technology?

In this Masterclass, Professor Wajcman examined the extent to which technical expertise is still marked by gender stereotypes and how the apparently neutral internet and even algorithms reflect mainstream values and culture.

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London
School of Economics and Political Science.


John FoxxThe Quiet Man: An Eveniing with John Foxx

Podcast available HERE

John Foxx, best know as founder and original lead singer of Ultravox , appeared in conversation with Hawke EU Centre Executive Director, Professor Anthony Elliott at City West Campus on Wednesday 26 July 2016.

John Foxx reflected on his ground-breaking music from Ultravox to his current solo work, his time working in the music industry where his recording studio in East London included such famous clients as The Cure and Tina Turner, his work as an artist and time as a student at the Royal College of Art, as well as his experimental forays in film and cinema. The evening included a live performance by Foxx.


Plane - sunsetPioneering (Aero)mobilities

A masterclass by Professor Sven Kesselring on Monday 23 May 2016 at City West Campus.

Mobility is a basic principle of modernity, and from whose contradictions no one can escape. Mobilities are everywhere, from the earliest days of childhood to the lives of jet-setting global elites.

Against the background of earlier research on mobility pioneers, this Masterclass discussed the potential for research on (aero)mobilities pioneers 2.0.  

Sven Kesselring is Professor of ‘Automotive Management: Sustainable Mobilities’ at Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Germany, and Visiting Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark.


The Convict's DaughterTruth Really is Stranger than Fiction: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony

Podcast available HERE.

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre as part of the InConversation Series on Tuesday 3 May 2016.

ABC Adelaide’s Sonya Feldhoff appeared in conversation with author and historian Dr Kiera Lindsey to discuss how the author’s controversial ancestor came to be at the very heart of this wildly improbable colonial drama, The Convicts Daughter. 

Kiera Lindsey is an award-winning historian who has worked in Australian film and television, been a regular presenter on ABC Radio and also published a column in the Adelaide Review.

Sonya Feldhoff is host of the Afternoon program weekdays on 891 ABC Radio Adelaide.



Helga Nowotny

Social Sciences and the Humanities in the Age of Anthropocene

A masterclass by Professor Helga Nowotny on Thursday 15 October 2015 at City West Campus.

According to Paul Crutzen, an atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate, we have entered the age of the Anthropocene due to the central role of ‘mankind’ in altering the environmental conditions on earth.

In this masterclass, Professor Nowotny asked, what are the implications for the social sciences and the humanities in a new geological age of the humans?

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita at ETH Zurich in social studies of science. She is former President of the European Research Council (ERC)  and founding
memberand Vice-President from 2007 onwards.



The Future of Higher Education in Australia

Podcast available HERE

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre on Tuesday 13 October 2015 at City West Campus.

Higher education in the twenty-first century is undergoing profound metamorphosis. In a neo-liberal age of privatisation, will universities adapt or perish? Our distinguished panel debated on changes to the policy, regulatory and funding frameworks of higher education in Australia and beyond, as universities seek to confront the challenges of our brave new world.

Panellists included Professor Helga Nowotny, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, Professor Stephen Parker AO and Professor Anthony Elliott.


Traffic, night, lights

The Cunning of Uncertainty

HRI Annual Distinguished Lecture by Professor Helga Nowotny

Monday 12 October 2015, City West Campus

Podcast available HERE

Uncertainty is inextricably interwoven and enacted in our notions and imaginaries of the future. Currently, the future appears as fragile and fragmented, a plural and contradictory mixture of desired and feared imaginations.

In this lecture, Professor Nowotny explained how the cunning of uncertainty is at work in the various enactments of uncertainty. 

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita at ETH Zurich in social studies of science. She is former President of the European Research Council (ERC)  and founding
member and Vice-President from 2007 onwards.


Printing Machine

After the Fall: Content, Context and Co-Creation After the Decline of Print Media

Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture

Presented by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformation, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in partnership with the Hawke Research Institute on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

Rapidly changing consumption habits are forcing newspaper companies across Europe to question business models, products and practises that kept them successful for decades. The panel discussion asked, what happens when customers disrupt an entire industry?

Panelists included Ralf Blomqvist, Founding Partner, Main Dialog, 
Misha Ketchell, Managing Editor of The Conversation and
Tory Shepherd, Political Editor at The Advertiser.


Outer Spice image - Birth of the CoolBirth of the Cool

An exhibition floor talk and jazz evening with exhibition curator Terence Maloon in the Samstag Museum on Thursday 3 September 2015.

In the last few years a reappraisal of the art and artists of the 1960s has been in full swing. With the benefit of hindsight, the decade between 1963 and 1973 was a golden era of Australian art, with a brilliant generation emerging in full confidence of its powers, determined to excel at the highest level – not just locally, but in a global context.

The exhibition floor talk presented in the Samstag Museum was followed
by a Jazz evening hosted by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in
the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.


Robert ForsterDanger in the Past
An evening with Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens

Podcast available HERE

Robert Forster, best known as front man for the legendary Australian band The Go-Betweens, appeared in conversation with Hawke Research Institute Director, Professor Anthony Elliott at the Adelaide Festival Theatre on Thursday 20 August 2015.

With the release of his eagerly awaited sixth full-length studio album due for release in September, Forster reflected on his career from the music and magic of The Go-Betweens to his solo work and writings as a music critic for The Monthly.


Geoff WilsonGeoff Wilson's Interrogated Landscape

A floor talk with celebrated author, Barry Pearce and senior South Australian artist, Geoff Wilson in the Samstag Museum of Art on Thursday 6 August 2015.

The evening recognised the lifetime achievement of an exceptional artist whose long career has, until now, remained largely uncelebrated in the public eye. The exhibition and accompanying scholarly publication, produced by the Samstag Museum of Art, surveyed a most remarkable life in art.

Presented in collaboration with the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art.


Transnational Domestic Work and the Politics of Development

A masterclass by Professor Brenda Yeoh on Wednesday 8 July at City West Campus.

In this Masterclass, Professor Yeoh explored transnational domestic work, in the context of contemporary globalization. She examined how transnational domestic work is often positioned within the ‘migration and development’ discourses, and investigates how transnational domestic work functions as a livelihood strategy in sustaining family well-being.

Brenda S.A.Yeoh is Professor (Provost’s Chair) of the Department of Geography,
as well as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the National
University of Singapore.


Plural Diversities and the Politics of Migrant Encounter

Podcast available HERE

A lecture by Professor Brenda Yeoh on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at  the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Singapore is a nation-city-state with high globalising ambitions - criss-crossed by a high density of transnational flows of international students, labour migrants, “foreign talent” and marriage migrants. In this lecture, Professor Yeoh looked at a range of city “contact zones” to illustrate the spatialised politics of encounters.


PublishinBooksg in Scholarly Journals: Tips and advice
to help you succeed

A seminar by Joshua Pitt from Routledge Australasia on Monday 15 June 2015 at Magill campus.

This seminar was designed to help authors build knowledge and awareness of the current scholarly journals publishing environment. The publication process from submission to publication was covered, and tips and advice offered to help authors succeed on their publication journey.

Download PowerPoint presentation HERE.


Psychoanalysis, Sociality and Subjectivity

A masterclass by Dr John Cash on 13 - 14 May 2015 at City West Campus.

Starting with Sigmund Freud’s account of subjectivity and group psychology and Samuel Beckett’s dramatization of “waiting for sociality” in Waiting for Godot, John Cash explored the ways in which sociality and subjectivity are linked and, as it were, co-dependent. Finally, he considered the capacity to dwell in ambivalence as the basis of more creative and resilient forms of subjectivity and sociality.

John Cash is a Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where he was formerly Deputy Director of the
Ashworth Program in Social Theory. His research interests are in the area
of psychoanalytic social theory and what now is termed psychoanalytic
political theory. He is an editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Studies
and a co-editor of Political Psychology.


Desert, Germaine Greer lectureEarth Can Survive Without People; People Cannot Survive Without Earth

Podcast available HERE

A public lecture by Professor Germaine Greer, on Wednesday 15 April 2015 at City West Campus.

Acclaimed Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking says human beings will soon have rendered the earth uninhabitable – and that people will have no option but to colonise space. Most of us love Earth, and have no desire to migrate to another galaxy.In this provocative lecture, Germaine Greer suggested that there is no easy answer and the only way forward is to start rethinking the possibilities of life for ourselves.

Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne and educated in Australia and at
Cambridge University. Her first book, The Female Eunuch (1969), took
the world by storm and remains one of the most influential texts of the
feminist movement.


Germaine GreerEquality is Not Enough: Ecofeminism and Survival

A masterclass by Professor Germaine Greer on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at City West Campus.

In this provocative Masterclass, acclaimed feminist Germaine Greer examined the complex relations between equality, feminism and ecology. She examined how the planet is being devastated at a rate unequalled in its history, and the role of women in helping to bring about such destruction. She also examined the more positive aspects of liberation feminism, and the rise of ecofeminism.

Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne and educated in Australia and at Cambridge University. Her first book, The Female Eunuch (1969), took
the world by storm and remains one of the most influential texts of the
feminist movement.


Tsunami JapanCatastrophic Futures: 2050 and Beyond

Podcast avalable HERE

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre on Wednesday 25 March 2015.

This panel discussion led by the Hawke Research Institute's Director Anthony Elliott, and comprising experts on the social, cultural, political and ecological consequences of possible social futures, considered dilemmas facing the 21st century.  Discussion focused on various scenarios of future societies that might feasibly exist by 2050, and the very complex choices which these scenarios entail. 


Dew on grassPractices of Intimacy, Futures, Social Change and Climate Change

A public lecture by Professor Lynn Jamieson from the University of Edinburgh, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at City West Campus.

In this lecture, Professor Jamieson referred to evidence about the future of intimacy in projected practices of intimacy in couple relationships, parent-child relationship, kinship, friendship and sexual relationships.

Lynn Jamieson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of the Scottish based Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR). She was elected President of the British Sociological Association in 2014.



