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Animal Death Symposium

HARN: Human Animal Research Network at the University of Sydney

June 12th and 13th, 2012,
Woolley Building, University of Sydney,

Professor Deborah Bird Rose,
Macquarie University

HARN Lecture:
Associate Professor Annie Potts,
NZ Centre for Human Animal Studies, University of Canterbury

This symposium brings together cross-disciplinary voices on the topic of Animal Death. Over two days we will explore how animal and human death are conceptualised; how they diverge, differ and also connect in profound ways. The conference will be exploring the following themes:

  • Ontologies of Death and sacrifice
  • Species extinction and climate change
  • Euthanasia: perspectives from veterinary science
  • The hunter and the Hunted
  • Sacrifice and expendability
  • Animal art
  • Road Kill’
  • Wild Life and Rescue
  • Mourning, grief and denial
  • Rituals of Slaughter
  • Vivisection
  • Who and who isn’t attributed a ‘soul’
  • post-death belief systems
  • Animal death and contemporary film

Check HARN website for full details and registration


Themes from Cavell: Philosophy Conference, 27-28 February, 2012

Sponsored by the SHAPE seminar and research group

The McRae Room, Quadrangle Building A14
University of Sydney
Mon 27- Tue 28 February, 2012.

Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in 'Bringing up Baby'

Stanley Cavell (b.1926-) is an uncategorisable American philosopher who is indispensable for anyone who wishes to think fruitfully about why philosophy matters to us, or who is uncomfortable about having to stand on one side or other of the analytic/continental divide, or who wishes to give reflections on art and aesthetics and culture a more central role in their philosophical thinking. In this conference we shall explore themes from across Cavell’s vast and wide-ranging writings: from his radical re-thinking of the problematic of skepticism in the context of a ground-breaking reading of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, and the fruitfulness of his conception of the ordinary and the related concept of acknowledgement, and his defence of the procedures of ordinary language philosophy, to his influential readings of Hollywood cinema of the 1930s-1940s and his articulation of a form of moral perfectionism.

Speakers Include

  • Nikolas Kompridis (UWS),
  • David Macarthur (Sydney),
  • Jennifer McMahon (UAdel.),
  • Andrew Norris (UC, Santa Barbara),
  • Paul Patton (UNSW),
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (UMacq.),
  • Paul Thom (Sydney)
  • Stephen White (Tufts),
  • Greg Strom (Sydney).

For more information please contact the Conference organiser:
Dr David Macarthur
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Room S412, Quadrangle A14
Ph +61-2-9351 3193
Fax +61-2-9351 6660
$50.00 Full registration
$25.00 Student/Concession registration
Conference Registration and program: Department of Philosophy Conferences page

That was then: this is now — Contemporary Archaeology in Australia

Image: Ursula Frederick

Februrary 16-17 2012
9:30am – 4.30pm
Latin 1 S224
Quadrangle A14
University of Sydney 2006
Please note change of venue

This two-day workshop explores the role of contemporary archaeology and the state of research in Australia. It is aimed at exploring the methods, theories and subjects currently informing this nascent field of study. What role might Australian scholars play in advancing this area of research?

This workshop is intended to be a platform for open conversation and discussion of ideas. Students, scholars and professionals are welcome to offer presentations of 15 or 30 minutes.

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Dr Annie Clarke
Department of Archaeology
University of Sydney
T +61 2 9036 9499
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Ms Ursula Frederick
School of Art
Australian National University
T +61 439 497 454
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This event is free, but please RSVP if you wish to attend.

Symposium in honour of Richard Waterhouse

Wednesday, 16 November 2011
9am to 5:30pm,
followed by dinner at 6:30pm
CCANESA Boardroom,
Level 4, Madsen Building,
Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

The symposium is free, for catering purposes,
RSVP to Elia Mamprin by November 4
indicating if you wish to attend the symposium and/or the dinner.

After what seems like centuries of service to, and participation in, the History Department, the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, and The University of Sydney, Richard Waterhouse, Bicentennial Professor of Australian History, is retiring at the end of 2011. This is an occasion worth marking. To that end, SOPHI and the Department of History are delighted to be sponsoring a one-day symposium. Some former students and some colleagues and friends of Richard Waterhouse will give papers on the social and cultural history of the United States of America and Australia.

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Symposium: Ethics and Religion in Post-Kantian Thought

This is the Second Symposium of the Religion and Post-Kantian Philosophy Research Cluster

  • Sebastian Gardner (University College London)
  • Douglas Moggach (University of Ottawa)
  • Paul Redding (The University of Sydney)
  • Paolo Diego Bubbio (The University of Sydney)

Responses by Byron Clugston and Annette Pierdziwol (The University of Sydney), followed by a Round Table discussion with presenters.

Wednesday 9 November, 2011
9am to 5pm
Darlington Centre, City Road
The University of Sydney

For more information and to register, contact Paolo Diego Bubbio:
Download flyer here
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Thanks to the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (the University of Sydney) for their financial support.

Imperial Frictions: Thinking through Impediments to Global Connection

Antoinette Burton, and Tony Ballantyne

Wednesday 27 July, 2011
5:30-7:30pm CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building F09
(Enter via Eastern Avenue)
University of Sydney

Over the past decade historians of British colonialism have increasingly turned to global or transnational analytical frameworks to explore the connections between empire building and the history of globalisation. In this lecture we critically evaluate this scholarly turn, assessing the centrality of ‘networks’ and ‘webs’ in the so-called ‘new imperial history’ and the relationships between the imperial and the global. We ask what — and whom — the race for connection, flow and even analogy between colonial spaces erases or trips over as historians reach for planetary narratives of imperial and transnational power. And we suggest that more skepticism about the smooth pathways of imperial connectivity is warranted as we plot new histories of British colonialism that seek to exceed its ideological and methodological grasp.

Antoinette Burton, Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Tony Ballantyne is Professor of History at the University of Otago.

Please contact the masterclass organisers:
Assoc Prof Kirsten McKenzie
Prof Robert Aldrich
An initiative of the Nation, Empire, Globe Research Cluster, this masterclass has been funded as part of the WUN International Network in Colonialism and Postcolonial studies, IPDF grant, 2010 – 2011.

Silius Italicus and Flavian Culture: Pacific Rim Latin Literature Conference, 4-6 July, 2011

In association with the Flavian Epic Network

Silius Italicus’ epic on the Hannibalic War, the Punica, has moved from scholarly neglect and even contempt to being the focus of immense interest and research. Yet much scholarship has tended to divorce the poet and his poem from its context in Flavian and especially Domitianic Rome. This conference, only the second ever devoted to Silius and the first in the English-speaking world, aims to resituate Silius and the Punica in its Flavian context.

Venue: Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA):
The University of Sydney

The conference is generously supported by the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia Conference Fund, The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, The Australasian Society for Classical Studies, The Classical Association of New South Wales.

For more information, please contact the conference organiser or visit the Conference website:

Department of Classics and Ancient History
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry