School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

  • Monash research positions available Leigh on sea, Southend on Sea, United Kingdom, photo by Joshua Fuller, Unsplash Creative CommonsThree Graduate Research positions are now open in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. Please note applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered. 2017 Monash Master of Arts Scholarship in Philosophy Application deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 A Master of Arts candidate is being sought in the topic of women and freedom in ...
  • Curtailing unemployment and division in Istanbul with International Studies Shannon KayInternational Studies student Shannon Kay is currently working first-hand in Istanbul, Turkey, which as of February 2017 is host to more refugees than any other country in the world. This includes almost 3 million registered Syrians, with over 500,000 refugees trying to re-establish themselves in Istanbul, a city with a population of over 15 million. Through a ...
  • Killer Robots: Professor Robert Sparrow Photo by Siyan Ren, Unsplash.In October 2016, acclaimed Professor Stephen Hawking warned against the rapid development of artificial intelligence, saying that “the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity,” and predicting that robots could develop “powerful autonomous weapons” or new methods to “oppress the many.” The threat of lethal autonomous robots ...
  • Global Bioethics: A conversation with Professor Michael Selgelid Professor Michael Selgelid is the Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre (formerly named Centre for Human Bioethics), and he also regularly provides expert advice to a number of international bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO). Last year, Professor Selgelid was commissioned to write a White Paper for the US Government on the ethics of ...
  • Sleep, more complicated than you’d think We spend one third of our lives asleep, but few of us clearly remember what we dream about, or even if we dream at all. It’s always been believed that you’re conscious when you’re awake, and this consciousness fades away as you drift into deep sleep. But what if you could retain consciousness in your sleep, remember your dreams and ...
  • Scorsese’s Silence and the Catholic connection to the atomic bomb Gwyn McClelland, Monash University Today, Martin Scorsese’s Silence will have its premiere at the Vatican, where it will be screened to hundreds of Roman Catholic priests. The famed director’s first foray into East Asia links to familiar themes of Catholic guilt and redemption, as he portrays the brutal 17th century persecution of Jesuit missionaries and their ...
  • Professor Bain Attwood gives Returning Harvard Lecture Monash academic and leading scholar in the field of cross-cultural history Professor Bain Attwood presented the 2016 Returning Harvard Chair of Australian Studies Lecture. Why did the British government deny Indigenous sovereignty and rights of land in its Australian colonies in the 18th century only to recognise them in New Zealand in 19th century? The question in recent ...
  • Australians more alarmed about state of politics than impact of migration and minorities, survey finds Andrew Markus, Monash University There is no shortage of expert commentary on current shifts in public opinion, understood as a revolt against political elites. Within Europe and the United States interpretations are supported by the British vote to leave the European Union, the increasing popularity of far-right parties campaigning on anti-immigration and nationalist platforms, and the success ...
  • Religion and the US election: does faith matter anymore? Tim Verhoeven, Monash University It is often remarked that Americans will elect almost anyone except an atheist. Only one of the 535 members of the current Congress professes to be religiously unaffiliated. Polls consistently show Americans want their political leaders to be religious. This applies even to the purportedly secularist Democratic Party. Though the figure has been ...
  • Migrants from Africa bear brunt of discrimination but remain positive, survey finds Andrew Markus, Monash University The broad finding of the Scanlon Foundation’s latest survey of Australian attitudes remains that Australia is seen as a good country for immigrants. New arrivals are optimistic, with just 6% indicating they are “strongly dissatisfied” or “dissatisfied”. But not all findings are positive. Among Indigenous Australian respondents, most of whom live in major ...
  • Small viruses, big questions: Ethical responses to Zika and Ebola The Zika virus has been a concern for 2016 Olympics in Rio, Professor Michael Selgelid considers the complex ethical issues such viruses present.
  • Symposium brings together women philosophers Monash recently hosted the 16th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh),  the first ever IAPh symposium to be held in Australia. The event was held from 7 to 10 July and the lead organisers were Associate Professor Jacqueline Broad (Monash) and Associate Professor Karen Green (Melbourne University). More than 130 delegates from Europe, Australasia, Asia, Canada, ...
