Spatial alterity: the importance of unusual and unfamiliar spaces in
Assoc Prof Thomas Mical, Associate Professor of Architecture, School of
Art, Architecture and Design
Knowledge Works Professorial Lecture
Monday 15 October 2012, 6.007.00 pm
Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, City West Campus
In a world where urbanisation, globalisation and mobility emphasise the individuality of places, it is important to understand how unusual and unfamiliar spaces can have a positive effect on culture and society in everyday life. Just as cultural alterity enriches the urban experience, so too can spaces be enriched by diversity. The unpredictable, the fantastic, the unimaginable are aspects of difference that have a rich and provocative history and, when incorporated into places, become a source of delight.
In his Knowledge Works lecture, Dr Thomas Mical will present a variety of international, historical and cultural examples of cities and spaces that are both real and imaginary including, Chicago, Berlin, London and Delhi as a way of framing the potentiality of alterity to become a projective source of pleasure. Examples of spatial alterity from sources in literature, art, philosophy, architecture and urbanism, which include medieval pleasure gardens, baroque architecture, and Asian-European hybridity, will also be outlined. Join us for this insightful lecture to learn how the the spaces we dwell in are enriched through the recognition and respect of the liberation of alterity.
Dr Thomas Mical has recently joined the University of South Australia's
School of Art, Architecture and Design as the Associate Professor of
Architecture. He holds a Professional Master of Architecture from Harvard
University, and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has taught
architectural history and theory in the United States and Canada, and has also
practised architecture in Chicago and Tokyo. He is an affiliate member of the
Centre for Post-colonial and Globalisation studies and is looking forward to
participating in a residency fellowship at the Future Institute in New Delhi
later this year. Dr Mical's primary research interests include work on the
history of modern thought in architecture, surrealism and cinematic spaces, the
culture of transparency, and exotic (high-density) urbanism.
An early career researcher seminar hosted by Peter Walker, School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Wednesday 17 October 2012, 9.30 am 2.00 pm
Y4-09, Yungondi Building, City West Campus
Centred around two current design research projects the Fijian Canoe Project, Suva, Fiji, and the Port Resolution Visitor Accommodation, Tanna Island, Vanuatu the seminar will explore issues of cultural sensitivity, historical traditions and current critical design thinking. Both projects involve students and staff from the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia who are collaborating with local communities in Fiji and Vanuatu to achieve social, economic and environmental outcomes through design propositions. The seminar will include presentations from three invited international and national speakers and a moderated discussion session.
Prof Christopher Rose is known both for his work in arts-science-design collaborations and for his leadership of one of the UK's best known multidisciplinary design programs titled 'Three Dimensional Design and Materials Practice', University of Brighton, England. Christopher has extensive experience with multidisciplinary approaches to cross-cultural design initiatives in the UK, USA, Eastern Europe and South India.
Joji M Misaele, Fijian Canoe Project, Acting Head of School, School of Mechanical Engineering, Fiji National University. Joji is actively engaged in teaching traditional canoe-building techniques combined with design refinements and material alternatives.
Mark Nizette, Port Resloution, Vanuatu, archaeologist and PhD researcher from ANU, Canberra. Mark is exploring the philosophical and practical issues arising from the preservation of the world's intangible cultural heritage and is actively involved with communities in Port Resolution, Vanuatu and the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea.
Post-presentation discussion led by:
- Peter Walker, Senior Lecturer, Interior Architecture, University of South Australia
- Damian Madigan, Lecturer, PhD researcher, Architecture, University of South Australia
- David Morris, Senior Lecturer, Architecture, University of South Australia
- Jasmine Palmer, Program Director, Master of Sustainable
Design, University of South Australia
Lecture: Recent developments in Japanese social theory and
Book launch: Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theory
Prof Anthony Elliott, Director of the Hawke Research Institute, would like to invite you to the Hawke Research Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series with Prof Masataka Katagiri and the launch of Routledge companion to contemporary Japanese social theory: from individualization to globalization in Japan today, edited by Anthony Elliott (UniSA), Masataka Katagiri (Chiba University) and Atsushi Sawai (Keio University).
Thursday 25 October
Lecture 3.004.00 pm
Book launch 4.005.00 pm
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, City West Campus
Register your attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Katagiri will examine the development of contemporary Japanese social theory through changes in self-narratives and discourses of the self. These changes are related to wider global transformations, especially individualisation, postmodernisation and globalisation in Japan.
