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Conference: 'Literature in the Global Context'

Friday, 6 May 2016 - 8:30am - 5:30pm
HRC Conference Room A.D.Hope Building #14, ANU


'Literature in the Global Context'

Details and Audio Recordings


‘Putin’s Russia in the Wake of the Cold War’ - 24 - 26 August 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 - 9:00am - Friday, 26 August 2016 - 1:00pm


Putin’s Russia in the Wake of the Cold War




Lonely Planet/Getty images


History and Authority: Political Vocabularies of the Modern Age, July 2016

Thursday, 28 July 2016 - 8:30am - Friday, 29 July 2016 - 6:00pm
HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14



History and Authority

Political Vocabularies of the Modern Age



Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University
28-29 July 2016

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Dan Edelstein, Stanford University (USA)
Professor Peter Hallward, Kingston University (UK)
Associate Professor Alison Ross, Monash University

Forms of Authority - July 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 8:00am - Friday, 22 July 2016 - 5:30pm
HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14



Divided Authorities and Dispossessed Peoples

Aesthetic Dimensions of Political and Critical Theory in the 21st Century


Invited Keynotes: Louise Amoore (Durham, UK), Chiara Bottici (New School NYC), Davide Panagia (UCLA), Dimitris Vardoulakis (Western Sydney University)

Culture & Infrastructure: New Ethnographic Projects in Indonesia & Beyond

Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 8:00am - Friday, 15 April 2016 - 5:30pm
HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14


Infrastructures are essential to the everyday workings of contemporary societies in Asia and the Pacific and to their articulation with globalizing forces.  Yet most analyses overlook the profoundly cultural character of infrastructures and their role in the very feel of contemporary human life. “Infrastructure” typically receives analytic treatment as a techno-functional system without cultural dimension.  At the same time, studies of “culture” seldom set their sights on the techno-political operations of built infrastructural networks. These analytic and theoretical dispositions need to be questioned and reframed so as to reveal the aesthetic, political, religious, and experiential dimensions of infrastructural systems.  New studies from Indonesia promise fresh, innovative, and perhaps model ways of bringing “culture” and “infrastructure” into a single frame of description and analysis.

This two-day conference and workshop aims to engage scholars, policy-makers, and others interested in Asia and the Pacific with its interdisciplinary emphasis on linking the humanities and qualitative social sciences to policy, public works, technology, labor, diplomacy, education, corporate business, and development. Taking their inspiration and point of departure from ethnographic projects currently under way in Indonesia, our keynote speakers will explore ways to bring humanities-oriented anthropological approaches to bear on the ethnographic depiction and understanding of infrastructures with the aim of revealing their politico-aesthetic power, design, and purpose.



Ahmad Sadali, Gunungan Emas (The Golden Mountain), 1980. Oil, wood, canvas.



Keynote speakers:

Homer and the Epic Tradition (Homer Seminar VIII)

Monday, 7 December 2015 - 8:00am - Tuesday, 8 December 2015 - 1:30pm
HRC Confernence Room A.D.Hope Building@14, ANU

Homer and the Epic Tradition

Conference in Honour of Professor Elizabeth Minchin

Global English, Minimal English: Towards better intercultural communication

Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 8:45am - Friday, 3 July 2015 - 5:45pm
HRC Confererence Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, The Australian National University

Minimal English word cloud

Featuring an impressive range of speakers from multiple countries and disciplines, "Global English, Minimal English" aims to bring new energy and new ideas to interdisciplinary dialogue on two pressing issues: reducing the dangers of Anglocentrism and achieving better intercultural understanding in these times of Global English.

Global France, Global French 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 4:00pm - Friday, 23 October 2015 - 5:30pm
Sir Roland Wilson Building 21 October 2015 - Australian Centre on China in the World 22 - 23 October 2015



Humanities Research Centre
Australian National University

21 - 23 October 2015

Art work by Fabienne Verdier

2015 Conferences and Workshops

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 9:31am - Wednesday, 30 December 2015 - 5:32pm

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Dates: 25-26 March 2015
Visual Expression in the Discipline of Words
Convenor: Professor David MacDougall, ANU

Dates: 2-3 July 2015
Global English, Minimal English: Towards better intercultural communication

Convenor : Anna Wierzbicka

Date: 28 - 30 September 2015
Judging the Past in a Post Cold War World
Convenor: Peter Read, ANU

Date: 22 - 23 October 2015
Global France Global French
Convenor: Leslie Barnes, ANU

2015 HRC Annual Theme - Global Languages

Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 4:00pm - Thursday, 31 December 2015 - 5:30pm

The history of the world is characterized by great diversity in languages and societies as small groups split off and develop their own ways of talking and interacting. This diversity has been periodically checked by the rise of larger societies and economies, created by empires, evangelism and the demands of trade and diplomacy. Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic and Chinese have all held sway at different times and to different extents.

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