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Humanities Research XVIII, 1: Perspectives on Ethnographic Film released

Post date: 6 December 2012

Perspectives on Ethnographic Film edited by Natasha Fijn and Pip Deveson was released by ANU E Press on 22 November. This special edition of Humanities Research, the journal of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, is intended to highlight the place of ethnographic filmmaking within the Australian National University and recognise the contribution of the university's internationally renowned filmmakers to the discipline of anthropology.

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Professor Nicolas Peterson wins a VC staff excellence award

Post date: 5 December 2012

At last week's Vice-Chancellor's Staff Excellence Awards event, Professor Nicolas Peterson won the Reconciliation Award.  Professor Peterson is Professor of Antropology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology and directs the Centre for Native Title Anthropology in the ANU Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts. 

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Mr Wanta Patrick, has returned to ANU after directing the 2012 Milpirri Festival

Post date: 4 December 2012

ANU’s first Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Awardee, Mr Wanta Patrick, has returned to ANU after directing the 2012 Milpirri Festival in the remote town of Lajamanu in Australia’s Tanami Desert.

Based on the theme of Pulyaranyi, the winds of change that stoke the fire, drew together the strengths and hopes of Warlpiri elders and youths in a spectacular music and dance performance with over than 200 performers celebrating what it means to live with and upon the Australian land.

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In conversation: Participatory development. Patrick Kilby talks with Professors Gita Sen and Robert Chambers

Post date: 4 December 2012

At the recent Challenges to Participatory Development conference, Dr Patrick Kilby interviewed Professor Gita Sen of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor Robert Chanbers from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

This interview has been published on the university's You Tube channel and is available on line.

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100 Migratory Art project: Item 9 arrives in Canberra

Post date: 30 November 2012

100 MIGRATORY – is an extensive, local and world-wide art project initiated by Monica L Edmondson, a Swedish artist, who has a connection to Australia, having studied at Canberra School of Art at the ANU. Vessel 9 of 100 has come to Canberra and is on exhibition at the Embassy of Sweden.

This extensive, local and world-wide art project initiated by Monica L Edmondson – explores issues such as identity, origin, allegiance and migration. A hundred glass vessels, all individually made by the artist herself, depart on a return journey, starting in their home in the vast, winter-white mountains of Sápmi – Sameland in the north of Sweden. From there the vessels migrate on their several journeys to different countries, environments and cultures.

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School of Music honours student Andrey Lebedev wins national award

Post date: 30 November 2012

School of Music honours student Andrey Lebedev has won the Fine Music Network Young Performer Award.  Andrey competed against four other performers from around the country to win the $10,000 cash prize.

This is the first year that ArtSound FM (Canberra’s Fine Music Network station) has sponsored an entry from the ACT, in association with the ANU School of Music and the friends of the ANU School of Music.

Andrey received first prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition earlier this year. He says the wins have come at an important time in his career.

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First annual Asia-Pacific Rock Art Conference to be held in Darwin in 2013

Post date: 29 November 2012

The ANU Rock Art Research Centre is pleased to be hosting the first annual Asia-Pacific Rock Art Conference to be held over three days in 2013. This conference is part of a collaborative initiative to provide greater opportunities for rock art specialists, Indigenous community members, rock art managers, and others, to regularly come together and discuss their work. Contributions are not restricted to just the Asia-Pacific region and the ANU Rock Art Research Centre welcomes colleagues from around the globe.

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HRC 2014 Fellowship applications are open

Post date: 29 November 2012

The HRC is now accepting applications for the 2014 Visiting Fellowship Program. These fellowships are open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria.

Fellows are invited to be part of the 2014 Theme, Now Showing: Cultures, Judgements and Research on the Digital Screen.

Deadline: Tuesday, 31st March 2013.

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Call for papers: The Radicalism of Romantic Love: Critical Perspectives

Post date: 29 November 2012

The Humanities Research Centre has called for papers for a November 2013 conference, The Radicalism of Romantic Love: Critical Perspectives.

Keynote speaker, Professor Eva Illouz from the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, considers love is glorified as a supreme value capable of delivering happiness - a ‘collective utopia’.

Narratives of romantic love, from the poems of the Troubadours to Romeo and Juliet, are associated with individual liberty and equality, personal freedom and satisfaction, and with its radical opposition to conventional social structures. 

Papers are sought for this two day inter-disciplinary conference aimed at interrogating the idea of romantic love as a radical political, social and cultural ideal.  This conference will present a rare opportunity for a small group of scholars to share their work, discover synergies and to develop networks for future research collaborations.

Possible themes include:
• The relationship between romantic love and the institution of marriage
• The concept of love in the same-sex marriage debate
• ‘Love marriage’ as a means of rebellion in subaltern cultures
• Cross-cultural understandings of love
• Feminist, queer and socialist critiques of romantic love
• Love, state and legislation
• Love and disciplinarity in the humanities and social sciences
• Romantic love in entertainment and the ‘culture industry’

Abstracts can be sent to the convenors, Dr Renata Grossi (Freilich Foundation) or Associate Professor David West (School of Politics and International Relations, by 8 March 2013.

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Fisher's Ghost Award for School of Art's Raquel Ormella

Post date: 28 November 2012

ANU School of Art lecturer Raquel Ormella has won the 2012 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award for her Australian flag-inspired artwork, Poetic Possibility.

Ms Ormella was presented with the award, which included $40,000 prize money, at an event at the Campbelltown Arts Centre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize earlier this month.

Raquel said she was pleased to be recognised by the South West Sydney region’s major cultural venue.  “The Campbelltown Arts Centre commissions and delivers innovative, high-quality contemporary cultural programs for the growing communities of greater Sydney and beyond,” she said.

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