J.M. Coetzee

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World

A three-day colloquium to honour the work and achievements of Nobel Laureate, J.M. Coetzee. Presented by the University of Adelaide's J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia, the colloquium was held at UniSA's City West Campus from 11 - 13 November 2014.

The colloquium brought together a distinguished group of participants in the field as well as students, critics, educators and the general public.

An exhibition of Coetzee’s literary manuscripts and photographs on loan from the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas formed part of the Colloquium as well as a public lecture and screening of the film Disgrace.

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Frank FurediAuthority and society

A masterclass by Professor Frank Furedi from the University of Kent, on Tuesday 7 October 2014 at City West Campus.

Time and again we are confronted with the question: ‘whom can you trust?’ People ask continually ‘who is in authority?’, ‘who is the authority?’, ‘who can speak with authority?’ or ‘on whose authority do you act?’ From its inception social science has been preoccupied with these questions.

In this masterclass, Professor Frank Furedi explored what can be learned from society’s uneasy relationship with authority.

Frank Furedi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent and
Visiting Professor, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction,
University College London.

L’Arianna abbandonata e gloriosa: Historically Informed Italian Baroque Performance in a Contemplation on Grief and its Transformational Properties

Supported by the Hawke Research Institute, HRI member, Dr Daniela Kaleva, performed historically informed Italian baroque at the State Library of South Australia on 25 November 2014.

Frank Furedi LectureHawke InConversation Series
Welcome to the 21st century: risk, fear and terror

Podcast avalable HERE

Presented by the Research Institute and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre on Thursday 9 October 2014.

As part of the InConversation series, Professor Frank Furedi from Kenty University appeared in conversation with HRI Director, Professor Anthony Elliott  to discuss risk, fear and terror in the 21st centry.

Why has the twenty-first century emerged as such a confronting, indeed oftentimes terrifying, world? How did the late twentieth century experience of consumer affluence and geopolitical stability transform so swiftly into twenty-first century social vulnerabilities and political uncertainties? In this provocative conversation, acclaimed UK public intellectual Frank Furedi addressed these issues which dominate our lives in these times.

In partnership with the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) the Hawke Research Institute presented Welcome to the 21st century: risk, fear and terror at the 2014 CHASS National Forum in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 October 2014.

Podcast available HERE on ABC Big Ideas

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Book FuturesBook futures public forum

Podcast available HERE

A public forum presented by the Hawke Research Institute at City West Campus on Wednesday 10 September.

As books lose their physicality, and with libraries now being filled with computers, this forum asksed: What does this new reality mean for the future of the book and for the language that produces the book? What is lost in language and literature during this transformation? As the book changes, are we losing knowledge?.

Guest speakers included Laura Kroetsch, Director of Adelaide Writer’s Week; Professor Ivor Indyk, Chair of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney and founding editor of HEAT; and Lloyd Jones, an award-winning fiction writer.

Book futures exhibition

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the SASA Gallery on Wednesday 3 September 2014.

Officially launched by Dr Mary Knights and curators, Dr Daniel Chaffee and Associate Professor Jennifer Rutherford, both of the Hawke Research Institute, the exhibition considers the future of the book and the impact on society through critical engagement with books, on-demand books, prints, sculptures and installations that critically engage the changes surrounding the book from shifts in production, to changes in consumption

Tim Schwartz uses digital technologies in alternative ways to explore the technologies themselves and their impact on our society. Brigita Ozolins explores the links between language, books, writing, history, bureaucracy and identity through installation and performance.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday 2 – Friday 26 September 2014 in the SASA Gallery, City West Campus. Opening times 11.00 am – 5.00 pm weekdays.

In-Habit: Project Antoher CountryInhabiting process and place: Professor Ross Gibson responds to In-Habit: Project Another Country

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the Samstag Museum of Art on Thursday 28 August 2014.

Surrounded by minature cardboard homes, Professor Ross Gibson responded to Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan's exhibition In-Habit: Project Another Country. Through his interest in the interactive and emergent works of contemporary artists where process can be as much an imperative as finished product, Gibson responded to the exhibition around the ideas of place, change and process.

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan create remarkably imaginative installations that use the processes of collecting and collaboration to express ideas of migration, family and memory. Often working with local communities and conducting art-making workshops, the Aquilizans compose elaborate, formal installations reflecting individual experiences of dislocation and change. Considering the idea of ‘place’, In-Habit: Project Another Country presents two separate, but interconnected works, that focus on engagement and interactivity with the local community, particularly with children.

Image: Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, In-Habit: Project Another Country (detail), 2012.

Ross GibsonShot reverse shot: images and testimonials regarding the South Australian colonial experience just after the frontier

A masterclass by Professor Ross Gibson from the University of Canberra on Friday 22 August 2014 at City West Campus.

In this masterclass, Professor Ross Gibson asked us to consider what research techniques and what poetic processes of selection, combination and display we need for evoking the feelings, facts and understanding that are submerged in these rarely scrutinised sections of our public collections. How do we draw the invisibilities and silences of these pictures into present sensibility?

Professor Ross Gibson is Centenary Professor in Creative & Cultural Research at the University of Canberra.

The Future of Globalisation

Podcast available HERE

Visiting Academic at the Hawke Research Institute and the inaugural recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Professor Fellowship, Professor Charles Lemert, delivered a public lecture on Wednesday 13 August 2014 at City West Campus.

In this public lecture Charles explored globalisation and the question of whether and in what ways the political, cultural and economic networks that bind the world together are growing too fast.

Professor Charles Lemert is Senior Fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University and University Professor Emeritus at Wesleyan University.

Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow
The honorary academic title of Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow is awarded to candidates who have achieved recognition for outstanding achievements in their chosen field or walk of life. This achievement is awarded in fields of education or research offered by the University of South Australia.

Charles LemertFrom 1914 to 2014: capitalism and the big change in global structures

A masterclass by Professor Charles Lemert from Yale University, USA on Tuesday 12 August 2014 at City West Campus.

Returning to the HRI in 2014, Professor Charles Lemert traced the social, cultural, and economic history of the world order in the century since 1914 until 2014. The year 1914, commonly recognised only as the beginning of WWI, was also the year of major changes in the world economy, of which Fordism and scientifically managed industrial production were among the most important. Ever since, the speed of capital accumulation has grown so fast that we have reached the point at which the waste it produces exceeds the bearing limit of social and cultural conventions.

Professor Charles Lemert is Senior Fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University and University Professor Emeritus at Wesleyan University.

For and against The New IndividualismFor and against The New Individualism

A two-day workshop hosted by the Hawke Research Institute on 14-15 August 2014 at City West Campus.

In 2006 the publication of Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert’s The New Individualism received widespread critical acclaim – in both the academy and in public political debate. Chiming with social changes of the early 2000s, The New Individualism inspired readers with the dramatic suggestion that a 'reinvention craze' – from self-help and therapy culture to endless management restructuring and corporate downsizing – was fast becoming the only game (at once professional and personal) in town. Almost a decade on – and subsequent to the book’s multiple reprints, translations and a second edition – this workshop brought together scholars in the social sciences and humanities to consider the ongoing relevance of the social theory of new individualism to the 2010s.

Speakers included Professor Charles Lemert (USA), Professor Anthony Elliott (Australia), Professor Deborah Lupton (Australia), Dr Sam Han (Singapore), Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Mr Bo-Magnus Salenius (Finland), Mr Ralf Blomqvist (Sweden), Dr John Cash (Australia) and more.

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Lloyd ColeLloyd Cole: on music from singles to Spotify

Podcast available HERE

An evening with Lloyd Cole presented by the Hawke Research Institute on Wednesday 2 July 2014 at City West Campus.

Legendary English singer and songwriter, Lloyd Cole – lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from1984 to 1989, and critically hailed for his subsequent solo work – appeared in conversation with HRI Director, Professor Anthony Elliott.

Speaking to to a full house, Lloyd Cole reflected on his career of wild and almost reckless eclecticism. Cole discussed music from his commercial chart hits - like Perfect Skin, Brand New Friend and Lost Weekend – to a global music industry transformed by Spotify. Cole has been widely celebrated for his bookish songwriting, his brooding, witting intelligence and his self-deprecating humour.

The event was repeated at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart on Friday 4 July 2014.

Lloyd Cole MasterclassMusic in the digital age

Whilst visiting the Hawke Research Institute, Lloyd Cole met with UniSA staff and students in a unique masterclass on Thursday 3 July 2014 at City West Campus.

Discussion ranged from the major transformations in the global music industry through to the advent of social media and crowd funding in the production and performance of popular music today. In the second half of the masterclass, Lloyd Cole discussed his work in electronic avant-garde music. The discussion focused on Cole’s instrumental work Plastic Wood, along with his 2013 collaboration with Hans-Joachim Roedelius entitled “Selected Studies Vol. 1”.

Lloyd Cole is an English singer, songwriter and musician. His latest album is Standards, released by Tapete Records. In 2014 Lloyd Cole is Visiting Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia.

Juergen BarkhoffThe pre-Freudian unconscious and the crisis of modernity

A masterclass by Professor Juergen Barkhoff  from Trinity College, Dublin  on 25 - 26 June and 1 - 2 July 2014 at City West Campus.

Run across four sessions, the masterclasses looked at the construction of the pre-Freudian unconscious at the intersection of medical, philosophical, psychological and literary discourses during the romantic period.

As a contribution to medical humanities the masterclasses put a special emphasis on the role of literary narratives and discussed how concepts of the unconscious around 1800 challenged key tenets of modernity. It also discussed how this is relevant today in the face of, for example, the environmental crisis or the crisis of the health systems and briefly looked at the reception and reformulation of the romantic legacy by Freud and Jung.

Professor Juergen Barkhoff is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Arts and Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

Juergen barghoff lectureBelonging and place in the age of globalisation

Podcast available HERE

HRI Distinguished Lecture by Professor Juergen Barkhoff on Thursday 26 June 2014 at City West Campus.

