Events July 2016

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.
28
Jun
2016

Oil and Water: Being Han in Xinjiang

Dr Tom Cliff

This exhibition is part of a research project, including a book published in June 2016 by the University of Chicago press, into the experiences of Han people in Xinjiang, China.

01
Jul
2016

Applying the explicit aggregation algorithm to heterogeneous firm models

Dr Takeki Sunakawa, University of Tokyo.

About the speaker

Dr Takeki Sunakawa, University of Tokyo.

01
Jul
2016

Does social science expertise matter at international criminal courts?

Richard A. Wilson
The prevailing epistemological framework at international criminal tribunals needs to be understood in relation to the strategy of the legal actors and the structural fragility of international institutions.
04
Jul
2016

Nonlinear random coefficients

Professor Arthur Lewbel, Boston College.

We prove a new identification theorem showing nonparametric identification of the joint

04
Jul
2016

Book Launch: Gender in Modern East Asia

Louise Edwards, Barbara Molony, Janet Theiss, Hyaeweol Choi

Gender in Modern East Asia: An Integrated History will be launched by Professor Louise Edwards (UNSW) and Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki (ANU). 

04
Jul
2016

Going Back to Cultural Roots: The Nationalisation of the Chinese Party-State

Yingjie Guo
What is most striking about Chinese nationalism is that the cultural and political strands have been at loggerheads for over a century. Political nationalism predominated till the late 1980s thanks to a prevailing anti-traditionalism among China’s political and intellectual elites that held Chinese cultural traditions responsible for the country’s backwardness and humiliation at the hands of Western powers. However, there has been a sea change since June Fourth 1989, and it has expanded and accelerated dramatically under President Xi Jinping.
05
Jul
2016

Recent developments in investment agreements: the trend towards greater government control in investor-state disputes

Richard Braddock
This joint CIPL/CIGJ seminar surveys some of the key developments in recent agreements, including the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and culminating with the European Union’s initiative to replace the current system of ad-hoc investment tribunals with a standing investment court.
05
Jul
2016

The Fed’s tapering talk: a short statement’s long impact on Indonesia

Dr Muhamad Chatib Basri, Former Indonesian Finance Minister.

This is a joint seminar between Indonesia Study Group and the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

06
Jul
2016

Job qualities, search unemployment and public policy

Professor Ian King, University of Queensland.

We analyse the impact of public policy on unemployment and the types of jobs created in an economy with directed search frictions. Public policy variables include

06
Jul
2016

Going beyond ‘politics matters’ in international development

Samuel Hickey, Research Director, Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, and Professor of Politics and Development, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

That politics has a defining influence over development prospects is now broadly accepted amongst leading development theorists and agencies alike.

09
Jul
2016

Special Weekend Viewing: Wei Leng Tay—The Other Shore 鄭瑋玲—彼岸 Exhibition

The Other Shore exhibition will be closing on 15 July 2016 so do take advantage of the special weekend viewing on 9-10 July 2016, 10am - 4pm!

12
Jul
2016

The fight for king coal’s crown: Business actors in the us coal and utility industries

Christian Downie
Drawing on interviews with executives across the US energy sector, this paper provides new insights about the preferences of business actors in the coal industry and the utility industry and the divisions within these industries that could be exploited by policymakers and activists seeking to enact climate change regulations.
12
Jul
2016

Half a century of Indonesian economic development: continuity and change

Emeritus Professor Hal Hill, Crawford School, ANU.

Indonesia was characterized as a ‘chronic economic dropout’ according to the most widely used development economics textbook in the 1960s.

13
Jul
2016

Communicating monetary policy at the zero lower bound

Dr Eli Remolona, Bank for International Settlements.

Finding themselves at the zero lower bound, major central banks have resorted to unconventional monetary policy. An implicit part of this policy has been a tendency to surprise the markets.

