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Upcoming Events

ADRI Public Lecture: Nation and Imagination: Widowhood in the 1950s in India
18 August 2014

Gandhian discourse on the possibility of creating a strong moral and ideal Indian had a tremendous impact upon the imagi-Nation of the people of India. Gandhi introduced multidimensionality into the meaning of honour during the freedom movement. The Hindi cinema borrowed this complexity from the socioreformist activism of the 19th century. The cinema audience which came largely from the middle class in independent India inherited the cultural nuances of this dichotomy. Hindu widows became a favorite cinematic subject in the 1950s. Indian widows (mostly Hindu ) in India comprise 34 million souls and the overall share of widows to total population of women in India is 6.9%. Indian scenario is interesting as widows form about 1 percent of all younger women between the age of 15 and 35. Widows account for 12 percent of all middle aged women between the age of 35 to 59; and 55 percent of women above sixty years of age. Nearly thirty thousand widows are below the age of fifteen. On the other hand, the widowers in India are less than three percent of the adult male population. In the rural areas factors such as illiteracy, caste loyalties and ideas of honour, preference for male child, arbitrariness of property claims and maintenance rights of the women as daughters, wives and widows, place women in a relatively more vulnerable situation than their urban counterpart.

The perception that younger widows were more prone to forming illegitimate relations convinced the Hindus across all castes that her sexuality must be relocated within the institution of marriage. In case of the elder widows, ashrams and modern old age homes could relocate them. The Indian State introduced certain reforms by passing the 1955-56 Hindu Marriage and Property Acts. This was presumably done to address the question of economic vulnerability of the Hindu women in general and was result of a long drawn battles waged by the Indian women's groups since the 1930s and 40s. In independent India, the Nehruvian socialism uniquely combined with Gandhian moral reformism sought to furnish a renewed moral code. In the context of nation in the making, both Ernest Gellner (2004) and E.J.Hobsbawm (1990) have laid emphasis on the element of artifact, invention and social engineering. Nations may not just bring together people to be citizens of a post revolutionary state, such as the French state. Nations bring citizens together in the context of a particular stage of technological and economic development also. Nation making was a phenomenon in which citizens' 'view from below' was also important. It was equally important to know whether a particular discourse was being accepted or not. In this sense, Nehru had realized the strength, emotional intensity and appropriateness of the Gandhian approach and had woven it with his policies during his prime ministerial days. Feminists have been arguing that in the discourse of nation making it is the women who perpetually emerge as bearers of collective honour. Men and women are taught to answer their call for service to nation differently, there by creating a gender difference. This paper will explore this debate further.

Dr Jyoti Atwal teaches gender history at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a Visiting Scholar at University of Sydney where she is collaborating on a joint project on 'Education and Dalits in Colonial Punjab'. Her area of specialization is Indian women in the reformist, nationalist and contemporary perspectives; dalit women's history; entangled histories of Indian/English/and Irish women. She has also published in the field of comparative cultural studies on Korean, Afghani, African and Swiss women.

Dr Atwal's latest publication includes 'Foul unhallow'd fires': Officiating Sati and the Colonial Hindu Widow in the United Provinces', in Studies in History, 29.2 (2013): 229-272.

Monday 18 August, 2014
11.00am to 12.30pm
Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Please RSVP to adri-events@deakin.edu.au by Friday 15 August


ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars: Improving the Use of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Services in Rural and Pastoralist Ethiopia
26 August 2014

Presented by Research Fellow, Dr Ruth Jackson

lEthiopia's commitment to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 is demonstrated by efforts to improve access to and strengthen facility-based Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) services, and by increasing institutional deliveries by skilled health workers. As one of the least urbanized countries in the world, Ethiopia aims to improve access to health services to rural and pastoralist populations through a decentralized health system.