Drawing on cultural theories of globalisation, Professor Barkhoff examined how increased mobility and global connectivity impact on our sense of place and what consequences that might have on notions such as belonging, citizenship or agency.

The lecture also looked at some examples of cultural and literary narratives of rootedness, migration, displacement and re-embedding in Europe.

Professor Juergen Barkhoff is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Arts and Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. 

Isabelle Schulte‘Decoloniality’ and international law

A lecture by Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday 7 May 2014 at City West Campus.

The lecture explored the contribution of the coloniality/decoloniality approach to international law. This approach has been developed by A Quijano, E Dussel and W Mignolo in the context of Latin America. Following on from this approach, the presentation will also consider Boaventuro dos Santos’s idea of ‘epistemologies of the South’.

Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff is Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute, Australian Research Council: Indigenous Knowledges, Law, Society and State Project and the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research. 

Famine in AfricaGlobal inequalities

A masterclass by Professor Robert Holton from Trinity College, Dublin and Adjunct Professor at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia on 22–23 April 2014 at City West Campus.

Global inequality is an issue of great social concern and conflict. In this masterclass, Professor Holton identified why inequality matters, what trends in inequality are observable, and what causes global inequality. Attention then moved on to what can and should be done about it, including public policy responses.

Professor Robert Holton is from the Department of Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin and Adjunct Professor at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia.

Shaun GladwellExperincing Afghanistan

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the Samstag Museum of Art on Friday 11 April 2014 at City West Campus.

In 2009 acclaimed visual artist Shaun Gladwell became the first artist working in digital media to be appointed the Australian War Memorial’s Official War Artist. His time spent attached to the Australian Defence Force continues to exert pull in his practice today. This profound experience and the role of art in documenting war featured as topics in a relaxed conversation, on the floor of the Samstag Museum, surrounded by Gladwell’s work.

Dr Kit Messham-Muir – an art theorist, researcher, educator and presenter from the University of Newcastle – appeared in conversation with Associate Professor Jennifer Rutherford, Deputy Director of the Hawke Research Institute, and artist Shaun Gladwell, to discuss the sombre and immense personal impact of war as explored by Gladwell in his current exhibitions at the Samstag Museum of Art.

Australia after the global financial crisis

Podcast available HERE (mp3 format 25 MB)

As part of the InConversation series, Professor John Carroll from La Trobe University and Professor Robert Holton from Trinity College, Dublin, appeared in conversation with HRI Director, Professor Anthony Elliott to discuss the consequences of the global financial crisis.

The event was presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre on Thursday 3 April 2014 at City West Campus.

The global financial crisis produced ruinous consequences – economic, social, cultural and political.  In this discussion with two of the world’s leading social scientists, the culture of global capitalism and its 24/7 financial markets was appraised afresh. Chaired by HRI Director Anthony Elliott, the conversation ranged from why global finance is so crisis prone to the challenges and risks facing the Australian economy and society in the aftermath of the crisis. Throughout Robert Holton and John Carroll provided thought-provoking insights into the volatile world of global capitalism and its consequences for Australia in the twenty-first century.

John CarrollCulture and the modern crisis of meaning

A masterclass with Professor John Carroll from La Trobe University, Melbourne on Friday 4 April 2014 at City West Campus.

Humans make sense of their lives through the stories they tell about themselves. Those personal narratives draw upon grander themes from the culture at large, provided in the form, in particular, of recurring archetypes and universal moral laws. In a secular post-church world, the forms of inherited culture are put into question. Individuals then risk confrontation with nihilism, which, in Nietzsche’s terms, threatens that the ultimate truth about human existence is that it is either horrible or absurd.

Professor John Carroll is Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

States of emergency: the emotional costs of global disasters and regional emergencies

A three-day conference presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the Japan Foundation and in association with Chiba University and Keio University, Japan on 18–20 March 2014 at City West Campus.

In this important dialogue between leading Japanese and Australian social scientists, as well as scholars from Singapore and Hong Kong, the conference critically analysed the economic, cultural, political and psychological impacts of recent global and regional disasters on identities – with special reference to Japan and at large in the Asia-Pacific region.

Conference participants developed a fresh analysis of how disasters – such as the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - affect people’s emotional states, their core sense of self and their emotional well-being. The conference considered potential catastrophes and disasters that may yet be in store for the future denizens of Japan and Australasia.

Globalisation and traveling subcultures: manga, anime and the visual turn in contemporary media

A masterclass by Professor Kiyomitsu Yui on Friday 21 March 2014 at City West Campus. 

In this masterclass, Professor Kiyomitsu Yui examined the topic of globalisation and traveling subcultures. He specifically investigated the subcultures of manga and anime, whose 'origin' seems to be in 'Japan', as a way to reveal the cultural and pluralist dimensions of contemporary globalisation.

Kiyomitsu Yui is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University, Japan and Director of the Japan Sociological Society.


Disciplining criticism: Edward Said ten years on

A two-day workshop hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies and supported by the Hawke Research Institute on 12–13 December 2013, City West Campus.

Recognised as the key founder of postcolonial studies, the work of the foremost literary critic and author Edward Said continues to influence disparate fields in the humanities, arts and social sciences. Even though his writing spanned many topics, including the Palestinian question, passion for criticism shaped many of Said’s intellectual, political and creative endeavours.

The two-day workshop paid tribute to the intellectual mark Said made on various academic disciplines, and assessed the extent to which academics themselves discipline criticism.

Makeover mantras: reinvention culture and its consequences

Anthony Elliott

Knowledge Works lecture

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A lecture by Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute on Tuesday 19 November 2013, City West Campus.

From cosmetic surgery to self-help manuals, psychotherapy to life coaching, career design to corporate re-brandings, ours is the era of 'reinvention'. In this provocative lecture, acclaimed sociologist Prof Anthony Elliott assesses the spread and sweep of contemporary makeover mantras – including super-fast weight loss diets, body resculptings, online therapies, speed dating, organisational restructurings and corporate downsizings.

Prof Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute and Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia.

Offshore worlds

A lecture by Professor John Urry, Lancaster University

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the University of Wollongong on Monday 16 September 2013, University of Wollongong.

In this wide-ranging discussion with one of Europe's most celebrated social thinkers, John Urry discussed the scale, speed and impact of future energy changes over the next century. From oil dregs to carbon rationing, Urry envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Mobilities, a masterclass with Professor John Urry preceded the 'Offshore worlds' lecture.

Societies beyond oilSocieties beyond oil: InConversation with Professor John Urry

Presented by the Hawke Centre and the Hawke Research Institute on Thursday 12 September 2013, City West Campus.

Podcast available here

In conversation with Professor Anthony Elliott, Professor John Urry explored the cost of our civilisation's carbon addiction. He questioned whether the 'age of tough oil' necessarily means the 'powering down' of societies. He asked what the future will hold for people, energy and climates in a post-carbon world. In this wide-ranging discussion with one of Europe's most celebrated social thinkers, John Urry addressed the scale, speed and impact of future energy changes over the next century. 

John Urry is widely acknowledged as one of Europe's most important social theorists. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.

From globalisation to offshoring

A masterclass with Professor John Urry

John UrryPresented by the Hawke Research Institute on Wednesday 11 September 2013, City West Campus.

In this masterclass, Professor Urry examined shifts in social thought from analyses of 'globalisation' to those concerned with notions of offshoring. This shift highlights many dimensions of what we might call the dark side of the global. Discussion covered the offshoring of work, taxation, pleasure, emissions, waste and military power.  

John Urry is widely acknowledged as one of Europe's most important social theorists. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.

National Asylum Summit 2013

National asylum summitPresented by the Hawke Research Institute in partnership with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies

The summit was held at the University of South Australia's City West Campus on Thursday 27 June 2013.

The National Asylum Summit 2013 was an innovation-driven, question-raising forum which engaged with the pressing issue of asylum, a topic at the centre of much public and political debate in Australia as well as globally. The summit was a catalyst for collaboration between policy analysts, public intellectuals, academics, public servants, civic activists, and representatives of migrant and asylum communities seeking the most effective social, cultural and political responses to the asylum debate. A particular feature of the summit was placing of the issue of asylum in a global context.

For more information about the summit, visit

Asylum reconsidered: on the right to sleep, perchance to dream

Ranjana KhannaA public lecture by Professor Ranjana Khanna to launch the National Asylum Summit 2013

Presented by the Hawke Centre and the Hawke Research Institute on Wednesday 26 June 2013, City West Campus.

In 2005 the Red Cross (UK) commissioned an art exhibition entitled Insomnia for Refugee Week. The exhibition built on ideas put forward by philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who was exploring the relationship between the inside and outside world – and what keeps us awake. Inspired by this exploration, Professor Ranjana Khanna sees in insomnia an analogy for asylum seeking – a space where there is no security, rest or chance for recuperation, but rather constant agitation and inner turmoil. In her analysis of the asylum experience, Professor Khanna reflected on the notion of hospitality, human-to-human and state-to-asylum seeker, and the philosophies that we may discern from the process of being hospitable – offering a haven and repose, but also what we may discern in the denial of these things.

Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English, Women's Studies and the Literature Program at Duke University. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis as well as postcolonial and feminist theory, literature and film.

Listen to an interview with Professor Khanna on The Wire.



Asylum: the concept and the practice

A masterclass with Professor Ranjana KhannaRanjana Khanna

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute on Tuesday 25 June 2013, City West Campus.

In this masterclass, Professor Khanna analysed conceptual links among different sites designated by the term 'asylum'. Extending insights concerning one institutional setting (the mental asylum) to asylum's most expansive version (the nation), she highlighted the manner in which asylums are bound not only by borders but also by strict rules.

Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English, Women's Studies and the Literature Program at Duke University. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis as well as postcolonial and feminist theory, literature and film.

Globalisation theory and its future direction

Roland RobertsonDistinguished Lecturer Series with Prof Roland Robertson

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute on Wednesday 29 May 2013, City West Campus.

