Thu 02 Feb 2017
We belong to a world of people on the move - in 2015, 244 million people lived outside their country of origin, including 20 million refugees. These migrants often create vibrant diaspora communities that can become agents of social, political, cultural and economic change in both the homelands they have left behind and in the societies they have adopted. But they can also be conflicted and conservative, bringing with them the conflicts ...
Thu 11 Aug 2016
Psychoanalysis is one of the most influential and enduring intellectual traditions of the past century. Many diverse tendencies have emerged from the clinical and theoretical work of visionaries such as Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan. Adherents and critics of these movements have helped shape the development of psychology, art, philosophy, business, politics and many other fields. This course will introduce and explore (a few of) the many sid ...
Thu 09 Jun 2016
The recent breakdown of the cessation of hostilities in Syria has potentially ushered in a new and even darker phase of the Syrian civil war. The increase in aerial assaults on Aleppo and other rebel-held areas over the last few weeks has led many to speculate that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is manoeuvring for an end-game. But is this the case or could a renewed cessation of hostilities, local truces or a third-way lead Syria out of the mal ...
Thu 03 Dec 2015
From the romance of fairy-tales to the sexual appeal of popular culture, the characterisation of girlhood in the Western media landscape presents a passive and commodified image of femininity in a hegemonic fashion. The development of new media technologies and the rise of consumer culture have increased anxieties surrounding the social identity and the corporeality of girls. How do girls interpret and negotiate these mainstream narratives? Is ...
Tue 03 Aug 2010
The aim of this course is to provide a wide range of opinions on what the concept of 'national identity' represents in Australia in the twenty-first century. While focusing mostly on the present situation, this course will examine the development of trends which have led to what we think of as 'being Australian'.
Ethics and Morality in the 21st Century
Sat 05 Jun 2010Ours is a world in which ‘truth’ shares equal footing with ‘opinion’, where ‘equality’ is at odds with liberty, where ‘difference’ is held up as sacrosanct and ‘plurality’ is strictly – often brutally – enforced. As such, can we still speak of such a thing as ‘universality’ today? Focusing on the most famous contemporary invocation of universality, the discourse of ‘universal human rights’, we will debate the meaning as well as the merits of the ...
Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region
Thu 07 Oct 2010The Pacific receives Australia's largest aid packages, especially Papua New Guinea; however, development policies seem not to work, with poverty still rampant, corruption and unstable governments throughout the region and climate change set to force people off their homelands.
Middle East Mediated
Wed 10 Sep 2014Brian Stoddart: Former Vice-Chancellor and Emeritus Professor at La Trobe and higher education advisor on World Bank, Asian development bank and EU development projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia Firas Massouh: Arabic translator and writer who is currently finishing his Masters dissertation on Syrian political dissident Yassin al Haj Saleh
Beyond Emissions Reductions: Looking ‘Upstream’ for Climate (and Societal) Solutions
Tue 20 Mar 2012
Contemporary Australian Issues
Australia’s role in the world
Sat 01 May 2010In an era characterised by globalisation, protracted civil wars, new security challenges, food and economic crises, and environmental challenges, the role Australia plays in the world has changed dramatically from in the past. Australia’s response to the myriad issues currently facing the international community raises numerous questions about the role it should play on the world stage, and the role it does play. Are we a ‘good global citizen’? H ...
Sustainability and Permaculture
Development and sustainability
Thu 02 Sep 2010
Voices from the South
Thu 19 May 2011
All creatures great and small: animals and us
Animals and the social imaginary: Racing and rescuing greyhounds
Thu 23 May 2013While animals are flesh and blood social actors, they are also rich vectors for human imaginings. Animal are found in allegory, metaphor, origin stories, national myths, and all sorts of human narratives. In this talk Ray Madden will be looking at some of the ways in which animals are socially constructed and how animals do an enormous amount of symbolic work in human societies. In particular he will draw on his research around greyhound racing a ...