27 April 2007

UQ Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2008 (due 18 May 07)

UQ Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2008

The School of Social Science at The University of Queensland invites applications for a three year UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2008, to be awarded to early career researchers of exceptional calibre wishing to conduct full-time research in the School in any of its four disciplinary areas of anthropology, archaeology, sociology and criminology. The current salary range for the award is on a three-level scale from A$60,391– A$64,827 and the appointment is to be taken up as soon as possible after 1 January 2008.

Full details on eligibility and how to apply are available at

Please note that applicants need to demonstrate how their proposed research fits into the existing research strengths of the School (available athttp://www.socialscience.uq.edu.au) and to nominate a proposed supervisor with whom they will work. Prior to applying, it is imperative that a prospective applicant contacts both the proposed supervisor and the Head of School, Professor Geoffrey Lawrence g.lawrence@uq.edu.au, to ascertain whether the School is prepared to support the candidate’s application. If the supervisor and Head of School indicate that the candidate will receive support, the prescribed application forms should then be completed. The name of the applicant’s proposed supervisor must be indicated on the application form and referee reports.

Applications should be addressed to:
Professor Geoffrey Lawrence
School of Social Science
The University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072

Initial inquiries should be directed to the prospective supervisor or the Chair of the School Research Committee, Dr Lynda Cheshirel.cheshire@uq.edu.au

Closing Date
Applications must be received by 18 May 2007. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by August 2007.

21 April 2007

TOUR - Spring Tour of Canberra organized by the Chinese Australian Historical Society (29-30 September 2007)

You are invited to join a Spring Tour to Canberra on 29 and 30 September 2007, organized by the CAHS with the cooperation of the National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

See the flyer below for details and booking form.

If you book as an early bird by 1 May 2007, for $200 per person, twin share, you will receive:
  • return travel between Sydney and Canberra, and transport between venues within Canberra, by luxury coach,
  • twin share accommodation in Canberra with a cooked breakfast on the Sunday morning,
  • entry to functions at the National Archives and the National Library as well as the CAHS event on the Saturday afternoon,
  • a delicious banquet in one of Canberra's restaurants serving great Chinese food,
  • informative talks an Chinese Australian history, resources for Chinese Australian community and family history available in Canberra and how to access and use them
  • and above all a lot of fun, good cheer, and companionship.

So come and join us, and take advantage of a great discount as an early bird booking and paying by 1 May 2007. Bring your family and friends to learn about the history of your Chinese Australian family.

>> Download Flyer for Canberra Tour (148KB).

20 April 2007


Using Lives: A Postgraduate Workshop in Biography

3-7 September 2007, Canberra

Are you using lives in your research, exploring the biographical dimensions of your subject, or drawing on the methods and objectives of life history?

The ANU’s Australian Dictionary of Biography, the History Program, RSSS and the Humanities Research Centre in the Research School of Humanities, are joining with the National Museum of Australia to convene the second ‘Using Lives’ postgraduate workshop, to be held in Canberra on 3-7 September 2007.

Applications should take the form of a summary of your research and the stage your are at in preparing your thesis, and an endorsement from your head of department. These applications should be sent by 26 May 2007 to: Nicholas Brown, History Program, Research School and Social Sciences, Australian National University, ANU, ACT, 0200; or to Nicholas.brown@anu.edu.au.
For further information, contact Nicholas at this email address or on 02 6125 3052.

17 April 2007

BOOK LAUNCH - Seri Lao (Liverpool Regional Museum, NSW; 5 May 2007)

Seri Lao collects shared stories from the refugee community that lived through one of he most traumatic periods in Lao history. The book captures their vivid memories of fears, hopes, disappointments of broken hearts and delights of dreams fulfilled in the new country. It also highlights the impact of the historic changes in Australia’s policy towards refugees.

Through its narratives about displacement, Seri Lao offers a celebration of the lives while acknowledging the grief that still remains in many of the hearts of Lao-Australian refugees.

WHERE: Liverpool Regional Museum, Cnr Congressional Drive and Hume Highway, Liverpool
WHEN: On Saturday 5 May
TIME: From 2 – 4 pm
COST: Free event with Lao performance and exquisite snacks.

RSVPs appreciated by Thursday 2 May - Phone: (02) 9824 1121,
email: reception@casulapowerhouse.com

>> Download full Seri Lao invitation PDF (321KB).

14 April 2007

Winter Workshop: Writing Self/Representing Other: Migration, Mobility and Travel - (closing date 30 April)

Winter Workshop: Writing Self/Representing Other: Migration, Mobility and Travel

12 – 15 July 2007

University of Wollongong

The Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), with the support of the Asia-Pacific Futures Research Network (APFRN), is calling for applications from PhD students and Early Career Researchers at Australian universities to participate in the third CAPSTRANS Winter Workshop for Doctoral Students and Early Career Researchers. This year the theme of the workshop is Writing Self/Representing Other: Migration, mobility and travel.

The aim of the Workshop is:

• To explore recent work which critically engages with the question of writing/representing the subjects of research;
• To assist doctoral students and early-career researchers to enhance their academic knowledge and expertise in relation to research methodologies; and
• To provide opportunities for targeted reading and writing exercises that allow participants to explore different writing techniques.