In this lecture, Professor Robertson described and interpreted the current state of globalisation theory, primarily in terms of his own conception of there being four major components of what he calls the global field. He defined globalisation as increasing global connectivity, on the one hand, and expanding global consciousness, on the other.

Roland Robertson is Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, USA; Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Global Society, University of Aberdeen, UK; and Distinguished Guest Professor of Cultural Studies, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.



Cinema's compassionate gaze: empathy, affect and aesthetics in The diving bell and the butterfly

Jane StadlerA seminar by Associate Professor Jane Stadler

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages on Wednesday 22 May 2013, City West Campus.

The phenomenological case study of the film The diving bell and the butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007) analyses how compassion and empathy can be perceived, expressed and evoked cinematically. Associate Professor Jane Stadler questioned how aesthetic and narrative techniques affect film audiences and inform the construction of ethical meaning. She argued that the cognitive, affective, and intersubjective qualities of compassion facilitate ethical understanding and demonstrate that the way film facilitates heightened attunement to the sensory body and insight into the protagonist's subjectivity is indicative of the role cinema can play in engendering empathy.

Jane Stadler is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. She is author of Pulling focus: intersubjective experience, narrative film and ethics (2008), co-author of Screen media (2008) and Media and society (2012), and co-editor of an adaptation studies anthology, Pockets of change: adaptation and cultural transition (2011).

'Once were blind but now can see': modernity and the human sciences

Sanjay SethA seminar by Professor Sanjay Seth 

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute on 14 May 2013, City West Campus.

This paper asked a series of very direct, if not simple, questions. How and why is it that we assume that modern knowledge is universal, despite its European genealogy and its historically recent provenance? What warrant do we have for considering this superior to the pre-modern knowledges of the West, and the autochthonous knowledges of the non-West? Are we, in short, right to assume that modern western knowledge transcends the circumstances of its historical and geographical emergence and thus that the social sciences are ‘true’ for everyone – even though to do so is to privilege the modern and the western over the pre-modern and the non-western?

Sanjay Seth is Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. He has previously taught or held research fellowships at Sydney University, Tokyo University and La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has written extensively on postcolonial theory, social and political theory, and modern Indian history. He is a founding co-editor of the international journal Postcolonial Studies (1998–), and author of Marxist theory and nationalist politics: colonial India (New Delhi: Sage, 1995) and more recently Subject lessons: the western education of colonial India (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007 and New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008).

When we dead awaken: can the social sciences come to terms with reality?

Charles LemertA masterclass by Professor Charles Lemert

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute, 4–8 March 2013, City West Campus.

One of the many realities that social scientists are yet to come to terms with is that much of their data is dead. They are either lost to consciousness or reside so outside our allegedly real worlds that they are dead to us. Classical social thinkers – notably Marx, Weber and Freud – invented methods that attempted to awaken these dead. For Marx they were the secrets of production; for Weber they were the mysteries of intersubjective meanings; for Freud they were the natural forces of the unconscious mind. Global realities have only sharpened our sense of these necessary ghosts by forcing social sciences and common sense to move beyond the safe house of local societies.

The masterclass explored the aforementioned problem and possible solutions. Readings included texts from Marx, Weber, Freud, Durkheim, Gramsci, Bruno Latour, Achille Mbembe, Avery Gordon, Slavoj Zizek, Raewyn Connell, Gayatri Spivak, Adrienne Rich and a few short selections from Lemert.

Charles Lemert is University Professor and John C Andrus Professor of Social Theory Emeritus at Wesleyan University and Senior Fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. He is the author and editor of many books, most recently Why Niebuhr matters (Yale University Press, 2011), The structural lie: small clues to global things (Paradigm, 2011), Globalization: a reader (edited with Anthony Elliott, Daniel Chaffee and Eric Hsu) (Routledge, 2010) and The new individualism (with Anthony Elliott) (Routledge, 2009).

World under siege: InConversation with Professor Charles Lemert

Smoke stacksPresented by the Hawke Centre and the Hawke Research Institute, Wednesday 6 March 2013, City West Campus.

Podcast available here

Since 9/11 it has been commonplace to think of the human world as under siege. Today, more than a decade later, we understand more about the deeper structural elements of the troubles the human order of things is facing. Chief among them are the unconscious forces of a history of collective guilt, the demonic side of technological speed that inserts itself even in the souls of individuals, and the undeniable extent to which nature, long considered our playground, has turned on us, to extract its revenge.

Prof Charles Lemert appeared in conversation with Prof Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute, and Prof Jennifer Rutherford, Deputy Director of the Hawke Research Institute.

Charles Lemert is widely acknowledged as one of the most acclaimed sociologists working in the world today, and has been hailed as 'one of America's most pre-eminent social theorists'. Professor Lemert is University Professor and John C Andrus Professor of Social Theory Emeritus at Wesleyan University and Senior Fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. He is the author and editor of many books, most recently Why Niebuhr matters (Yale University Press, 2011), The structural lie: small clues to global things (Paradigm, 2011), Globalization: a reader (ed. with Anthony Elliott, Daniel Chaffee, and Eric Hsu) (Routledge, 2010) and The new individualism (with Anthony Elliott) (Routledge, 2009).

Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and is the author and editor of some thirty books, translated into over a dozen languages. His most recent books include Making the cut: how cosmetic surgery is transforming our lives (Chicago University Press, 2008), The new individualism (with Charles Lemert, Routledge, 2009), and Reinvention (Routledge, 2013).

Jennifer Rutherford is Deputy Director of the Hawke Research Institute. She holds degrees in sociology, the sciences of language and social anthropology, and has trained as a psychoanalyst with the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne, Paris. She was the Foundation Convener of the Australian Studies Program at ANU from 1994 to 1998 and has held research fellowships in English at the University of Sydney, and in cultural studies at Macquarie University. She is the author of The gauche intruder (2000), producer of a documentary film titled Ordinary people, along with numerous journal articles and keynote addresses.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Early Career Researcher Seminar

See no evil

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute on Wednesday 6 March 2013, City West Campus.

Critique, and by extension criticism, is a vital part of both the everyday creative practice and teaching in the creative disciplines. The critique of creative works, such as buildings, drawings, images or artworks, is pivotal for creative practitioners and the broader public to understand the work’s creative and cultural value. In other words, not just judgements of the aesthetic pleasure that the creative work might provide but, more broadly, what cultural values and critical positions are expressed by the work. However, there are fewer and fewer opportunities and forums in which to mount such cultural critiques of creative practice and its production. The nature and role of critique is changing. So too the public’s perceived value of critique has waned since the 1960s, and today is largely thought of as exclusionary intellectual navel gazing that only permeates the walls of universities and academic journals. The more familiar everyday practice of debating the latest shock-jock celebrity gossip or news-cycle-driven political sound-bite seems preferable to deeper and more meaningful interrogations of cultural and environmental questions. It would appear that perhaps both the critique and the critic are in need of cultural reinvention.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil brought together critics, architects, artists, curators and academics in one forum in which to debate the past, present and future of ‘criticism’ in art, architecture and design.

The godly turn: the minimal transcendences of contemporary techno-theoscopics

Sam HanA seminar by Assistant Professor Sam Han

Presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, 14 February 2013, Magill Campus. 

In this paper, Sam explored the availability and use of contemporary web-based mapping software, specifically everyday GISs (Geographic Information Systems) such as Google Maps, and its significance for theoretical approaches to technology and media. These bring forth a new, theoscopic, regime of vision, where the user can virtually see 'as God'. Sam argued that this new 'God vision' reshuffles the onto-cosmological positionality of the figure of the human, in relation to the world and God. Beginning with Heidegger’s famed notion of Weltbild or 'world-picture', he analysed the historical development of culturally dominant world-pictures, in particular maps and other techniques of picturing the world (including cosmology, mapping and space photography). With it, he argued that the changing technological means of picturing the world alters the theological and social positionality of the human within the cosmos, allowing it to possess theoscopic vision. Finally, he alnalysed the political implications of the 'structure of spectatorship' of the God vision of Google Maps and Google Earth through an analytical detour to recent social-theoretical contributions to the 'cosmopolitanism/cosmopolitics' debate by Ulrich Beck, Isabelle Stengers and Bruno Latour.

Sam Han is a Seoul-born, New York City–raised interdisciplinary social theorist. He is author of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2011), Navigating technomedia: caught in the web (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) and editor (with Daniel Chaffee) of The race of time: the Charles Lemert reader (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). He is at work on projects on the interface of religion and technology, particularly as it pertains to digital-diasporic internet practices in Asia and also on death and mourning in the digital age. He is presently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.


When kingship came down from heaven: ethics and the political

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Knowledge Works Professorial Lecture with Prof Salman Sayyid, Director: International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, 18 December 2012, City West Campus.

‘When kingship came down from heaven …’ So begins perhaps the oldest surviving political treatise: the Sumerian King List. The idea of government being mandated by heaven seems strange in this age where the overriding experience of governance is commonly its sheer dullness. While dreams of heavenly mandated orders may haunt many, there are traces of political theology in the contemporary discourse of the ‘war on terror’. However, there is a more common aspect to the opposition between ethical conduct and political practice, as malicious acts can be found every day in the monotonous shuffle of paperwork and bureaucracy. As people experience the tension between erratic applications of power and the expectation of ethical behaviour, the demand that governance be fair and compassionate finds echoes not only in politics but in everyday life.

In this final Knowledge Works lecture of the year, Prof Sayyid discussed the issues surrounding the quest for an end to strife and for an ethical settlement that brings justice and peace as he answered some of the questions that continue to animate political imaginations. Can there be ethics in politics? Are ethics universal? Drawing on philosophy and political theory, Prof Sayyid presented a series of snapshots sketching out the relationship between ethics and politics as a means of better understanding the nature of governance.

