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Electronic music pioneer John Foxx to perform at UniSA

Media Release, 19 July 2016

The age of the “absurdly rich rock star” is over and simply trying to make a living is the biggest challenge facing musicians, says synth pop pioneer John Foxx, who will be in conversation with Director of the Hawke EU Centre, Professor Anthony Elliott, at a Hawke Research Institute event.

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John Foxx to Exhibit and Discuss his Work in Adelaide

The Adelaide Review, 12 July 2016

Influential musician and artist John Foxx follows Robert Forster and Lloyd Cole as seminal underground artists who have been invited to Adelaide to discuss their work by the Hawke EU Centre. But Foxx’s visit is a tad different, as his arrival will coincide with an exhibition of his celebrated art.

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World Day for Cultural Diversity

891 ABC Adelaide, Saturday 21 May 2016

The southeast of South Australia has seen an influx of migrants to the region over the past decade or so. This has presented some challenges for the existing communities as they work to include the new arrivals. Dr David Radford discusses the challenges facing communities which accept a significant migrant intake.

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Quiet please: are we losing the right to remain silent?

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday 8 May 2016

Professor Anthony argues that "noise pollution is fast emerging as a central, global social problem for which at the moment there are only more and more individualised answers. It's not like we can address this socially, or a government can legislate on it." 

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ARC funding boost for UniSA Future Industries

Media Release, October 30, 2015

Professor Anthony Elliott will lead a $429,000 ARC Discovery Project which aims to generate new and powerful understandings of the social consequences of robotics and artificial intelligence.

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HRI Annual Distinguished Lecture aired on ABC's Big Ideas

ABC Radio National, Big Ideas, Thursday 22 October 2015

Visiting Academic at the Hawke Research Institute, Professor Helga Nowotny, discusses our global age of uncertainty on the ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program.

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Rare Breed

The Adelaide Review, August 2015

Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute, explains why frontman for the legendary Australian band The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster, still demands your attention.

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All together ooky

Campus Morning Mail, Tuesday 21 July 2015

Stephen Matchett of Campus Morning Mail comments on the Hawke Research Institute's recent interview with the esteemed US actor, John Astin.

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The return of Gomez Addams

UniSA News, July 2015 

The Addams Family is a rare phenomenon, a TV show with cross-generational appeal which transitioned from our black and white TV screens to the big screen and then the stage.

Gomez Addams is the family patriarch and the actor who portrayed him, John Astin, reveals how the character was developed in the latest edition of ‘Hawke Talks’ – an online video series from the flagship Hawke Research Institute. The series of online video interviews comprises in-depth discussions with world-renowned public intellectuals in the fields of social sciences, humanities and the creative arts.

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The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster on song, on stage, in Adelaide

 Media Release, Friday 10 July 2015

The Go-Betweens are the archetypal Australian indie band, whose bona fide anthems including Streets Of Your Town and Cattle and Cane are the songs that musical reputations are built from, along with classic hits including Spring Rain and Head Full of Steam.

Next month the lead singer of The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster, will be taking to the stage when he appears in conversation with Hawke Research Institute Director, Professor Anthony Elliott, at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

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Who are you? Depends on what your friends say

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sunday Age, Sunday 21 June 2015

Who we are isn't black or white, in the sense of being one thing or another. Whatever her motivations or mental state, when US woman Rachel Dolezal says she identifies with – and chose to live as – a black woman, she is less an aberration and more a hotly confused example of the human condition in the 21st century. Professor Anthony Elliott believes that the anything-goes thinking that was fostered by postmodernism has drilled "all the way down into the fabric of our identities".

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Germaine Greer urges people to think about Earth first before looking to Mars

The Advertiser, Wednesday 15 April 2015

Instead of trying to find a way to live on Mars, humans should be trying to rejuvenate our own planet, feminist Germaine Greer told an Adelaide audience.  On Wednesday 15 April, Professor Greer presented a talk entitled Earth can survive without People; People cannot survive without Earth for the Hawke Research Institute at UniSA.

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Afghan community in Naracoorte

891 ABC Adelaide, ‘Evenings with Peter Goers’, Monday 23 March 2015

Senior Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, Dr Radford, is interviewed on 891 ABC Adelaide radio’s Evening show with Peter Goers, discussing how a community of Afghans migrated to Naracoorte. The interview follows a feature in the March 2015 edition of the UniSA Enterprise magazine.

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Migrant and local populations of Naracoorte

ABC South East SA,  'Mornings with Rebekah Lowe', Monday 23 March 2015

Senior Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, Dr David Radford, talks about relationships between incoming migrants and the local population in Naracoorte, on ABC South East SA radio on the SA Mornings programme with Rebekah Lowe. Dr Radford says there is an increase in non-European migrants in the region of Naracoorte and the Limestone Coast. He says the Afghan community has the largest population of migrants. The interview follows the publication of an interview with Dr Radford in the Naracoorte Herald, ‘ Naracoorte…A cultural melting Pot’ 18 March.

