Events from 26 November, 2014

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  • 27th November, 2014 to 28th November, 2014

    Sydney University Postgraduate History Conference: Why Economics Matters to Historians Panel

    How does the present mould our understanding of the past? How does a knowledge of the past shape the way we view our present? Postgraduates of the Department of History at the University of Sydney invite you to attend a two-day interdisciplinary conference held on the 27th and 28th November, 2014, which will seek to answer these questions. In recent years, the value of the past, and consequently the histories that academics write, have been objects of both interest and scorn from various forces in society. Postgraduates and early-career researchers from a variety of Australian and overseas universities will discuss these issues, considering the ways we treat the past in framing intellectual inquiry, whether as historians or working in other fields.

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  • 17th December, 2014 to 20th December, 2014

    Workshop on Vagueness via Nonclassical Logics

    There is widespread agreement that adequate models of the semantics of vague language and of reasoning with vague information cannot be developed within the confines of classical logic. There is less agreement over which nonclassical logic is best suited for handling vagueness and indeed over whether just one logical framework is sufficient to accommodate all vagueness related phenomena. This workshop will bring together researchers working on these issues in philosophy, logic, mathematics and computer science–with special (but not exclusive) focus on approaches that appeal to degrees of truth and fuzzy logics.

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  • 18th June, 2015 to 20th June, 2015

    Trafficking, Smuggling and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective Conference

    Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological,criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bringtogether the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of trafficking,smuggling, and illicit and sexual migration from all regions in the modern period.

  • 17th September, 2015 to 18th September, 2015

    Thinking Labour Rights through the Coolie Question

    Symposium to be held as part of the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney, Australia

    This symposium sets out to re-think histories of labour rights within the context of economic internationalism.  It suggests that there is now a need to broaden and re-think the field of labour rights history and that one way to do this is by focusing on the global response to the problem of coolie trade, what became known as ‘the coolie question,’ in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The period of the coolie trade extends from approximately the early 1840s – one consequence of the ending of slavery in the British empire - to the 1920s. The idea behind the coolie trade was a simple one. It sought to extract labour from China, India and the Pacific Islands and transport it to locations across the world, where it was in short supply, through systems of indenture. However the system that developed was widely condemned as inefficient, exploitative and often as akin to slavery.
    We welcome papers on the following themes:
    · Free and unfree labour
    · Labour and Empire
    · Economic internationalism and free trade liberalism
    · The ‘coolie question’ as a methodological category
    · Slavery and imperial migration schemes
    · Comparative labour history
    · Asian migration and labour rights
    · Gender and labour rights
    This workshop will be co-conveyed by Prof Marilyn Lake (University of Melbourne) and Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson (University of Sydney)