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Ecological Enlightenment - 2012 Annual Theme

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In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated his Gaia hypothesis about the symbiosis of the earth’s intersecting ecosystems.  He posited a complex feedback loop that somehow maintains, as he put it, ‘an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet’. Little did he know then that the catastrophic role of human agency in upsetting this symbiosis would gain such centrality in scientific debates forty years later. The human as geological agent is a relatively recent formulation.

2014 Conferences and Workshops

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2013 Annual Theme

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Cities, Imaginaries, Publics

In 2013 we commemorate the centenary of Canberra. Given the location of our Centre in Australia’s bush capital, we propose to dedicate the year to thinking about the creation of urban spaces and the role of public imagination and affect in configuring them as sites of value. Contemplating the urban is to contemplate a fraught realm of emotions, passions, dreams and imaginaries. In making cities we remake ourselves, as one of the founding figures of urban sociology, Robert Park, said in the sixties.

Can humans manage the anthropocene: Australian carbon pricing in context

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Date: 
15 June, 2012 - 11:00 - 12:30
Venue: 
Shine Dome, Academy of Science

What a work of art is man. And of mind, and social organisation. The stunning acceleration of human achievement through the past several millennia and especially the last two centuries has emerged from a balance between individual ambition and capacity for altruism and social cohesion. Whether the towering achievements of modern civilization are available to all of humanity in the next generation and to any in the generations that follow depends on whether we are able to establish an old balance in unfamiliar circumstances.

Professor Ross Garnaut - CHCI Annual Conference on 'Anthropocene Humanities', hosted by the HRC

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2013 Conferences

21 - 22 February
Public Space and Commemoration
Convenor:
Dr Quentin Stevens, RMIT (HRC Visiting Fellow 2013). E: e83369@ems.rmit.edu.au
Venue: SRWB #120, ANU

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The Future of the Disciplines-HRC Roundtable Series 2012

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Date: 
19 May, 2012 - 15:00 - 17:00
Venue: 
Sir Roland Wilson Building Seminar Room (third floor)

The Humanities Research Centre 2011 Roundtable Series on the Future of the Disciplines presents:

Postdisciplinarity

Roundtable led by:
Simon During
ARC Professorial Fellow
Centre for the History of European Discourses
University of Queensland

Respondents:
Geremie Barmé
Director, Australian Centre on China in the World
Professor of Chinese History, CAP

Shameem Black

Thursday 19 May, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Seminar Room 1, Sir Roland Wilson Building [#120]

World, Territory, Space - Workshop and Masterclass

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Date: 
11 May, 2011 - 09:30 - 13:00
Venue: 
Sir Roland Wilson Building Theatrette


Workshop and Master Class with Professor Stuart Elden, Durham University,
United Kingdom

Convenor and Moderator - Dr Debjani Ganguly

This workshop explores the interrelation of three spatial concepts - world, territory
and space itself. Drawing on Stuart Elden’s earlier writings on these topics - on
globalisation, the work of German philosopher Eugen Fink, debates about territory
and the outline of a future book - the workshop will explore ways of thinking about
these concepts. The overriding theme is that they cannot be defined in an absolute,
unproblematic way, but are better approached through a series of questions that
allow us to understand how they have been conceived in different times and places,
and the effects these understandings have had.

The event is open to graduate students and researchers across the campus. A
maximum of 25 places will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Expressions of interest with brief bios can be sent to Leena Messina at
leena.messina@anu.edu.au latest by 6 May 2011. Selected participants will be sent
four pieces of work by Prof Elden prior to the workshop.

HRC 2011 Annual Theme - The World and World-Making in Humanities and the Arts

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Along with interdisciplinary debates on globalization, the last few years have witnessed a resurgence in the idea of the ‘world’, and markedly so in humanities and the arts. ‘World History’, ‘World Literature’, ‘World Art, and ‘World Music’ are now frequently cited sub-disciplinary rubrics. As market categories, of course, these have circulated for a while now to signify cultural productions from the non-West.

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