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Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity by Warwick Anderson and Ian R Mackay his been shortlisted for NSW Premier's General History Award.
Intolerant Bodies is a unique collaboration between Ian Mackay, one of the prominent founders of clinical immunology, and Warwick Anderson, a leading historian of twentieth-century biomedical science. The authors narrate the changing scientific understanding of the cause of autoimmunity and explore the significance of having a disease in which one’s body turns on itself. The book unfolds as a biography of a relatively new concept of pathogenesis, one that was accepted only in the 1950s.
In their description of the onset, symptoms, and course of autoimmune diseases, Anderson and Mackay quote from the writings of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Heller, Flannery O’Connor, and other famous people who commented on or grappled with autoimmune disease. The authors also assess the work of the dedicated researchers and physicians who have struggled to understand the mysteries of autoimmunity.
When the Dogs Talked: 'As a group of Indigenous adults argue about whether to save their government housing or their sacred lands, their children struggle with how the ancestral Dreaming makes sense in their contemporary lives filled with hip-hop and dinosaur bones'. The film was directed by Elizabeth A Povinelli and Produced by Karrabing Indigenous Corporation and Tess Lea.
The Universities of Heidelberg, Basel and Sydney are proud to announce the International Research Award in Global History, to be awarded for the second time in 2016. The successful applicant will receive up to €10,000 towards the organization of an international symposium on a topic of his/her choice at one of the participating institutions.
The International Research Award in Global History is jointly advertised by the Department of History and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at Heidelberg University (Roland Wenzlhuemer), the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel (Madeleine Herren-Oesch) and the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney (Glenda Sluga).
SCREENING TONIGHT: 'Windjarrameru: the stealing c*nt$' [21 August 2015]
Indigenous film collective involving Tess Lea
Venue: Monster Mouse Studios
Doors open @ 6:30pm, Screening @ 7:30pm
$10 Waged / $5 Unwaged (No-one turned away)
Shortlisted for the MSA prize: Natalya Lusty and Julian Murphet (eds) Modernism and Masculinity[7 August 2015]
The Modernist Studies Association has announced its short list for the 2015 MSA Book Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection, and Natalya Lusty and Julian Murphet (eds) are the first Australians to have their book Modernism and Masculinity make the short list for this prize. The award winner will be announced at the 17th annual conference, November 19-22, 2015. The book grew out of a small Faculty seed grant ($5000) so its also testimony to the impact this kind of research funding support can make.
Series 3 of Go Back To Where You Came From aired on SBS on from 28-30 July 2015 to critical acclaim. A lot of research goes in to producing these shows, including up-to-date topic content. The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is proud that one of their Master of Cultural Studies interns, Isabel Cruz Aroca, worked with Production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder to undertake the critical research that contributed to the location filming.
Now available as a podcast from Radio National's Big Ideas program