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Naracoorte...a cultural melting pot

The Naracoorte Herald, Wednesday 18 March 2015

A growing migrant population has stabilised and reversed Naracoorte's population decline, but the shifting mix of cultures has led to some challenging issues. Dr David Radford, a Senior Research Fellow at Uni SA's Hawke Research Institute, shares his key findings from an in-depth study into the influx of migrants in this rural community.

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The reinvention revolution

ABC Radio National Big Ideas, Tuesday 24 February 2015

A recent ANU lecture by HRI Director, Professor Anthony Elliott has featured on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program. He investigates our obsession with the makeover. Everything, it seems, now needs renewing, remodelling and refashioning but what are the impacts and consequences?

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Strangers in a country town

Enterprise: The University of South Australia Magazine, Issue 1, 2015

In a world where 50 million people are on the move, Dr David Radford, Senior Research Fellow from the Hawke Research Institute, examines how migrant integration is playing out in regional Australia.

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Germaine Greer comes to the University of South Australia

The Adelaide Review, 19 February 2015

Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute, explains why he invited Germaine Greer to the University of South Australia to deliver a lecture (Earth can survive without people; people cannot survive without earth) on Wednesday, April 15 2015.

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Frank Furedi and Anthony Elliott on ABC's Big Ideas

ABC Radio National Big Ideas, Wednesday 29 October 2014

In this conversation with HRI Director, Professor Anthony Elliott, Frank Furedi talks about his early life in Hungary in the 1950's, his advocacy of a radical political agenda in the 1960's and 70's and then to more recent times where he reflects on and discusses some of his research and writings including; Paranoid parenting, The Culture of fear, Therapy Culture and Invitation to Terror.

Welcome to the 21st century: Risk, fear, and terror was recorded at the Annual CHASS Forum, on 8 October 2014, presented by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Art is worth less in the age of Spotify - and not just financially

The conversation, 7 July 2014

Let's be clear: from Spotify to Pandora, streamed music is killing downloads, and that's bad for artists and music lovers.

The opposition between art and commerce has been a defining feature of the history of pop music. The countercultural rebellion of the 1960s, to take perhaps the most poignant illustration, was one fully permeated by romantic ideology, by a faith in the possibility of authentic art. The Beatles, the Stones, Dylan and The Doors were never simply performers but artists.

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Cole joins the commotion to Spotify new listeners

The Australian, 1 July 2014

It is 30 years since British singer songwriter Lloyd Cole, with the Commotions, released the album Rattlesnakes the first of four top 20 albums in Britain for the group.

However, the brooding writer of pop classics Perfect Skin, Brand New Friend and Lost Weekend says that in the age of Spotify albums are more of a vanity project with CD and online sales "barely enough to merit making the record at all".

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Hawke Research Institute wins funding for European Union Centre

 Media release, 1 July 2014

The University of South Australia’s Hawke Research Institute has won a prestigious grant from the European Commission to establish a research centre focusing on the global challenges caused by the increasing displacement of people and communities in the 21st century.

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Celebrity after Spotify

  The Adelaide Review, 26 June 2014

Celebrities are constantly on the brink of obsolescence, of appearing out of date. Today Lorde, yesterday Lady Gaga, the day before Beyonce. 

Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute argues that thanks to technological advances and the spread of digital culture, the terrain of public renown has migrated from Hollywood-inspired definitions of fame to multi-media driven forms of celebrity.

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HRI Visiting Fellow and musician, Lloyd Cole on ABC Radio Perth

720 ABC Perth, 24 June 2014

Lloyd Cole has arrived in Australia for his visit to UniSA and to play music around the country. He spoke to Nadia Mitsopoulos on the ABC's Perth 'Mornings' show on 24 June 2014 about the Hawke Research Institute, Bob Hawke and making music.

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Music in commotion: Lloyd Cole and the HRI feature in the Australian

The Australian, 14 June 2014

Hawke Research Institute Director, Professor Anthony Elliott interviewed by the Australian on Saturday 14 June 2014 regarding singer and songwriter Lloyd Cole's visit to the Hawke Research Institute.

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Dr Amrita Malhi comments on the impending resignation of the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia

ABC Radio Australia, 13 February 2014

Hawke Postdoctoral Research Fellow Amrita Malhi was interviewed on ABC Radio on 13 February 2014 on the impending resignation of the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Hawke/Kantoh Fellowship recipient joins the Hawke Research Institute

Monday 15 August 2016

Dr Yoshinori Takata is the third recipient of the Hawke/Kantoh Fellowship, a program aiming to promote research linkages between the University of South Australia and the Kantoh Sociological Association. Dr Takata will spend a month at the Institute, where he will study how the grieving process operates in an individualizing society.

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Dr Hsu and Professor Elliott investigate the speeding up of social life through the prism of the self

In recent years, there has been a rapidly growing body of work in the social sciences that underscores the prevalence of the phenomenon of ‘social acceleration’—the speeding up of social life— in many parts of the Western world. Although research on social acceleration has tended to analyze the phenomenon on a social-structural level, there is also a need to investigate how social acceleration has ‘ramifications for the socially dominant forms of self-relation’.

