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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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SLS Spanish Program receives a 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching

Post date: 26 November 2012

The School of Language Studies Spanish Program received the Award for 'Programs that Enhance Learning' in the 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching, hosted and supported by the Office for Learning and Teaching.

Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, congratulated Associate Professor Daniel Martin, Convener of the Spanish Program, and the efforts of the team's members, which include, Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero, Dr Martha Florez, Dr Elisabeth Mayer, Professor Catherine Travis and the sessional staff members.

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A touch of glass ... Lino Tagliapietra @ ANU School of Art

Post date: 26 November 2012

One of the world’s foremost glass maestros, Lino Tagliapietra, recently shared the secrets of his craft with students at the ANU School of Art. 

Katharine Peirce spoke to the master at work.

(Photograph: Katharine Pierce)

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HRC announces 2014 Annual Theme

Post date: 21 November 2012

The Humanities Research Centre announced its 2014 Annual Theme as Now Showing: Cultures, Judgements, and Research on the Silver Screen.

Now Showing incites a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of digital screens: on culture and cultures, their representation and construction; on the formation and practices of social judgment including legal, political, and aesthetic judgment; and on the implications of these modalities for the future of the humanities themselves, both as fields of scholarly research and in the public sphere.

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Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place Home & Capital: Call for Papers

Post date: 20 November 2012

The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University calls for papers for its 2013 conference, Shaping Canberra: The Lived Experience of Place, Home and Capital.


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. International and national as well as local speakers will be part of the program which aims to create a lively community of discussion across disciplines and practices, and establish a basis for further research and discussion.

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Professor Anna Wierzbicka receives the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit!

Post date: 16 November 2012

Professor Anna Wierzbicka was presented with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland on Friday 9 November 2012, at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, on the occasion of the Independence Day of Poland.  This is an award of the President of Poland, Mr Bronislaw Komorowski.

Congratulations Anna!

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Development and human rights: an unsustainable marriage? 2012 Alice Tay Lecture on Law and Human Rights available online

Post date: 16 November 2012

Professor Sundhya Pahuja delivers the 2012 Alice Tay Lecture on Law and Human Rights. She examines the twin challenges presented by the rapid approach of the earth's biophysical limits and increasing global inequality.

She argues that addressing these two challenges at the same time will be critical to global security.

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2013/14 HRC Internal Fellowship applications now open

Post date: 14 November 2012

The Humanities Research Centre is inviting applications for two Internal fellowships.

These will be offered to teaching staff in any of the humanities disciplines in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts (RSHA). The grant is to be used as teaching relief for a semester – either in semester two (July – December 2013) or semester one (January - June) in 2014 - in order to complete a manuscript or to develop an ARC application for submission in the annual round.

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‘To be continued …’

Post date: 9 November 2012

How did Australians in the 19th century read novels? Mostly in newspapers and mostly in serial form! This fact of reading history is at the heart of an ARC Discovery project to be commenced by Dr Katherine Bode, Head of the Digital Humanities Hub at the ANU. Dr Bode’s project explores what novels they were reading, and where in the world this fiction came from, in order to better understand how literature travelled globally during the 19th century, and how this movement of fiction shaped Australian literature and History.

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Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project

Post date: 5 November 2012

Inspired by Heath Ledger, whose untimely death left us with little of his oral history, this project aims to record the thoughts and aspirations of audiovisual artists throughout their careers.

Many oral histories are conducted toward the end of an individual’s career but with this project, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) seeks to expand the oral history program to include interviews with young and emerging artists who we can follow throughout their careers at regular intervals. This year ANU has selected Simon Thelning and Jack Brandtman as the inaugural candidates.  Simon graduated from the ANU School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Art, majoring in Digital Media, and Jack also with a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), in 2011.

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