Seminars, events and working papers

2013 events

Furthering Australia-China Engagement: Issues, Challenges and Ideas
Diplomatic relations between Australia and China have now entered the fifth decade. Buoyed by close economic links, this crucial relationship appears to be healthy and growing. But is there room to further strengthen and develop this relationship? How could Australia and China better engage with each other in political, strategic, cultural, educational as well as economic realms? What are the opportunities and challenges that face this relationship in the new century?

Debating and understanding such issues and questions is vital to Australia's place in the 'Asian Century'. Specifically, it is central to the development and implementation of a balanced, nuanced and responsive country strategy on China as Australia prepares itself for the rise of a dynamic and complex Asia. In this context, it is important that from the outset Australia should engage in close and regular dialogue with China on both how to understand these common challenges and how its China strategy might take shape.

This conference aims to facilitate such dialogue between Australian and Chinese scholars to address some of the broader questions noted above. It will invite scholars and observers from various disciplines and fields in Australia and China to provide a wide range of perspectives. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the conditions for cross-cultural understanding and misunderstanding; the roles of language and history teaching, educational links, and research collaboration; the political, strategic and economic dimensions of engagement; cross-cultural perspectives on identity, literacy, citizenship, development, and globalisation; and how and what ideational and institutional changes may be required to give this relationship more resilience. Through discussion and dialogue, the conference will strengthen ongoing collaboration and linkage between Australian and Chinese scholars, students, writers and journalists, and contribute to the broader debate on Australia-China relations.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
Australian Studies Centre, Renmin University of China

When: 3-4 October 2013
Where: Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Australia and ASEAN: Partners in more than Dialogue?
In 2014, Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrate 40 years of Dialogue Partnership. Since becoming ASEAN's first Dialogue Partner in 1974, the Southeast Asia region has undergone enormous change. It is now home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, new participatory democracies, and multilateral challenges such as health pandemics, people-smuggling and cross-border environmental risks. To manage these increasing regional complexities, ASEAN is now central to a range of processes - the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Plus Three - that engage not only Australia but also major powers, including China, Japan, Russia and the United States.

But how well do Australians know ASEAN? And do we understand the potential the Australia-ASEAN relationship holds for navigating a century of dynamic change in our region?

To help us better understand the role that ASEAN plays in regional affairs - and the value of Australia's Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN - Deakin University and Asialink have assembled an expert panel for this public discussion. Panel members - former Secretary-General of ASEAN, Rodolfo Severino, Associate Professor Tan See Seng and Dr Avery Poole, together with Chair, Professor Baogang He - will consider the 40-year evolution of the Australia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership and its future prospects as Australians contemplate their place the 'Asian Century'.

Associate Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Associate Professor See Seng Tan, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
Dr Avery Poole, The University of Melbourne

Event Chair
Professor Baogang He, Deakin University

When: 10th Jul 2013 Time: 6:15pm for 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne (Swanston Street, opposite Melbourne University super tram stop)

Max Charlesworth: Crossing the Philosophy and religion divide
The Editors and staff of Sophia and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University invite you to celebrate with us the publication of a special issue of Sophia, 'Max Charlesworth: Crossing the Philosophy and Religion Divide' (Sophia, 51:4, 2012).

This issue of Sophia is a Festschrift in honour of Professor Max Charlesworth, AO, who co-founded Sophia in 1962. He was Reader in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne before going to Deakin University as Planning Dean of the School of Humanities. He remained at Deakin as Professor of Philosophy until 1991 before retiring as Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of a number of significant books and articles and an exemplary educational innovator. In a career of public engagement that has spanned some seven decades, Professor Charlesworth has been a major voice in a range of contemporary academic, religious and intellectual debates in the Australian community and internationally.

Where: Gryphon Gallery, Graduate Centre (1888 Building)
Grattan Street, University of Melbourne
Access is at the north side of Grattan Street, just west from the junction of Swanston & Grattan Sts
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Drinks and light snacks will be provided
RSVP: By March 31 to, or call: 0437 846 828

2012 events

Indonesian Roundtable Event
The Faculty of Arts and Education and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a Roundtable event on 14 and 15 November 2012 at the Burwood campus with a large group of visiting Indonesian university leaders.

Around 70 representatives from 38 Indonesian public, private and religious universities have confirmed their participation, including many Rektors (vice-chancellors). Several consortia of universities will be represented. Geographical distribution of attending universities (PDF, 82.6 KB)

The aim of the Roundtable is to enhance our increasingly significant engagement with Indonesia by demonstrating Deakin's capacity to host Indonesian HDR students and to explore the potential for extending existing collaborations in research and publications.

The VC will make an official welcome and sign an MOU with a representative of a number of a consortium of the Indonesian Universities

Recording from Deakin Week 2012: The challenges of modern life - Towards an intellectual self-defence.

2012 Seminar Series

School HDR Seminar Series

Philosophy Seminar Series

Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific Seminars

2011 events

Conference - An Australian Approach to Development? People, Practice and Policy
ACFID - Universities Linkage Network Conference
12 - 13 December 2011

Public lecture - Professor Noam Chomsky
'Changing Contours of Global Order'
4 November 2011

Conference - ADRI
'Hard Labor? The crisis of social democracy in the Australian state level'

Raising the Bar: Tackling Global Poverty through Sport
One Just World regional forum
11 October 2011

'Crime and the regions: from the local to regional, national and international'
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference 2011
28 - 30 September 2011

'Australia-US Relations and the Rise of China: From Bilateralism to Trilateralism?
Fulbright Symposium
11 - 12 August 2011

2010 events

'The World In Crisis - business as usual?'
International Public Lecture and Workshop Series
11 - 13 November 2010

'Anthropology and the Community to Come'
Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2010
23 - 24 September 2010

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