Symposia and Seminars
Monday 15 June 2015
Common Room (Level 4)
New Law Building
University of Sydney
A symposium on Gerald Postema’s Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Common Law World (Springer, 2011).
10:05am Associate Professor Carlos Bernal-Pulido (Macquarie University)
10:25am Professor Ngaire Naffine (University of Adelaide)
10:45am Professor Miguel Vatter (University of New South Wales)
11:05am Dr Kevin Walton (University of Sydney)
11:25am Morning Tea
11:45am Response by Professor Gerald Postema (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Professor Postema has published extensively in legal and political philosophy and ethics. In 2011 he published Legal Philosophy in the 20th Century: The Common Law World. He wrote Bentham and the Common Law Tradition (Clarendon 1986/1989) and edited Racism and the Law (Kluwer 1997); Rationality, Conventions, and the Law (Kluwer 1998); Jeremy Bentham: Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy (Ashgate 2002) and Philosophy and the Law of Torts (CUP 2001). He is associate editor of the 12 volume, Treatise in the Philosophy of Law (Springer 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011).
A selection of the jurisprudential writings of Sir Matthew Hale will also be published by Oxford University Press under his editorship. Former Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow, and fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the National Humanities Center, he was editor of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law (1995-2006) and was special issues editor of Law and Philosophy (1996-2001). In fall, 2012, he was awarded the George J. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Monday and Tuesday 23-24 November 2015
University of Western Sydney
Call for Papers
Papers of 30 minutes duration are invited for this symposium around the importance of McGilchrist's work for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in all papers by humanistic or social science scholars addressing the themes of McGilchrist's work. In particular, we are keen to hear from:
- Scholars who have identified possible uptakes of McGilchrist's work on the history of the brain in the humanities and social sciences.
- Scholars specialised in the history of left-right brain science, or in the history of neurology and psychiatry.
- Scholars of the comparative history of religion, or of non-Western cultures, reflecting on the differences across cultures in the values placed on creativity, spirituality, social bonds, or on logic, bureaucracy and political power.
- Scholars with expertise in the history of philosophy, literature or political thought who wish to engage with the account of the history of Western ideas and culture proposed in McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary.
- Scholars specialising in forms of bioscientific-humanistic knowledge nexus.
All relevant proposals are welcome.Symposium papers should be original and not committed for publication elsewhere, as an edited volume of scholarly papers is planned to follow from the event. Please send an abstract (300-400 words) and brief biography to Alison Moore before 1 June 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 July 2015.
The Sydney Intellectual History Network @ UWS is delighted to bring to Sydney Dr Iain McGilchrist, internationally renowned British psychiatrist and scholar of the nexus between neuroscience and the history of ideas. Iain McGilchrist is the bestselling author of The Mastery and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and The Making of the Western World (Yale University Press, 2012) - a scientific study that simultaneously explores the unique features of humanistic inquiry in a biography of the brain in Western civilisation. In addition to being a comprehensive review of the science of left and right brain function, it is a meta-history of the rationalist and bureaucratic trends of Western thought and their effects on neurophysiology.To date it has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide and has been positively reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The British Medical Journal, The Sunday Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Observer, Contemporary Review, The Huffington Post and numerous other reputable international presses and journals. Iain McGilchrist is one of the leading pioneers of a new interdisciplinary perspective that crosses between the bio-medical sciences and the humanities. As such, his work appears to indicate a path toward transcendence of the tired dichotomies that are still often proposed between cultural and biological influences on human behaviour, expression and experience.
Tuesday 10 March 2015
R.C. Mills Buidling
Unversity of Sydney
Participants: Professor Petra Chu (Art History and Museum Studies, Seton Hall), Professor Yixu Lu (Germanic Studies), Professor William Christie (English), Dr Stephen Whiteman (Art History) and Dr David Brophy (History). Followed by a lecture by Professor Petra Chu entitled Chinoiserie and Japonisme: Continuity or Rupture.
Monday 3 November 2014
Level 4, Madsen Building
Unversity of Sydney
This symposium will move beyond current debates about the place of biography in history by exploring the different ways in which historians are currently using individual lives to explore and analyse particular questions in a range of different fields. The symposium will begin with a general discussion of this approach and then focus particularly on the use of individual lives in imperial and international history and in the history of animal human interaction.
Barbara Caine (University of Sydney), 'History and the Individual Life'
Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney), 'Can Women be Individuals? Writing women into the history of international politics'
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London), 'Coming Home to History. The Lives of Enoch Powell'
Andrew Fitzmaurice (University of Sydney), 'King Leopold's Ghostwriter?'
Iain McCalman (University of Sydney), 'JT jnr: the individual life story of an African vervet monkey'
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Level 4 via Lobby B (Southern Vestibule)
The University of Sydney
Prof Peter Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University)
Theodor Adorno, the philosopher and social theorist, devoted great energy throughout his life to the interpretation of Kierkegaard’s philosophy. In this paper I reconstruct the history of Adorno’s intellectual engagement with Kierkegaard, from the early habilitation (first published in 1933) to the more sympathetic reassessments of Adorno’s later years. The chief task of my paper is to explain what Adorno meant when he characterized his habilitation on Kierkegaard as an exercise in “inverse theology,” and, furthermore, to explain why, much later, Adorno equated this species of theological with materialism
Visual Manipulation and Auto/Biography
Tuesday 25 February 2014
Kevin Lee Room
Level 6, Lobby H
the University of Sydney
This seminar will combine the work of two art historians researching the visual self-representation of royal woman at the French court during the seventeenth century.
Dr Gaehtgens (an independent scholar based at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles) explores how Anne of Austria used multiplied images as visual propaganda to change her image from a widowed queen to a self-assured regent. In turn, Dr De Vitis (National Art School) considers the theatrical performances of Elizabeth Charlotte as substantive acts of socio-political critique, calculated and incisive.
Discussion will focus on how the visual - in prints and performance - can be conceived as a form of writing biography.
Recovering untold stories
14 November 2013, 4-6pm
CANESSA Boardroom, Level 4, Madsen Building
This seminar will combine the work being done by Shane White on the little known Jeremiah G. Hamilton, 'the only Black millionaire in New York', with that being done by Laura Auricchio, from the New School in New York, seeking to re-interpret Lafayette and to re-insert him into his own time and place as a fallible human being.
Shane White, '"No Photograph, Howcum?": Writing a book about someone so obscure they didn’t even have a Wikipedia entry'
Laura Auricchio, 'Lafayette: Portrait of the American Hero as a French Man'
Putting yourself in the story
17 October 2013, 4-6pm
CANESSA Boardroom, Level 4, Madsen Building
The 'autobiographical turn' in humanities scholarship and the tendency of many contemporary scholars to link their own lives to their research has been the subject of much recent discussion. In this roundtable discussion, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Dany Celermajer and Barbara Caine will discuss their own work on autobiography within this framework. One of the questions on which they will reflect is how scholars make choices about positioning themselves as subjects in, in relation to, or outside their own research.