This paper examines the role of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) in providing key MNCH services at the community (kebele) level including clean and safe delivery, and communication with a referral center. The referral system is seen as the key to reducing the delays that currently contribute to maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The question the paper addresses is: To what extent can HEWs reduce the first delay - the recognition of birth complications and the decision to seek medical care?

The ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars are a lunchtime series where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic.

12pm-1pm
Deakin University Waterfront Campus
Geelong
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For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at: jonathan.ritchie@deakin.edu.au.


Cultural Heritage Seminar: Recent Approaches to Consideration of Heritage Amendments and Planning Permits
27 August 2014

Presenter: Jenny Moles, Planning Panels Victoria

Abstract:
Jenny will address the approach traditionally taken by Planning Panels to assessing new heritage controls and policies and how it has changed in response to recent amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The nature of social and economic matters which are relevant considerations will be discussed as well as the role of building condition. Jenny will also outline and comment on the most recent VCAT and Supreme Court cases concerning the assessment of planning permission under the Heritage Overlay and where integrated decision-making applies

Biography:
Jenny Moles is a  Senior Member with Planning Panels Victoria where she has chaired numerous  panels dealing with proposed heritage controls. She has a varied planning background, principally with State Government. She is a former Member of the Historic Buildings Council and chaired the Advisory Committee Review of Heritage Provisions in Planning Schemes.

5:30pm
Deakin University
Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street
Meeting Room 3

Contact Yamini Narayanan at y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au


HDR Workshop: Writing to be Read
5 September 2014

This programme, comprising of 2 workshops a month apart, is aimed at those who are thinking about improving their writing and communicating their research to a broader audience. In the first instance, the programme is open to all currently-enrolled higher degree by research students in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

The workshop features:

  • Dennis Glover, columnist, speechwriter
  • Jennifer Kloester, biographer, novelist
  • John Watson, The Conversation
  • Sarah Dolan, Director, Media Relations and Corporate Communications, Deakin University

Part II: Producing non-Academic Writing:

How can PhD students communicate the importance of the research beyond the academy? The workshop draws on the knowledge of those who have made the transition from academic publishing to newspapers, online forums, documentaries, speechwriting and books for general audience. This workshop requires participants to draw on the skills learnt from workshop 1 and submit short pieces of captivating writing as a first task (and if demand exceeds available places, participants will be chosen according to the order of received submissions). In the course of discussing their submissions with a panel of experts who have made the transition from academic to broader audiences, participants will:

A - Gain a better understanding of the difference between academic and non-academic writing, hopefully sharpening both in the process.
B - Learn successful ways to 'pitch' their research and ideas to media and other non-academic forums.
C - Explore the possibilities of transitioning from niche to broader/trade publishers.
D - Develop a richer understanding of the power of words in a political setting.

5 September 2014
10am-5pm
Waterfront Campus
Geelong
Western Beach Room

For further information, email: jo.collins@deakin.edu.au


ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars: Cohort Fertility Patterns by Religion in India
9 September 2014

The ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars are a lunchtime series where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic.

Dr Samba Pasupuleti will be presenting.

12pm-1pm
Deakin University Waterfront Campus
Geelong
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For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at: jonathan.ritchie@deakin.edu.au.


ADRI Public Seminars: Improving the Use of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Services in Rural and Pastoralist Ethiopia
12 September 2014

The ADRI Seminars are a lunchtime series open to the public, where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic. Deakin University's Melbourne City Campus, with its lush and stylish setting, offers a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne's CBD.

There probably isn't a more enjoyable way to spend your lunch-break!

Presented by Research Fellow, Dr Ruth Jackson

Ethiopia's commitment to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 is demonstrated by efforts to improve access to and strengthen facility-based Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) services, and by increasing institutional deliveries by skilled health workers. As one of the least urbanized countries in the world, Ethiopia aims to improve access to health services to rural and pastoralist populations through a decentralized health system.

