Events May 2016

02
Jan
2016

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911

This exhibition at the National Library of Australia brings together material from the NLA and the National Library of China to provide a window into the diversity of life under the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), China's last imperial dynasty.
31
Mar
2016

Wei Leng Tay—The Other Shore 鄭瑋玲—彼岸

Young Mainland Chinese are moving to Hong Kong from all over China, leaving their homes because of family interests or in search of better education and career prospects. Such migrants fi­nd themselves in majority Chinese yet increasingly tense environments, often confronting entrenched ideas regarding ‘Mainlanders’. While often presented as a single group, the photographic portraits and interviews in ‘The Other Shore’ reveal individual lives, with diverse aspirations and attitudes towards Hong Kong. ‘The Other Shore’ asks how one’s sense of self is entwined with national identity, and how a host environment affects our outlook and everyday lives. Tay’s project also reflects on similar experiences of young educated Chinese elsewhere, negotiating a new place in the world.
02
May
2016

The Making of a Liberal: Chu Anping and the 'third way' intelligentsia in 1940s' China

William Sima
This thesis aims to provide a clearer understanding of liberal discourse in 1940s China, as propounded by Chu Anping 儲安平 and his colleagues at The Observer, but also in the writing of other self-described 'liberal intellectuals' 自由主義知識分子 of the time.
02
May
2016

National Parliamentary Fellowships Program (India) seminar

Darshana Baruah and Hemant Shivakumar, National Parliamentary Fellowships Program (NPFP) Fellows.

In this seminar, Darshana Baruah and Hemant Shivakumar will present their research on specific topics relating to the India-Australia relationship.

02
May
2016

Intersections lecture series - Senator Rachel Siewert

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Party
03
May
2016

Evaluation of the fiscal effect on municipal mergers in Japan

Professor Haruaki Hirota, Musashi University and Visiting Fellow, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School.

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate a fiscal common pool problem in Japanese municipal mergers. Specifically, we investigated whether the merged municipalities rapidly their increase expenditures and debt just before mergers.

03
May
2016

Easing the traffic: the road-use effects of Indonesia's fuel subsidy reforms

Dr Paul Burke, Fellow, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

Indonesia has serious traffic jams. This study uses panel data from 19 Indonesian toll roads over 2008–2015 to calculate the effects of Indonesia’s historic recent fuel subsidy reforms on vehicle travel.

03
May
2016

Easing the traffic: the road-use effects of Indonesia’s fuel subsidy reforms

Dr Paul Burke, Fellow, Ardnt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

Indonesia has serious traffic jams. This study uses panel data from 19 Indonesian toll roads over 2008–2015 to calculate the effects of Indonesia’s historic recent fuel subsidy reforms on vehicle travel.

03
May
2016

Rouge 胭脂扣

In 1930s Hong Kong, the ill-fated love of Chan, a stylish playboy, and Fleur, a much sort after courtesan, leads them to make a suicide pact. When Fleur reappears fifty years later to find her lost love, she discovers that the city she knew has also left little trace of its past.
04
May
2016

2016 aid budget breakfast

Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU; Jacqui De Lacy General Manaager, Global Strategy, Abt JTA; and Anthony Swan, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre.

Last year saw the biggest cuts ever to the Australian aid program. This year more than $200 million of aid is slated to be cut. How will the axe fall?

04
May
2016

Low-carbon energy systems in India: the use of solar power in Rajasthan

B K Mruthynjaya, Brahma Kumari World Spiritual University, Rajasthan, India.

As electricity demand in India escalates and, with supply depending largely on fossil fuels plus some hydro power and nuclear energy, concerns have arisen about carbon dioxide emissions contributing to possible global warming.

04
May
2016

Reconstructing Memories Concerning Detained Diplomats After the Fall of Saigon in 1975

Associate Professor Won Kim

This lecture will be given in Korean.

04
May
2016

Supervising social change: managerial justice in comparative perspective

Professor Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa
The role of the Colombian Constitutional Court in enforcing fundamental rights and promoting social change as well as how the Court has addressed issues pertaining to the democratic legitimacy, judicial competence, and economic impact of its decisions is analysed.
05
May
2016

Individual Petitions before the Thai Constitutional Court 2007-2014

Sarah Bishop

Abstract:  In 2007 with the coming into force of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2550 (2007) individuals whose rights and freedoms were violated were, for the first time, given a limited right to petition the Constitutional Court.