Prof Salman Sayyid is the inaugural director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. Prior to his appointment at UniSA, Prof Sayyid was the Director of the Centre of Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds and has taught at a number of other universities in the United Kingdom, including Manchester, Salford and East London. He is the author of distinguished and challenging publications such as A fundamental fear, which was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize and also banned by the Malaysian government. Additionally, Professor Sayyid has recently co-edited A postcolonial people and Thinking through Islamophobia and he has also been part of a 15-member academic forum of the UN Fourth Conference on Least Developed Countries. His work has been translated into a number of languages and he is a frequent contributor to national and international media.

Performative voices: multidisciplinary approaches to music research

Murray House, Magill CampusA research colloquium sponsored by the Hawke Research Institute and organised by Dr Daniela Kaleva, 1–2 December 2012, Magill Campus. A satellite event of the Musicological Society of Australia's 2012 annual conference 'The Politics of Music', Canberra, 3–5 December.

The colloquium presented the latest Australian research into the performativity of music. Distinguished scholars Prof Margaret Kartomi (Monash University) and Prof Jane Davidson (University of Western Australia) delivered two keynote addresses on emotion in re-creative early opera performance and comparative performativity research, respectively. Thirteen high-quality papers were presented by scholars including invited speakers Assoc Prof Michael Halliwell (University of Sydney), Dr Nicholas Routley (University of Sydney) and Dr Paul Watt (Monash University) on topics ranging from performativity in drama, songs, opera, instrumental music, music pedagogy, music criticism and music media.

The colloquium featured a world premiere of the famous Lamento d’Arianna (1608) by Monteverdi using an extended version of the lament performed with gesture by Tessa Miller (soprano), Glenys March (harpsichord) and Catherine Finnis (viola da gamba), and finished with an interactive session titled Kallawaya Ronda by Dr Gerardo Dirié (Griffith University).

Digital literacies on the move: global and local perspectives

A lecture by Assoc Prof Mastin Prinsloo, University of Cape Town, presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the School of Education. Followed by the launch of Resourcing early learners: new networks, new actors by Sue Nichols, Jennifer Rowsell, Helen Nixon and Sophia Rainbird. 29 November 2012, Magill Campus.

Lecture abstract
We need to examine and explain how digital media resources are received and engaged with by persons situated on the global periphery if we want to understand the contemporary social impact of new media and media resources. Much of the research on new media engagement studies successful users at the global core, in ‘western’ and ‘northern’ settings, and that research presents a less than complete picture of digital literacy practices today. I argue that communicative resources of all kinds, in their uses and functions, are shaped by context and place, and I examine, by way of case studies, what that means for people engaging with new media resources who are not part of the global mainstream. I make the case that research needs to take account of the specificity, affordances and limits of place, conceived both in geographic terms and as sites of social production and reproduction. At the same time research has to pay attention to ways that electronic media offer translocal resources and practices for engagement. Digital media exist in the local and offer agency to users, but not without the constraints that mark their status as persons located on the globalised periphery. The study of digital media practices also becomes the study of social difference and inequality of access to resources, of multilingualism, linguistic and semiotic innovation, mobility and constraint under conditions of globalisation.

Mastin Prinsloo is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. His research includes work in literacy studies, new media studies, interactional sociolinguistics and multilingual studies. His co-edited books include The social uses of literacy (1996); Literacies, local and global (2008); and The future of literacy studies (2009). He has recently co-edited a forthcoming special issue of Language and Education, together with Jennifer Rowsell, on ‘Digital literacies as placed resources in the globalised periphery’, as well as a special issue of Language and Literacy, on ‘Local-global digital literacies’. His forthcoming book with Christopher Stroud is titled Moving words: language, literacy and diversity, to be published by Routledge.

Book: Resourcing early learners: new networks, new actors
The landscape of early childhood education and care is changing. Governments worldwide are assuming increasing authority in relation to child rearing in the years before school entry, beyond the traditional role in assisting parents to do the best they can by their children. As part of a social agenda aimed at forming citizens well prepared to play an active part in a globalised knowledge economy, the idea of ‘early learning’ expresses the necessity of engaging caregivers right from the start of children’s lives.

Nichols, Rowsell, Rainbird and Nixon investigate this trend over three years, in two countries, and three contrasting regions, by setting themselves the task of tracing every service and agent offering resources under the banner of early learning. Far from a dry catalogue, the study involves in-depth ethnographic research in fascinating spaces such as a church-run centre for African refugee women and children, a state-of-the-art community library and an Australian country town. Included is an unprecedented inventory of an entire suburban mall. Richly visually documented, the study employs emerging methods such as Google mapping to trace the travels of actual parents as they search for particular resources. Each chapter features a context investigated in this large, international study: the library, the mall, the clinic and the church. The author team unravels new spaces and new networks at work in early childhood literacy and development.

Cybersafe citizens: the role and responsibility of educators in sustaining cyber safe, cyber savvy and productive cyber citizens

An Early Career Researcher Seminar convened by Dr Deborah Price and Dr Barbara Spears, University of South Australia, 27 November 2012, City West Campus. Presentation topics included positive uses of technology to support young people, mental health and school bullying, and cyber bullying and the law. The keynote was presented by Nancy Willard, 'Cyber savvy: embracing the role of positive peers in prevention and intervention'.

Nancy Willard is an internationally acclaimed researcher and Director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, a program of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, Oregon, USA. Nancy has taught ‘at risk’ children; practised computer law and copyright; consulted with schools on the implementation of educational technology; and  eventually focused on youth behaviour and safety online, including ethical issues related to the use of the internet in schools. This diversity of experience makes her unique in the area and of interest to many research domains. Nancy is author of Cyber savvy: embracing digital safety and civility (Corwin Press, 2011) and Cyberbullying and cyberthreats: responding to the challenge of online social cruelty, threats, and distress (Research Press, 2007).

Analysing sleep and sleep disturbance

Early Career Researcher Seminar Series presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the Centre for Sleep Research. Featuring Dr Oliviero Bruni, University of Rome, and Dr Raffaele Ferri, Oasi Institute for Research on Mental Retardation and Brain Aging. 5–6 November 2012, City East Campus. The seminar provided expert training and education in sleep neurophysiology and analysis, with a specific focus on techniques to assess the microstructure of sleep physiology. The relationship between sleep physiology and cognition as well as pathological conditions was be discussed with ample time for discussion.

Oliviero Bruni received his MD in 1982 from the 'La Sapienza' University of Rome, Italy, where he also received the specialisation in child neuropsychiatry in 1986. He is chief of the Pediatric Sleep Centre of the Department of Developmental Medicine and Psychiatry of the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. Dr Bruni has been involved in sleep research and clinical care in children for over 15 years, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, in addition to book chapters and abstracts. He is the President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association and Field Editor (Pediatrics) of the journal Sleep Medicine. Dr Bruni has been secretary of the European Pediatric Sleep Club of the European Sleep Research Society and has been a Pediatric Sleep Advisor of the World Health Organization. His research focuses on sleep disorders in children, the application of computer analysis in human sleep electroencephalogram and of the cyclic alternating pattern. Dr Bruni also has a special interest in the analysis of sleep in autism and mental retardation, periodic limb movements and narcolepsy.

Raffaele Ferri received his MD in 1981 from the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, where he also received the specialisation in neurology in 1985. Dr Ferri is chief of the Sleep Research Centre and chairs the Department of Brain Aging, Neurology IC, of the Oasi Institute for Research on Mental Retardation and Brain Aging in Troina, Italy. Dr Ferri has been researching sleep and providing clinical care for over 25 years and has published approximately 250 peer-reviewed papers, in addition to book chapters and abstracts. Dr Ferri has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine and is also member of its didactic committee, involved in the organisation of the annual education course in sleep medicine. Dr Ferri is the Secretary of the European RLS Study Group. His specific areas of interest are the neuro- and psychophysiological mechanisms of the cyclic alternating pattern, restless legs syndrome/periodic leg movements, narcolepsy and REM sleep behaviour disorder.

The doctrine of discovery in Australia and the United States

Robert MillerRobert J Miller, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 30 October 2012, City West Campus. England explored and colonised the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada under the authority of an international law called the doctrine of discovery. Europeans justified their sovereign and property claims over Indigenous peoples and their lands all around the world with the discovery doctrine. This legal principle was rationalised by religious and ethnocentric ideas of European and Christian superiority over the other cultures, religions and races of the world. The doctrine provided that newly arrived Europeans automatically acquired property rights in the lands of Indigenous peoples and gained political and commercial rights over the Indigenous inhabitants. The United States Supreme Court expressly adopted discovery in 1823 in the case of Johnson v M'Intosh and American, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand governments and courts have cited and relied on that case and discovery to try to control Indigenous peoples. Australia and the United States did not apply the elements of discovery in the exact same manner or at the exact same time periods, but the similarities of their use of discovery are striking and not the least bit surprising since the doctrine was English colonial law. Viewing Australian and American history and law in light of the doctrine of discovery helps to expand the knowledge and understanding of both countries and their attempts to colonise Indigenous peoples.

Robert J Miller graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1991 and then clerked for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has taught and practised American Indian law since 1993 and is the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Grand Ronde Tribe. Professor Miller has written numerous articles, books, editorials and book chapters on Indian law issues and has spoken at federal, state and private conferences in more than 31 states and in England, Canada and Australia. Professor Miller's first book Native America, discovered and conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and manifest destiny was published in 2006. He is currently writing a book on American Indian economic development and has completed another book with Indigenous scholars from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

Looking through the mashrabiya: colonial visuality and the Muslim question

mashrabiyaDr Chloe Patton, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 26 October 2012, City West Campus. The enduring hegemony of western imperialism after the formal end of European colonial empires owes much to particular ways of visualising time and space. While visual cultural theorists have mapped out what is often termed a 'scopic regime' that is peculiar to western modernity, its foundational relationship with what is deemed non-European is often overlooked within visual studies. Expanding on recent historical work in visual cultural theory that places the colonial experience at the very heart of the development of this western way of seeing, I begin this paper by exploring the theoretical significance of religion within visual modalities of coloniality. Working through the motif of the mashrabiya, the decorative lattice screen that is an iconic element of Islamic architecture, I then analyse an example of what I term 'scopic coloniality' in the form of French efforts to unveil Muslim women. The Algerian haïk and the niqaab currently favoured by a small minority of French women, like the mashrabiya, simultaneously enable and deny vision. I argue that resistance to the panopticism of the face-covering veil in both contexts throws into relief the operations through which scopic coloniality is produced and reproduced.

