School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies
Australia, a place of belonging and pride – and some telltale fracturesby Andrew Markus
Every year, come January 26, Australia Day revives the annual dialogue around notions of national identity, our values and what it means to be Australian. It’s an opportune time to reflect on the findings of Australia’s largest national survey of attitudes to our way of life, cultural diversity and social cohesion. The Scanlon Foundation’s
Monash social scientists recognisedFour Monash social scientists have been recognised for their distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).
Professor Bruce Scates from the National Centre for Australian Studies, Professor Alistair Thomson from the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Professor Lisa Cameron from the Monash Centre for Development Economics, and
Public lecture: Can morality be manipulated?A world leader in practical ethics will discuss human moral limitations and their impact on some of the greatest problems of the 21st century at a free Monash event next week.
Guest speaker Professor Julian Savulescu, will argue that climate change, terrorism and global poverty are the result of limitations in human decision-making at a public
Monash on ABC’s ‘The Philosopher’s Zone’Associate Professor Rob Sparrow, currently part of Monash’s School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, recently joined a discussion with Jai Galliot and Brent Franklin on ABC’s ‘The Philosopher’s Zone’.
‘A Space Mess': “The Virgin Galactic tragedy over the sands of the Mojave is a reminder that a new space race is on in earnest. Unlike
Continuity and change: Australian opinion in a time of stress and fearby Andrew Markus
The report on the 2014 Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion surveys, released on Wednesday, finds both continuity and change. On attitudes to asylum seekers, for example, there is a large measure of continuity. While there has been some weakening of strongly held views, those supporting eligibility for permanent settlement for boat arrivals remain
Immigration and multiculturalism get the tickStrong public support form Australia’s immigration intake, and the benefits of multiculturalism are two of the findings of the 2014 Mapping Social Cohesion Report, released today.
The report, by Monash University’s Professor Andrew Markus from the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies and produced by the Scanlon Foundation, is Australia’s largest study of social cohesion, attitudes to
Antidepressants may be no better than a placebo, so why take them?by Paul Biegler
Seventeenth-century Oxford scholar Robert Burton’s lifework,The Anatomy of Melancholy, weighs in at a door-stopping 1,400 pages. But his cure for the “Black Choler” of depression came down to just six words: “Be not solitary, be not idle.” Writing today, he might add: “And maybe take a placebo.”
Placebos are sham treatments that work even
First prize for SOPHIS student in ‘3 Minute Honours Thesis’ competitionInternational Studies honours student Alannah Cusin has taken first prize in the Arts Faculty’s recent ‘3 Minute Honours Thesis’ competition, which saw students from across the faculty racing against the clock to explain their thesis topics in 3 minutes.
Alannah’s thesis, entitled ‘Remembering Dismemberment: The Politics of Memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ examines the politics of
‘Medieval’ makes a comeback in modern politics. What’s going on?by Clare Monagle and Louise D’Arcens
According to Hansard, in the parliament of John Howard’s first term of government the adjective “medieval” was used eight times. In the following term, however, it cropped up 46 times. What happened? Why did our members and senators suddenly need to describe things as medieval?
What happened was 9/11. The spectacle
Glimpses of Indigenous empowerment emerge from archivesEuropean colonisation is portrayed mostly as an era of brutal subjugation of Indigenous peoples, but new studies show the cultural engagement may not always have been quite so one-sided.
Monash University historian Professor Lynette Russell is leading a project that is investigating the vast archives generated by an early 20th-century expedition to Australia by members of
Internship Opportunity: Australian Embassy in BerlinThe Australian Embassy in Berlin is calling for applications from undergraduate students, postgraduate students or recent graduates expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Embassy. The Internship will cover the period January – March 2015. Applications for this period close on Sunday, 14 September 2014.
A copy of the Embassy’s announcement may be accessed
Monash becomes WHO Collaborating Centre for BioethicsMonash University’s Centre for Human Bioethics will play a key role in how the world responds to infectious diseases – including public health emergencies of international concern such as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Officially designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, the Centre will support WHO in awareness-raising and capacity-building activities
Take time out to to hear Monash authors in conversation
It is scarcely possible to pass an hour in honest conversation, without being able, when we rise from it, to please ourselves with having given or received some advantages. Samuel Johnson, 1750
It has sometimes been lamented that the Clayton campus has not developed as a place where people regularly come to relax and enjoy themselves, in
The truth about meat and three vegFood memory can be a shifty beast, often determined by our own experiences in adult life and what we remember from childhood. Michael Mackenzie and Cathy Pryor (hosts of the ABC’s First Bite show), ask whether Australian cuisine was really all bland meat and soft boiled vegies until the post-war migration of the 1950s.
Andrew Junor, a Monash University academic,
Reinventing philosophy as a way of lifeCould philosophy once again become a practical art of living rather than just an abstract set of theories?
This question was explored during a two-day workshop held last week at which leading philosophy academics and graduate students from Monash University, the University of Warwick and other Australian and international universities discussed reinventing philosophy as a new
The right to be bigots? What does repealing 18C mean for multiculturalism?Senator George Brandis provoked public outcry when he stated that ‘people have the right to be bigots’, maintaining that aspects of the Racial Discrimination Act is an impediment to the freedom of speech. Critics, however, argued that new laws will license public racism and negatively impact the well-being, health and belonging of ethnic and religious
Monash History student to take part in undergraduate research conferenceHistory student Laura Riccardi’s research abstract has been accepted to be part of the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR), founded by the Monash-Warwick Alliance. ICUR offers undergraduate students the chance to present their research to thousands of students, academics and members of the public.
Laura, whose paper on the propagation of the American Dream as a
Monash historians shortlisted for national prizesMonash historians have featured strongly in the short lists for two of the major national prizes, the winners of which will be announced at the annual conference of the Australia Historical Society in July.
Dr Ruth Morgan’s forthcoming book, Running Out? An environmental history of water and climate in the southwest of Western Australia, 1829-2006, has been shortlisted
Favourite US technique born in the USSRA new book by a Monash University medical historian reveals the roots of America’s most popular method of natural childbirth in Stalinist Russia.
Dr Paula Michaels from the University’s School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies uncovered this surprising story after she started researching childbirth and prenatal preparation when she became pregnant in 2000.
In Lamaze: An International History, Dr Michaels explains
Revisiting Rwanda: International Aftermath ConferenceThe Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) at Monash University is hosting an international academic conference marking the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The event will take place from August 22-24, 2014, and will bring together established and emerging scholars who are examining the genocide from diverse disciplinary perspectives, including though not limited to history, literature, film and
Success for Monash History studentsTwo Monash History students have recently been awarded highly prestigious scholarships to study at Cambridge and Oxford.
Emma Nicholls has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. These scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the
Monash Warwick Alliance Project: Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation‘Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation’ is a two-year-long research project which will investigate the revival of ethical self-cultivation in modern European philosophy, particularly in the works of Nietzsche and Foucault.
The project is organised by research students from the philosophy departments at Monash and the University of Warwick, UK and is funded by the
Monash graduate receives Gates Cambridge ScholarshipRecent 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”Paula 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.
Genetic screening to enhance IQ should be embracedby 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