Celebrating 25 Years of the Parliamentary Internship Program

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Social Sciences Research Strength in the School of Social Sciences: Our Future Fellows

School of Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows: Professor Sharon Pickering, ARC Future Fellow and Head of School, centre front row
School of Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows: Professor Sharon Pickering, ARC Future Fellow and Head of School, centre front row

The School of Social Sciences (SoSS), led by Professor Sharon Pickering, now houses six Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows. This cluster success in the social sciences is not replicated at any other university in the country and is testament to the excellence, innovation and national relevance of social science research at Monash. Pictured are the Future Fellow researchers in the School: Professor Sharon Pickering (Criminology), centre front row, Dr Julian Millie (Anthropology)  and Professor Jacqui True (Politics & International Relations). Associate Professor Andrea Whittaker (Anthropology), Associate Professor Leanne Weber (Criminology),  and Associate Professor Anita Harris (Sociology) back row. The School also has three  ARC DECRA Fellowships. Researchers in SoSS are investigating critical geo-political and social questions: these fellowships will further the research activities of each of the Fellows and enhance their contributions to key national debates.  


Monash student wins trans-Tasman essay award

Lucie Cadzow, a BA Honours student in Politics & International Relations, has won the 2014 Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA) award for the best essay by an honours or postgraduate student for her paper on “The European Union’s decision to introduce a financial transaction tax in 2011-12″.

Lucie wrote the 5,000-word policy analysis as part of her assessment for the Honours/Masters unit, The Political Economy of European Integration.

In an exceptionally strong field of postgraduate papers drawn from universities throughout Australia and New Zealand, Lucie’s paper stood out to the judges. As part of her prize, the paper has been forwarded to the editors of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of European Studies for consideration as a published, peer-reviewed paper.

This is the second year in a row that Monash has won the CESAA prize. In 2013, Stuart Bruce won the 20th annual CESAA essay competition in the Postgraduate category.

The prize is generously supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand in Canberra.

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Challenges posed by the Islamic State movement at home and abroad – Public Lecture

barton-lectureProfessor Greg Barton

School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Monash University


Thursday, 16 October 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
followed by drinks and canapés.


Monash University Caulfield campus
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East VIC 3145
Building H, Room HB40


The unprecedented military surge of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) movement in Syria and Iraq over the past four months is now challenging not just stability in the Middle East but security around
the world, in large part because it is revitalising the global jihadi movement.

Military gains made by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria add significant complications to existing challenges involving rebel militia and government forces fighting each other. For strategists and policymakers, current
developments raise a number of difficult questions, including:

• Can the IS continue to expand its offensive operations in Iraq and Syria and potentially beyond?

• What is the natural end point of US coalition military operations in the region?

• To what extent will the circumstances of engaging with IS forces serve to promote convergence between unlikely partners in the region?

• Is it likely that the IS movement, together with other jihadi groups such as the al-Nusra Front, will fracture, splintering off into further groups making matters more complicated?

About Professor Barton

Professor Greg Barton is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia, Director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World, and Director International of the Global
Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University. He is also UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific.

For the past 20 years Professor Barton has been active in inter-faith dialogue initiatives and has a deep commitment to building understanding of Islam and Muslim society.

The axis of his research interests is the way in which religious thought, individual believers and religious communities respond to modernity and to the modern nation state.

He also has a strong general interest in comparative international politics.


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Professor Barton’s public lecture will be followed by drinks and canapés.

Please note that limited places are available for this event. We would encourage you to register early to secure your spot.

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Sylvia Walby Seminar 21 November

Sylvia Walby OBE is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK.
Sylvia Walby OBE is Distinguished Professor
of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research,
Lancaster University, UK.

Gender and the crisis: Contested transformations of the gender regime

 How is the crisis restructuring the gender regime?  The complex inequalities on which the financial crisis draws, and which the development of global finance exacerbates, intersect in diverse ways.  The paper argues for a gendered conceptualisation of the crisis, not as ‘refamilialisation’ in which women are pushed out of production back into reproduction, but rather as a critical turning point in the trajectory of the public gender regime from a more social democratic form to a more neoliberal form.  The paper offers analyses of gendered practices of response, resilience and resistance as the crisis has cascaded from its origins in finance to employment to the welfare state to democracy itself.  While the empirical evidence supporting the argument is drawn from the crisis in the UK and the European Union, the theoretical analysis of changes in gender regimes has wider application.

Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender ResearchSociology Research Seminar


Dr Briony Rogers, Sociology – Selected as a World Social Science Fellow for early career researcher

In great news, Dr Briony Rogers has just been selected by the International Social Science Council to be one of 20 ‘World Social Science Fellows’ in the area of sustainable urbanisation.
This is a very competitive program of distinction. Briony is one of twenty early career researchers in the social sciences selected from around the world to be put through a mentoring program involving training and facilitation of future world social science leaders to collaborate in setting future research agendas and preparing collaborative research proposals for international research funding agencies. Given the importance of sustainable environments and liveable places, this is wonderful news for both Briony and the School and Faculty contribution to vital debates about climate, sustainability and social change.
This award is recognition of Briony’s outstanding scholarly achievements to date, as recognised by an independent international social scientific body.

The World Social Science Fellows programme seeks to foster a new generation of globally-networked research leaders who will collaborate in addressing global problems with particular relevance for low and middle income countries. Fellows from a diverse range of disciplines participate in seminars to discuss and design interdisciplinary perspectives on priority topics. Fellows take the lead for most of the work and discussions at seminars; working with international leading specialists, policy makers, practitioners, activists, and other relevant stakeholders to enrich the reflections.

The Fellows programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency and the Government of Sweden. Individual seminars are implemented in collaboration with partner organisations.


Three Future Fellowships for the School of Social Sciences

Last week the ARC announced its Future Fellowship outcomes.

Dr Leanne Weber, Professor Jacqui True, and Dr Julian Millie

In a tribute to the outstanding researchers housed in our School, three fellowships were awarded to Jacqui True, Politics and International RelationsLeanne Weber, Criminology and Julian Millie, Anthropology. Our congratulations to our colleagues, whose hard work and current and future contribution to key social and political issues has been recognised in these awards. Monash University received 10 fellowships in total, reflecting the competitiveness and significance of these awards. The three in our School, following those previously awarded to Professor Sharon Pickering and Associate Professor Anita Harris, are testament to the strength of Social Sciences at Monash and in our School. Professor True holds a copy of her award winning book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, while Dr Weber carries the book she co-wrote with Professor Sharon Pickering, Globalisation and Borders, winner of the 2013 Christine M. Alder Criminology Book Prize.

In particular, it is notable that Monash Criminology has now held two of the seven Fellowships awarded in that discipline in Australia (Sharon Pickering and Leanne Weber) and two of four DECRAs (Marie Segrave and Anna Eriksson). This record reflects the exceptional contributions of our Criminology colleagues to important questions of security, borders and forms of enforcement.

In Anthropology three of our current staff now hold ARC fellowships: Dr Millie joins Associate Professor Andrea Whittaker as a Future Fellow and Dr Antje Missbach holds a DECRA.

Project details

Professor Jacqui True, Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences

The Political Economy of PostConflict Violence against Women
Post-conflict and political transitions are major opportunities for advancing women’s rights and participation. Yet an apparent spike in sexual and gender-based violence against women hinders these opportunities once armed conflict is stabilised or regime change is achieved. This project seeks to explain the causes of that violence and its consequences for women’s economic and political participation in different environments. The research will compare post-conflict, political transition and non-conflict countries across two regions, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa, examining the gender inequalities, regional patterns, and global forces that appear to heighten violence against women and hinder women’s participation.
Dr Leanne Weber, Criminology, School of Social Sciences

Globalisation and the policing of internal borders

In Australia, as elsewhere in the developed world, internal border policing is intensifying and diversifying as globalisation increases anxieties about inclusion and belonging. This research program will explore the construction of internal borders that are sometimes aimed at physically excluding unwanted populations from Australia, and at other times are designed to keep subordinate groups in their place. It will critically analyse three types of internal borders operating within Australia: structurally embedded borders that enforce the boundary between legal and illegal immigration status; socially constructed borders produced by the policing of public places that reinforce notions of entitlement and belonging; and borders created by new forms of welfare policing which differentiate responsible from irresponsible citizens. Through a series of situated case studies, the project will explore the role played by race, place and inequalities in citizenship in maintaining these boundaries and identify strategies for enhanced inclusiveness in the face of rapid global change. The academic contribution of the research will be to enhance the theorisation of the border and to integrate literatures on border control, post-colonialism, globalisation, social inclusion and citizenship.

Dr Julian Millie, Anthropology, School of Social Sciences
Deliberation and publicness in Indonesia’s regional Islamic spheres

New Islamic public spheres are emerging around the world, raising questions about their capacity to facilitate democratic outcomes. This project aims to establish the ways in which Indonesia’s Islamic public spheres facilitate deliberation. Recognising that most of Indonesia’s 210 million Muslims engage with Islam by listening rather than reading, it will study the forms in which preachers perceive Islamic publics from the pulpit, and the modes of belonging experienced by listeners in oratorical mediation. It will also compare the ways in which print media and oratory provide coverage of ongoing ethical and moral contests in Indonesian society. The project aims to establish how pious listening facilitates deliberation, and will create knowledge about democratic futures in Islamic Indonesia.