Arts and Social Sciences
Issue 22 - February 2016
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Dear Alumni,
 
I would like to warmly welcome you to our first edition of Accord for 2016. This year we have many plans including a number of great events and I am very glad to have a medium in which to share the good news with you.
Dear Alumni,
 
I would like to warmly welcome you to our first edition of Accord for 2016. This year we have many plans including a number of great events and I am very glad to have a medium in which to share the good news with you.
 
One of the most exciting series of events we have organised for this year is our reinvigorated Insights Lecture Series. For the first time since the series’ establishment six years ago, we are joining forces with Sydney Ideas to spread the word about our new Professors’ lectures. We have six lectures planned for this year, covering topics as diverse as how language influences our social minds; to seeing China through European eyes; to uncovering how impersonation is found in everyday life and in our laws. These will all be delivered by our newly appointed Professors who are highly regarded for their expertise and research.
 
We also have an exciting year planned for our alumni. Instead of faculty wide functions, this year we will be focusing on Department-specific reunions. English and Economics will begin our reunions. Towards the end of the year we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies (Formerly Women’s Studies). Given how far our alumni spread, I am certain these events will be a delight to reconnect old friends, mentors and academic staff.
 
If you are interested in coming to one of the reunions mentioned, please do get in touch with our Faculty’s Alumni Engagement team by emailing FASS.alumni@sydney.edu.au
 
Best wishes,
 
Professor Barbara Caine AM | FAHA | FASSA| FRHS
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor of History
25 years of excellence, iconoclasm and solidarity
The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies has evolved from its humble beginnings as a small Centre in 1991 through to a fully-fledged Department with majors in gender studies and cultural studies and the largest PhD program of its kind in Australia. Read the full article.
Postgraduate Research Scholarship in English
The Department of English thanks Kenneth Reed for his generosity in setting up the Kenneth Reed Postgraduate Research Scholarship in English. Read the full article.
Tackling homophobia out on the sports field

85% of gay men have heard derogatory verbal slurs whilst playing team sport in Australia. 70% feel that youth team sporting environments in Australia are not safe or supportive for LGB people. These are the findings from the UN Golden World award-winning report Out on the Fields. Read the full article.

Celebrating 100 years of language teacher education
To commemorate a century of foreign language teacher education at the University of Sydney, the Faculty of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the Modern Language Teachers' Association of New South Wales (MLTA of NSW) will host an event to celebrate this historic occasion on 18 March 2016 (see Events section below for further details). Read the full article.
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Inside the Faculty
New discoveries redefine Angkor Wat's history
The temple of Angkor Wat was much larger and more complex than previously thought, University of Sydney archaeologists have discovered. The University of Sydney’s Professor Roland Fletcher and Dr Damian Evans lead the Greater Angkor Project in Cambodia, a major international research collaboration which is using airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) technology, ground-penetrating radar and targeted excavation to map the great pre-industrial temple. Read the full article.
Updates in the Department of Linguistics
With a journey through Asian Studies at ANU, Linguistics at the University of Melbourne and spending 14-years in the Netherlands in academia, Professor Nick Enfield as new chair of the department brings his experience to the University of Sydney to invigorate the department with a history dating back to the 1940’s. Read the full article.
The Codex Rustici: An edition almost 600 years in the making
In a journey stretching back to the fifteenth century, a beautiful two-volume edition of Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici’s Codex was finally presented to Pope Francis late last year. The University of Sydney’s Dr Kathleen Olive and Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin have prepared the first ever critical edition to accompany the facsimile of the visually stunning Codex Rustici. Read the full article.
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In focus
Tessa Pollack (BA (Hons) 1994; Master of Urban Studies 2000) has spent 14 years living and working with Aboriginal communities. So great was her involvement, that she has been given a skin name by the Jawoyn people to indicate her acceptance into the community. This is an honour reserved for only a few trusted and respected non-Indigenous people. Read the full article.
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Alumni news
Alumni open their homes to new students
Welcome to Sydney is a program that connects international students with alumni. The program involves alumni hosting and sponsoring gatherings for international students. This is an opportunity for students to meet some of the new people and visit some of the places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.
Welcome to Sydney is a program that connects international students with alumni. The program involves alumni hosting and sponsoring gatherings for international students. This is an opportunity for students to meet some of the new people and visit some of the places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.

We are now actively looking for 2016 alumni hosts in March, April or May for our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences International students who will be joining us this semester. If you are interested in hosting a group of our international students at a Welcome to Sydney event then please visit the alumni website and contact Kate Macfarlane, Manager of Alumni Engagement for more information.
Academic gown donated to the University of Sydney
The beautiful academic gown of the late Kevin Alan Shorten (MA honoris causa, 1996) was graciously donated to the University of Sydney by his loving wife, Freda Shorten. Read the full article.
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Share your story
We'd love to hear from you!
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences firmly believes in celebrating the achievements made by our alumni. Everyone has a story to tell, and we would like to hear yours. Your story can be as simple as a photograph and a short paragraph that describes your achievements, activity or experience that has made a difference. Click here to share your story with us.
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Our people in the news
Highlights
Channel 9 (Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth) and WIN (Hobart) interviewed Associate Professor Peter Kirkpatrick from the Department of English about the Laugh Lines exhibition, which celebrates Australian cartooning and is on display at Fisher Library.

Chair of the Department of Media and Communications, Professor Timothy Dwyer, was quoted on ABC’s Media Watch about the Federal Communications Minister’s support for media law reforms and concerns for a reduction in news source diversity.

The Australian mentioned Stephen Gilchrist from the Department of Art History curated the Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia exhibition.