This 3 day workshop will be convened by CAPSTRANS Director, Associate Professor Lenore Lyons. The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the methodologies, approaches, and negotiations which underpin research relationships, dialogues and exchanges in the ‘field’. By focusing specifically on research which explores migration and other forms of mobility, we seek to critically engage with the issue of power in research relationships which are characterised by a diversity of subject positions (marked by class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality) as well as temporal and spatial shifts (for both researcher and researched).

Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

The closing date for applications and referee's reports is 5pm, Monday 30 April 2007.

Further information is available at


Enquiries to Associate Professor Lenore Lyons, Director, CAPSTRANS

(Lenore_Lyons@uow.edu.au), Phone: 61 2 4221 4894

13 April 2007

AWARD - The Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues (Entries close 31 August 2007)

Entries are now open for The Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues.

Do you know anyone who has a great idea for a non-fiction book? One that will contribute to public debate on a contemporary Australian political, social or cultural issue? Then let them know about The Iremonger Award, sponsored by Allen & Unwin, Australia's leading independent publisher.

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $10 000, guaranteed publication, royalties on book sales and editorial support to develop the proposal into a finished manuscript.

Entries close 31 August 2007.

For more information, including entry form and conditions as well as a list of previous winners, visit Allen & Unwin's website at:


11 April 2007

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS - University of Queensland (Deadline: 18 May 2007)

Applications must be received by the appropriate School/Centre or Institute by 18 May 2007.

The University of Queensland invites applications for a limited number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in 2008, to be awarded to persons wishing to conduct full-time research at the University in any of its disciplines.

For full information, visit the 2008 UQ postdoc fellowships page.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - The State We're In (Deadline: 20 April 2007)

Prison populations are bulging in Western neo-liberal 'democracies'. Welfare reform is said to address the problem of the over-burdened state, and to liberate individuals from state-dependency. The Australian flag is draped across sunburnt backs and hoisted high in suburbs and towns. The anti-terrorism squad arrests people for taking part in a protest. Queer groups demand the state recognises their relationships. What a state we find ourselves in...

Editors Eve Vincent and Mark Pendleton are calling for contributions for an anthology of critical writing: The State We're in: State Power, the Nation State and States of Being.

Sends us ideas for submissions that deal with: police powers, the war on terror, surveillance, citizenship, national identity, sovereignty, everyday life, identities, pleasure, state-centred political discourses, anti-statist politics, and more.

A variety of formats and lengths will be considered. Think: essays, analysis, interviews, profiles, case studies, photo essays. You should write for a non-academic, intelligent general audience.

Final submissions will be between 2,000-5,000 words. No fiction, definitely no poetry.

Get in touch with us with your ideas by 20 April at: thestatewerein@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE - Creation of an Australian Literature Compendium Announced

ABC Radio National and the University of Technology, Sydney have received $150,000 to fund a joint project developing audiences for Australian literature.

The multimedia project - Australian Literature Compendium - will use pod-casts, an e-journal, and DVD teaching guides to encourage the study and appreciation of Australian literature.


The project will be launched during the Sydney Writers’ Festival. For more information or media contact gallacher.lyn@abc.net.au or catherine.cole@uts.edu.au

Phone: Catherine Cole 61-2-9514 2713

5 April 2007

NEW ISSUE - AEN Journal - Information Technology and Ethnic Communities (2.1, April 2007)

AEN Journal: Information Technology and Ethnic Communities
Volume 2, Issue 1-April 2007
Edited by Andy Williamson and Ruth DeSouza

This issue of AENJ is about potential. It's about the way the internet and mobile telecommunications are changing the way our society thinks, links and functions.

Access to the information and communication channels available through these networks puts us in a new space, where New Zealand's tyranny of distance is both diminished and amplified. The internet makes globalisation a reality but it magnifies the local and it has enormous potential to connect and support communities, particularly those who are otherwise disadvantaged.

In this issue, we've attempted to present a range of perspectives that show the potential for how ICTs can be harnessed by different communities-whether they are communities of place, interest, faith or ethnicity.

We hope that this will energise and inspire, helping ethnic communities generate new collective ideas about the value, function and potential of ICTs. Our hope is that the writing in this issue will inspire and educate, demonstrate some good ideas and help some of us to make fewer mistakes. Above all, we hope it will motivate ethnic communities in Aotearoa to recognise the value of ICTs and seize every opportunity to adopt and use them effectively.

The AEN Journal is an open access online journal, available free at journal.aen.org.nz

JOBS: Sessional academic work available with the Communications and Writing team at Monash's Gippsland Campus. Announced 4 April 2007

Sessional academic and casual marking work available in Communications & PR.

The Communications and Writing team at Monash's Gippsland Campus is seeking sessional academics for tuition and/or marking in any of the following areas:

* first year communications and media studies

* communications and cultural policy

* theories of media, culture and power

* public relations

Expressions of interest are invited from those enrolled in (or who have completed) a higher degree by research in the fields of communication/media/cultural studies, public relations or a related area. Prior experience in marking in the above areas is desirable but not essential.

Detailed subject guides are provided, along with comprehensive marking guides and support from full-time academic staff.

Markers do not need to travel to the campus – assignments can be sent and returned via mail.

Interested? Contact Dr Sue Yell on: sue.yell@arts.monash.edu.au