05
May
2016

Xinjiang from the Han Point of View

Tom Cliff
This paper will explore how connections between the micro and macro political economies of Xinjiang influenced the hopes, expectations, and actions of Han settlers at the crucial 'turning point' following the July 2009 Urumqi riots.
05
May
2016

Renewables in the post COP21 era - A global perspective

Cédric Philibert, International Energy Agency.

The global deployment and rapid cost declines of renewable energy sources may have facilitated climate change negotiations, by showing governments that reducing carbon emissions may not be as costly as previously thought.

06
May
2016

Land ownership security and household food security among rice farmers in Cambodia

Kimlong Chheng, PhD scholar, Crawford School.

This paper examines the link between land ownership security and household food security among 256 farm households in Cambodia, utilising survey data conducted in 2014 among 32 rural villages in four provinces.

06
May
2016

Understanding financial interconnectedness: the network approach

Dr Ying Xu, Lecturer in International Development and Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

While deeper financial integration is often considered conducive to the efficient allocation of resources and risk sharing, an increasingly important policy concern is whether it brings greater vulnerability to shocks.

09
May
2016

Gender responsive budgeting

Professor Miranda Stewart, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School, ANU; Marie Coleman, National Foundation of Australian Women.

The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) together with the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) are pleased to host a by-invite-only Australia-Korea roundtable on ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting’.

09
May
2016

Reporting corruption in Papua New Guinea’s public financial management system

Amanda H A Watson and Colin Wiltshire

For Papua New Guinea (PNG) to achieve its development aspirations, effective utilisation of public expenditure is essential.

09
May
2016

"Coalitions of the Willing" and the Shared Responsibility to Protect

Professor Toni Erskine, University of New South Wales
There has been widespread support for the idea that the so-called ‘international community’ has a remedial moral responsibility to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocities when their own governments fail to do so.
10
May
2016

Company tax cut: budget modelling and post-budget reflections

Chris Murphy, Visiting Fellow, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School.

At the request of the Department of the Treasury, I prepared a consultancy report, ‘Company Tax Scenario’, which simulated the economy-wide impacts of reducing the company tax rate from 30 to 25 per cent.

10
May
2016

Is the Taiwan Strait Still a Flash Point?

Dr Scott Kastner, University of Maryland
In this seminar, Kastner will discuss some of the conflict scenarios that have worried analysts of cross-Strait relations in the past, and will consider whether we should continue to worry about these scenarios in light of recent trends in cross-Strait relations and political changes in Taiwan.
10
May
2016

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series - Policy, politics and predictions

Professor Quentin Grafton, Sue Regan, Visiting Fellow Bob Cotton, Crawford School, ANU; Moderated by Catherine McGrath, Chief Political Correspondent, SBS.

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series is an opportunity to engage with ANU public policy experts during the 2016 Federal Election.

11
May
2016

Lining up the ducks: a rare insight into how impossible policies become possible

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt; Professor Bruce Chapman, Crawford School; and Dr Ken Henry, Chair, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, ANU.

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Professor Bruce Chapman and Dr Ken Henry will reflect on their experiences of how power, politics and personality have influenced the ability to introduce innovative policy both here in Australia and in the UK.

11
May
2016

Myanmar's Political Transition

Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Ms Jacqueline Menager, and Mr Chit Win
In November 2015, Myanmar held historic elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy secured a landslide victory, ending over half a century of military rule. How has the country fared so far under new leadership? What significant role can Aung San Suu Kyi play in the country’s political future? What are the prospects for democratisation and further reform in Myanmar? What kind of foreign policy can we expect?
12
May
2016

A fair go for all: addressing social and health inequities in Australia and internationally

Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, Liverpool University; Professor Ronald Labonté, University of Ottawa; The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh, Australian Labor Party; Professor Adrian Kay, Crawford School, ANU; plus many more.

There is increasing concern among policymakers, civil society groups and the public about the widening differences in the social and health status of Australia’s most and least advantaged peoples.

12
May
2016

External shocks and monetary policy in Sri Lanka

Yashodha Warunie Senadheera, PhD student, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis.

In this seminar Yashodha will provide an overview of her recent paper, External Shocks and Monetary Policy in Sri Lanka.

