Events September 2016

27
Aug
2016

Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video / 张培力:从绘画到录像

​Exhibition dates: 27 August–15 November 2016
Gallery hours: 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday
01
Sep
2016

External shocks and the Sri Lankan economy: a SVAR approach

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

In this seminar Yashodha Senadheera will provide an overview of her recent paper, External Shocks and the Sri Lankan Economy: a SVAR Approach.

01
Sep
2016

A Tale of Blood and Fur: the Life of Production on the Hulunbuir Grasslands

Thomas DuBois
Based on archival and field research conducted with scholars in Hulunbuir University, this talk introduces two centuries of pastoral life in the region, tracing the effects of Qing banner policy, the rise and fall of Russian and Japanese influence, pastoral collectivization in the early People’s Republic of China, and soaring economic vitality since the 1990s.
02
Sep
2016

Philippine Update - Sustaining the momentum for change beyond 2016

Professor Arsenio Balisacan, Philippine Competition Commission; Professor Mark Thompson, City University of Hong Kong; Ambassador HE Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Embassy in Australia; and Allaster Cox, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Has the Philippines indeed shed its label as the ‘sick man of Asia’?

02
Sep
2016

ODE aid evaluations: investing in teachers and learning from evaluations

Staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU.

The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) is an operationally independent unit within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) that measures and reports on the effectiveness of the Australian aid program.

06
Sep
2016

China: rule-maker or rule-taker in the international intellectual property system?

Wenting Cheng, RegNet PhD scholar
Against the backdrop of international regime complexity and rising IP capacity in China, this thesis explores how China engages the international IP system. Will China translate its increasing use of IP in its domestic markets into a global regulatory power over IP standards? Will China become a rule-maker which challenges US hegemony over existing international IP regimes? What are the limits for China’s further engagement in the international IP system? To answer these questions, geographical indications (GIs) will be used as one of a number of case studies to reveal China’s subtle position in multilateral regimes and its effort to advance its domestic policy objectives via bilateral arrangements.
06
Sep
2016

Food safety legislation in Malaysia: implications for imports and harmonisation of regulations in Southeast Asia

Evelyn S Devadason, University of Malaya.

Regulatory heterogeneity continues to be identified as a challenge for food trade in ASEAN, as the progress of harmonization of food standards among member states remains slow.

06
Sep
2016

CANCELLED: Be mindful of each bowl of rice: democracy, development and Taiwan's reconciliation with its history

Dr Mark Harrison
Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this lecture will be postponed to a later date (TBA). Apologies for any inconvenience.
 
07
Sep
2016

Pacific Archive and Library Update

Multiple Speakers

In this seminar archivists and librarians working in the Pacific Islands will deliver an update on the state of archives and libraries in the Pacific.

08
Sep
2016

Improving the economic participation of people with a disability

Dr Ann Nevile, ANU.

In partnership with Jobs Australia, the Social Policy Institute at the Crawford School of the ANU runs a series of workshops exploring major social policy concerns.

08
Sep
2016

The intractable problem of landowner identification in the PNG LNG project: a historical perspective

Associate Professor Colin Filer, Resources, Environment and Development Group, Crawford School, ANU.

In the second week of August this year, Papua New Guinea’s national newspapers reported that the customary landowners of the Hides gas field, the primary source of raw material for PNG’s Liquified Natural Gas project, were protesting and threatening to

08
Sep
2016

Forget Chineseness: On the Geopolitics of Cultural Identification

Allen Chun
This talk is an overview of an upcoming book. It will present a systematic perspective of 'epistemic moments' in the societal transformations of Hong Kong, Taiwan, PRC, Singapore and Chinese communities 'overseas', all of which deflate the inherent meanings of Chineseness.
08
Sep
2016

Beauty in the economy

Professor Dan Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin.

What is human beauty? How much does it ‘pay off’ in pay and jobs? Are the pay-offs the same for men and women? How do the pay-offs differ across jobs? Does it pay to try to improve your looks? How much does beauty help in the marriage market?

09
Sep
2016

Irrigation, productivity, and household food security among rice farmers in rural Cambodia

Kimlong Chheng, PhD scholar, Crawford School, ANU.

Around 28 per cent of rural households in Cambodia face food insecurity.