Chloe Patton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at UniSA. Her research interests cohere around state practices of managing cultural diversity, particularly in relation to Muslim populations. She is especially interested in questions concerning the visual representation of Muslim identities and ways of seeing more generally. Her PhD thesis explored young Australian Muslims' experiences of everyday multiculturalism through a visual ethnographic study of Muslim youth groups. She is currently working towards a monograph on state visualising practices and Islamophobia in Australia, France and occupied Palestine.

Lecture: Recent developments in Japanese social theory and
Book launch: Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theory

Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theoryHawke Research Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series with Prof Masataka Katagiri and the launch of Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theory: from individualization to globalization in Japan today, edited by Anthony Elliott (UniSA), Masataka Katagiri (Chiba University) and Atsushi Sawai (Keio University). 25 October 2012, City West Campus.

The lecture
Prof Katagiri examined the development of contemporary Japanese social theory through changes in self-narratives and discourses of the self. These changes are related to wider global transformations, especially individualisation, postmodernisation and globalisation in Japan.

The book
The editors have brought together some of the most influential social scientists to assess current trends in Japanese social theory, including Kazuhisa Nishihara, Aiko Kashimura, Masahiro Ogino, Yumiko Ehara and Kiyomitsu Yui. The volume also contains dialogues with these Japanese contributors from authoritative western social theorists – including Axel Honneth, Roland Robertson, Bryan S Turner, Charles Lemert and Anthony Elliott – to reflect on such developments. The result is an exciting, powerful set of intellectual exchanges. The book introduces, contextualises and critiques social theories in the broader context of Japanese society, culture and politics, with particular emphasis on Japanese engagements and revisions of major traditions of social thought. Divided into two sections, the book surveys traditions of social thought in Japanese social science and presents the major social issues facing contemporary Japan.

Crafting communities

Crafting communities seminarAn early career researcher seminar hosted by Peter Walker, School of Art, Architecture and Design, 17 October 2012, City West Campus. Centred around two current design research projects – the Fijian Canoe Project, Suva, Fiji, and the Port Resolution Visitor Accommodation, Tanna Island, Vanuatu – the seminar will explore issues of cultural sensitivity, historical traditions and current critical design thinking. Both projects involve students and staff from the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia who are collaborating with local communities in Fiji and Vanuatu to achieve social, economic and environmental outcomes through design propositions. The seminar included presentations from three invited international and national speakers and a moderated discussion session.

Seminar keynote
Prof Christopher Rose is known both for his work in arts-science-design collaborations and for his leadership of one of the UK's best-known multidisciplinary design programs titled 'Three Dimensional Design and Materials Practice', University of Brighton, England. Christopher has extensive experience with multidisciplinary approaches to cross-cultural design initiatives in the UK, USA, Eastern Europe and South India.

Presentations from
Joji M Misaele, Fijian Canoe Project, Acting Head of School, School of Mechanical Engineering, Fiji National University. Joji is actively engaged in teaching traditional canoe-building techniques combined with design refinements and material alternatives.

Mark Nizette, Port Resolution, Vanuatu, archaeologist and PhD researcher from ANU, Canberra. Mark is exploring the philosophical and practical issues arising from the preservation of the world's intangible cultural heritage and is actively involved with communities in Port Resolution, Vanuatu and the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea.

Post-presentation discussion led by:

  • Peter Walker, Senior Lecturer, Interior Architecture, University of South Australia
  • Damian Madigan, Lecturer, PhD researcher, Architecture, University of South Australia
  • David Morris, Senior Lecturer, Architecture, University of South Australia
  • Jasmine Palmer, Program Director, Master of Sustainable Design, University of South Australia

Spatial alterity: the importance of unusual and unfamiliar spaces in everyday life

Thomas Mical lectureAssoc Prof Thomas Mical, Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Art, Architecture and Design. Knowledge Works Professorial Lecture, 15 October 2012, City West Campus. In a world where urbanisation, globalisation and mobility emphasise the individuality of places, it is important to understand how unusual and unfamiliar spaces can have a positive effect on culture and society in everyday life. Just as cultural alterity enriches the urban experience, so too can spaces be enriched by diversity. The unpredictable, the fantastic, the unimaginable are aspects of difference that have a rich and provocative history and, when incorporated into places, become a source of delight.

In his Knowledge Works lecture, Dr Thomas Mical presented a variety of international, historical and cultural examples of cities and spaces that are both real and imaginary – including Chicago, Berlin, London and Delhi – as a way of framing the potentiality of alterity to become a projective source of pleasure. He also outlined examples of spatial alterity from sources in literature, art, philosophy, architecture and urbanism, which include medieval pleasure gardens, baroque architecture, and Asian-European hybridity.

Dr Thomas Mical has recently joined the University of South Australia's School of Art, Architecture and Design as the Associate Professor of Architecture. He holds a Professional Master of Architecture from Harvard University, and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has taught architectural history and theory in the United States and Canada, and has also practised architecture in Chicago and Tokyo. He is an affiliate member of the Centre for Post-colonial and Globalisation studies and is looking forward to participating in a residency fellowship at the Future Institute in New Delhi later this year. Dr Mical's primary research interests include work on the history of modern thought in architecture, surrealism and cinematic spaces, the culture of transparency, and exotic (high-density) urbanism.

'We all have models in our mind': the importance of models in social science research

Ilana SnyderProf Ilana Snyder, Faculty of Education, Monash University. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 28 September 2012, Magill Campus. Researchers across the social science disciplines are interested in the development of new theoretical models to explain and interpret their findings. They may believe that the dominant models are in a way deficient or that they lack flexibility and explanatory power. Alternatively, they may wish to disrupt an existing conceptual model, while others may identify lacunae that render a model obsolete. Whatever the catalyst, the emergence of new models within a particular field is intimately bound up with disciplinary developments, social conditions, the creation of new knowledge and the researchers themselves, who have their own interests, backgrounds and agendas. Most importantly, models are always situated within their own time and context. The focus of the presentation was the role of models in social science research with particular attention to literacy education. It took as its starting point Brian Street's dictum that 'we all have models in our mind'.

Ilana Snyder is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her diverse interests are represented in many publications on issues ranging through hypertext and technoliteracies, to equity in educational outcomes in the global south, to her retort to populist debates in The literacy wars, which was published in 2008. Her books that explore these themes include: Hypertext (1996), Page to screen (1997), Teachers and technoliteracy (2000), co-authored with Colin Lankshear and Bill Green and Silicon literacies (2002). Most recently her research has looked at the education of marginalised peoples and communities in southern world societies in Closing the gap in education (2010) and the complexities of international education in globalising times in A home away from home? (2011). Both collections of essays were co-edited with John Niewenhuysen.  

Unemployment and long-term mental health scarring

Matthis StrandhDr Mattias Strandh, Umeå University, Sweden. Hawke Research Institute Seminar, Friday 14 September 2012, Magill Campus. Over the last thirty years a great number of high quality longitudinal studies have followed individuals into or out of unemployment, showing the strong negative effects of unemployment on mental health. Most of this research has focused on relatively direct effects of unemployment, with the assumption that re-employment restores mental health to pre-unemployment levels. This relatively short-term perspective contrasts with investigations into other aspects of unemployment. Research into the socioeconomic consequences of unemployment has long focused not only on the direct effects of unemployment such as duration of dependence or economic problems but also on long-term negative effects on labour market participation. These long-term labour market consequences of unemployment are described as unemployment scarring, a term that highlights the longer lasting impacts of unemployment.

Using a life course epidemiological perspective, where individuals' exposure to certain living conditions is related to future health outcomes, such scarring effects on mental health seem quite possible. This means we typically underestimate the mental health costs of unemployment, and the true costs of the current unemployment situation facing Europe and North America. In this talk I looked at some recent and ongoing analyses of long-term mental health effects of different kinds of unemployment experiences in youth and later in life. The analyses were based on a long-term study of school leavers in northern Sweden, following them through five survey waves from age 16 to age 42.

Mattias Strandh is reader of sociology at Umeå University and a visiting scholar at the Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia. He has extensive experience of both comparative and longitudinal research on inequality, the labour market and health issues and has led research projects financed by the European Union framework 7, the European Science Foundation and the Swedish Science Council. His work has focused on longitudinal evaluations of the impact of labour market events on mental health as well as the micro-level impact of policy configurations in relation to gender, family and the labour market. He is currently working on a project investigating the long-term impact of unemployment experiences over the life course. 

Book launch: Learning life from illness stories

Learning life from illness storiesLearning life from illness stories, edited by Peter Willis and Kate Leeson, was launched by Dr Lynn Arnold AO, former state premier, humanitarian and now student of theological studies on Friday 14 September 2012, at Magill Campus.

Learning life from illness stories brings together the stories of people who have lived with serious illness, either their own or that of a loved one. The authors share their experiences of pain, grief and despair, and of love, hope, seeking happiness, writing poetry, practising yoga, praying and protesting. This is a book about courage, and finding strength and joy in hard times. It will inspire anyone seeking meaning in the chaos of their own difficult circumstances. 

ReOrienting Diaspora Symposium

The UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies and the Hawke Research Institute with the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) presented a joint symposium about ReOrienting Diaspora. Tuesday 4 September – Wednesday 5 September 2012, City West Campus. This symposium was an important opportunity for delegates to network with colleagues to explore the field of diaspora studies.

