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Seminar series

Coordinated by Graham Seal and Sue Summers.

Seminar 1

Implementation challenges in different approaches taken by food and nutritional projects: A case of operational research in Nepal Monday 13 March 2017, 12.30 – 1.30pm

Speaker: Dr Jagannath Adhikari, Adjunct Research Fellow, Sustainable Livelihoods Research Programme, Curtin University

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: Food and nutritional security has continues to be a formidable problem in developing countries, which has led to various interventions – the outcome has not been commensurate with the investments. In this context, this paper examines the challenges of projects taking different implementation modalities and different technical approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity in Nepal. Particularly, it looks at the projects implemented through government institutions, through community, and through private sector. In terms of technical approaches, it looks at the projects following food-based, community development-based and health-based approaches. The advantages/disadvantages and challenges of these implementation modalities and technical approaches are analysed so as to draw lessons for optimizing benefits of such projects.

Seminar 2

The Albany Desert Mounted Corps Memorial as an affective landscape Monday 3 April 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speaker: Professor John Stephens, Curtin University Associate

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: Outrage in Australia and New Zealand followed the destruction of the ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial during the 1956 Suez Crisis. Dedicated to First World War Anzac troops the memorial had stood on the edge of the canal at Port Said since 1932. Despite anger in Australia and worry over its condition and whereabouts, it could not be recovered as Egypt had severed diplomatic relations with Australia and New Zealand for their alliances during the Suez Crisis. On Egypt’s insistence, repatriation of the memorial to Australia became contingent on normalizing diplomatic relations. Fervent argument about where it should be relocated accompanied the decision to place the reconstructed memorial at Albany overlooking King George Sound in Western Australia.

Recently it has become a site of national Anzac ceremony during the Anzac Centenary Commemorations and landscape work has linked it emotionally with the nearby National Anzac Centre. Amid growing global interest in commemoration of all kinds and a resurgent Anzac ideology this presentation addresses the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial as an affective landscape shaped by the emotionally charged circumstances of its repatriation to Albany and its recent renovation and commemorative use.

Seminar 3

Is employability at the core of higher education, or is it someone else’s job? Monday 8 May 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speaker: Professor Dawn Bennett, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: ​Employability has received significant attention in recent years, but what is it and who is responsible? This presentation will trouble higher education’s focus on functional aspects of employability such as the ability to succeed at interview. Rather, it will emphasise the cognitive and social aspects through which learners develop as individuals, professionals and social citizens. As such, employability is defined as the ability to find, create and sustain work and learning across lengthening working lives and multiple work settings. This focus reflects a fluid labour market in which work is transforming and workers are increasingly mobile, meaning that employability has to be maintained across the career lifespan. This has significant implications for higher education in terms of broadening the focus from a graduate occupational goal to a lifelong professional orientation. Hence, the educational goals of employability development relate to both initial preparation and to graduates’ ability to think: to traverse multiple work transitions by developing and engaging personal epistemologies of practice.

Seminar 4

Older workers in the creative industries Monday 12 June 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speakers: Associate Professor Sophie Hennekam, La Rochelle Business School, affiliated professor at IRGO University of Bordeaux, France, and visiting academic, Curtin University

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

This presentation is about older workers in the creative industries that draws upon quantitative and qualitative data and highlights the challenges that older workers face. Both employed and self-employed workers are included.

The findings reveal that self-employment is often not a choice for older workers, that they are forced into this type of employment given difficulties finding permanent work as a result of negative stereotyping. Older employed individuals often face different issues should they want their employers to make adaptations to their work or work load without feeling stigmatised by being offered age-awareness policies or practices.

Implications for organisations are also discussed.

Seminar 5

Emerging inequalities in educational opportunities in Papua New Guinea Monday 7 August 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speakers: Sean Ryan, Dr Gina Koczberski and Professor George Curry, Department of Planning and Geography, Curtin University

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: This seminar focuses on the educational levels of farming households who migrated from the mainland of Papua New Guinea to the island province of West New Britain in the early 1970s to take up state agricultural land to cultivate export cash crops. Most migrants had high expectations that their resettlement in West New Britain would provide a path to a better life for themselves and their children by providing land for cash cropping and better health and educational services.

