Pre-Fieldwork Seminar (26 Oct) by Dinith Adikari: Maung Maung in the Middle: Navigating Scripts of Masculinity and Reality in Contemporary Myanmar

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Location: Milgate¬†Room, AD Hope Building Time: 3pm, Friday 26th October Abstract: Myanmar‚Äôs transition from military to civilian rule has opened up new opportunities for many individuals within the country. As the country becomes more exposed to the globalised world, ‚Äúforeign‚ÄĚ interactions such as economic access to markets all the way to global media has become […]

Wednesday Seminar (24 Oct) by Susanna Trnka: ‘Neoliberalism’ or Havel: Rethinking Responsibility Through the Lens of Social Contracts, CSR, and Childhood Asthma

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Time:¬†24 October,¬†9:30-11:00¬†am Venue: Room 1.13, Coombs Extension Building Abstract: Assumptions about the intrinsic value of self-responsibility increasingly pervade social life, underpinning new forms of governance, subjectivities, and collective relations. Despite, however, the pervasive and diverse deployments of neoliberal rhetorics of responsibilization, in everyday practice, responsibility entails a much broader range of meanings. In a recent […]

Master Class for PhDs and ECRs by Susanna Trnka (24 Oct): Small Data, Big Questions: Generating Theory out of Ethnographic Specificity

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Time:¬†24 October, 2:00-4:00 pm Venue: Seminar room 3, JG Crawford Building In this¬†master class,¬†we¬†will consider how ethnographers¬†move from examining¬†ethnographic specificities¬†to making wider¬†theoretical claims. While Clifford Geertz most famously posited that¬†convincing one’s readers that we have “been there” in the field is the key to writing convincing ethnography, we will look at a different facet of […]

Conversations by Matt Tomlinson and Yujie Zhu on ‘Heritage and Religion’ (17 Oct)

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Time:Wednesday October 17th¬†12.00-1.00 Venue: (SRWB Conference Room 1.02) The oft-heard distinction in English-language discourse about the difference between being ‚Äúreligious‚ÄĚ and being ‚Äúspiritual‚ÄĚ can misdirect scholars of religion and spirituality from asking the key question, which is how ritual practices materially attempt to engage with the immaterial. In this presentation, Yujie Zhu discusses his work […]

Pre-submission Seminar (16 Oct) by Jodie-Lee Trembath: Marketing Authenticities: The Changing Nature of Academic Labour on an International Branch Campus in Vietnam

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Time: 16 October, Tuesday: 11-12:30 Venue: Seminar Room 1.08 in building 10T1 Abstract: International branch campuses (IBCs), much like the foreign subsidiaries of multinational corporations, are an example of the global spread of Western knowledge and practices, particularly into countries in the Global South such as China, Malaysia and Vietnam. Previous literature has shown that […]

CHL Flagship Event: Conference on ‘Ideals and Projects of Perfection’

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Time: 11 October (Thursday), 2018 Venue: ANU China in the World Seminar Rooms If you plan to attend¬†any part of the conference (and we very much hope you do!), please do register here Schedule: 8:15-8:30: welcome from Simon Haberle, school director 8:30-9:00: Tomoko Akami, ‚ÄėOn perfection and realities: Quantification and scientification of social sciences and […]

Pre-Submission Seminar (5 Oct) by Ian Pollock: Irregular flows: exchange, descent, and the everyday un/making of hierarchy in Rara Ele, Flores, Indonesia

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Location: Milgate¬†Room, AD Hope Building Time: 3pm, Friday 5th October Abstract: The Ngadha people of Rara Ele, a high valley near Bajawa on the Indonesian island of Flores, described their social hierarchy to me¬†in terms of descent: nobles, commoners, and slaves, and hereditary titles. I found this orderly system to be in flux. The aristocratic […]