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Terminal Experimentation

HRI Director, Professor Anthony Elliott and Senior Research Fellow, Dr David Radford have recently published an article in Society and Space on the changing nature of global airports. The article examines transformations to identity and social relations arising from the reinvention of airport infrastructures and facilities, especially the experience of airport services. 

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HRI Director Appointed Visiting Professor at Université Panthéon Assas – Paris II

Professor Anthony Elliott will be Visiting Professor at the University of Panthéon-Assas – Paris II in December 2015, where he will deliver a series of lectures on social theory, politics and globalization.  Professor Elliott will be lecturing in France and other European countries on the politics of posthumanism and posthuman identities, on the eve of the publication of his new book “Identity Troubles” to be published by Routledge.

HRI Japan Research Network Meeting at the Australian Embassy Tokyo

On Thursday 5 November 2015, the Hawke Research Institute (HRI) at the University of South Australia (UniSA) held a meeting at the Australian Embassy Tokyo to announce the formation of a HRI Japan Social Science Research Network. The meeting brought together the Hawke Research Institute’s major research partners in Japan, including Keio University, Rikkyo University, Tokyo University, and Kwansei Gakuin University. Launching the event was Prof. David Lloyd, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia. Nigel Relph, UniSA Vice President and Deputy Vice Chancellor: International Advancement, and Prof. Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute, were also in attendance and developed new pathways for greater research collaboration between HRI/UniSA and higher educational institutions in Japan. Following the meeting, the Australian Ambassador to Japan, Bruce Miller, held a dinner for invited guests at his residence.

HRI Adjunct appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto

Dr Jean Duruz is attached as Visiting Professor, to the University of Toronto’s Culinaria Research Centre, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, from September to December 2015.  As well as participating in the Centre’s activities, Jean is conducting the first stage of an ethnographic project entitled “Geographies of Fusion: Re-imagining Singaporean and Malaysian Food in Global Cities”. This project builds on her recent co-authored book Eating Together: Food, Space and Identity in Malaysia and Singapore (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). Her new project  involves interviewing chefs and managers of Singaporean, Malaysian and “Asian fusion” cafes and restaurants in Toronto’s “ethnic” neighbourhoods to unravel ways that food travels within and between global cities and, in the process, reworks meanings of identity, belonging and multiculturalism.

Director at The 22nd IFSSO General Assembly and International Conference 2015

Professor Anthony Elliott, Director of Hawke Research Institute, delivered the Keynote Address entitled 'Experimentalism in an Age of Glocalization: Mobilities, Digital World and Posthumanism' at the The 22nd IFSSO General Assembly and International Conference 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr Hsu delivers invited presentation at Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Dr. Eric L. Hsu, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute recently presented a paper titled, 'Theorizing Slow Moving Disasters in a High Speed Society’ at a conference on ‘Silent, Invisible, Slow Moving Catastrophes’ at Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan) on Tuesday 24 March 2015.

As part of his visit to Ritsumeikan University, Dr Hsu met with Vice-President Professor Kozo Watanabe, Professor Paul Dumouchel and Professor Akira Inoue from the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Studies to explore research linkages with the Hawke Research Institute.

International expert in Islam and society to lead UniSA's Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

Leading sociologist and acclaimed author and expert in Islam and society Professor Riaz Hassan, AM has been appointed to lead the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding in the Hawke Research Institute.

Professor Hassan is visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies at Singapore’s National University and an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Flinders University.

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HRI signs MOU with Rikkyo University, Japan

The Hawke Research Institute and Rikkyo University in Toshima, Japan will collaborate more closely under a new MOU between UniSA and Rikkyo. The Rikkyo MOU will facilitate research collaboration in the field of social theory and cultural studies. 

Dr Chaffee delivers guest lectures at Rikkyo University, Japan

Dr Daniel Chaffee, Post Doctoral Fellow at the Hawke Research Institute, is currently Visiting Fellow at the College of Sociology at Rikkyo University, Japan.  Whilst visiting Tokyo, Dr Chaffee is delivering guest lectures and undertaking research for his forthcoming book - a comparative critique of the sociology of Anthony Giddens and Manuel Castells - to be published by Routledge in 2016.

Antimonies: new Routledge book series

The Hawke Research Institute has launched a new book series with Routledge entitled Antinomies: Innovations in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts. The General Editors of the series are Prof Anthony Elliott and Assoc Prof Jennifer Rutherford.

The series addresses the diverse signatures of contemporary global contradictions, and as such seeks to promote novel transdisciplinary understandings in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts. The series editors are especially interested in publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series: new architectures of subjectivity; cultural sociology; reinvention of cities and urban transformations; digital life and the post-human; emerging forms of global creative practice; and culture and the aesthetic.

All correspondence and proposals (which should be no longer than 1 page in the first instance) can be sent to or

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