Arts and Social Sciences
Issue 23 - May 2016
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Welcome to the second edition of ACCORD for 2016.
 
To mark the University’s commitment to Indigenous education, the Faculty has proudly launched an innovative new Indigenous Studies major offering students the opportunity to engage with and learn about Indigenous Australia.  
Welcome to the second edition of ACCORD for 2016.
 
To mark the University’s commitment to Indigenous education, the Faculty has proudly launched an innovative new Indigenous Studies major offering students the opportunity to engage with and learn about Indigenous Australia.

Over the next couple of months we have many great events lined up – the first event that I would like to share with you is the Sydney Writers’ Festival, which will be held at Walsh Bay from 16-22 May. As a proud Major Partner, we are excited to be co-hosting a special on-campus event with Sydney Ideas featuring the renowned international author and philosopher, Julian Baggini. The Festival will also feature a number of our academics and alumni, including Megan Mackenzie in Do Women Belong on the Frontline?, Christopher Neff on The Shark Attack Myth and Beth Yahp on Eating Dim Sum.

The second of our Insights 2016 lectures will be held in June and will be hosted by Professor Yixu Lu from the School of Languages and Cultures. We hope you will join Professor Lu as she discusses China through European eyes. 

Later this year, the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies (formerly Women’s Studies) will celebrate its 25th anniversary, bringing together past students, academics and friends of the Department at a special alumni reunion event – more details to come. We hope to see many of our alumni there!

If you’re interested in attending this special event or would like to reconnect with the Department, please get in touch with our Faculty’s Alumni Engagement team

Best wishes, 

Professor Barbara Caine AM | FAHA | FASSA | FRHS
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor of History

A new approach to Indigenous Studies
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences launches an innovative and engaging new Indigenous Studies major. Read the full article.
Sydney Writers' Festival special discount for Alumni!
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is thrilled to be a Major Partner of Sydney Writers' Festival - our fifth year of sponsorship and our biggest yet! This May 16-22 will see 41 of our staff and alumni speaking at one of Sydney's most exciting cultural events.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is thrilled to be a Major Partner of Sydney Writers' Festival - our fifth year of sponsorship and our biggest yet! This May 16-22 will see 41 of our staff and alumni speaking at one of Sydney's most exciting cultural events. We are proud partners of the Curiosity Lecture Series which is one of the main draw cards down at the Walsh Bay festival precinct, where a bespoke video of our Masters of Creative Writing will feature on the big screens. We are also hosting a special Sydney Ideas event on campus with British philosopher Julian Baggini details of which can be found here

This year we have an exclusive University of Sydney discount code available to alumni, so don't miss out on seeing some of the world's most exciting authors this May! Be sure to include the code SPONS16USYD when booking tickets *please note that discount varies depending on venue

For full details on our Sydney Writers' Festival partnership visit our website: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/sydney_writers_festival/ We hope to see you at the festival this May!
Legion of Honour awarded to Professor Angus Martin
The Faculty would like to congratulate Emeritus Professor Angus Martin (BA DipEd) from the Department of French Studies for receiving France’s highest decoration - Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. Read the full article

Preserving Aboriginal past and present
Arts student Kirsty Mitchell was the first recipient of the Gwen and David Moore Aboriginal Scholarship. She tells us what it means to her. Read the full article.
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Inside the Faculty
Shakespeare game takes web learning to the next level
Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, an online game developed by the University of Sydney is using the playwright’s best-known works to challenge traditional approaches to learning and teaching. Read the full article.
Enhance your outlook through our Social and Political Sciences postgraduate program
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In focus
In focus with Tessa Boyd-Caine and Will Tregoning
In this edition we focus on two of our accomplished Gender and Cultural Studies graduates, Tessa Boyd-Caine and Will Tregoning, in the lead up to celebrating the Departments 25th Anniversary. The University is commemorating this milestone on the 8 November with a celebration of this discipline. Tessa and Will share with us memories from their time at the University of Sydney and reflect on their careers. Read the full article

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Alumni news
A Welcome Return for the Class of 1966
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences recently hosted the 50 year reunion for the Economics Honours class of 1966. Read the full article.
Alumna's teen tales urge new generation to seize the future
Master of Media Practice graduate Sarah Ayoub is a journalist-turned-novelist whose high school stories are connecting with young Australians. Read the full article here
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 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 new people and visit some of the places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.

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.
University of Sydney Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association
Please join the University of Sydney Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association for a General Meeting on Tuesday 5 July. At this general meeting, we will propose to formally dissolve the Association. This proposed decision is supported by the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association Executive Committee.
Please join the University of Sydney Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association for a General Meeting on Tuesday 5 July.At this general meeting, we will propose to formally dissolve the Association. This proposed decision is supported by the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association Executive Committee.

On the recommendation of the Association’s Executive Committee any remaining funds will be used to provide support for our students under the auspices of the Dean’s Scholarship Fund.