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Empirical arguments suggest that diasporas have proliferated as a consequence of globalisation, which has apparently weakened links between places and peoples. Over the decades 'diaspora' has been used to refer to migrant communities of all kinds. These might include transnational communities with longstanding historical roots, such as those created during the colonial period or even older periods of globalisation, whose members may identify only in the loosest terms with a common point of origin 'overseas'. Alternatively, these might include newer communities, created by new pressures for displacement and dislocation, and often compelled to move by new processes embedded within the conditions of contemporary, globalised coloniality. Yet the presence of such communities, and the resulting crisis of liberal politics in responding to this presence, also raises new scholarly opportunities; namely for reorienting scholarship around the large-scale migrations associated with modernity, from the colonial period to the conditions of contemporary coloniality.

The field of diaspora studies is not exhausted by the enumeration of an ever-expanding list of the communities that are considered to be diasporic. This is because underlying this empirical expansion is the possibility that we are in a new post-national terrain, which means not only a loosening of links between place and people, but also a condition marked out by a deterritorialisation of political subjectivities. In other words, diaspora refers not just to some groups who no longer have 'homelands' but to a generalised condition of 'homelessness'. 

Law and politics in the 'benighted lands': frontiers of colonialism on the Malay Peninsula

Amrita MalhiDr Amrita Malhi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hawke Research Institute. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 24 August 2012, Magill Campus. This paper addressed the location of the British colonial boundary, and the politics of location in the space beyond the boundary, on the Malay Peninsula during the 1890s. In 1895 Hugh Clifford, a colonial administrator, travelled to Terengganu and Kelantan, two independent Malay states that remained outside both Malaya and Siam. In his later writing, Clifford referred to these states as the 'Benighted Lands'. This label assisted Clifford in mapping liberal colonial notions of law, government and politics on to the peninsula's geospatial surface. The Benighted Lands lay beyond the reach of projects of colonial governmentality, and Clifford found them to be sites of a conduct of public life whose rules he found corrupt and malign. Indeed, these lands represented a space beyond the political as Clifford understood it: they formed a region of refuge for insolent rebels driven by corruption, venality and 'Muhammadan fanaticism'. Clifford could find no political explanation for why such rebels would be feted in these lands as anti-colonial holy warriors. Clifford's writing reveals that he recalled this space as benighted precisely because it remained unenclosed and ungoverned by the global liberal geo-culture. As such, it hosted a Muslim subjectivity that was imagined in ways that remained beyond Clifford's comprehension.

Dr Amrita Malhi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute. She is interested in the global and local processes of enclosure and circulation that have shaped subaltern subjectivities under colonial rule. Her doctoral research focused on the production of 'Muslim' as a planetary solidarity in colonial Malaya. Amrita is also interested in forests and borderlands, locations beyond the urban and agrarian sites in which processes of colonial and national identity-production have been concentrated. Amrita's PhD thesis was awarded the 2010 JG Crawford Prize for best graduate work in the humanities and social sciences at the Australian National University.  

Public governance regimes in welfare and work: interpretations, intersections and interchanges

Public governance seminarA seminar presented by the Centre for Work + Life and the Hawke Research Institute, 23 August 2012, City West Campus.
Seminar keynote: Prof Mitchell Dean, University of Newcastle
Presentors: Dr Amanda Howard, University of Newcastle; Dr Debra King, Flinders University; Sally Cowling, UnitingCare Burnside; and Assoc Prof Sara Charlesworth, University of South Australia
Post-presentation discussion led by Professor Barbara Pocock and Dr Angelique Bletsas, University of South Australia

Recent years have seen the reconstruction of public governance models, with 'deregulation' and 'individual responsibility' key motifs of policy reforms. In the field of welfare the emphasis on 'individual responsibility' has led to policies aimed at tightening eligibility requirements and increasing compliance measures. In the field of work, 'deregulation' has dramatically recast the relationship between individual workers, business as enterprise, and the state. Though often treated as distinct, governance in the field of welfare impacts and intersects with governance developments in the field of work, not least in relation to those who work in the delivery of welfare services.

This public seminar brought together scholars investigating labour regulation with scholars investigating welfare reform in order to initiate a unique cross-disciplinary discussion of the analytic and policy problematics that arise from the new public governance regimes in these two distinct, but often overlapping, fields of welfare and work. The seminar raised the question: what are the consequences of current transformations in the practice of governance for the people on whom they have an impact? Leading Australian authority in the fields of political sociology and governmentality studies, Prof Mitchell Dean, opened the seminar. Professor Dean's keynote address 'Three paradigms of public governance: governmentality, sovereignty and economic theology' furnished a theoretical investigation of approaches to public governance. Then a panel of four researchers each discussed issues arising from studies carried out in their respective fields of welfare reform and labour regulation. 

Financial crisis, austerity and gender equality in the UK

Diane ElsonEmeritus Professor Diane Elson, University of Essex, UK. A seminar presented by the Hawke Research Institute in collaboration with the Centre for Work + Life and the Research Centre for Gender Studies. 22 August 2012, City West Campus. The financial crisis of 2008 led to a recession in the UK in 2009 that was described by some as a 'mancession', as male unemployment rose faster than female unemployment. However, by spring 2012 male unemployment had begun to decline, and female unemployment was growing fast and had reached its highest level for 25 years. Leading UK women's rights campaigners, like the Fawcett Society, talk of the clock being put back on gender equality. Journalist Polly Toynbee wrote that 'This marks the first era in living memory that British women's freedoms have gone into reverse.' Why and how has this happened ? Is it linked to the Euro crisis? UK is not a member of the Eurozone. What can be done to reverse this trend?

Diane Elson is Emeritus Professor in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. Her academic degrees include a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester. She has acted as advisor to UNIFEM, UNDP, Oxfam and other development agencies; and is a past Vice President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She has been a visiting researcher/professor at the following universities: Carleton (Ottawa), University of South Australia (Adelaide), the Ruhr (Bochum) and Rutgers (New Brunswick). In 2006 she was honoured by the inclusion of a chapter on her research in D Simon (ed) Fifty key thinkers in development, Routledge. She is Chair of the UK Women's Budget Group, a network that monitors the impact of UK government budgets on gender equality, and is an internationally recognised expert on gender-responsive budgeting.  

Relationships between poetry and visual art, and how art and poetry can be brought into the public arena

Lisa GortonLisa Gorton, poet, critic and novelist. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 3 August 2012, City West Campus. 'Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians but always near poets, and out emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of the poetry that was lost' (Gaston Bachelard, The poetics of space). In this seminar, Lisa Gorton combined a poetry reading with illustrations and essays upon the relationship between images, memory and place. She considered the work of Bachelard, Walter Benjamin, Roger Hiorns, Diena Georgetti and Frances Yates – through these, exploring the idea that images take their power from no trick of language but of memory: from its trick of possession, which remakes rooms as facts of consciousness, and from its trick of scale, which stores lost years in a small fact.

Lisa Gorton is a poet, critic and novelist. A Rhodes Scholar, at Oxford she completed her doctorate on John Donne's poetry and prose and her essay, 'Space in Donne', received the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. Her children's novel, Cloudland, was one of The Age Critics' Choice Books of the Year. Her first poetry collection, Press release, was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award, and received the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry. She has also been awarded the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection Hotel Hyperion is forthcoming from Giramondo later this year, and her novel Establishment is forthcoming from Scribe in 2014. 

Iraq: federalism and the question of ethnic and sectarian conflict

Sherko KirmanjDr Sherko Kirmanj. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 27 July 2012, Magill Campus. Following the US invasion of Iraq many scholars have focused on federalism as a suitable model for restructuring Iraq. However, there has been no consensus, either among Iraqi politicians or western scholars or diplomats on the most effective configuration for a federal system. While one group sees the Iraqi problem as an administrative issue, proposing eighteen regions corresponding to eighteen provinces prior to US invasion, another group, in response to recent Sunni–Shi'i violence suggests a 'three-state solution'. Others suggest another configuration based on five broad 'pluri-national' regions. This suggestion stems from an ideal of egalitarian distribution of power and wealth among the five regions. I argue that these suggestions fail to consider that Iraq's predicament is deeply rooted in unresolved ethno-national and sectarian problems. I examine the evolution of the discourse on federation in Iraq and highlight the varying motives behind the demands of each ethnic and sectarian group in their quest for a federal Iraq. I conclude that restructuring Iraq should be based on the will of its constituents and in keeping with the Iraqi constitution. I conclude that any solution prescribed to resolve the Iraqi dilemma that does not take the question of identity seriously is doomed to fail.

Sherko Kirmanj is currently a Visiting Academic at the University of South Australia and serves as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ministry of Higher Education, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Sherko earned his PhD in International Studies at the University of South Australia. He is the author of Politicisation of Islam: the phenomenon of Islamism (Sulaimani: Sardam House for Publishing and Printing, 2005). His forthcoming book titled Iraq: conflict of identities will be published soon. Sherko was the Director of the Human Capacity Development Program at the Ministry of Higher Education in Kurdistan. He has also lectured at the College of Law and Politics at the University of Salahaddin. 

Cognitive load theory: what do we learn – and how do we learn?

John SwellerEmeritus Professor John Sweller. 20 July 2012, Magill Campus. Our rapidly progressing knowledge of human cognitive architecture has considerable implications for instructional design. Two categories of knowledge important to instructional design are biologically primary and biologically secondary knowledge. We have evolved to acquire primary knowledge over many generations while secondary knowledge is cultural knowledge that humans have not evolved to acquire. Human cognition when dealing with secondary knowledge constitutes a natural information processing system that has evolved to mimic the architecture of biological evolution. Cognitive load theory uses this architecture to generate a large range of instructional effects concerned with procedures for reducing extraneous working memory load in order to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge in long-term memory. This talk reviewed the theory, summarised some of the effects generated and indicated the instructional implications that flow from the theory.

John Sweller is an Australian educational psychologist from the School of Education, University of New South Wales. He studies cognitive processes and instructional design with specific emphasis on working memory limitations and their consequences for instructional procedures. He is best known for formulating an influential theory of cognitive load. Professor Sweller has a PhD from the University of Adelaide's Department of Psychology and has authored over 135 academic publications, mainly reporting research on cognitive factors in instructional design, with specific emphasis on the instructional implications of working memory limitations and their consequences for instructional procedures. According to the Web of Science, that work has been cited on over 6000 occasions. 

