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Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place, Home and Capital

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 (All day) - Fri, 20 Sep 2013 (All day)
Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building, McCoy Circuit (Bld # 120)

Shaping Canberra will generate new national scholarly discussion about the lived experience of Canberra as a place, home and capital. It starts from the position that the local and national dimensions of Canberra are not opposing or even separate aspects, but deeply entwined. On this basis it asks participants to consider how the local, national (and international) play out in instances and reflections of Canberra’s life and development in the context of four themes: histories and memories, collections and archives, spaces and places; expressions and interpretations.

Shaping Canberra is presented by the Humanities Research Centre as a contribution to the Big Issues Big Talk Centenary of Canberra program

LCNAU 2nd Biennial Colloquium

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 (All day) - Fri, 05 Jul 2013 (All day)
Manning Clark Centre, Australian National University (Buildinh 26A)

At this second conference, tertiary educators working with a wide range of Australian, Asian, European and World languages will come together to present papers and posters on these themes, and discuss and debate new advances and challenges in language and culture teaching and research.

The second biennial colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU): "Policies, Practices and Research in University Language and Culture Programs" will be held at ANU on 3-5 July this year.

The 2nd International Contact Rock Art Symposium

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 (All day) - Sun, 15 Sep 2013 (All day)
North Australia Research Unit (NARU) 23 Ellengowan Drive, Brinkin (Darwin) NT 0810

Field Trip

This symposium will include a field trip for presenters to meet local Aboriginal Traditional Owners and visit important contact rock art sites in Kakadu National Park and western Arnhem Land.

More information

» Conference announcement
» Submitted abstracts

Contributors have been invited based on their experience researching and writing about contact rock art in their respective countries and also for their interest in moving contact rock art research away from purely description-based studies towards a more theoretically-grounded area of specialisation within rock art studies.

Conference aims

The conference aims are:

  • To share international perspectives on rock art depicting/representing contact between different cultural groups.
  • To explore different approaches to the interpretation of contact rock art.
  • To highlight similarities, differences and themes in the nature of representing ‘contact’ in different parts of the world and at different times.
  • To discuss options for promoting the study and protection of contact rock art globally.

Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive: Researching the EU from Australia and New Zealand

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 (All day) - Wed, 11 Sep 2013 (All day)
ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

The four EU Centres at the Australian National University, Monash University and RMIT University and the New Zealand EU Centres Network are convening together an International Conference. At a time when the EU has high ambitions and faces critical challenges, this conference will bring together researchers from various disciplines to share their insights into the issues confronting the European Union over the next decade.


The following four themes under the conference topic are relevant to researchers working on these questions in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Pacific:

a) EU and the World: regionalism, challenges and bilateral relations
b) Prospects for the EU?
c) EU and Asia-Pacific
d) Creative cultures and connections

Keynotes will be presented by Dr Brendan Nelson (former Australian Ambassador to the European Union and NATO), European scholars and by the four Centre Directors.

More information

Contact: Professor Bruce Wilson, RMIT University

» Conference announcement

Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 (All day) - Fri, 19 Jul 2013 (All day)
Hedley Bull Theatres 1 & 2, ANU


We will explore children’s interactions with institutions of modernity, social constructs and social structures—including age, gender, family, class, community and caste—that often marginalise children in multiple ways. We aim for a convergence of innovative ideas around childhood, recognising that this category is contested and raises important dilemmas for interdisciplinary studies.

Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives provides an interdisciplinary platform for scholars and NGO representatives who work in the areas of childhood and education in South Asia. In response to adult speculation and debates around political, social and economic development, we invite critical interrogation of changing conceptions of childhood.

While there is increasing theoretical and development interest in children in South Asia, children’s experiences and perspectives are still underrepresented in political, social and economic debate. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foreground children’s experiences in light of changing conceptual discourses of childhood in historical and contemporary South Asia. While acknowledging the ways children are situated within structures of power, the conference will focus on South Asian children’s stories and agency.

Selling Yarns 3: Weaving the nation's history

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 (All day) - Sun, 03 Mar 2013 (All day)
National Museum of Australia, Canberra

The activity provides an opportunity for practitioners, academics, industry leaders and the general public to come together to extend the conversations about the place of contemporary Indigenous textiles in the broader national arena.

