Alfred Deakin Research Institute

Upcoming Events

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

Much recent work in the historiography of the Holocaust has challenged the 'myth of silence', the supposed post-war reticence of Holocaust survivors to speak about their traumatic experiences. A major focus of this work has been on examining the 'sheer volume of talking, recording, writing, representation in various media, and publishing' that went on in the two decades after the Second World War (Cesarani and Sundquist 201:10). However, little work to date has explored museum displays for what they can add to the reappraisal of this period.

This paper examines the origins, development and reception of two temporary exhibitions held in 1961; one in Melbourne, one in London, which both have as their focus the Warsaw Ghetto. Within the context of recent discussions on the role of emotion and affect in the engagement between museum exhibitions and viewer as a way to develop more collaborative and emancipatory museum practice, it explores the politics and poetics of the displays, particularly the use of photographs in the London exhibition, influenced by ideas of the 'democratic surround' pioneered by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Turner 2013) and the role of survivors in the Melbourne exhibition. Through this I argue that the displays presaged more recent debates about exhibitions as affective spaces in an attempt to effect political and social change. It 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 which adds to the nuanced reading that unsettles the established narratives of the development of post-war Holocaust memory in the UK and Australia.

Presenter:
Dr Steven Cooke is a cultural and historical geographer who has published widely on issues relating to the memorial landscapes of war and genocide, museums and national identity and maritime heritage and urban redevelopment. On arriving in Australia in 2002, he worked in the heritage sector for a number of years before moving to the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University in February 2011. He is Course Director for the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies programs at Deakin, and also an Honorary Research Fellow at Winchester University, UK.

DINNER:
The seminar will be followed by dinner around 7pm. at Mr. Modern Japanese Fusion.

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

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


Seminar: Re-thinking Decolonisation after World War Two
31 October 2014

Presenter: Professor A.G. Hopkins, Cambridge University, UK

Professor A.G. Hopkins has long been one of Britain's leading scholars on the British Empire. We are delighted that Professor Hopkins will be with us on Friday 31 October to present on the topic of Rethinking Decolonisation after World War Two. The themes he will cover include rethinking the standard focus of decolonisation studies on Asia and Africa: the failure of orthodox accounts of the Cold War to do justice to decolonisation of any kind; and the need to reframe the subject in the light of post-colonial globalisation to include China, the 'old dominions' and the USA. This will be an informal seminar with plenty of opportunity for discussion. All are most welcome.

Professor A.G. Hopkins is an Emeritus Professor in Commonwealth History at Cambridge University and an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, having held chairs in history at Birmingham, Geneva, Cambridge and Texas Universities. His many publications include An Economic History of West Africa (1973); British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (1st ed. published in two volumes in 1993; 2nd ed. in one volume, 2001) and Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local (2006).

1.00pm to 3.30pm
Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street
Melbourne

RSVP to Jo Collins: jo.collins@deakin.edu.au


ADRI @ Waterfront Seminars: Raphael Lemkin and the UN adoption of the Genocide Convention
4 November 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 Donna Frieze 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
18 November 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.


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21st October 2014