Now, nearly 50 years on, our research shows that whilst average adult education levels among migrant households are higher than the national average, they are still low considering that most children do not finish primary school and the retention rate from primary to secondary school is low. This is surprising because most migrant families have access to regular and relatively high income and reside close to primary schools.

These results raise a number of questions, especially given that previous research suggests that economic growth and improvements in infrastructure leading to reduced travel time to school should boost school enrolment rates. This presentation will discuss why, in one of the most prosperous agricultural areas of PNG where families have good access to primary schools, the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education has not been met.

Seminar 6

The Deathscapes Project: Making deaths in custody visible Monday 4 September 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speakers: John Curtin Distinguished Professor Suvendrini Perera, Dr Dean ChanMichelle Bui, Ayman Qwaider, MCCA, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: The seminar presents a preview of the Deathscapes website which attempts to present multi-dimensioned case studies of the deaths in custody of Indigenous people and refugees. The focus will be on three case studies: those of the death of Ngaanyatjarra Elder, Mr Ward, in the back a prison van in 2009; of 22 year-old Yamaji woman, Ms Dhu, in Port Hedland in 2014; and of the deaths in close proximity of Josefa Raulini and Ahmad Al-Akabi, both inmates of the Villawood Detention Centre, in 2010.

The Deathscapes project presents new knowledge about the practices and technologies, both global and domestic, that enable state violence against two key racialized groups, Indigenous people and racialized migrants and refugees at the border. The project adopts a transnational and cross-disciplinary approach to racialized state violence, working across Australia, the US, Canada and the UK/EU to map the sites and distributions of custodial deaths in locations such as police cells, prisons and immigration detention centres. The term ‘map’ is used in its broadest sense, to refer to the visual, analytical and geographical maps produced in the research.

Deathscapes is a transnational research project funded by the Australian Research Council.

Attendees are advised that the seminar will include images of and references to people who have passed away.

Seminar 7

Nyungar performance, culture and activism Monday 2 October 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speaker: John Curtin Distinguished Professor Anna Haebich, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: ​This seminar explores how generations of Nyungar people have adapted their rich culture of performance to strategically and courageously challenge the catastrophe of settler colonisation to sustain culture, communities and country. Through public performance activism they have expressed sovereignty, identity and belonging; community performance gatherings healed and sustained through the power of song and dance.

The research – to be published as Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance (UWA Publishing, early 2018) – restores histories of Nyungar sustainability through performance against the odds with themes of cultural maintenance and agency; cultural change, continuity, and innovation; and resilience and healing. This approach adds new perspectives to already documented accounts of Nyungar history.

The circuit breakers are collaborative research and writing with Nyungar performers and theorising in performance studies of Indigenous performance as a non-archival repertoire for research and documentation.

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Seminar 8

The Pedagogies of Human Rights Monday 6 November 2017, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Speakers: Dr Caroline Fleay, Dr Lisa Hartley, Professor Baden Offord, Dr Elfie Shiosaki and Dr Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Centre for Human Rights Education

Venue: Health Sciences Boardroom (400:405) Curtin University

Abstract: Researchers in the Centre for Human Rights Education have an ongoing concern to develop new conceptual and methodological insights for the teaching of human rights, specifically from a perspective that values social and cultural diversity and different ways of knowing.

In this seminar, we will contextualise the role of pedagogy itself as a core method of communication, language and discourse of human rights. We explore the question of what characterises and informs a critical pedagogy of human rights? From a shared position of activating human rights through considerations of diverse identities, histories, cultures, religions, philosophies and practices, our paper will discuss some of the signature pedagogies that have become germane to how we do human rights education. We will highlight, example, how we engage with refugee rights, Indigenous rights and LGBT rights within a critical human rights teaching framework.

A key argument posed in this seminar will be that a meaningful approach to human rights requires a radical pedagogy that focuses on questions of social justice and human co-existence.