13
Jul
2016

Made in Hong Kong 香港製造

When Moon, a triad debt collector in Kowloon, discovers his teenage girlfriend needs an organ transplant he takes on a hit job, but can he follow through? Fruit Chan’s breakout independent feature is part of a trilogy reflecting on the handover period.
14
Jul
2016

Talking about the Revolution: The Draft Constitutional Discussion of 1954

Neil J Diamant
During the 1954 campaign to ‘Discuss the Draft Constitution’, Chinese officials and citizens engaged in a surprisingly frank and wide-ranging deliberation about political and social rights, the obligations of citizenship, conscription, state symbols, religion, political institutions and Marxist ideology. This talk will focus on the content of these discussions,their implications forthe conventional historiography of the Mao era, and how they might help us to rethink the origins of popular constitutionalism in the PRC.
14
Jul
2016

Launch of two books on important issues in modern Indonesia

Various speakers

Join us at Asia Bookroom for the launch of two books on important issues in modern Indonesia.

15
Jul
2016

Can borrowing costs explain the consumption hump?

Nick Guo, University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

About the speaker

Nick Guo, University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

18
Jul
2016

An interpretation of John Stuart Mill's method of difference

Alan Martina, Research School of Economics, ANU.

About the speaker

Alan Martina, Research School of Economics, ANU

19
Jul
2016

International competition with non-linear pricing

Professor Van Long Ngo, McGill University.

This paper models international competition between two upstream firms, one domestic and one foreign, which both serve a domestic downstream firm. The productivity of their inputs in downstream production is private information of the downstream firm.

19
Jul
2016

Big Ideas: Regulating and governing the financial institutions of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act forty years on

Jon Altman
In this seminar, Jon Altman will explore the logic of an emerging regulatory regime that has seen more and more control residing with the Minister rather than Aboriginal interests on the allocation of significant financial resources and consider whose interests are being served.
19
Jul
2016

GST reform in Australia: implications of estimating price elasticities of demand for food

Dr Mathias Sinning, Crawford School, ANU.

This paper uses detailed information about household supermarket purchases from the Australian Nielsen Homescan Survey to estimate price elasticities of demand for a range of food categories.

19
Jul
2016

China and Global Nuclear Order: From Estrangement to Active Engagement

Nicola Leveringhaus
China’s behaviour as a nuclear weapons state is a major determinant of global and regional security. However, China’s impact on global nuclear politics is a surprisingly under-researched topic. Existing literature tends to focus on narrow policy issues, such as China’s non-proliferation record, the uncertain direction of its military spending and nuclear force modernization, or enduring opaqueness in its nuclear policy. In this seminar I propose an alternative context to understand both China’s past and present nuclear behaviour: its engagement with the process of creating and maintaining global nuclear order.
19
Jul
2016

Mission control: find your focus and increase your impact

Liana Downey, author of 'Mission Control: How Nonprofits and Governments Can Focus, Achieve More, and Change the World'.

Why do some nonprofit and government leaders actually succeed in changing the world, while others struggle to point to their impact?

19
Jul
2016

FH Gruen Public Lecture - Shopping for trust

Professor Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University, United States.

Individuals enter trust relationships voluntarily, and in many cases carefully screen their counterparts beforehand.

20
Jul
2016

Global corporate tax: anti-abuse, transparency and co-operative compliance

Professor Judith Freedman, Oxford University; Andrew Mills, Australian Taxation Office; Karen Payne, The Treasury; Kelly Dent, Oxfam Australia; and Chris Vanderkley, GE Australia.

Note: Audio recording of the event is available in the downloads tab.

21
Jul
2016

Strange encounters: Interactions between Jewish law and state law in liberal democracies

Mareike Riedel
In this PhD thesis proposal review seminar, Mareike Riedel will discuss her research project on the regulation of Jewish religious practice in liberal democracies.
21
Jul
2016

Sectoral concentration, bank performance and systemic risk: exploring cross-country variation

Professor Thorsten Beck, Cass Business School London.

This paper proposes a new stock return-based methodology to measure bank’s sectoral specialization and differentiation.

21
Jul
2016

Criminalising Cambodia’s homeless: exile and arbitrary detention in Phnom Penh

Dr Simon Springer, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Canada.