12
May
2016

Political earthquake from South Korea’s legislative elections

Jong-sung You
South Korea’s legislative elections on 13 April 2016 produced a political earthquake. The conservative ruling party’s parliamentary majority came to an end, with the three opposition parties garnering combined 167 seats in the 300-member National Assembly.
12
May
2016

Late-Qing Visual Culture: Looking Modern

Dr Olivier Krischer
Dr Olivier Krischer charts a journey through late-Qing visual culture, exploring developments in painting and printing, but also the introduction of photography, film and modern publishing - visual technologies typically associated with "modern" China, but which all emerged before the end of the Qing dynasty.
13
May
2016

The impact of credit policy on rice production in Myanmar: a fuzzy regression discontinuity design approach

Nilar Aung, PhD scholar, Crawford School.

The provision of agricultural credit is used as a major tool to develop the rural areas and reduce poverty in Myanmar.

13
May
2016

The conservative roots of radicalism: making yesterday’s universities relevant today

Dr Mathew Davies, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU; Dr Tamson Pietsch, University of Sydney; Professor Quentin Grafton, Crawford School, ANU; and Nigel Stanier, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In November 2015, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined plans to overhaul how university research is funded, downgrading the significance of publishing in little-read journals and emphasising instead how knowledge produced in universities

13
May
2016

China’s behaviour in multilateral settings

Dr Scott Kastner, Associate Professor, University of Maryland.

At times China has organised multilateral cooperation and invested in new institutions, while at other times it has worked to revise the rules governing existing international organisations or passively accepted existing governance institutions without

13
May
2016

Writing in the Interior: Women and Vernacular Writing in Late Chosŏn Korea

Dr Ksenia Chizhova

Men’s references to women’s writing in vernacular Korean script never term this practice “calligraphy.” Yet articles of women’s intricate brushwork reveal that in late Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910) this was a highly aestheticized practice with recognized so

13
May
2016

A Garden for Empire and Nation: : The Qing Imperial Mountain Estate in Chengde

Stephen Whiteman
Constructed, neglected, rebuilt and expanded over the course of three centuries, the Qing imperial garden known as the Mountain Estate to Escape the Summer Heat has played a central, but constantly changing role in the history of the Manchu empire and its 20th and 21st century successors. In this talk, Stephen Whiteman explores the park's early history under the Kangxi emperor, from its original conception as an imperial retreat to its representation through text and image.
16
May
2016

Will an ageing population impact housing and equity prices in Australia between 2016 and 2050?

Matthew Kidman, former investment editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia has experienced strong real price growth in both housing and equities over the last 35 years.

16
May
2016

Guerrilla markets: exchange systems as survival politics in Northeast Asia

Professor Andrei Lankov, Kook-min University; Professor Robert Weller, Boston University; Ms Younkyung Je, Edu-Money Social Enterprise, Korea; plus many more.

This symposium forms part of the Australian Research Council Laureate project Informal Life Politics in the Making of Northeast Asia: From Cold War to Post-Cold War.

17
May
2016

Propaganda and the Home Front: Japanese Women’s war poetry of the 1930s and 1940s

Dr Carol Hayes, Department of Pacific and Asian History & Dr Rina Kikuchi, Shiga University

Abstract

17
May
2016

Modelling involuntary unemployment in applied GE models

Hom M Pant, Visiting Fellow, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School.

An exogenous unemployment rate–or the natural rate that is not actually ground by a CGE model– is a distinctive feature of all CGE models of Walrasian type, such as the models derived from the ORANI model of the Australian economy and the GTAP model of

17
May
2016

Tea, Wellness, and Beverage Culture in Song dynasty China — Perspectives from the City and the Monastery

Professor James A. Benn, McMaster University
The beverage culture of premodern China was dominated by alcohol and tea. Alcohol has been part of China’s cultural scene from as far back as our sources allow us to go. But tea remained mostly a local speciality until the eighth century CE.
17
May
2016

Countering piracy: lessons for multinational military cooperation

Associate Professor Sarah Percy, University of Queensland.

Counter-piracy off the coast of Somalia has been a significant success for international naval cooperation. Since 2013, there have been no pirate attacks in the region. The success of counter-piracy, however, is surprising.

17
May
2016

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series - Science and innovation

Professor Ian Chubb AC; Professor Elanor Huntington, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Co-founder and CTO at Reposit Power; Moderated by Julie Hare, Higher Education Editor, The Australian.

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series is an opportunity to engage with ANU public policy experts during the 2016 Federal Election.

18
May
2016

Indonesia's political economy: a change in direction?

