School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

  • Monash graduate receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship Untitled-1Recent Arts graduate, Emma Nicholls has been awarded with prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. These highly competitive full-cost scholarships aim to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Emma met the selection criteria by displaying ‘outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential and showing a commitment to improving the lives of others’. ...
  • Profiled in the Slavic Studies Association’s “Member Spotlight” Stunning Onion-shaped Cupolas - St. Basil's Cathedral - Moscow Musts by Moscow Guide and DriverPaula Michaels is currently profiled on the website of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the world’s largest interdisciplinary organisation dedicated to the study of that part of the world. An active member for more than twenty years, Michaels has most recently served as chair of the organisation’s Committee on the Status of Women. The CSW ...
  • Genetic screening to enhance IQ should be embraced Professor Julian Savulescuby Julian Savulescu There could be a way of predicting – and preventing – which children will go on to have low intelligence, according to the findings of a study researchers at Cardiff University presented on Monday. They discovered that children with two copies of a common gene (Thr92Ala), together with low levels of thyroid hormone ...
  • Tony Abbott’s ‘Reform’ of ICA – if it’s not broken why fix it? art-Abbott_Parliament-620x349By Marian Quartly  In late December 2013 Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the formation of a high level interdepartmental committee of federal bureaucrats to advise on how intercountry adoption could be made faster and easier.  Press reports showed Mr Abbott making this announcement from the steps of Kirribilli House, flanked by celebrities Hugh Jackman and Deborra ...
  • What is academic history for? bnwxfrwr-1395723319By Paula Michaels Writing on Saturday in The Age, popular historian Paul Ham launched a frontal assault on “academic history” produced by university-based historians primarily for consumption by their professional peers. In his article, Ham muses on whether these writings ever “enlightened or defied anyone or just pinged the void of indifference” Lamenting its alleged inaccessibility and narrow ...
  • Recent migrants content with Australian way of life The latest Mapping Social Cohesion Research reports provide the first detailed findings in the last decade on recent immigrant experience of Australia.Most Australians support multiculturalism and recent migrants are positive about life here, despite occasional pockets of community dissatisfaction, according to the latest Mapping Social Cohesion Research released today. Two new reports – the Recent Arrivals Survey and the Local Area Survey – written by Monash University’s Professor Andrew Markus and produced by the Scanlon Foundation, build on the ...
  • New Melbourne Jewish history anthology published Welcome group at Station Pier, April 1949. Image obtained from the archive of the late David Koval.Melbourne’s rich Jewish history shines in a new anthology from the Monash University Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), featuring 45 autobiographical stories of life in post-war Carlton, from 1945 to 1975. Fun Himlen Blayene Tsu Bloye Teg (From Leaden Skies to Blue Days) takes its name from the lyrics of Yiddish song, ‘Zog Nit Keyn Mol’ (Do ...
  • Should it be a crime to harm an unborn child? Professor Julian Savulescuby Julian Savulescu and Lachlan de Crespigny  Many children in Australia suffer from severe disabilities caused by things done before they were born, but most are not entitled to compensation for the harm they suffered and there’s no law to prevent prenatal injuries.   Two current legislative initiatives (in New South Wales and the Northern Territory) are trying ...
  • ExcavationS of the Baths at Roman Carsulae (ITALY) June 8 – July 19, 2014 carsulaeWe are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our ninth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae. The application deadline is March 31, 2014. Project and Location: The Roman city of Carsulae, founded in the third century BCE along the Via Flaminia in modern Umbria, was extensively excavated by the Soprintendente ...
  • Travel and Study: Apply before March 21 for ACJC Scholarships travel-150x150The ACJC offers an exciting range of scholarships  for internships, language study, overseas intensive units, honours and postgraduate research. Applications should be submitted to the Monash Scholarships Office before March 21st. For study tour scholarships you must be enrolled in the relevant Prato unit (Final Journey in July; War and Peace in November).   Please note: Before submitting the application, ...
  • Catherine Malabou and Synaptic Personhood catherine-malabouBy Chris Watkin On the first of April (yes, really) I’ll be giving a paper at the Deakin University Philosophy seminar series entitled ‘Catherine Malabou and Synaptic Personhood’. The paper argues that the way Malabou seeks to understand the relation between brain and mind as an instance of explosive plasticity, cutting across the dichotomy of reductionism and anti-reductionism, ...
  • Other Logics: Alternatives to Formal Logic in the History of Thought and Contemporary Philosophy Other-LogicsBy Dr Chris Watkin A couple of years ago I had the privilege of speaking at Lund university on the subject of Quentin Meillassoux’s treatment of the anthypothetical principle of logic in L’Inexistence divine and elsewhere. Thanks in large part to the persistent hard work of Admir Skodo, the conference papers have been reworked, expanded, and found their way to ...
