SOPHI News and Events
Peter Hiscock, the Tom Austen Brown Professor in our Department of Archaeology, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. The society is the oldest learned society in the Southern Hemisphere, tracing its origin to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, founded in Sydney in 1821. Professor Hiscock, a specialist in Australian archaeology, says that he is not only honoured but very pleased at how his election recognizes the importance of studying the evolution of Aboriginal societies over time.
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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).
Iain McCalman: Great Barrier Reef stories[15 September 2015]
Iain McCalman 'In Converation' with Richard Fidler: How this vast coral country turned from a place of tragedy and horror, to a thing of wonder. Listen to the podcast
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.
Tess Lea wins Cinema Nova Award for Best Fiction Short Film @ MIFF 2015 Short Film Awards[11 August 2015]
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.
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