James Castle, founder of CastleAsia, Jakarta.

Indonesia’s remarkable political and economic recovery from the Asian Financial Crisis at the end of the 20th century was fueled by nearly a decade of rising commodity prices that ended in 2010.

18
May
2016

Economic diversification and tax reform in Papua New Guinea

Sir Nagora Bogan, Chancellor of Papua New Guinea’s University of Technology (Unitech).

The independent Tax Review Committee (TRC) established by the Government of PNG recently completed a comprehensive review of the country’s tax system involving extensive and transparent stakeholder consultation over the course of two years.

18
May
2016

University reform in Papua New Guinea: the Unitech experience

Dr Albert Schram, Vice-Chancellor of Papua New Guinea’s University of Technology.

Despite its age, the PNG university system is not yet mature. The challenges regarding the quantity and reliability of its funding, and recent legislative changes have not made things better.

18
May
2016

Why counterinsurgencies fail

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Douglas Porch
The collapse of counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine in Iraq and Afghanistan exposed the endemic problems of democracies in the thrall of irregular warfare theory. “Why Counterinsurgency Fails” offers a historical critique of a contemporary strategic doctrine by tracing the origins and development of a contested concept of “small war” as an “exceptionalized” method of combat.
19
May
2016

Transnational Humanities in Korean Studies (THKS)

Various

The transnational movement of people, ideas and material cultures is not novel in the contemporary era.

19
May
2016

New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea

Anna Solomon, Secretary, Department for Community Development and Religion, PNG; Denga Ilave, Operations Manager for Femili PNG; Kymberley Kepore, Chief Executive Officer of the Oil Search Foundation.

Rates of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world, with some estimating that 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime. Children are also significantly affected.

19
May
2016

Balancing the books? Post-budget policy analysis

Various speakers

Our diverse group of panel members sought from academia, public policy, and the media will offer their thoughts on the 2016 budget, particularly in the context of what needs to be done both to prepare Australia to deal with the

19
May
2016

The National Electricity Market 20 years on: struggling with renewables or a national asset?

Dr Don Russell, Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of State Development.

It is now 20 years since the legislation establishing the National Electricity Market (NEM) was passed in the South Australian Parliament, and it is legitimate to ask how has the NEM turned out and how is it placed to deal with current challenges.

19
May
2016

The Story of the Stone: Cao Xueqin and His Bannerman Friends

Professor John Minford
Dream of the Red Chamber, also called The Story of the Stone, is one of China's greatest literary works. Professor John Minford discusses the background of this novel, written by Cao Xueqin during the High Qing of the 18th century.
20
May
2016

Talking up the price? The effect of the release of school quality information on the housing market

Dr Mathias Sinning, Senior Lecturer, Crawford School, ANU.

In this seminar Dr Mathias Sinning will discuss his research on the effect of the launch of the Australian Government’s ‘myschool’ website on house prices in Victoria.

23
May
2016

ANU postgraduate information evening

Crawford School of Public Policy.
Looking to enhance your public policy career? Look no further with an ANU Crawford School postgraduate degree. Visit our team of advisors at the ANU postgraduate information evening and we’ll help you choose a public policy degree that best suits your needs.
23
May
2016

Get the Picture: Using comics in Hindi Language Teaching

Dr Peter Friedlander
The use of images has been a long established practice in language teaching. During the last year I have been experimenting with the use of online comics as a part of teaching Hindi and found that it has had very beneficial learning outcomes. In this report on practice, I shall show how I am using comics in order to promote student engagement with dialogues where the dialogue is initially presented without text but through images and sounds. In an initial attempt at understanding how comics help in language teaching I shall also explore how theorists who work on comics characterise the notion of ‘closure’ as described by Scott McCloud in Understanding Comics (1994), which refers to how viewers provide links between different panels in a comic and a possible parallel with the notion of an ‘information gap’ in communicative language teaching. By showing examples of how the use of comics and images can help to convey concepts in a non-verbal manner and how conceiving of a dialogue as a comic storyboard helps in creating meaningful dialogues I will argue that there are exciting possibilities that we may be able to explore for foreign language teaching. Finally, I shall also point out that however haphazard our comics maybe, they also add an aspect of student engagement, which clearly helps when trying to motivate students in their language studies.
23
May
2016

Wenchuan Earthquake Anniversary Screening: Disturbing the Peace 老妈蹄花

To mark the anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, CIW presents Disturbing the Peace 老妈蹄花, a documentary by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, recording Ai’s confrontation with the state over student deaths during the quake.
24
May
2016