  • Perfectly Legal Illegal Adoptions abbott-jackman-furness-300x168By Marian Quartly Experts now think that adoptions that are legal under Australian law may be illegal under international law. What will this do to Tony Abbott’s promise to speed up intercountry adoption? Back in 2005, a parliamentary committee chaired by Bronwyn Bishop brought in a set of recommendations intended by Ms. Bishop to make adoption from overseas faster and ...
  • Having a Mind of One’s Own brueghel-thumbnail-3By Mark Simpson When we ask why it’s important to protect freedom of speech – and likewise, when we’re trying to explain what’s objectionable about repressive regimes that fail to protect freedom of speech – one of the notions that we routinely invoke is that ‘people have minds of their own’. The idea, roughly stated, is something like ...
  • Israel and the New Middle East (Public Lecture Series by Professor Eyal Zisser) commanding-syria-203x300Israel and the New Middle East Lecture Series by Professor Eyal Zisser – Middle East expert and Dean of Humanities at Tel Aviv University  Professor Eyal Zisser is visiting Melbourne as ACJC Visiting Scholar. He is the Dean of Humanities at Tel Aviv University and former Director of the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle Eastern and African ...
  • Now Open: Australian European University Institute Fellowships document_iconApplications for Australian European University Institute Fellowships in Florence are now open.   The Fellowships are available to researchers currently undertaking research in history, law, economics, and social and political sciences who are able to identify a direct benefit for their research from a period of residence at the EUI.    Applications close 15 March 2014. The successful applicants ...
  • New Biblical Hebrew Reading Group Aleppo_Codex_Joshua_1_1-604x270Have you ever wanted to learn Biblical Hebrew but didn’t know where to start? Have you studied this remarkable language and would like to further your skills by attending collaborative reading circles? Would you like to unravel the historical, poetic and theological secrets of the Hebrew Bible through close analysis of the text in its ...
  • MONASH BIOETHICS REVIEW: moving to publication by Springer springer-logo-horse-onlyMonash University has recently signed a contract with Springer to take over publication of Monash Bioethics Review starting in 2014.  This exciting development will significantly enhance the international profile of the journal, which will become much more widely available online—e.g., to a vast number of universities around the world.  Further, Springer subscribers will have online access to all ...
  • Jewish Museum of Australia Internship JM-604x270The Jewish Museum of Australia was established in 1982 and for thirteen years was located in the synagogue of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, South Yarra. In that time, the Jewish Museum presented over forty wide-ranging exhibitions, several of which travelled nationally. The Museum attracted significant communal support and won several prestigious industry awards. In 1992 the ...
  • Lamaze: An International History reviewed Michaels_Lamaze_coverIn the early twentieth century, women faced one of two certainties when giving birth: either be awake during the labor and experience all the pain that comes with it or be placed under general anaesthesia and have the baby delivered with forceps. Neither one of these scenarios were particularly enjoyable. And on top of all ...
  • Comitatus is calling for papers renaissance-clothing-1COMITATUS: A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies.  Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments in Word format. SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR VOLUME 45 (2014): ...
  • Honours’ Prize to Samuel Cardwell Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica, in a manuscript from the British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius A XIV, f.112v. (Image from the British Library Website)The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies extends warm congratulations to Samuel Cardwell, winner of this year’s J. D. Legge Prize for best overall Fourth-year level student in History. Samuel’s thesis offers a theologically-informed reading of the eighth-century Anglo-Saxon historian Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica. It argues that Bede represents his own people, the English, as a chosen people, patterned after ...
  • Postgraduate Workshop Report from Prato Postgraduate presenters at the recent Prato Consortium WorkshopSamuel Baudinette reports on the recent Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Postgraduate Workshop, held in Prato on 10 December: On the 10th of December postgraduate students from across the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies converged on the Monash University Prato Centre, in the magnificent Palazzo Vaj, in order to present on aspects ...
  • The Ancient Mediterranean Studies Lecture — Cleopatra’s Inheritance Cleopatra_and_Caesar_by_Jean-Leon-GeromeEverybody is familiar with Cleopatra’s impact on history, and on the historical imagination. We tend to focus on her deeds, her plans, the sensational aspects of her career, alleged and otherwise. Particularly, we focus on her death. This illustrated presentation will focus instead on what Cleopatra inherited. It will look at how she played the cards ...
  • TechDebates: Lethal Autonomous (“Killer”) Robots techdebateTechDebates series: Lethal Autonomous (“Killer”) Robots This video is of the inaugural debate in the TechDebates on Emerging Technologies series, which focused on Lethal Autonomous “Killer” Robots. LARs are machines that can decide to kill. Such technology has the potential to revolutionize modern warfare and more. The need for understanding LARs is essential to decide whether ...
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