Events from 28 August, 2014

  • Date
  • 28th August, 2014
    6.30 - 8.30pm




    The site of Prastio Mesorotsos was inhabited throughout most of the periods of Cypriot prehistory and history, and is located in the immediate hinterland of the first and most important temple to the goddess Aphrodite.

    The long sequence at this site is beginning to show evidence for a great deal of continuity and social memory, which was accompanied by an apparent reluctance to change as seen in the conservatism displayed in the habits of its prehistoric people. Such a rich and long history requires a multidisciplinary approach to understand the sequence of development, and through Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), such a team can be assembled. This paper will discuss the archaeology of Cyprus the development of its culture through time, and the role that Overseas Research Centers have in making sense of this information.

    This paper is presented, in part, to promote the 2013 publication of JRB Stewart: An Archaeological Legacy (SIMA 139), edited by Jennifer Webb, A. Bernard Knapp and Andrew McCarthy. This publication represents the proceedings of a conference held at CAARI in 2013 to honour this pioneering Australian archaeologist.

    Dr Andrew McCarthy has held the position of Director at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute since 2011. Dr McCarthy is the author of 53 publications and has been involved with 34 separate research projects.



  • 2nd September, 2014

    ST Lee Annual Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology Annual Lecture 2014

    Sri Vijaya as the Entrepôt for Circum-South-China-Sea to Indian Ocean Trade

    Professor Qin Dashu

    The 9-10th centuries were the first peak of China’s maritime trade. Many ports along the coast of China engaged in this period and traded commodities from different regions of southern and northern China. However the ports were not selling the goods directly to the end users of Southeast Asia and further away. There was an entrepôt between China and Arabian area in the trade routes from South China Sea to India Ocean. Based on the Chinese and Arab records of the 9-10th centuries, we learn that there were three trading circuits around the trade routes from the 9-10th century: one between China and Southeast Asia, one between Southeast Asia and Arabia and the Persian Gulf, and one between the Arabian area and east Africa. Sri Vijaya and Basra were the two main entrepôts for these circuits. According to documentary records, China and Sri Vijaya had a very close relationship. Chinese and Arab records of commodities both contain products from Southeast Asia. Their texts on trade route were more detailed for the side of Malacca Straits that they were familiar with, but not for the other side. The cargoes from the shipwrecks of Belitung and Cirebon in SE Asia waters all contain products from around the South China Sea and the India Ocean. During the 9-10th century, the mode of maritime trade between South China Sea to Indian Ocean was therefore centred in Palembang, Sri Vijaya, where the trade of the East and the West was primarily interconnected. The prosperity and decline of the Sri Vijaya Kingdom had a great impact on the trade between China and Arabian area, as well as more distant regions. 

    Professor QIN Dashu is professor at the School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, where he received his BA, MA and PhD degrees. He is a world leading scholar on Chinese ceramics and is the author or editor of a few books or international conference proceedings. He has published over 100 articles and some of these are translated into Japanese, French, and Italian. Dashu has given talks at worldwide organisations such as SOAS and the Percival David Foundation of the London University, the Oriental Ceramic Society (London), Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics and the Asia Civilization Museum of Singapore. Two kiln site excavations led by Qin were listed as Top Ten China Archaeological Discoveries of the Year (2001 & 2009).

    Sponsoring by the Angkor Research Program, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the Chinese Studies Centre and the Confucius Institute.

    The Annual Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology is endowed by Dr Lee Seng Tee, owner and director of Lee Industries, Singapore.

    Dr Lee Seng Tee has been a generous supporter of the Angkor Research Program of the University of Sydney.

  • 3rd September, 2014

    ‘Miss Swan’s Bad Language’: Chris Hilliard

    'In Print and in Progress': Historians talk about their books.

  • 5th September, 2014

    Why Economics Matters to (International) Historians: The Soviet Union vs. Cadbury’s

    Seminar with Dr. Alessandro Iandolo

    British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, LSE.

    The Soviet Union vs. Cadbury’s: development, the cocoa trade, and the Cold War in Ghana, 1957-1964

    In 1957, Ghana became the first independent sub-Saharan African country. Kwame Krumah, Ghana's Prime Minister, had ambitious aims. He wanted the country to be not only politically, but also economically independent from Britain. The Soviet Union was ready to help. Nikita Khrushchev was convinced that socialism was a superior economic system compared to capitalism. To prove it, he was ready to flood Ghana with Soviet goods, Soviet technology, and Soviet advisors. Socialist trade was to play a key role. Ghana's main export commodity - cocoa beans - was to be exchanged with Soviet machinery in what was thought to be a mutually advantageous barter agreement. However, Ghana was the main supplier of cocoa beans to British chocolate manufacturers - an industry that employed 5,000 people in Birmingham alone. If Ghana began to exchange its cocoa with Soviet tractors, rather than selling it to British firms through a British marketing company, the consequences on the competitiveness of a then-thriving sector could be dire. British businesses responded by cajoling and threatening the Ghanaian leadership, by lobbying domestic policymakers to defend their interests, and by raising employment fears at home. The Cold War in Ghana was therefore a struggle between Soviet-sponsored state-led modernisation and the Western private sector. Going beyond traditional considerations of ideology and power politics, this paper shows the Cold War in the Third World as a competition between two different visions of economic relations, driven more by the local context and by vested interests than by international politics.

    Morning Tea will be provided. On request we can also circulate an accompanying article recently published by Dr. Iandolo on Soviet developmentalism in Africa during the Cold War.

    Honours, Graduate students and all Staff most welcome.

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  • 14th October, 2014

    Why Economics Matters to Global Historians Roundtable with University of Western Sydney

    Prof. A.G Hopkins with Dr. Catherine Bishop, Dr. Thomas Adams, Dr. Chin Jou and Dr. Sophia Loy-Wilson

    Chair, Dr. Philippa Hetherington

    Followed by drinks and (in collaboration with UWS) Professor A.G. Hopkins Public Lecture General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle, University of Sydney, 5.30-7pm

  • 22nd October, 2014

    The Ethics of Empathy

    Presented by the Sydney Node of The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100 - 1800.

  • 28th November, 2014

    Why Economics Matters To Historians, Past and Future

    Special Panel, PG conference, History Department, University of Sydney)

    Featuring, Garrit Van Dyk and Lizzie Inglesen 



    Chair, Dr. Sophia Loy-Wilson

    Followed by drinks.

  • 17th December, 2014 to 19th 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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