This is the premier national forum for Indigenous textile artists in the country. Previous Selling Yarns forums have managed to re-establish the pre-eminance of Indigenous artistic traditions on the national art stage.

Selling Yarns 3: Weaving the nation's story is a conference, workshop, market day, and exhibition program that promotes and showcases textile and fibre craft and design practices of Indigenous artists from across Australia.

Selling Yarns 3 will align its activities with the Canberra 100 centenary celebrations in 2013 and will primarily explore the place of Indigenous textile practices in the story of nation building in Australia. Its primary focus is to demonstrate that through cultural practices a dialogue can be had that draws all interested parties together for the benefit of a rich and sustainable Indigenous culture, and to promote and share contemporary Indigenous textile practice.

Arts Up Front: ACT Arts Education Conference

Sat, 23 Feb 2013, 8:45am - 5:30pm
ANU School of Art

The ANU SoA will provide 5 workshops including: Sustainability of the environment through the arts, new printing on ceramic techniques, glass casting, book design, and photography techniques.

» More information at School of Art: Arts Up Front: ACT Arts Education Conference

The annual ACT Arts Education Conference, Arts Up Front, is being held on Saturday 23 February 2013 from 8:45am to 5:30pm. The venues at the ANU include the School of Art and School of Music and the program includes practical workshops on teaching the arts as well as updates on the development of the Australian curriculum.

The ANU School of Art has been participating in the Arts Up Front Conference for a number of years, providing academic staff presenting lectures and for the last two years specialised workshops.

The Radicalism of Romantic Love: Critical Perspectives

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 (All day) - Wed, 06 Nov 2013 (All day)
Humanities Research Centre

According to Eva Illouz, love is glorified as a supreme value capable of delivering happiness - a ‘collective utopia’ (1997, p. 7).

Why has the message of romantic love successfully saturated our culture? As Lauren Berlant puts it, without knowing how it has happened, love has become a ‘core feeling of being and life, a primary feeling of sociality’. Love is now considered the major existential goal of our times, capable of providing us with a sense of worth and a way of being in the world.

But is love the radical and progressive idea it claims to be? The progressive nature of love is contested by some feminist and queer critiques, which claim that love replicates traditional and oppressive relationships based on sex, gender and sexuality.

Keynote speakers

Professor Eva Illouz, Rose Isaac Chair of Sociology &, Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Professor Simon May, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, King's College, University of London

'Shaping the Future': AIATSIS National Native Title Conference

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 (All day) - Wed, 05 Jun 2013 (All day)
Alice Springs Convention Centre

The Native Title Conference prides itself on ensuring that Indigenous people are strongly represented in the Conference program. The Conference program consists of one day of closed workshops for Indigenous people and their native title representative bodies and service providers followed by two days of a public program which may include Indigenous Talking Circles, Women’s Forums, Workshops, Panel Discussions as well as the delivery of Conference papers.

In 2013 the Annual National Native Title Conference will be convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Central Land Council (CLC) on the traditional landsof Lhere Artepe the traditional owners of the Alice Springs area.

The Native Title Conference is an opportunity for people to come together and engage in debate, including native title holders and claimants, traditional owners, native title representative bodies and service agencies, the Federal Court, National Native Title Tribunal, Commonwealth and State government agencies, academics, consultants and industry representatives.

National Arts Summit

Tue, 12 Feb 2013, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, William Herbert Place (off Childers Street), Acton, Canberra

The Summit will bring together three generations; emerging, established and senior artists. Important issues including the findings of the Nation Arts Survey as well as significant issues relating to arts practice and education in contemporary Australia will be discussed.

This is a milestone event in the Canberra Centenary celebrations year 2013 and not to be missed!

The National Arts Summit Arts Quest - Height and Hopes "Living and Learning Creatively - Shaping Our Future Together" will have the eyes of the artistic world on it while it prepares far reaching recommendations on arts practice and eduation in Australia, affecting the future of everyone involved in all the art forms - music, creative writing, film procutions, theare, visual arts and dance.

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