This funding will continue to honour the history and significant contribution of the Arts Alumni Association.

When: Tuesday 5 July 2016, 5.30pm
Where: FASS Meeting Room N301, Quadrangle (A14), the University of Sydney.
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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
The Conversation published an article by Dr Rebecca Sheehan from the United States Studies Centre about the legacy of Prince following news of the music artist’s passing. SBS republished the article.

Professor Danielle Celermajer from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy was a guest on ABC Radio National's The Minefield for a program about whether political ceremony can ennoble politics.

The Strait Times (Singapore) published an article authored by Professor Sahar Amer from the School of Languages and Cultures, arguing that Muslim women should not be judged by their dress choice.
The Conversation published an article by Dr Rebecca Sheehan from the United States Studies Centre about the legacy of Prince following news of the music artist’s passing. SBS republished the article.

Professor Danielle Celermajer from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy was a guest on ABC Radio National's The Minefield for a program about whether political ceremony can ennoble politics.

The Strait Times (Singapore) published an article authored by Professor Sahar Amer from the School of Languages and Cultures, arguing that Muslim women should not be judged by their dress choice.

The Sydney Morning Herald published an opinion piece by Dr Nicholas Riemer from the Department of English about the ‘Let Them Stay’ campaign.

The Huffington Post and ABC Radio National interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about the religious origins of Easter and the ritual of exchanging chocolate eggs. The Times of India also quoted Professor Cusack about the reason behind eggs being associated with Easter.

Professor Vrasidas Karalis from the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed on Conversations with Richard Fidler about his research on the Greek economic crisis and ensuing social issues.

The World Today on ABC Radio National reported experts weighed in on the impact of Sydney’s lockout laws during a panel discussion at the University of Sydney. Associate Professor Kane Race from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies was quoted.

China Daily (Hong Kong) quoted Professor James Curran from the Department of History about a joint military exercise between the Australian and Japanese navies.

China.org quoted Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan from the Centre for International Security Studies about a US State Department poll conducted in relation to the Northern Territory state government's deal to lease Darwin port to Chinese firm Landbridge.

Hijacked interviewed Director of the University of Sydney’s ARTSS Career-Ready Program Associate Professor Richard Miles about the value of an Arts degree.

The Huffington Post Australia published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Susan Thomas from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences about the impact of school uniforms on the health of young women.

The Conversation published an article by Professor John Keane from the Department of Government and International Relations about the impact of elections on the function of a democracy.

Today Online (Singapore), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and China Daily (Hong Kong) quoted Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy about the elections in Cambodia.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter from the School of Languages and Cultures spoke to 3AW Melbourne about why gender plays a divisive role in societies. An opinion piece written by Associate Professor Winter about concerns over the divisive nature of gender stereotypes was published in The AgeCanberra TimesWA Today and Brisbane Times.

For a comprehensive list of our people in the news, visit the Faculty website.
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Events
Sydney Ideas - In Conversation with Julian Baggini
Join renowned UK philosopher and author, Julian Baggini, in a revealing conversation about free will based on his latest book Freedom Regained. This conversation will focus on the importance of personal freedom in today’s world.
Join renowned UK philosopher and author, Julian Baggini, in a revealing conversation about free will based on his latest book Freedom Regained. This conversation will focus on the importance of personal freedom in today’s world. 

This is a Sydney Writers’ Festival event co-presented with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Event details
When: Thursday 19 May, 6.30-8pm
Where: Law School LT 101, Level 1, Sydney Law School, Eastern Ave
More information: Find out more here.
Postgraduate Information Evening

Join us on Wednesday 18 May to find out about our wide range of master’s and PhD degrees, research scholarships and how to apply.

Join us on Wednesday 18 May to find out about our wide range of master’s and PhD degrees, research scholarships and how to apply.

Event details
When: Wednesday 18 May, 4.30-7pm
Where: Quadrangle, the University of Sydney
More information: To find out more or to register, visit the University website.
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 Yixu Lu for the second lecture of the series as she discusses China through European eyes (1700-1900).

The Faculty would like to invite alumni, colleagues and friends to the 2016 Insights Lecture Series presented by six new professorial appointments. Join Professor Yixu Lu for the second lecture of the series as she discusses China through European eyes (1700-1900). 

When: Thursday 16 June, 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.

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Current exhibitions
Alpha and Omega: Tales of Transformation
The twenty-four letters of the Greek alphabet introduce twenty-four stories of transformation and metamorphosis from Greek and Roman history and mythology using objects from across the collections of the University of Sydney. Find out more here.
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.
Dušan Marek: Art/Film Post 1960
This exhibition of works by Dušan Marek at the Sydney University Gallery is the first retrospective since his death in 1993. It focuses upon the period after 1960, and reveals Marek the painter, the filmmaker, the artist with a predilection for blurring boundaries and allowing his creativity to embrace many media. Find out more here.
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