The editors have brought together some of the most influential social scientists to assess current trends in Japanese social theory, including Kazuhisa Nishihara, Aiko Kashimura, Masahiro Ogino, Yumiko Ehara and Kiyomitsu Yui. The volume also contains dialogues with these Japanese contributors from authoritative western social theorists including Axel Honneth, Roland Robertson, Bryan S Turner, Charles Lemert and Anthony Elliott to reflect on such developments. The result is an exciting, powerful set of intellectual exchanges. The book introduces, contextualises and critiques social theories in the broader context of Japanese society, culture and politics, with particular emphasis on Japanese engagements and revisions of major traditions of social thought. Divided into two sections, the book surveys traditions of social thought in Japanese social science and presents the major social issues facing contemporary Japan.
Looking through the mashrabiya: colonial visuality and the Muslim question
Dr Chloe Patton, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Centre for
Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series
Friday 26 October 2012, 23.30 pm
Council Room, H5-26, City West Campus
Includes afternoon tea
The enduring hegemony of western imperialism after the formal end of European colonial empires owes much to particular ways of visualising time and space. While visual cultural theorists have mapped out what is often termed a 'scopic regime' that is peculiar to western modernity, its foundational relationship with what is deemed non-European is often overlooked within visual studies. Expanding on recent historical work in visual cultural theory that places the colonial experience at the very heart of the development of this western way of seeing, I begin this paper by exploring the theoretical significance of religion within visual modalities of coloniality. Working through the motif of the mashrabiya, the decorative lattice screen that is an iconic element of Islamic architecture, I then analyse an example of what I term 'scopic coloniality' in the form of French efforts to unveil Muslim women. The Algerian haïk and the niqaab currently favoured by a small minority of French women, like the mashrabiya, simultaneously enable and deny vision. I argue that resistance to the panopticism of the face-covering veil in both contexts throws into relief the operations through which scopic coloniality is produced and reproduced.
Chloe Patton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the
International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at UniSA. Her
research interests cohere around state practices of managing cultural
diversity, particularly in relation to Muslim populations. She is especially
interested in questions concerning the visual representation of Muslim
identities and ways of seeing more generally. Her PhD thesis explored young
Australian Muslims' experiences of everyday multiculturalism through a
visual ethnographic study of Muslim youth groups. She is currently working
towards a monograph on state visualising practices and Islamophobia in
Australia, France and occupied Palestine.
The doctrine of discovery in Australia and the United States
Robert J Miller, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA
Hawke Research Institute Seminar Series
Tuesday 30 October 2012, 23.30 pm
Council Room, H5-26, City West Campus
England explored and colonised the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada under the authority of an international law called the doctrine of discovery. Europeans justified their sovereign and property claims over Indigenous peoples and their lands all around the world with the discovery doctrine. This legal principle was rationalised by religious and ethnocentric ideas of European and Christian superiority over the other cultures, religions and races of the world. The doctrine provided that newly arrived Europeans automatically acquired property rights in the lands of Indigenous peoples and gained political and commercial rights over the Indigenous inhabitants. The United States Supreme Court expressly adopted discovery in 1823 in the case of Johnson v M'Intosh and American, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand governments and courts have cited and relied on that case and discovery to try to control Indigenous peoples.
Australia and the United States did not apply the elements of discovery in the exact same manner or at the exact same time periods; but the similarities of their use of discovery are striking and not the least bit surprising since the doctrine was English colonial law. Viewing Australian and American history and law in light of the doctrine of discovery helps to expand the knowledge and understanding of both countries and their attempts to colonise Indigenous peoples.
Robert J Miller graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School
in 1991 and then clerked for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
He has taught and practiced American Indian law since 1993 and is the Chief
Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Grand Ronde Tribe. Professor Miller
has written numerous articles, books, editorials and book chapters on Indian
law issues and has spoken at federal, state and private conferences in more
than 31 states and in England, Canada and Australia. Professor Miller's
first book Native America, discovered and conquered: Thomas Jefferson,
Lewis and Clark, and manifest destiny was published in 2006. He is
currently writing a book on American Indian economic development and has
completed another book with Indigenous scholars from Australia, New Zealand
and Canada. He is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.
Digital literacies on the move: global and local perspectives
Assoc Prof Mastin Prinsloo, University of Cape Town
Friday 30 November 2012, 3.004.30 pm
C1-79, Magill Campus
Performative voices: multidisciplinary approaches to music research
A research colloquium sponsored by the Hawke Research Institute and
organised by Dr Daniela Kaleva
12 December 2012.
Includes a concert on Saturday evening.
Hartley Playhouse, Magill Campus
Click here to register
The colloquium will present the latest Australian research into the
performativity of music. Two distinguished speakers will deliver the keynote
Prof Margaret Kartomi (Monash University) and
Prof Jane Davidson
(University of Western Australia).
Knowledge Works Professorial Lecture
Prof Salman Sayyid, Director: International Centre for Muslim and
Tuesday 18 December 2012, 6.008.00 pm
City West Campus
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