Dealing with China Diplomatically: In Conversation with the British Ambassador to China

Barbara Woodward and Rebecca Fabrizi
Perhaps it is time for a new diplomatic approach to China which deals more effectively with the dilemma of marrying a prudent security policy with deeper economic engagement? British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward will explain the UK's diplomatic approach, why it matters, and how Britain can maintain its commitment to universal values at the same time as pursuing a ‘Golden Era’ in relations with Xi Jinping’s China.
24
May
2016

After conflict: memory frictions in Timor-Leste and Aceh

Lia Kent
The intersection between ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ ways of remembering can reveal much about emerging forms of political identity.
24
May
2016

Tax rate biases in tax planning decisions: experimental evidence

Professor Eva Eberhartinger, Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Contrary to standard economic theory, recent empirical findings suggest that firms do not always minimize their tax payments.

24
May
2016

Tax rate biases in tax planning decisions: experimental evidence

Professor Eva Eberhartinger, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
24
May
2016

Developing a microsimulation model for public policy modelling in Australia

Ben Phillips, ANU.

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) is developing a microsimulation capability to model the Australian personal income tax and government benefit system.

24
May
2016

Educating Africans in Australia

Moderated by Matthew Neuhaus, Head, Africa Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

A panel discussion on educating Africans in Australia will be held on Tuesday, 24 May, from 5.30 to around 6.30pm, followed by questions until 7pm when refreshments will be served.

24
May
2016

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series - Security and foreign affairs

Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College, ANU; Professor Michael Wesley, Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU; Dr Jill Sheppard, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences; Moderated by Michael Brissenden, ABC.

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series is an opportunity to engage with ANU public policy experts during the 2016 Federal Election.

25
May
2016

Consumer Action Workshop

Various
A half-day interactive forum for consumer activists, academics, public officials and business people to propose action points to the Australian Consumer Law Review.
26
May
2016

Do the New Sanctions Bite? The Political Economy of the DPRK in 2016

Dr Andray Abrahamian

Featured image is 'Yalu River Bridge between Tandong and Shinûiju, seen from the Chinese side'. This is from the collection of T. Morris-Suzuki. No restrictions on use. Taken from the Pictori Digital Media Library.

27
May
2016

Ritual Diagrams and the ‘Three Rites’ in Early Song China

YANG Qin
A state-funded compilation project, Diagrams on the Three Rites 三禮圖, provoked controversy among Confucian scholars in the early years of Northern Song (960-1127). This compilation project was part of an effort, on-going since Eastern Han (25-220 CE) times, to visualize ritual objects on the basis of canonical texts and their various commentaries.
30
May
2016

Bias-corrected common correlated effects pooled estimation in homogeneous dynamic panels

Gerdie Everaert, Ghent University.

This paper extends the Common Correlated Effects Pooled (CCEP) estimator designed by

30
May
2016

An analysis of the paddy/rice value chains in Sri Lanka

Professor S M P Senanayake, University of Colombo.

Since rice is the staple diet and its cultivation is the main occupation of millions of small-scale producers the prices of both paddy and rice significantly affects the welfare of the people in Sri Lanka.

31
May
2016

Accident, Protest, Dialogue and Change: The Evolution of Workplace Safety Standards in Chinese-run Mines and Changes in Regulatory Capacity in Zambia

Beyongo Dynamic
This post-fieldwork examines the impact of Chinese investment on regulatory standards in Zambia and how local actors influence changes in OHS, wage rates, industrial relations and environmental standards in five Chinese mining companies in the country.
31
May
2016

Splas splas krangke olbaot: what the regulation of water music in Vanuatu tells us about custom, law, power and gender

Miranda Forsyth
This seminar discusses the various claims made in Vanuatu today over water music, a unique musical form that involves slapping, scooping, and pounding water to produce distinctive rhythms and a beautiful visual performance as well.
31
May
2016

Japanese firms’ innovation responses to Chinese competition

Nobu Yamashita, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Keio University.

The rise of China in the world economy has exerted substantial competitive pressures on workers and firms whose occupations and products can be easily substituted by imports from China.

31
May
2016

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series - Tax and the economy

Various speakers

The Vote: Policy Forum & ANU 2016 Federal Election series is an opportunity to engage with ANU public policy experts during the 2016 Federal Election.

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