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Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick awarded American Historical Association award

Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick has been awarded the American Historical Association’s 2012 Award for Scholarly Distinction, the first recipient with a focus on Soviet history.

Professor Fitzpatrick, an Australian who has primarily worked overseas for the last 48 years, has been affiliated with the University of Sydney since 2007. The annual award is given to senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their careers in the United States.

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Holiday rental in Camperdown, 11 December 2012 to 5 January 2013

Modern, spacious 1-bedroom apartment holiday rental in Camperdown. Fully furnished, includes queen bed, large balcony with barbecue and patio table, washer and dryer. Convenient and quick to CBD (10 minutes to Central Station). Short walk to Glebe, Newtown, and Blackwattle Bay park space. $800/week. Available from Dec 11 to Jan 5.

Contact: Ashley <a href=””>Click here to email</a>

0466 970 259

Cultural Studies Association of Australasia annual conference 2012

14 June, 2012

Materialities: Economies, Empiricism, & Things, 4-6 December, 2012
Hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney
(pre-fix pre-conference 3 December)
Call for papers

Cultural studies has a long history of investigating material practices – indeed it was a founding tenet of British cultural studies – but recently a new turn or return to materialism seems to be emerging in the field. What this materiality now means is still open, but we suggest that it flags a renewed interest in questions of how to study cultural objects, institutions and practices (methods), what constitutes matter and materiality (empiricism), and how things (humans and non-humans) are being reworked at a time of global economic, environmental and cultural flux.

We encourage proposed panels and individual papers that engage with the wide spectrum of issues flagged by our title, including submissions that focus on:

  • placing sexuality, gender and race within the more-than-human;
  • the materiality of texts and genres;
  • the future and the past of material cultural studies;
  • environmental humanities and changing ecologies;
  • cultural studies within the anthropocene;
  • cultural relations with/in primary and natural resources;
  • the new materiality of globalism

Papers and panels not focusing on the theme are also welcome. Abstracts for proposed papers due by 24 August 2012.

For more information and contact details, please go to the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies website

Contact: Kerryn Drysdale

Introduction to EndNote X5 @ Fisher

5 June, 2012

This introductory session is designed for people who have little or no experience with Endnote and covers setting up a library, entering references, creating groups, as well as importing references into EndNote from databases and the Library Catalogue. You will learn how to use EndNote with Word and format bibliographies.

Sessions available on Tuesday, 5 June, Wednesday, 13 June and Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tuesday, 5 June 2012 10:30am-12:00pm
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:00pm-1:30pm
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location : Fisher Library Training Room (211), Level 2, Fisher North

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2012 Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Logic

From 29 June, 2012 to 30 June, 2012

The annual conference of the Australasian Association for Logic (AAL) typically features papers in all areas of logic, including philosophical, mathematical and computational logic. All those interested in logic — whether they be students, academics or otherwise — are welcome to attend.

Enter 2012 Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Logic website

Location: Professorial Board Room, Main Quadrangle Building, University of Sydney.

Contact:  Dr Nicholas J.J. Smith
Phone:  +61 2 9036 6242

Jon Altman and Stephen Muecke: Extraction economics and Indigenous transformations

Seminar Series,  18 May, 2012
Hosted by the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Stephen Muecke
With the prospect of new industries, starting with a major gas plant, the Indigenous population of Broome finds itself under pressure and internally divided. I have started working again with Goolarabooloo, who are opposed to mining on their Dreaming. Their struggle has had the effect of reviving forms of culture, that take contemporary shapes (protest camps, activist tourism, social media, rock concerts), but are always strongly linked to the traditional culture. With national and international attention focused on Goolarabooloo, my study will analyse the transformation of this confederacy of language groups in the context of industrialisation (starting with pearling in the 19th century) and tourism.

Stephen Muecke is Professor of Writing at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He worked with Paddy Roe to write the award-winning Reading the Country (1984) and Gularabulu (1983).

Jon Altman
There are increasingly dominant political and bureaucratic views dialectically echoing corporate perspectives and public discourse that the economic future of remote Indigenous people lies in the mainstream. Industrial mining is regarded as the prime site for Indigenous employment and business engagement in part because there are few other opportunities, in part because Indigenous land owners have some leverage in this production realm, and late capitalist logic dictates it must be exercised for individual and community gain. Drawing on David Graeber’s distinction in Debt: The First 5,000 Years between market (or commercial) and human economies, in this seminar I explore some of the reasons for low Indigenous participation in mining and consider an alternate form of hybrid economy that might deliver sustainable livelihood outcomes.

Jon Altman is professor in economic anthropology at the Australian National University.  In 2009 he co-edited Culture, Power, Economy: Indigenous Australians and Mining (available in toto and gratis: Download here). His chapter ‘Indigenous rights, mining corporations and the Australian state’ is included in The Politics of Resource Extraction: Indigenous Peoples, Multinational Corporations and the State edited by Suzana Sawyer and Terence Gomes (Palgraves Macmillan 2012).

Location: The Refectory, Quadrangle A14

Contact: Assoc Prof Tess Lea
Phone: 61 2 9351 6777

Rethinking Invasion Ecologies: Natures, Cultures and Societies in the age of the Anthropocene

From 18 June, 2012 to 19 June, 2012

A conference hosted by the Environmental Humanities Group
: Iain McCalman & Jodi Frawley

Charles Elton’s 1958 classic The Ecology of Invasions by Plants and Animals signaled a shift in the understanding of the global movement of biological species during the Anthropocene. Over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, new plants, animals and humans migrated to settler colonies, at the same time that biological material and ideas about nature transited to other parts of the world. Some species became threats to local environments across the globe. By the 1950s, acclimatisation and naturalization gave way to managing the ramifications of changes to ecologies, landscapes and environments. These changes had enduring impacts, some adverse, some beneficial, that are dynamic, unpredictable and often oscillating. This conference explores environmental thought about invasion ecologies for the Anthropocene and asks: How will biological and cultural invasions of the past impact on the futures of climate changing places? How should we think about the more-than-human roles of camels and carp; or willows and baobabs? What of the plants, animals, people and ideas that travelled and re-made other global places?

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Location: Sydney Law School Foyer

Contact:  Katherine Anderson
Phone:  61 2 9036 5347