A team from a current ARC-funded GES project on local knowledge and uses of environmental weeds recently assembled in Kununurra, far northwest Australia, to gain an indigenous perspective on weeds and their uses. The project compares local people’s views of “weeds” across four case studies in four countries around the Indian Ocean – India, South Africa, Madagascar, and Australia.
GES academics Priya Rangan and Christian Kull are collaborating with Charlie Shackleton(Rhodes University, South Africa) and Ramesh Kannan (ATREE, India), supported by Tom Bach (doctoral student on our previous ARC grant) and Pat Lowe (Kimberley-based author and environmentalist) .
The team was greeted by daily temperatures of 40 degrees celsius under blue skies in a small town built as a service centre for the Ord River irrigation project. This part of the country is characterised by vast savanna landscapes with red ochre outcrops, lush billabong oases, and bulging boab (baobab) trees.
Tom Boach introduced to the group the challenges and logistics of fieldwork in the region, building on his ten months of work with Aboriginal rangers. Pat Lowe of Broome, co-author of a masterful monograph on baobabs worldwide, brought us her wisdom as well. Through Boach, Lowe, and Rangan’s connections, and with the facilitation of the Mirriwong Language Centre, the project team spoke with Aboriginal elders about the project and sought their advice on how best to conduct it.
Updates from COP21: Marketing the climate summit by ‘greening’ the Eiffel Tower
Dr David Holmes, senior lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at Monash, is in France for the Paris Climate Summit and will be reporting regularly on the events.
Monash supports marriage equality
Monash has joined over 690 organisations and numerous Australian individuals showing their support through Australian Marriage Equality.
Consuming Anzac: some thoughts on the Anzac centenary
If prizes were given out for the enthusiasm with which nations commemorate the centenary of the Great War, Australia would be first by a long shot. Dr Carolyn Holbrook looks at ‘Brandzac’.
From hostility to lasting friendship: cultural reflections from Turkish and Anzac soldiers
For the first time in Australia, stories of Turkish soldiers will be told alongside those of Anzac soldiers in a bilingual exhibition at Monash Univeristy about the Gallipoli experience. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Azer Banu Kemaloğlu, of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University.
On remembering and forgetting war
Join us this Remembrance Day for the launch of – World War One: A History in 100 Stories – a path-breaking social history written by Monash historians Professor Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James.
Monash project on Women, Peace & Security makes its way to United Nations Security Council
Australian ambassador, H. E. Gillian Bird, made in her statement to the United Nations Security Council yesterday during the annual debate on Women Peace and Security.
From pages to the silver screen: Death or Liberty documentary launched in October
A feature length documentary film adaptation of Dr Tony Moore’s book Death or Liberty, detailing the lives of rebels and radicals transported to Australia as political prisoners, will have its world premier in Victoria this month, ahead of screenings around Australia and Britain.
Godzilla, Wine and Video Games: Getting to know Monash researcher Jason Christopher Jones
Want to know how the Japanese language, wine, Godzilla and video games all tie in to being a researcher at Monash? Lecturer in Japanese studies, Jason Jones, tells us about his passion for ‘all things Japanese’, and about his research around the themes of cultural exchange and adaptation.
Telling the larger story about terrorism: a conversation with PhD candidate Noor Huda Ismail
PhD candidate Noor Huda Ismail is an author, filmmaker, activist, and self-described “repentant journalist”, and has a desire to tell a larger story about terrorism, foreign fighters and why people join violent organisations.
Mentoring matters: Global mentors for Monash University students
The value of a mentor both personally and professionally – to provide guidance, support and advice – is almost universal.
In the aid and development sector…
Welcome to Nowhere: Monash at the Fringe Festival
The Melbourne Fringe festival is providing plenty of opportunities for Monash to showcase its theatre outputs this year.
Indian dignitaries visit the Faculty of Arts
On 26 August, the Faculty of Arts had the honour of welcoming a His Excellency, Navdeep Suri, the High Commissioner of India in Australia…