2011 courses

War and Peace

Against the current context of violent conflicts in the world, speakers will ask and address questions around why conflicts turn into wars, how wars play out, and how they can be resolved or avoided.

Lectures will be on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at Dexter Cafe and Bar, 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.

week 1 – 05/04/11:
On wars and ending them

(Jasmine Westendorf)

week 2 – 12/04/11:
On ‘fragile’ states

(Dave Walker)

week 3 – 19/04/11:
On torture

(Justin Clemens)

week 4 – 03/05/11:
Tales of war and peace

(panel of refugees from the DR Congo, Afghanistan and E. Timor)

week 5 – 10/05/11:
On killing

(Jeff Sparrow)

week 6 � 17/05/11:
On peace / non-violent change

(Tom Weber)

Special Screening – 25/05/11 6.30pm:
Film on the War in Afghanistan.
Location: Long Play

(318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy Nth)

Voices from the South

Speakers from the global South will explore what is meant by ‘the good life’ for local, national and global communities by sharing their and their communities’ perspectives and stories.

Lectures will be on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at Dexter Cafe and Bar, 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.

week 1 – 07/04/11:
On cultural preservation, transference and change

(Maryann Talia Pau)

week 2 – 14/04/11:
On culture and conflict resolution

(Siewfang Law)

week 3 – 21/04/11:
On tradition, identity and gender

(Namila Benson)

week 4 – 05/05/11:
On the state and community

(Yusuf Omar)

week 5 – 12/05/11:
On human rights

(David Jamali)

week 6 – 19/05/11:
On development

(Prasanna De Silva)

I (heart) Philosophy

This course grapples with big issues and key thinkers in philosophy. Topics are broad and diverse and meant to engage people with the big topics, paradoxes and conundrums.

Lectures will be on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at Dexter Cafe and Bar, 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.

week 1 � 16/02/11:
Freud and insecurity

(John Cash, University of Melbourne)

week 2 � 22/02/11:
On Derrida and Hospitality

(Jack Reynolds, La Trobe University)

week 3 � 01/03/11:
On Popper and the margins of science

(Gerhard Wiesenfeldt, Melbourne University)

week 4 � 08/03/11:
On Communism / �i�ek and Negri

(Jessica Whyte, Monash University)

week 5 � 15/03/11:
On Nietzsche and the body

(Philipa Rothfield, La Trobe University)

week 6 � 22/03/11:
On Badiou and Education

(Adam Bartlett, University of Melbourne)

*Unfortunately Jeff Malpas had to cancel the first lecture ‘On Heidegger’ due to illness, but he has promised us the lecture later in the year. We are very happy to have John Cash, University of Melbourne, with us in his place, who will talk on ‘Freud and insecurity’*

Racism in the 21st century

This course will provide a variety of approaches to better understand the concept of racism in the 21st century. Lectures will deal with history, theory and practice.

Lectures (except week 5) will be on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at North Carlton Railway Station Neighbourhood House, 20 Solly Ave (near Park St), North Carlton.

week 1 � 17/02/11:
Racism: a Brief History

(Aurelien Mondon, La Trobe University)

week 2 � 24/02/11:
Indigeneity, Whiteness, and the Politics of Anti-racism

(Emma Kowal, University of Melbourne)

week 3 � 03/03/11:
Fair Dinkum Fascism: Race and the Contemporary Australian Far Right

(TBC)

week 4 � 10/03/11:
Islam in Australia

(Shakira Hussein, University of Melbourne)

week 5 � 16/03/11 (Wednesday instead of Thursday):
On Racialised Sexual Exploitation

(Sheila Jeffreys, University of Melbourne)

week 6 � 22/03/11: (Tuesday instead of Thursday):
The Impact of Racism in Australia

(Yin Paradies, University of Melbourne)