School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies

  • ‘It makes one feel and realise what a dreadful thing war is’ – a nurse’s story image-20160421-7989-b2icihby 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 oxfordIn 2017 three Monash Philosophy alumni will be associated with Oxford’s Faculty of Philosophy.
  • What are the real risks of Zika? Michael Selgelidby Michael Selgelid and Euzebiusz Jamrozik Zika has raised alarm bells worldwide, prompting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) declaration…
  • Student ambassador in Myanmar: 2016 Colombo Plan scholar James Barklamb James Barklamb and Andrew Robb“The next few years in Myanmar promise to be a period of rapid development, democratisation and international engagement, and I am extremely fortunate and excited to be a part of this.”
  • Congratulations to SOPHIS Student: Victorian Young Australian of the Year 2016 Robert-Gillies-200x300Robert Gillies, a student in the School of Philosophical,  Historical and International Studies, has won the Victorian Young Australian of the Year. Undertaking three university degrees simultaneously, leading an orchestra and playing for a number of sporting clubs would leave most people exhausted. But not Robert. He’s also found the time to devote himself to social enterprises ...
  • Medieval history now published in lego form Medieval Lego by No Starch Press: https://www.nostarch.com/medievallegoMonash’s Dr Kathleen Neal (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) is among medievalists from across the globe who contributed to a new history book for children, Medieval Lego. The book, which features events from mostly English medieval history, is illustrated with vibrant Lego constructions. The book is published by No Starch Press.  The book covers events from mostly English medieval ...
  • States have no right to stop anyone wanting to access IVF ryan-tonkensRyan Tonkens There’s no moral difference between people who have children “naturally” and those who need medical help, so imposing conditions on the latter without good moral reasons is just plain discriminatory. But that hasn’t stopped some governments from not allowing access to reproductive assistance equally. Read the argument for state intervention in assisted reproduction. In the Australian ...
  • Monash’s Alistair Thomson honoured at the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards Don Garden, Alistair Thomson and Justine HeazlewoodMonash University’s Professor Alistair Thomson was honoured this week at the 2015 Victorian Community History Awards. Professor Thomson received the Peer Reviewed History Article Award for ‘Anzac Memories Revisited: Trauma, Memory and Oral History‘ published in Oral History Review at Oxford University Press. The award recognises the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that ...
  • NGV public lecture by Monash’s Centre for Ancient Culture Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 2.23.54 pmAssociate Professor Colin Hope (Director, Centre for Ancient Cultures) will present the upcoming Robert Wilson Annual Decorative Arts Lecture at the NGV on Wednesday 11th November 2015. The lecture Amarna Palace Ware – decorated ceramics of Egypt’s Golden Age will explore the decoration of ancient Egyptian ceramics from the New Kingdom, Egypt’s Golden Age (1550–1069 BCE). The ...
  • New PhD Scholarship for research into Russian Jewish immigrants to Melbourne AZ-pic-240x300A new PhD scholarship, the Avram Zeleznikow Russian Jewish Immigrants PhD Scholarship, is on offer for researchers working on Russian Jewish immigrants to Melbourne.  The research topic is “The settlement experience of Russian Jewish immigrants in Melbourne after 1975 and the patterns of integration of their children”. The project is designed to further understanding of the immigrant waves ...
  • History’s Adam Clulow awarded 2015 Humanities Book Prize Adam Clulow's The Company and the ShogunMonash Historian Adam Clulow, who teaches East Asian History at Monash, has recently been awarded the 2015 Humanities Book Prize by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) for his book, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan. The book details the Dutch East India Company and its relationship to Asian political order, focussing on the company’s ...
  • International Studies Student to represent Monash at the United Nations Climate Negotiations (COP21) in Paris anna-zhangAnna Zhang is in her final year of her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Studies and French. Inspired by her degree, she is passionately involved with social justice movements ranging from poverty eradication, sports for development and peace, to championing sustainability. The interconnectedness of social justice issues has seen Anna play ambassadorial roles in a ...
  • Monash historian to present Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria Lynette RussellMonash University’s Professor Lynette Russell will deliver the 2015 Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria. This event is arranged with support from the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne. In 1914 the Australian Federal Government sponsored the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) to travel to Australia for their annual conference. Over 150 scientists ...
  • Monash MOOC: World War 1 history in 100 stories anzac-monument-gallipoliDue to the remarkable success of the free online course, ‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories’, a second course will run, commencing Monday 12 October 2015. The MOOC (massive open online course), which will run for 5 weeks, is open to anyone with an interest in history and the stories of people involved in ...
