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HRC Seminar Series

Semester 1, 2017


HRC Visiting Fellows, whilst at the Centre, participate in the Centre’s programs and meet regularly with other fellows to make a public presentation of their research.

Members of the University and the general public are welcome to attend seminars for free. They are held on Tuesdays (4.30–5.45pm) throughout the semester, and are followed by informal discussion and light refreshments.  We encourage all students to attend and for tutors to advise their students of this opportunity.

Each seminar is held in Seminar Room 1 (unless otherwise indicated), on the 3rd Floor of the Sir Roland Wilson Building.

Date Presenter Topic
March 7 Prof. Srilata Ravi
University of Alberta, CAN
‘Out of Place’: Diasporic Travel Writing and the Impossibility of Return
March 14 Prof. Jane Simpson
Australian National University
Constrained Creativity: Towards a Natural History of Language in Fantasy Novels
March 21 Dr Adam Broinowski
Australian National University
The Atomic Gaze and Occupied Bodies: Performance in Japan during and after the Cold War
March 28, 12.15pm Dr Steven Howe
University of Lucerne, SUI

Law and Transgression in Weimar Film

(Seminar Room 2/3)

  Mid-Semester Break  
April 18 Prof. Greg Horsley
University of New England, AUS
Welcome, Stranger? Attitudes to Outsiders in Mediterranean Antiquity
May 2 Dr Chris Holdridge
University of the Free State, RSA
Convict Transportation and the Origins of Settler Immigration Acts in the Anglo World
May 16 Assoc. Prof. Elena Isayev
University of Exeter, UK
Between Hospitality and Asylum: Stranger as Victim and Agent - Suppliant and Guest
May 23 Dr Mark Dawson
Australian National University
'Whites, Blacks & Tawneys': Perceptions of Native Americans in the Early Modern Anglo-Atlantic
May 30 Assoc. Prof. Paola Zamperini
Northwestern University, US
Dangerous Romances. The Stranger in Chinese Narratives, Past and Present
June 6 Dr Melanie Lamotte
Cambridge University, UK
Before Race Mattered. Ethnic Prejudice in the French Empire, c. 1635—1767 (Seminar room 2/3)
June 13 Prof. Dean Kotlowski
Salisbury University, US
The Road to Self-Determination: Indigenous Policy in the United States and Australia, 1960—1993


Details of papers are updated as they are finalised by the presenters.

When further event details are made available, seminar titles will be linked to the relevant webpage.



Current Series Flyer [PDF]

Past Seminar Series


Updated: 24 May 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head, HRC / Page Contact:  HRC administration