Social democracy in uncertain times: governing the politics and economics of emotion

Carol JohnsonProf Carol Johnson, University of Adelaide. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 22 June 2012, Magill Campus. This paper argues that economic governance involves not just governing the domestic economy and, increasingly, the impact of international markets on it, but also governing the political economy of affect. Indeed, contemporary western governments face particular challenges as they negotiate turmoil in global markets, the rise of Asia and the relative decline of the West, with implications for feelings of security, uncertainty and fear of the 'Other'. This paper draws on examples from a range of countries, including Britain and the US, although with particular emphasis on Australia. Australian social democratic governments, like their international counterparts, have not just been concerned with governing the economy and society. They have also been concerned with governing the politics and political economy of emotion, particularly in regard to feelings of economic and social security and the politics of fear. Nonetheless, Australian social democracy's embrace of aspects of neo-liberalism has had unintended implications for their ability to construct an alternative emotional regime to that of their opponents. The implications for comparative studies of social democracy, and for the increasing literature on the economics and politics of emotion are also identified.

Carol Johnson is a Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide. She has written extensively on Australian Labor governments, including in her sole-authored books The Labor legacy: Curtin, Chifley, Whitlam, Hawke and Governing change: from Keating to Howard. Her most recently published work on Labor, in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, is on the relationship between the Gillard government and Labor tradition. She has also written on comparative social democracy and has a particular interest in issues of ideology, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and their implications for the politics of emotion. 

Alterity, urban densities, India

Anand Bhatt. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 14 June, City West Campus. This seminar focused on questions that arise in urban situations, taking as examples ersatz Indian cities such as Gurgaon, which have been extruded from the landscape since 1990 in response to India's new liberal policies encouraging international trade and investment. The first part of this seminar inspected the imagining of such cities, with Gurgaon as an example. While Indian cities since the 1800s can be described using the metaphor of a chessboard, with artefacts of an autochthonous and an essentially colonial extraction creating an alterity Indian architects have become familiar with, a visual 'screen survey' of cities such as Gurgaon, and analysis of professional discourse, media and architectural gossip, evidence 'pataphorical' imagining. The second part of this seminar used extensive documentation created by the Master Planning Implementation Support Group, and research into discontinuities, moments of rapid transformation and ruptures evidenced since the 1800s in India, to place this imagining in context. In the final part of this seminar we began to discuss the methodology and future directions of a joint research program.

Anand Bhatt is an architect specialising in architectural theory and computational research. He is the owner of ABA-NET, a private organisation based in New Delhi, India involved in architectural research, design and software services. It is producing 'Architexturez', a very large knowledgebase for the architecture, engineering and construction industries in South Asia. Anand taught at several colleges in India from 1992 to 2006, where he focused on teaching design, architectural history and theories of architecture. 


Ross GibsonProf Ross Gibson, University of Sydney. A seminar presented by the Hawke Research Institute and the School of Art, Architecture and Design, 1 June 2012, City West Campus. In 'Transforming Mirrors', an influential essay from 1996, the Canadian artist David Rokeby observed that when contemporary artists make interactive and emergent artworks, they are not especially interested in producing a finished object. Instead they are looking to make relationships that are always in process. Rokeby thinks of such artworks as 'very nervous systems'. I have come to understand them as 'changescapes'. In my presentation I would like to examine some changescapes in order to understand how some aesthetic, technological or ethical creations from recent times have emerged to help us address the experiences of mutability, near chaos and complexity that surround us everywhere now and seem intractable to traditional, critically distanced analysis. Particularly, I would like to examine the role of narrative in the experience of changescapes, to understand better how stories grant access to knowledge in a very particular and pertinent manner. I will use some examples from my own art practices, as well as from more celebrated practitioners, in order to grasp some of the knowledge-production that can occur as a consequence of the 'emergent' and 'participant' aesthetics that prevail in many interactive/emergent artworks nowadays.

Ross Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in Australia. As part of his research he makes books, films and art installations and he encourages postgraduate students in similar pursuits. His recent works include the books The summer exercises (2009) and 26 views of the starburst world (2012), the video installation Street X-Rays (2005), the interactive audiovisual environment BYSTANDER (a collaboration with Kate Richards) (2007), and the durational work Conversations II for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. 

Food in the Northern Territory Emergency Response: untangling biopolitics and pleasure

Dinesh WadiwelDr Dinesh Wadiwel, University of Sydney and Deirdre Tedmanson, UniSA. Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series, 25 May 2012, City West Campus. In this paper we examine the role of food in the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), arguing that there is a correlation between new governmentalised bureaucratic regimes of race war and a moralising national public discourse about the rationale for the NTER. A focus of our paper will be the regulation of alcohol as part of the NTER, whereby it is currently an offence to drink, possess, supply or transport liquor in a prescribed area, and the Australian government has declared that alcohol abuse 'lies at the heart of the continuing dysfunction in some Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory'. Alcohol restrictions will remain in place under the Australian government's new 'Stronger Futures' policies. The NTER intervention reveals both the political economy of neo-colonial power and the ways in which 'race power' is embedded in the discursive environment. We suggest that not only violence but also pleasure, including in relation to sexuality and food, are central to the modalities of power in neo-colonial domination.

Dinesh Wadiwel lectures in socio-legal studies and human rights in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. His research interests include sovereignty, rights, violence and critical animal studies. Dinesh has taught in politics and sociology at the University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Western Sydney, and has worked extensively in nongovernment social justice organisations over the past 15 years. Deirdre Tedmanson lectures in the School of Psychology, Social Work & Social Policy. Her research interests include social policy; critical theory; postcolonial and globalisation studies; Indigenous enterprise development, governance and rights; child protection, community development and social emotional well-being. She's currently working collaboratively with 'remote' Aboriginal communities on two participatory action research projects. 

Book launch: Making feminist politics

Making feminist politicsMaking feminist politics by Suzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow was launched by Janet Giles, SA Unions Secretary, on 23 April 2012 at Imprints Booksellers, Adelaide. Making feminist politics explores how feminist politics within organised labour movements is helping to shape transnational forms of labour activism. Suzanne Franzway and Mary Margaret Fonow draw on interviews with union women, observations of international labour events and activities, and historical documents of international labour organisations. By analysing the sexual politics of trade unions, families and transnational labour activism, the book shows why unions and the feminists within them are important transnational actors who are building alliances to secure social and economic justice for all workers. 

'Our spirit rises from the ashes': Mapoon Festival and history's shadow

Lisa SlaterDr Lisa Slater. Hawke Research Institute seminar series, 13 April 2012, City West Campus. In 1963 the Queensland police forcibly removed Aboriginal people from Mapoon mission, on Western Cape York in the far north of Australia, and then burned their houses to the ground to prevent their return. Forty-four years later, on 18 November 2007, the rebuilt town held the inaugural Mapoon Day Festival. I came to the Mapoon Festival accidentally, after sitting next to the principal of Mapoon Primary School on a local airline flight, who invited me to their festival, where they were hoping Midnight Oil – an iconic Australian rock band known for their stance on Indigenous rights – would play 'Beds are Burning' (a song about Aboriginal land rights, which many in Mapoon felt referred literally to the burning of their town in 1963). My interest in this event lies not only with what, at least for me, is a fascinating and heroic local history, which tells too much about Australia's race relations, and the too-often forgotten violence of capitalism, but also in taking Isabelle Stengers' advice to 'take your time to open your imagination and consider this particular occasion'. In this paper I discuss the recent history of Mapoon, the Mapoon Day Festival, and my experience encountering people and their stories at this event. What might a humble event such as the Mapoon Festival illuminate about belonging in and to our unruly time? Dr Lisa Slater is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. Dr Slater works primarily in the disciplines of Indigenous, postcolonial and cultural studies, with a research and teaching portfolio that is strongly interdisciplinary. 

Book launch: Youth, music and creative cultures

Youth, music and creative culturesYouth, music and creative cultures by Geraldine Bloustien and Margaret Peters was launched by Assoc Prof Catherine Driscoll, from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney on 13 March 2012 at City West Campus. Youth, music and creative cultures demonstrates the power of music in the lives of many disadvantaged youth. It offers an evocative cross-cultural exploration into the everyday lives and music practices of young people from seven very different urban locales in Australia, the UK, the US and Europe. They document their passion for music from their own broad social, cultural and ethnic perspectives, using their own video and camera footage to reflect their learning processes and music activities. These narratives, alongside the views and observations of their peers and mentors, are presented in a dialogic format that both supports and challenges the views and analysis of the authors.

Book launch: Changing the paradigm: education as the key to a socially inclusive future

Changing the paradigmChanging the paradigm: education as the key to a socially inclusive future, edited by Tom Stehlik and Jan Patterson, was launched by Emeritus Professor Alan Reid AM on 1 March 2012 at City West Campus. Changing the paradigm is about changing the paradigm of the established system of schooling in Australia. Education has long been recognised as the key to addressing intergenerational and social disadvantage, but the notion of a socially inclusive future is the particular concern of this book. Contributors from academic, policy and practice settings include: Peter Bishop, Marie Brennan, Helen Dolan, Phillipa Duigan, Robert Hattam, Katherine Hodgetts, Susanne Koen, Alison Mackinnon, Jillian Miller, Patrick O'Leary and Simon Robb. Tom Stehlik is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at UniSA. Jan Patterson led the evaluation and research work of the SA Social Inclusion Initiative.

Activism for peace: transforming lives with lessons from Nepal

Chintamani YogiA seminar by Dr Chintamani Yogi presented by the Centre for Research in Education and the Hawke Research Institute in partnership with Global Communities for Peace. 24 February 2012, Magill Campus. Dr Yogi described his work in educational and youth programs in Nepal and elaborated on his humanitarian vision and goals. Dr Yogi is the founding chairperson of the Peace Service Centre Nepal, the founder of Values Education in Nepal and the founding principal of Hindu Vidyapeeth school in Kathmandu.

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