Seminars

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.