This paper examines the role of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) in providing key MNCH services at the community (kebele) level including clean and safe delivery, and communication with a referral center. The referral system is seen as the key to reducing the delays that currently contribute to maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The question the paper addresses is: To what extent can HEWs reduce the first delay - the recognition of birth complications and the decision to seek medical care?

1pm-2:30pm
Deakin University
Melbourne City Centre
Level 3
550 Bourke Street

For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at: jonathan.ritchie@deakin.edu.au.


4th Annual PNG Symposium
14 - 15 September 2014

The 2014 Papua New Guinea symposium is the fourth in the annual series of symposia that are intended to aid communication among researchers and practitioners in PNG, Australia, and elsewhere in the region. This year, it will be held in Papua New Guinea at Pacific Adventist University.

Perhaps as never before, PNG is engaging with the world, giving rise to new and complex questions that require considered attention and discussion. Academics, practitioners, observers and commentators in PNG, Australia and around the world will participate in the symposium with presentations, papers, and panel discussions to explore and address some of these issues.

For further information contact the Symposium organisers at adri-events@deakin.edu.au.


Cultural Heritage Seminar: Heritage Diplomacy, and Moving Beyond the UNESCOization of Heritage Studies
24th September 2014

Presenter: Professor Tim Winter, Research Chair of Cultural Heritage, Deakin University

Abstract: TBC


ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars: PNG in WWII: The Kokoda Pilot Study
7 October 2014

The ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars are a lunchtime series where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic.

Dr Jonathan Ritchie will be presenting.

12pm-1pm
Deakin University Waterfront Campus
Geelong
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For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at: jonathan.ritchie@deakin.edu.au.


ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars: Remembering the Mighty Atom: The Manhattan Project National Park, USA
21 October 2014

The ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars are a lunchtime series where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic.

Professor David Lowe will be presenting.

12pm-1pm
Deakin University Waterfront Campus
Geelong
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For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at: jonathan.ritchie@deakin.edu.au.


ADRI Public Seminars: PNG in WWII: The Kokoda Pilot Study
24 October 2014

The ADRI Seminars are a lunchtime series open to the public, where our researchers are given an opportunity to showcase their current project/s and encourage open and informal debate on their chosen topic. Deakin University's Melbourne City Campus, with its lush and stylish setting, offers a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne's CBD.

There probably isn't a more enjoyable way to spend your lunch-break!

Presented by Dr Jonathan Ritchie.

1pm-2:30pm
Deakin University
Melbourne City Centre
Level 3
550 Bourke Street

For further information, please contact Dr Jonathan Ritchie at: jonathan.ritchie@deakin.edu.au.


Cultural Heritage Seminar: Holocaust Exhibitions and the 'Myth of Silence': The 1961 Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Exhibition, Melbourne
29 October 2014

Presenter: Dr. Steven Cooke, Deakin University

Abstract:
This talk examines the origins, development and reception of the Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, held in April 1961. Situated within the context of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Israel and fears of racism in Australia, the exhibition is a site through which complex debates over Australian-Jewish identity and memory of the Holocaust can be understood. The exhibition was visited by over 6000 people in four days and employed a variety of contemporary museum techniques, including displays of art and material culture relating to the Holocaust, a replica 'tomb of the unknown Jewish Martyr' and 'living history' displays of life in post war Australia.

The paper shows how representations of the Holocaust were shaped by both local concerns and an emerging global network of information, artefacts, people, and institutions involved in remembrance. It explores the politics of the development of the exhibition, the poetics of its displays, the part played by survivors, and the role of other cultural and educational institutions in Melbourne. Contrasting this exhibition with another Warsaw Ghetto exhibition held in London at the same time, it examines issues of 'race', identity and belonging within the context of a rapidly changing post-colonial society, adding to a nuanced reading that unsettles the established narratives of the development of historical memory of the Holocaust in Australia.

5:30pm
Deakin City Campus
Meeting Room 3
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street
Melbourne

RSVP to Yamini Narayanan: y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au


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18th August 2014