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"Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field" by Katherine Bode just published by Anthem Press

Post date: 24 July 2012

Anthem Press has just published Dr Katherine Bode's new book, Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field, an exploration of the critical potential of digital humanities and quantitative methods to produce new knowledge about literary and cultural history.

Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field’ proposes and demonstrates a new digital approach to literary history. Drawing on bibliographical information on the Australian novel in the AustLit database, the book addresses debates and issues in literary studies through a method that combines book history’s pragmatic approach to literary data with the digital humanities’ idea of computer modelling as an experimental and iterative practice.  (Anthem Press blurb).

Reading by Numbers can be purchased online from Anthem Press.

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Bill Gammage wins Prime Minister's Literary Award for Australian History

Post date: 24 July 2012

23 July 2012: Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Simon Crean announced the winners of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards at the National Library  of Australia.  Among the winners was Professor Bill Gammage, from the Humanities Research Centre, receiving the prize for the inaugural Prize for Australian history with his recently published book, The Biggest Estate on Earth, the result of 12 years  of scholarship.

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Lunch with Dutch Ambassador

Post date: 24 July 2012

On Tuesday 7 June the Dutch Ambassador, HE Willem Andreae, and Mr. Hulzebosch, the Policy Officer for Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy at the Embassy, met with Professor Howard Morphy, Director of the Research School of the Humanities and the Arts, and Dr Marianne Riphagen, a Research Fellow in RSHA,  about their past and current research projects, particularly their new project, which looks at Aboriginal cultural production and regional economies. The Ambassador discussed aspects of the contact history between the Dutch and Indigenous Australians, a topic in which he has a keen interest.

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Do Tigers Confess? Chandrasekaram Visakesa receives his PhD from the Humanities Research Centre

Post date: 20 July 2012

Chandrasekaram Visakesa collected his Doctor of Philosophy testamur last Friday afternoon, 13 July, along with 14 other RSHA PhD graduates, at the College of Arts and Social Science ceremony at Llewellyn Hall.  Vissa, as he was known, completed his thesis on confessions of Tamil Tigers within the framework of Sri Lanka's counter-terrorism laws and the relationship between the state and the terrorist.  His thesis, Do Tigers confess? An interdisciplinary study of confessionary evidence in counter-terrorism measures of Sri Lanka, takes as an interdisciplinary approach within the boundaries of jurisprudence, human rights, criminology, history, ethnic studies, terrorism studies and narrative analysis.

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Kyle Turner, former Archaeological Practice Honours student, awarded a Charles Perkins Scholarship to Oxford

Post date: 15 July 2012

A past Archaeological Practice Honours student, Kyle Turner who was supervised by Peter Hiscock and later turned his interest to indigenous health has been awarded one of the three Charles Perkins Scholarships to Oxford.

2012 Charles Perkins Scholarship winners

Ministerial Media Release

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John Carty collects his PhD at ANU graduation on 13 July 2012.

Post date: 13 July 2012

Professor Howard Morphy, Director of the Research School of the Humanities and the Arts in The Australian National University's College of Arts and Social Sciences, congratulates the new Dr John Carty after his graduation at yesterday's ceremony.

Dr Carty, an anthropologist with extensive experience in indigenous cultures in the western desert of Australia, completed his thesis on Creating Country: Abstraction, Economics, and Social Life of Style in Balgo Art.  

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Memorial service held at University House for Emeritus Professor Ralph Elliot

Post date: 13 July 2012

The life of Emeritus Professor Ralph Warren Victor Elliott AM, master of University House from 1973 for 13 years, a long time member of the University's Humanities Research Centre, and ferquent contributer on the English language and literature in the Canberra Times, was celebrated today in a Memorial service at University House.  Professor Elliott, born Rudolph Ehrenberg on 14 August in Berlin, passed away in Canberra on 24 June of this year.  He will long remembered and missed around the University and Canberra for years to come.

 

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Howard Morphy opens Djalkiri art exhibition in Dubbo

Post date: 12 July 2012

Professor Howard Morphy, Diector of the Research School of Humanities and the Arts  opened the Djalkiri Art exhabition at he Western Plaines Cultural Centre in Dubbo on 9 July this year.  The exhibition is a collaboration between four distinguished visiting artists and five Yolngu artists from east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.  Professor Morphy said, "The theme of the project was artistic engagement with the natural world and the species dwelling within it."

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CHCI 2012 conference ‘Anthropocene Humanities’ convened at ANU

Post date: 29 June 2012

How do we do Humanities in the era of the Anthropocene?

This was the challenge that the 2012 annual meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) set itself when its members met at the Humanities Research Centre from 13-16 June. This was the first time in over a decade that the annual meeting of this global consortium was held in the southern hemisphere.

The Annual Meeting theme and title, 'Anthropocene Humanities', refers to a concept propounded by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul J. Crutzen in 2000 to emphasize the central role of humankind in transforming the planet's ecological and geological make up. In recent years, we have seen a groundswell of interest among humanities scholars in addressing the challenge of climate change and other environmental problems.

The three plenaries by Elizabeth Povinelli (Columbia), Ross Garnaut (Melbourne), and Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago) addressed serious epistemological, socio-behavioural and policy challenges posed by climate change.

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Penelope Mathew Appointed as ANU Public Policy Fellow

Post date: 22 June 2012

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, announced the most recently appointed ANU Public Policy Fellows on 21 June.  Among the new  fellows is Professor Penelope Mathew, The Freilich Foundation Professor.

The Fellows program acknowledges people who are making significant contributions to public debate in areas as diverse as the economics of water, higher education and Asia-Pacific cooperation, human rights law, epidemiology and population health, and translation psychiatry.  The Fellows program highlights the depth and breadth of expertise across the University and beyond, on matters of considerable public importance.

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