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Luminous World: Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection

Luminous World brings together a selection of contemporary paintings, objects and photographs from the Wesfarmers Collection in a conversation life on earth is bound to events playing out in the celestial realm, to the influence on the contemporary imagination of the universe of artificial light in which we live today, artists in this exhibition about light. From an enduring fascination with the way in which artists including Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Be...

Nature/Revelation

Climate change and its devastating impact on the earth’s many ecosystems is arguably today’s most critical global issue. Nature/Revelation celebrates the unique capacity art has to cut through prevailing rhetoric to stimulate individuals both intellectually and emotionally in the face of current environmental issues. Focusing on contemporary notions of nature and the sublime, the exhibition affirms that the world we live in offers moments of revelation, and that nature can provoke a range o...

Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic

The University’s collection of early landscape painting shows that our most celebrated artists were not free of anxieties about the natural environment and the ghosts that haunt it, indeed many could not escape them. Weird melancholy brings together works from the nineteenth century to the contemporary era. The exhibition reveals how artists are attempting to confront the ‘weirdness’ of their home and in doing so engaged tropes of the colonial gothic tradition. IMAGE: Arthur Boyd Australia S...

Brook Andrew. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts

The world dramatically changed after the outbreak of WWI: Australia was not excluded. Described as the war to end all wars it would be a mere two decades before Europe was once again plagued by a major conflict. Australia has played its role in both of these wars and many other conflicts since. Wars leave a lasting impression on those who participate, on those left behind and on future generations who look to them for remembrance, lessons and identity. However, often parts of the narrative b...

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Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015

Secrets of Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland, is famous as a story that doesn’t make much sense – unless you know that the author was a mathematician! Join us for this partperformance, partdiscussion as we uncover the mathematical commentary within ...

Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015

Cross-faculty friends, new skills, and student love - the unexpected benefits of making a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

In this talk we'll share with you our experiences in developing and delivering the interdisciplinary Massive Open Online Course Rethinking Ageing: Are We Prepared to Live Longer?. If you're not quite sure what a MOOC is, what preparing a MOOC i...

Using health service and public health interventions to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the areas of STIs, HIV and viral hepatitis

James Ward, a Pitjantjatjara Nurrunga man, is the Head of Infectious Diseases Research ProgramAboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He has progressed research in the areas of sexually transmissible infect...

Dungala Kaiela Oration

The Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne are proud to host the Dungala Kaiela Oration. This year, University of Melbourne ViceChancellor, Professor Glyn Davis AC, will deliver the 7th Annual Oration as he discusses “From the 1930s to ...

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Thursday, 9 Jul 2015

Mental health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Mental disorders were famously not included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and were not included in the Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). This is likely to change wit...

Art, liturgy and the five senses in the Middle Ages

This lecture will explore several aspects of the definition of the five senses in Christianity before and during the Middle Ages. Professor Eric Palazzo will show how the conception of the five senses in Christian theology interacts with the con...

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Australian Academy of Science New Fellows Symposium

At this symposium, the newly elected Victorian Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science together with this year’s medal winners will give brief presentations on their work. Presenters and topics include: Dr Ziggy Switkowski FAA, Chairman,...

Baba Amte Memorial Lecture: The Amnesias of Democracy

The 2014 national elections and the 2015 Delhi elections, both of which delivered absolute majorities, have reinforced the public notion that Indian democracy is vibrant and unique, with the capacity to reinvent the polity. In the context of the M...

The (Adaptive) Innovative Organisation

Innovation as a buzzword is losing its meaning. The reason we innovate is to adapt. In this lecture Professor Gerry George will tackle the core management issues behind innovation in a simpler way. Addressing the imperative to change in today’s in...

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Friday, 10 Jul 2015

Nano-Scale Light: The Surprising World of Optical Nano-Structures

The July Lectures in Physics “International Year of Light 2015” Advances in nanotechnology allow us to make optical nanostructures with surprising and technologicallyuseful properties. Optical nanostructures can focus light so tightly that a sing...

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Monday, 13 Jul 2015

Is it possible that animals have some emotions deeper than those of any human?

If you consider peaceful coexistence is the ability to live at peace within your own species and other species, then almost all animals are our superior. Even the greatest predator on the planet (after us of course), the killer whale is far ahead ...

Biomedical Engineering seminar: Neural mechanisms of eye-hand coordination in the posterior parietal cortex

Everyday activities like reaching for our morning coffee depend on a wellorchestrated coupling of where we look with our eyes and where we reach with our hand. A wealth of behavioural research has contributed to our understanding of how eye moveme...

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The Multiple Animal Worlds of Edward Topsell

Edward Topsell’s Historie of FoureFooted Beastes of 1607 is a work bringing together the etymology of animals’ names, their anatomies, food, diseases, medical uses, reproductive methods, habits, and the fables about them. In it philology mixes wit...

