School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

  • Reinventing philosophy as a way of life L-R: Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson (Warwick), Dr Aurelia Armstrong (University of Queensland) and Dr Michael Ure (Monash).Could 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? andrew_markus-profile1Senator 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 conference document_iconHistory 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 prizes 3efed51e653c99ce5334e0832b5005f2_nMonash 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 USSR LamazeA 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 Conference aftermath-01The 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 students document_iconTwo 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 ethics of self cultivation image‘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 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 ...
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