South China Morning Post quoted Professor Jingdong Yuan from the Department of Government and International Relations about the new international sanctions proposed by the US Secretary of State in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing.
Channel 9 (Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth) and WIN (Hobart) interviewed Associate Professor Peter Kirkpatrick from the Department of English about the Laugh Lines exhibition, which celebrates Australian cartooning and is on display at Fisher Library.

Chair of the Department of Media and Communications, Professor Timothy Dwyer, was quoted on ABC’s Media Watch about the Federal Communications Minister’s support for media law reforms and concerns for a reduction in news source diversity.

The Australian mentioned Stephen Gilchrist from the Department of Art History curated the Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia exhibition.

South China Morning Post quoted Professor Jingdong Yuan from the Department of Government and International Relations about the new international sanctions proposed by the US Secretary of State in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing.

SBS Radio interviewed Associate Professor Catriona Elder from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Professor Jakelin Troy about the various meanings Australia Day embodies.

The Australian published an article by Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott from the Department of Government and International Relations about his research on society’s role in reducing the Australian Defence Force’s military health capabilities in response to the outbreak of Ebola.

Today (Singapore) quoted Visiting Professor Bates Gill from the United States Studies Centre about China’s geo-strategic position.

Dr Rebecca Sheehan from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on SBS World News and 2CC Canberra about the life and legacy of David Bowie following news of his passing. ABC’s The Drum, SBS Online and Debrief Daily also published an opinion piece by Dr Sheehan.
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Events
Insights 2016: Lecture series
The Faculty would like to invite alumni, colleagues and friends to the 2016 Insights Lecture Series presented by six new professorial appointments. Join Professor Nick Enfield for the first lecture of the year to discuss what makes language possible in our species.

The Faculty would like to invite alumni, colleagues and friends to the 2016 Insights Lecture Series presented by six new professorial appointments. Join Professor Nick Enfield for the first lecture of the year to discuss what makes language possible in our species.

When: Thursday 10 March, 6.15pm
Where: General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle - Refreshments will be served in the Nicholson Musuem from 5.30pm
Cost: $10 per lecture
Bookings:
Book online here
More information: Visit the Faculty website to see the full program.

Centenary celebrations
Centenary Celebrations: Language Teacher Education 1916-2016 and the Modern Language Teachers' Association of NSW Conference
2016 will mark 100 years of modern language teaching at the University of Sydney. In honour of this historic milestone, the Faculty of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (MLTA NSW) will be hosting a cocktail reception.

Centenary Celebrations: Language Teacher Education 1916-2016 and the Modern Language Teachers' Association of NSW Conference
2016 will mark 100 years of modern language teaching at the University of Sydney. In honour of this historic milestone, the Faculty of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (MLTA NSW) will be hosting a cocktail reception.

We would be delighted if you could join us in these celebrations. The reception will follow the MLTA’s Annual Conference on Friday 18 March. The evening will also see the launch of a commemorative booklet, celebrating our accomplished language teaching alumni throughout the last 100 years.

When: Friday 18 March - the cocktail reception will commence at 5pm
Where: Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Careers, Kassala House, 17 Comer St, Burwood
RSVP: Register online for this years MLTA NSW conference. To register for the post-conference drinks, co-hosted by the University of Sydney, click here.
Enqiries: Contact Anthony Gee, Alumni Relations Officer.

Beyond 1914 and the Classroom
The University of Sydney is hosting a special event to introduce school teachers and archivists to Beyond 1914 - The University of Sydney and the Great War, an extensive searchable database of biographies and archival information about members of the University community involved in the First World War.
The University of Sydney is hosting a special event to introduce school teachers and archivists to Beyond 1914 - The University of Sydney and the Great War, an extensive searchable database of biographies and archival information about members of the University community involved in the First World War.

The afternoon will begin with a tour of the University’s War Memorial carillon with a special performance by the University Carillonist, followed by a session with experts on the classroom uses of our digital resource, within the history and drama curricula.

What is Beyond 1914?
Beyond 1914 contains biographical information of over 2000 male and female University of Sydney graduates, alumni and staff, who served in Europe and the Middle East during the Great War along with more than 27,000 scanned items including personal correspondence, photographs, diaries and war records. By tracing the life of these university-educated individuals, where they were born, went to school, fought, worked and died, the aim is to explore the impact of war on Australian society and to understand the Great War beyond Gallipoli and other military campaigns, including its commemoration in postwar Australia. The website is designed to encourage additions by citizen historians, including school students.

Event details
When: Wednesday 9 March, 4.30-7pm
Where: Meet under the Clock Tower in the Quadrangle at the University of Sydney at 4.30pm sharp. Wine and canapés will be served in Level 2 Seminar Room, Fisher Library from 5pm followed by an information session and panel discussion.
RSVP: Bookings are essential - please contact Elizabeth Gilroy by Friday 4 March.
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Exhibitions
The Sea and the Sky: Ancient Cypriot Art
An exhibition of the ancient aesthetics of ceramic, stone and terracotta traditions of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Find out more here.

Written in Stone
This exhibition shows the remarkable diversity and proficiency of stone tool production across the Australian continent. Find out more here.
Lego Pompeii
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii brought back to life in Lego blocks. Find out more here.
Memento: Remembering Roman Lives
Roman Names. Stone inscriptions. Real People. Find out more here.
Women in Power
Women in Power includes major artworks by women from the Power Collection from Bridget Riley to Cindy Sherman, selected by key women in the arts, business and law. Find out more here.
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Stay in Touch
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Stay connected and receive the latest news and events from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences by updating your contact details. For further information about the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Alumni program, please contact Kate Macfarlane.
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