  • PNG marks 40 years of independence, still feeling the effects of Australian colonialism Nicholas FernsNicholas Ferns, PhD candidate in History September 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the sovereign nation of Papua New Guinea. Celebrations are being held throughout the country. It is worth remembering that Australia was the country that granted independence to Papua New Guinea. For almost 70 years, Australia maintained colonial rule over the eastern ...
  • Winners announced for Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Publication Prize Blue Sky with cloudsThe Faculty of Arts extends its congratulations to Julian Koplin who was recently awarded the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Publication Prize for his contribution to the journal article “Assessing the Likely Harms to Kidney Vendors in Regulated Organ Markets”, published by the American Journal of Bioethics. The Postgraduate Publication Prize was established to reward and celebrate the research ...
  • Monash researcher wins esteemed history scholarship Mia SpizzicaA prestigious scholarship supporting archival history has been awarded to PhD candidate Mia Spizzica. Ms Spizzica received the grant for her exploration of pre-war Italian migrants during the Second World War. Her research focuses on how the migrants were affected by Australia’s internment policies throughout the war. The scholarship was conferred by the National Archives ...
  • Monash Philosophy on ABC Radio: What is it to dream? IMAGE: PUZZLING, OPAQUE AND OFTEN BIZARRE: AN ENCOMPASSING PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF DREAMING HAS PROVED AS ELUSIVE AS THE TARGET ITSELF. LINK TO LARGER IMAGE. (DREAMING BY MOYAN BRENN/FLICKR.COM/CC-BY-2.0)Dreams—we all have them, even if we do forget them. But what are they exactly? Aristotle gave it some thought. And they certainly became serious business for Rene Descartes who, for a while, lost his epistemic equilibrium over the very idea. Understandable, as dreaming brings up a bunch of deeply philosophical matters that remain largely unresolved—from the ...
  • Film screening: The Maelstrom, part of Translating Pain conference Translating PainThis week, Monash is hosting the Translating Pain Conference, which will explore how pain, a universal human experience, often eludes description, definition and translation. As part of of the program, Monash is hosting a screening of The Maelstrom : A Family Chronicle – Film Screening. Following the screening of The Maelstrom: A Family Chronicle (Peter Forgacs, ...
  • Out of Israel: Ausraelis re-invent the diasporic identity Ran Poratby Ran Porat, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SoPHIS) Approximately 15,000 Israelis live in Australia, mostly in Melbourne and Sydney. Almost all of them are Jews and they constitute around 12% of the 120,000-strong Australian Jewish community. Yet several factors and recent developments give “Ausraelis” (Australian-resident Israelis) an importance that outweighs their numbers. The first ...
  • The ethics of ‘gifted’ genes: the road to Gattaca? Julian Savulescuby Julian Savulescu Recent research out of the UK has identified a genetic “general academic achievement factor”. Using identical twin studies, they found achievement across a wide range of academic subjects was influenced by many of the same genes: This shared genetic influence is, to a large extent, independent of intelligence This means that it’s largely ...
  • MAI-Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP) 2015 Conference ImageMonash Asia Institute and Monash University  have the pleasure of hosting the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy  (ASACP) 2015 Conference ASIAN PERSPECTIVES ON MIND, ACTION and CULTIVATION Is it possible that by engaging Western and Eastern philosophy, we can reach a new understanding of the nature of reality, mind, and human action? This conference explores these and other questions and presents ...
  • Political rhetoric makes a parody of remembrance Bruce-Scatesby Bruce Scates Narratives of nationhood too often blind us to the futility of Gallipoli – and World War I. Gallipoli. Few campaigns of World War I promised so much and delivered so little. Australian and New Zealand troops never took the high ground of the peninsula. An Allied fleet never forced the Dardanelles. There was no ...
  • Get literate in myth, religion and theology Constant Mewsby Constant Mews Myth and religion are terms re-entering public debate in Australia. Certainly, myth is a notion still often used in a pejorative sense, to evoke a fantastical story that serves to legitimate particular interests. Yet – as retellings of the Gallipoli story reveal – there is a growing awareness that any community, whether a ...
  • Lecture Series by Professor David Engel: The Holocaust in Changing Retrospect Engel-pic1Don and Sonia Marejn Lectures presents a three part lecture series by Professor David Engel (NYU) in 2015, who is visiting the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in March as a visiting scholar. This series will look at how new new research can alter the way the Holocaust is understood. Lectures: Anne Frank’s Family: Between Europe and America Monday 9 March, ...
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