  • Strong Monash line-up at the Melbourne Writers Festival Monash University academics are well represented at the Melbourne Writers Festival, a two-week celebration of Australia’s writers, readers and thinkers. Monash University representatives can be found here. Journalism senior lecturer Dr Nasya Bahfen will be speaking at the first session on Friday, August 26. The forum is a free event. Details below … Dr Nasya Bahfen Lecturer Journalism “Forum: The Right ...
  • How gross inequality and crushed hopes have fed the rise of Donald Trump Nick Fischer, Monash University Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president of the United States and millions of people are asking: “How could this happen?” There is no single answer to this question, but there are some explanations. For while the nomination of a reality-TV star and businessman with no executive experience is unprecedented, the ...
  • Congratulations to Evie Kendal, winner of the 2016 Faculty of Arts 3-Minute Thesis Competition 3MT is an academic competition that sees graduate research students from across Australia and the Asia Pacific compete against each other in a battle to provide the most engaging, inspirational and concise three minute summary of their research. The competition provides current candidates with the opportunity to: develop academic and research communication skills share the important and ...
  • Medieval history and finding what you love: A conversation with Monash Historian Kathleen Neal We recently chatted to Monash Historian, Dr Kathleen Neal. Kathleen discussed her first career as a scientist, and how she found a job she loves by following her passions, which led her to Medieval history and historical research. Kathleen told us about her current research projects, what she loves about her job, and her favourite ...
  • History’s Adam Clulow awarded 2016 W.K. Hancock Prize Adam Clulow's The Company and the ShogunMonash History’s Dr Adam Clulow was awarded the 2016 W.K. Hancock Prize at the Australian Historical Association Conference last week.  The W.K. Hancock Prize recognises and encourages an Australian scholar who has published a first book in any field of history in 2014 or 2015. Adam was awarded the prize for his monograph, The Company and The Shogun: The ...
  • History in practice: Monash Arts graduate interned with International Criminal Tribunal In 2015 Monash Arts/Law alumnus, Stephanie Sprott, did an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ITCY). We talked to her about the challenges and rewards of this unique experience, and how it relates to her recent studies in law and history. Why did you choose to do the internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia? I thought ...
  • Memo Steve Price: how ‘hysteria’ has been used to degrade and control women Paula Michaels, Monash University Is there a difference between calling a woman or a man “hysterical”? The word’s origin as the term for a psychological disorder grounded in female physiology suggests the answer is yes. Last week’s verbal tussle on the ABC’s Q&A contributes the latest chapter to our ongoing national conversations about domestic violence, misogyny, and ...
  • Dr Monima Chadha awarded the 2016 Annette Baier Prize Monash philosopher Dr Monima Chadha has been awarded the 2016 Annette Baier Prize by the Australasian Association of Philosophy. This prize recognises an outstanding contribution by an Australasian woman philosopher.
  • Monash Historians recognised by Australian Historical Association It’s been a great week for Monash Historians, as the Australian Historical Association shortlisted three Monash Arts academics for the W.K. Hancock Prize. The W.K. Hancock Prize shortlist, announced June 9th, was made up of three Monash Arts Academics. The Prize recognises and encourages an Australian scholar who has published a first book in any field of history ...
  • Monash Historian Professor Christina Twomey joins International Coordinating Committee of Historians Without Borders In May 2016, Professor Christina Twomey attended the preliminary meeting in Helsinki of a new international network, Historians Without Borders. Initiated by the former Finnish Foreign Minister, Mr Erkki Tomouija, the network aims to promote better knowledge of history among policy makers, peacekeepers and in the process of conflict resolution. Medicines Sans Frontiers save lives ...
  • NCAS historian launches new book on the Vietnam War Monash Historian, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, celebrated the launch of her book, South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After, on May 9th 2016. “South Vietnamese soldiers are the forgotten soldiers of the Vietnam War,” notes Monash University historian Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen. “My book breaks new ground by exploring their untold histories.” The launch ...
  • ‘It makes one feel and realise what a dreadful thing war is’ – a nurse’s story by Janet Scarfe, Monash University Five thousand Australian nurses served during the second world war. The most famous of these, Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, survived a massacre on Bangka Island, and Japanese “hell camps” in Sumatra. For many other nurses, life in WWII was by turns tedious, perilous and adventurous. Dorothy Janet Campbell was one of the ...
  • Monash Philosophy alumni at Oxford In 2017 three Monash Philosophy alumni will be associated with Oxford’s Faculty of Philosophy.
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