This talk examines the ongoing pattern of violence utilised by municipal authorities against homeless peoples in Phnom Penh as part of a gentrifying process that the local government has dubbed a ‘beautification’ agenda.

22
Jul
2016

China Update 2016

Professor Veronica Taylor, Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; Professor Ross Garnaut, Melbourne University; Professor Yiping Huang, Peking University; Professor Wing Thye Woo, University of California, Davis; plus many more.

China’s change to a new model of growth, now called the ‘new normal’, was always going to be hard. Events over the past year show how hard it is.

25
Jul
2016

NAIDOC Week at ANU

NAIDOC Week ANU.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

25
Jul
2016

Financing responses to climate change in the Pacific

Various speakers

Climate finance and in particular adaptation finance has never been higher on the climate change agenda.

25
Jul
2016

Climate Café: soil carbon - the silver bullet?

Helen King, PhD researcher, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU; and Susan Orgill , soil carbon researcher, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Agriculture – Soils.

More carbon is stored in soil than in the atmosphere and vegetation combined, making its management critical for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

25
Jul
2016

Trouble in the South China Sea no more ‐ or more to come?

Hugh White, Lowell Bautista, Imelda Deinla

On 12 July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague upheld the Philippines’ sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and that China encroached on these rights with its fishing and petroleum exploration and by constructing ar

25
Jul
2016

Trouble in the South China Sea no more ‐ or more to come?

Professor Hugh White, Dr Lowell Bautista, and Dr Imelda Deinla, moderated by Professor Hall Hill, ANU.

On 12 July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague upheld the Philippines’ sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and that China encroached on these rights with its fishing and petroleum exploration and by constructing ar

26
Jul
2016

Bookclub: A culture of rights - law, literature, and Canada

Benjamin Auther (Canberra), Robyn Morris (Wollongong) and Andrea Durbach (UNSW)
In his new book, Benjamin Authers examines the unique rights landscape of Canada through the lens of law and literature, taking as his point of departure the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.
26
Jul
2016

Achieving greater efficiency in Indonesian telecommunications: is the Indonesia broadband plan the answer?

Rob Albon, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Twenty years ago the Indonesian Government sought better outcomes in telecommunications than were being delivered by its state-owned statutory monopoly system.

27
Jul
2016

NAIDOC Week - Guided walk and talk: aboriginal landscape

Bill Gammage, Adjunct Professor, Humanities Research Centre, ANU.

Guided walk and walk with Professor Willaim Gammage

Meet at the main entrance of Old Canberra House

27
Jul
2016

The difficulties of supporting reform in fragile states: the case of water sector reform in Lebanon

Rim El Kadi, Research Associate, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU.

This seminar discussed some of the compounded challenges of implementing a donor-driven reform and water resources management in Lebanon, a paradigmatic fragile, politically and socially divided, aid dependent country.

28
Jul
2016

Cognitive dissonance and forecaster overconfidence in a model of inflation expectations with distributional inaccuracies

Professor Shaun Vahey, University of Warwick.

In this seminar Shaun Vahey will provide an overview of his recent paper, Cognitive Dissonance and Forecaster Overconfidence in a Model of Inflation Expectations with Distributional Inaccuracies.

28
Jul
2016

NAIDOC Week barbecue

NAIDOC Week ANU.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

28
Jul
2016

Testing the demographic effects of some Indonesian disasters

Anthony Reid, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, ANU; and Hasnani Rangkuti, ADSRI, ANU.

The outer arc of Indonesian islands, the Sunda chain, are more exposed to periodic tectonic disasters than any other part of the world.

28
Jul
2016

Women Leaders in the Chosŏn Dynasty

Dr Sookin Lee

Confucian philosophy was the ruling political ideology during the Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910) in Korea. Based on the concept of yin and yang and the ethics of harmony, Confucian-prescribed gender ideology dictated the lives of women and men.

28
Jul
2016

Waging insurgent warfare: lessons from the Islamic State

Dr Seth G Jones, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation.

Most modern warfare occurs in the form of insurgencies.

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