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Web Accessibility for People with Cognitive Disabilities

Peter Blanck will examine the rights of individuals with cognitive disabilities to equal access to web content and how this can be achieved. This public lecture will be based upon Peter Blanck's book eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility b...

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Making ethnographic history: Encounters in the Greg Dening Archive

In this talk, the 2014 Redmond Barry Fellow Dr Michael Davis will explore the juxtaposition of his reading of the archive of Professor Greg Dening, anthropologist and historian of the Pacific, with his research and writing on 19th century Aborigin...

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Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015

Discretion and Diplomacy in Interspecies Performance

As the Anthropocene flattens the ontological grounds upon which humanist inquiry and knowledge have been based, the embodied arts of performance are well positioned to lead the search for identifications and identities not only across species boun...

The Science Research Marathon

Professor Bell’s background is as a senior academic administrator, a documentary filmmaker and an anthropologist. Professor Bell holds a PhD from the University of Sydney in the discipline of Anthropology. Over the past decade she has conducted re...

Batman: 76 Years as a Transmedia Text

Since 1940, one year after his inception, Batman has occupied multiple media texts: from 1943 onwards he has also existed across multiple media forms. This talk takes us through 76 years of Batman as a crossplatform cultural icon, tracing his jour...

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Wanting the Wild

The general Romantic appreciation of wildness in the abstract or at an aesthetic or geographical remove was accompanied, at least in some hearts and minds, by the desire to incorporate it into everyday experience. Where animals were concerned, var...

2014 Terzaghi Lecture: Energy Geotechnology - enabling new insights into soil behaviour

Energy is critical to life, and the coming decades will see worldwide population growth and associated economic development that will result in a pronounced increase in energy demand. Historically, geotechnical engineering has been crucial to pro...

Parkinson’s disease: Deep brain stimulation and other advanced therapies – when and when not to try, and their effectiveness

Did you know one in four of us will experience a disease of the brain or mind during our lives? The Florey’s talented researchers are making great headway in the search for cures and improved treatments for many serious conditions of the brain. S...

Sunday, 12 Jul 2015

Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism

The sixth biennial Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) International Conference, will explore the complex relationship between the public and private worlds of animals. It will consider the roles played by emotions, empathy and activism in the...

Thursday, 16 Jul 2015

Eat to Cheat Ageing

When you really think about it, pretty much everything you hear about health on radio and TV, in magazines and newspapers and even from lots of health professionals, is aimed at younger adults. Of course, it’s absolutely critical that people do al...

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Challenges of Risk Governance: Coping with Climate Change

Current societies are challenged by a number of pressing global systemic risks arising from global environmental change, in particular climate change. Responding adequately to these risks is a challenge for our world society in which national inte...

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Friday, 17 Jul 2015

Japan’s Undergraduate Education: An examination from historical and comparative perspectives

The reform of undergraduate education has been a hot topic in the last decade under the impact of globalization and changing relationships between higher education and communities and graduate employment. This is evident in the development of the ...

VCA and MCM Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Research Symposium is designed to provide an opportunity for Graduate VCA & MCM students to “test” their research projects in a semiformal and supportive interdisciplinary environment. There will be a strong emphasis on Confirmation, ...

George Cruikshank: S.T. Gill and the Colonial World Conference

This lecture for the S.T. Gill and the Colonial World conference will be presented by the Australian institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne, in partnership with State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Rare Book Week and supported by ...

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Prospecting with Light: The Search for Super-Massive Black Holes in Galaxies

The July Lectures in Physics “International Year of Light 2015” Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope show that black holes in the centres of galaxies have today reached “supermassive” size – i.e. millions to billions of times the mass of ...

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The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie

The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie is a 2day multidisciplinary symposium that brings together artists, academics and cultural commentators to reflect upon the influences of and on David Bowie in rock, pop, film, art, fashion and performance....

Saturday, 18 Jul 2015

The Revolution & its current meaning: Why Bastille Day matters

The seizure of the Bastille fortress on 14 July 1789 symbolises the triumph of popular sovereignty over absolutism in France. It marks one of the great turningpoints in history. Professor Peter McPhee will explore additional reasons why the Fren...

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S.T. Gill and the Colonial World

This conference will present a series of papers and discussions focusing on the art, life and times of the 19th century Australian artist S.T. Gill. Speakers will include:Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, SLV Honorary Fellow and Guest Curator of...

Sunday, 5 Jul 2015

Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic

The University’s collection of early landscape painting shows that our most celebrated artists were not free of anxieties about the natural environment and the ghosts that haunt it, indeed many could not escape them. Weird melancholy brings togeth...

Sunday, 5 Jul 2015

Brook Andrew. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts

The world dramatically changed after the outbreak of WWI: Australia was not excluded. Described as the war to end all wars it would be a mere two decades before Europe was once again plagued by a major conflict. Australia has played its role in bo...

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