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Second Professoriate Lecture of 2016: The Periodical Enlightenment & Romantic Literature

Date: 
Wed, 22 Jun 2016, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Sir Roland Wilson Building, Theatrette, McCoy Circuit, ANU

The College of Arts and Social Sciences' Second Professoriate Lecture of 2016

From the Napoleonic venture to the current European malaise

Date: 
Mon, 08 Dec 2014, 12:00am - 8:30pm
Venue: 
Sir Roland Wilson Building, 120 McCoy Circuit, Acton

Lionel Jospin

A public lecture by Mr Lionel Jospin, former Prime Minister of France

Whose memories, whose records: when the archival legacy of a colonial past meets the cultural records of a post-colonial future

Date: 
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 (All day)
Venue: 
Coombs Lecture Theatre Fellows Road, The Australian National University

Jeannette A. Bastian is a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston where she directs their archives education program. She was Territorial

PUBLIC LECTURE

Islands, specifically the former colonial islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific, share many similar archival and records issues. Questions around the repatriation and custody of colonial
documents mingle with the archiving and preserving of the oral and performative records of indigenous communities. Drawing on her own island experiences, Jeannette Bastian explores the concept of a cultural archives as a fruitful and productive path towards the documentation of these dynamic island communities.

Canberra: An international heritage perspective

Date: 
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 (All day)
Venue: 
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

UNESCO and the Historic Urban Landscape initiative

PUBLIC LECTURE

Lecture by urban heritage management specialist Dr Ron van Oers

Urban planner Dr Ron van Oers offers a new perspective on the conservation of Canberra as a 'city in the landscape' as he outlines new international thinking on the conservation of historic cities. Dr van Oers coordinated the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape initiative to update international guidelines for heritage conservation from 2005 to 2011. He is now vice director of the World Heritage Institute of Training for Asia and the Pacific, under the auspices of UNESCO, in Shanghai.

'Canberra: An international heritage perspective' is presented by the Australian National University's Humanities Research Centre as part of the conference Shaping Canberra: The lived experience of place, home and capital.

Diversity in the Museum – the example of Copenhagen

Date: 
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 (All day)
Venue: 
Canberra Museum and Gallery, cnr London Circuit and Civic Square

Haffar Fahrouk and friend on their way from Beirut to Copenhagen by car 1965, from Becoming a Copenhagener, Museum of Copenhagen. Image supplied by Jakob Parby

Free Public Lecture

Copenhagen is a small city where, as a result of centuries of migration, the majority of people have roots in other places. Jakob Parby will talk about his approach to interpreting the diversity of Copenhagen

A critique of the natural artefact: anthropology, art and museology

Date: 
Tue, 24 Sep 2013, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Conference Room 1.02, Level 1, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Building #120, McCoy Circuit, ANU

Forty years ago Anthony Forge edited Primitive Art and Society, a foundational collection for the anthropology of art. In introducing the book, Forge noted that the study of art had been neglected, a casualty of the lack of dialogue between mainstream anthropology and the museums that had once been, but were no longer, central to the discipline.

The Anthony Forge Memorial Lecture aims to celebrate the achievements and vision of Professor Forge, who was foundation Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts at ANU.

Orientation in Viewing: The Art of Caspar David Friedrich

Date: 
Thu, 30 May 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: 
School of Art lecture theatre, Ellery Crescent, ANU

Michael M. Fried is a poet, art historian, art and literary critic and is currently the J.R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and Art History at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has written extensively about a range of subjects, including abstract painting and sculpture since WW2, French painting and art criticism from the mid-eighteenth century to the advent of Edouard Manet, as well as about writers and artists such as Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Caillebotte, Roger Fry and Joseph Conrad.


The ANU School of Art is proud to present in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia and the Power Institute for Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney, a public lecture by Michael Fried

Orientation in Viewing: The Art of Caspar David Friedrich

In this lecture Michael Fried will offer a reading of Friedrich’s art in the light of considerations of orientation as stated by the philosopher Immanuel Kant in his 1886 essay “What is Orientation in Thinking?”

Eating Green: Lifestyle Choices and Political Identity in the French and British Green Parties

Date: 
Tue, 04 Jun 2013, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: 
ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

Choosing a diet is a way of constructing one’s identity and affirming group membership, but there are surprising variations according to the national political culture. We thus find that the French Greens’ preference for a “balanced’ diet (locally sourced and organic) is linked to their reluctance to appear sectarian whilst the British Greens’ vegetarianism is an ethical and political act that cements their personal political identity.

Green parties emerged on the European political scene in the 1980s and quickly asserted their determination to do politics “differently”. They affirmed their originality through their desire to be consistent and insisted that their lifestyle was intimately associated with their political commitment.

European Words Reinvented

Date: 
Tue, 28 May 2013, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Venue: 
ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

Creole languages are the products of a radical reinvention of linguistic, cultural and political systems, and in that sense, creoles based on European words hold the key to understanding the extent of European colonial and postcolonial influence in the world. Creolisation studies bring together conceptual semantics with migration studies, ethnolinguistic diversity studies, and the history of sociopolitical relations. If properly understood, creolised words can lead us to a deeper understanding of the basic human capacity for “reinvention”.

Word meanings do not emerge in a vacuum. They are revealing of speakers’ value systems and the sociopolitical logics under which they emerged. Colonial European languages, such as English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese, and to a lesser extent German and Danish have left a decisive mark on the world’s languages. Yet sometimes the meaning of European words have been reinvented outside of the European context, most dramatically so in creole-speaking communities.

Renewable energy in Spain: Technology and politics

Date: 
Thu, 23 May 2013, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Finkel Theatre John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road

As a result, one third of Spain’s electricity is generated from renewable sources. Spanish companies have also emerged as world leaders in a number of renewable energy technologies, notably wind power and concentrated solar. All this have been brought about by generous public funding schemes in R & D and early stage commercialisation as well as fiscal
and regulatory policies supportive of a rapid expansion of the renewable energy market.

Renewable Energy deployment in Spain has progressed rapidly in the past decade due to a convergence of several factors: a political will to meet the 2020 renewable energy and climate change objectives defined by the European Union, the existence of Research Centres that have spearheaded innovation and commercialisation of renewable energy technologies as well as large amount of private sector investment.

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