The cultural turn in peace research: prospects and challenges

Monash University, Room N402, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Wed 18 Oct

Drawing on lessons learned from previous cultural turns in conflict and peace theory the paper argues for a twofold cultural turn in peace studies, with regard to the repositioning of anthropology and a change in research culture.

“Fish, Forests and Fungus: Vibrant matter(s) in the Environmental and Political Histories of North Korea”

Building 54, Auditorium, Japanese Studies Centre
Event Date: Wed 18 Oct

In this presentation Robert Winstanley-Chesters considers North Korean physical and cultural topography as an assemblage of actors and participants, from what has been termed a ‘more than human perspective.’ With what Jane Bennett has termed ‘vibrant’ or ‘lively’ matter in mind he reviews North Korea’s environmental history and its intersection with the politics and ideology of Pyongyang.

China Challenges Global Governance? The Case of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Chinese Development Finance

N402 Meeting Room, Building 11, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Wed 18 Oct

Many scholars and practitioners of international politics observe a growing Chinese challenge to the ‘rules-based, liberal international order’. In particular, Beijing’s recent creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was seen by some as a major challenge to existing organisations governing international development financing. Though broadly concurring with more sanguine accounts emphasising the AIIB’s similarity to extant institutions, this talk will go further to argue that the full extent of China’s challenge to global governance cannot be understood without reference to the ongoing transformation of the Chinese party-state: the fragmentation, decentralisation and internationalisation of state apparatuses.

Special External Concert Event - Monash University Singers: From A Land Down Under

Monash University Religious Centre, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Wed 18 Oct

Choral music in the intimate setting of the Religious Centre and a cappella works by Australian composers. What more could you want?

Free Sound Series Concert - Wind Symphony Sound Series

Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Wed 18 Oct

The Monash Wind Symphony explores the full exhilarating gamut of works from the wind symphony repertoire. Come and hear the results of this semester's work.

Free Lunchtime Concert - Anne LeBaron (USA)

Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Thu 19 Oct

An expert in extended techniques and improvisation on harp, Anne LeBaron is one of the world’s leading contemporary harpists. Don't miss this fantastic special concert.

Translational Cinema and Early Dubbing Experimentation

Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Thu 19 Oct

Touching upon foundational early talkie The Jazz Singer (1928) as well as multiple-language version film Prix de beauté (1930), this talk points to the pervasive presence of the interlingual within film production and reception.

Free Sound Series Concert - New Music Ensemble Sound Series

Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Thu 19 Oct

The Monash New Music Ensemble is comprised of both composition students and performers, exploring the diversity of practice in contemporary music making.

Is it time for a Fifth World Conference on Women?

H3 Lecture Theatre
Event Date: Fri 20 Oct

This forum will bring together women leaders from across the private and not for profit sectors to weigh in on the debate surrounding a Fifth World Conference on Women, including what its limitations may be and what alternatives exist to a world congress?

“Easier than baking a cake over a fire in the middle of summer” Isabella d’Este and the duty to procreate

Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Fri 20 Oct

In this paper, I analyse first phase of the Este/Gonzaga marriage, when the pressure to produce a male heir was intense. I uncover both surveillance to which Isabella, in particular, was subject and her intense anxiety about sex and pregnancy, a situation that seems to have contributed to her slowness to conceive.

John Ashbery: A Tribute

Collected Works Bookshop
Event Date: Fri 20 Oct

Australian Book Review – in association with Monash University’s School of Languages, Literature, Cultures, and Linguistics – presents a tribute to John Ashbery.

Free Sound Series Concert - Chamber Music Showcase

Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Fri 20 Oct

An diverse array of chamber music ensembles, performing equally diverse work. A tasting platter for those who like their music chamber sized.

Stories of Climate Change

Monash University, Room 901, Building S, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: Mon 23 Oct

Over 10 years ago, in an issue of Granta, environmentalist Bill McKibben lamented the fact climate change has not been able to capture the public imagination to the extent that threats of war or nuclear apocalypse were able to do last century.

Asian Australian Identities 6 Conference: Embodiments and Inhabitations

Immigration Museum Melbourne
Event Date: Wed 25 Oct - Thu 26 Oct

The conference invites papers, presentations and performances on how Asian-Australian embodiments are made meaningful in changing contexts of communities and crossings, how inhabitations over space, time and history challenge our ideas of being and body.

Breast cancer screening, the welfare state and biomedicalization

Monash University, Room N402, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Thu 26 Oct

This paper will explore if the biomedicalization hypothesis is relevant for breast cancer screening in a welfare state context, exemplified though the case of Norway.

Me Write Myself: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Dieman's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47 - Book Launch

Readings Bookshop
Event Date: Thu 26 Oct

Book launch of 'Me Write Myself: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Dieman's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47'

“OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING; Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics”

Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: Mon 30 Oct - Tue 31 Oct

Overall, this conference deals with two distinct but related issues: empirical observation and questions of method and recent changes in Asia and the challenge of analysing these changes.

Regulating Reproductive Frontiers

S801, Building S, Level 8, Monash Caulfield Campus
Event Date: Mon 30 Oct

An interdisciplinary workshop on the regulation of new reproductive technologies and practices, supported by the Health and Biofutures Focus Program and Monash Bioethics Centre.

From Counterculture to Subculture the Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 Disaster

Monash University, Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, 12 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Wed 01 Nov

From Counterculture to Subculture the Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 Disaster

Health & Biofutures Seminar: Chemsex: a case for gay analysis

Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Event Date: Fri 03 Nov

This paper problematises the conceptualisation of chemsex by investigating its emergence, parameters, presumptions and particular exclusions. I argue that recent attempts to make chemsex public are so committed to normative intimacy that the many pleasures and possibilities associated with gay sex and drug use are only ever allowed to emerge as dangerous.

How did Science come to be Associated with Civilization?: The Enlightenment and the Shaping of Modernity

State Library of Victoria, Seminar Room 1 (Entry 3)
Event Date: Wed 08 Nov

Eminent moral philosopher Professor Stephen Gaukroger will present a fascinating new perspective on intellectual history and accounts of human behaviour.

Microfinance: problems, critiques, solutions

Monash College
Event Date: Thu 09 Nov

The seminar aims to engage academics, students and practitioners in policy-relevant debate over the efficacy of programs to alleviate poverty.

How to be a successful general: military decision-making in the 21st century’

Building 11, Level 4, Room N402
Event Date: Wed 15 Nov

Command has long been a major concern for military historians and security studies scholars. This paper analyses the transformation of command in the 21st century.

Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Institutions

Room N202, Menzies Building, Monash University
Event Date: Thu 16 Nov

Origin-state institutions dedicated to emigrants and their descendants have been largely unnoticed by mainstream political studies even though diaspora institutions are now found in over half the countries of the world.

South Asia – Citywide Conference

Monash University, Room 802 and 803, Building S, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: Fri 17 Nov

A conference for Melbourne-based graduate students working on topics related to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. MAI with Australia India Institute and MSASG invite graduate students writing PhD theses related to any of the countries of South Asia to present their work at a day-long conference.