Insights 2016: Lecture Series

Co-presented by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


This year Sydney Ideas partnered with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on their highly successful Insights series.

The 2016 Insights Series has now finished. The lecture by Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice advertised for November 2016 will now be held in March 2017.

PAST LECTURES:

10 March - THE CONVERSATION MACHINE


Speaker: Professor Nick Enfield, Department of Linguistics, School of Arts, Literature and Media

What makes language possible in our species? This lecture outlines new understandings of our unique skill, with a focus on human cooperative capacities and the ultrasocial mind.

16 June - THE CHINESE ENIGMA: CHINA THROUGH EUROPEAN EYES 1700-1900


Speaker: Professor Yixu Lu, Head of School, School of Languages and Cultures

Images of China tantalised the European imagination throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and still do today. But the Enlightenment produced an image of China as decadent and stagnant, and this dominated European visions of China throughout the 19th century. This lecture takes a critical survey of the making and breaking of these images and consider the enigma that China remains today.

4 August - FOR A POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SPACE AND PLACE

Speaker: Professor Adam Morton, Dept of Political Economy

Under capitalism, how does the state organise space in our everyday lives through the streets we walk, the monuments we visit, and the places where we meet?

8 September - SOMETHING TO PLAY EVERY DAY: RURAL RETIREMENT CULTURE

Speaker: Professor Catherine Driscoll, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Retiring from the city to the country is a popular Australia dream. But what are these retirees’ lives like, and what should we know to help improve them?