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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


Archaeology and the Bible in Jordan: Sanctuary of Lot

Dr Konstantinos Politis
Part of the NEAF 2012 Public Lecture Series

The Monastery of Aghios Lot is located at the south-eastern end of the Dead Sea on a steep mountain slope overlooking the modern town of Safi (biblicalZoara) in Jordan. As revealed by the excavations, the Monastery of Aghios Lot consisted of an early Byzantine monastic complex with a number of hermits’ cells above it. The focal point was a triple-apsed basilica church built around a natural cave that early Christians believed was where Lot and his daughters took refuge after the destruction of Sodom (Genesis 19). It is flaned to the south by a large reservoir and to the north by a refectory with an oven, a communal burial chamber and a pilgrim’s hostel. The church is adorned by fie mosaic floor pvements inscribed in Byzantine-period Greek and dated to A.D. 572/3, April 605/7 A.D. and May 691 A.D. Three other Greek inscriptions on stone which invoke Aghios Lot, confirm theChristian identifiction of the site as Lot’s Sanctuary.

Konstantinos D. Politis is an archaeologist educated in Greece, the United States, Belgium and Britain. His early fieldork was in Greece and Liechtenstein. Since 1988, he has been based at the British Museum which has been the principal sponsor of his excavations in Jordan and Oman. He specialises in the Early Byzantine/Christian and Early Islamic periods. Dr Politis’ most important work was the discovery and subsequent excavation of the Sanctuary of Lot on the south-eastern shores of the Dead Sea, publishing a major report on that project with the British Museum (2012) and the more popular “Holy Footprints across the Jordan. A Journey to the Ancient and Religious Sites on the Eastern Side of the Jordan Rift Valley” (2010).

Tuesday 15 May 2012
followed by a light supper.
Women’s College
University of Sydney
Bookings are essential for this event.
We prefer prepayment. All prepaid tickets will be available at the door.
NEAF Members: $25
Non Members $35
Student Members of NEAF $10.00
Please pay by 16th April 2012

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Did God have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel

Professor William Dever
Part of the NEAF 2012 Public Lecture Series

The Hebrew Bible portrays the religion of ancient Israel as monotheistic, the worship of a single male deity named Yahweh. Yet the archaeological data recently accumulated shows that this may have been the ideal, but the reality was quite different. We have hundreds of nude female figurines that represent the old Canaanite Mother Goddess ‘Asherah’. We even have 8th century BCE Hebrew inscriptions naming her as the consort of Yahweh in the context of blessing. This illustrated lecture will show how monotheism developed slowy and with great difficulty in ancient Israel.

William G. Dever is an American archaeologist, specialising in the history of Israel and the Near East in Biblical times, receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1966. He was Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Arizona in Tucson from 1975 to 2002. He was Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum-Hebrew Union College Excavations at Gezer from 1966-71, 1984 and 1990; Director, Khirbet el-Kôm & Jebel Qacaqir (West Bank) 1967-71; Principal Investigator, Tell el-Hayyat (Jordan) 1981-85, Assistant Director, University of Arizona Expedition Idalion (Cyprus) 1991. Professor Dever joined the faculty at Lycoming College, Pennsylvania, in autumn 2008 where he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology.

Tuesday 24th April 2012
followed by a light supper.
Women’s College
University of Sydney
Bookings are essential for this event.
We prefer prepayment. All prepaid tickets will be available at the door.
NEAF Members: $25
Non Members $35
Student Members of NEAF $10.00
Please pay by 16th April 2012

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AD Trendall Lecture in Classical Studies: ‘Homer and Plato’

Professor Richard Hunter FAHA, Regius Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge will deliver the Australian Academy of the Humanities AD Tredall Lecture in Classical Studies

Wednesday 22 February, 2012
The Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia
Madsen Building F09
University of Sydney

Followed by reception
Please RSVP by 17 February, 2012
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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
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$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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