12
Sep
2016

Back to what counts: birth and death in Indonesia

Clara Siagian, Technical lead and researcher, Center on Child Protection, University of Indonesia.

Civil registration is integral to the Indonesian government’s current poverty-reduction strategy, both for its ability to confer legal identity to citizens and as the principal source of the country’s vital statistics.

12
Sep
2016

Pakistan’s economic and public policy challenges

Professor Imran Ali, Karachi School of Business and Leadership.

While the understanding of Pakistan is beset by dominant stereotypes centred on terrorism and militancy, this nation of around 200 million presents a much more complex country case study.

13
Sep
2016

Robust implementation in weakly perfect bayesian strategies

Dr Christoph Mueller, University of Queensland.

About the speaker

Dr Christoph Mueller, Lecturer, University of Queensland.

Light lunch available.

13
Sep
2016

Pathways to inclusion of refugee migrants

Ibolya Losoncz
The increased demand for refugee admissions and resettlement in developed countries makes it important for the governments’ of host countries to understand the refugee integration process. Yet, the literature on pathways and processes facilitating and driving integration is under-theorised, poorly understood, and needs systematic research.
14
Sep
2016

EU Climate Diplomacy week - Innovation and the economics of climate action

Various speakers

Sustainable economic growth means that countries must shift their production to “green products” that will drastically reduce environmental damage.

16
Sep
2016

Indonesia Update 2016 - Digital Indonesia: challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution

Professor Mari Pangestu, University of Indonesia; Professor Michele Ford, The University of Sydney; Dr Onno Purbo, STKIP Surya; plus many more.

It is widely believed that we are in the middle of a technological revolution.

16
Sep
2016

Yes, you can change GDP

Ehsan Masood, science journalist and the Editor of the research funding-news service, Research Professional.

GDP has become a dangerously addictive idea, but one that no government can now afford to ignore. It is dangerous because economic success is defined in a tightly restricted way. It is addictive because GDP can only ever point in one direction.

19
Sep
2016

Counting rotten apples: student achievement and score manipulation in Italian elementary schools

Dr Michele de Nadai, University of New South Wales.

About the speaker

Dr Michele de Nadai, University of New South Wales.

19
Sep
2016

Climate Café: art, climate change and dangerous ideas

Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Fellow, Climate Change Institute, ANU.

If climate change is one of the greatest threats facing global populations today, why do we treat it as an abstract and ambiguous concept?

19
Sep
2016

Influence of L1 onto L2 acquisition: A case of the topic/subjective markers in Japanese and the word order in Spanish

Haruka Woods
The 2016 ANU Language Teaching Forum continues with a presentation by Haruka Woods.
20
Sep
2016

Object allocation via immediate-acceptance: characterisations and an affirmative action application

Bettina Klaus, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

About the speaker

Bettina Klaus, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Light lunch available.

20
Sep
2016

Strengthening public policy through the random recruitment of public officials

Dr Oliver Dowlen, University of London, UK.

The practice of selecting public office holders by lottery was the mainstay of the ancient Athenian city state. It was also widely used in late medieval Europe, especially in Italy. It survives mainly in the form of the randomly-selected jury.

20
Sep
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.

20
Sep
2016

Stagnation of female labour force participation in Indonesia: an age and cohort analysis

Diana Contreras Suarez, Monash University.

This paper examines the main drivers of female labour force participation in Indonesia and disentangles the factors that have contributed to female labour force participation remaining unchanged over the past two decades at 51 per cent.

21
Sep
2016

Japan Update 2016

Various speakers

The Australia–Japan Research Centre and the ANU Japan Institute will once again co-host the annual Japan Update.

21
Sep
2016

Trend inflation and monetary policy: evidence from models with drifting and cross-correlated coefficients

Luis Uzeda Garcia , PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU.

About the speaker

Luis Uzeda Garcia , PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU.

Light lunch available.

21
Sep
2016

A Third Perspective between Colonialism and Nationalism: Inter-Colonial Health Governing Schemes of the League of Nations’ Far Eastern Rural Hygiene Conference, Bandung 1937

Tomoko Akami

Shortly after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, the League of Nations held the Far Eastern Rural Hygiene Conference in Bandung, which was hosted by the Dutch East Indies government, between 3–13 August 1937.

22
Sep
2016

Differential use of health care in response to health shocks?

Professor Denzil Fiebig, University of New South Wales.

About the speaker

Professor Denzil Fiebig, Univesity of New South Wales.

Afternoon tea available.

22
Sep
2016

National Security College PhD information evening

Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, PhD program convenor Dr Tim Legrand, and current PhD scholars, National Security College, Crawford School, ANU.

The information evening is an opportunity for aspiring PhD candidates to meet and hear from College researchers, including the Academic Director Associate Professor Matthew Sussex and current doctoral scholars.

22
Sep
2016

The 15th HW Arndt Memorial Lecture - How to do reform in a ‘second-best world’: the case of Indonesia

Dr Muhamad Chatib Basri, CReco Consulting and former Indonesian Minister of Finance.

The word ‘reform’ has become a mantra to solve many economic problems in developing countries. Nevertheless, few reforms are successful. When economists are asked why, they usually blame ‘politics’ or ‘institutional failure’.

23
Sep
2016

Explaining gaps in child education outcomes between the ethnic majority and minorities in Vietnam

Nguyen TH Hieu, PhD scholar, Crawford School, ANU.

There are large gaps in child educational outcomes between the Kinh majority and non-Kinh minorities in Vietnam. This paper seeks to understand the reasons for these ethnic gaps.

23
Sep
2016

A Planning Tool to Support Indigenous Rangers Manage Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Heritage Sites

Bethune Carmichael
Over 100 Australian Indigenous ranger groups manage a significant proportion of Australia’s natural and cultural resources.
23
Sep
2016

Responding to economic crisis: the change in men and women’s work and assets in Indonesia

Dr Sarah Dong, Research Fellow, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

Dr Sarah Dong uses the drop in district consumption levels as a measure of the severity of the Asian Financial Crisis in each district in Indonesia, and tests the effects of the consumption shock on the change in men’s and women’s working status and as

23
Sep
2016

A history of the Bantawa verbal agreement system

Kwang-Ju Cho

While Bantawa (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal) displays some typical Tibeto-Buman features in the verbal agreement system, it also displays complex morphological traits in person and number marking.

27
Sep
2016

When to drop a bombshell

Anton Kolotilin, University of New South Wales.

About the speaker

Anton Kolotilin, University of New South Wales.

27
Sep
2016

The rule of law: pasts, presents, and two possible futures

Professor Martin Krygier (UNSW)
The recent rise of the rule of law, from controversial legal ideal to unopposed international cliché/slogan, has rendered increasingly murky what the concept might mean, what the phenomenon might be, and what it might be worth. In this seminar, Martin will argue, nevertheless, that the concept engages with fundamental and enduring issues of politics and law, particularly the dangers of arbitrary power, and the value of its institutionalised tempering.
27
Sep
2016

The political economy of discretionary central government grants for infrastructure: empirical evidence from Indonesia

Günther G Schulze, University of Freiburg.

We investigate whether the allocation of discretionary grants for infrastructure from the central government to the districts are determined by district need, political alignment of the central government with local district heads, or past electoral su

27
Sep
2016

Language Policy and Language Education in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region: An Investigation of Uyghur Students’ Language Learning Motivation and Attitude

Xu Yang

China is a multilingual and multiethnic nation with 56 officially recognized nationalities speaking more than 130 languages (Ministry of Education, 2015).

28
Sep
2016

Patient trade and price discovery: consequences of sequential information flow

Ravi Sastry, University of Melbourne.

About the speaker

Ravi Sastry, University of Melbourne.

29
Sep
2016

Commissioning Civil Society

Associate Professor Vasuki Nesiah, New York University
Civil society advocacy is a familiar element of the transitional justice field today. From the United Nations to grassroots organizations, there is a popular, shared chorus advocating for civil society ownership of, and participation in, transitional justice processes.
29
Sep
2016

Engaging diasporas in humanitarian response and economic development

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, MBE, Director, Up!-Africa Limited; and Finau Heuifanga Limuloa, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Pacific Office, Suva.

Migrant-and refugee-led organisations implement innovative, small-scale, low-cost projects that are potentially replicable and scalable.

29
Sep
2016

Effects of migration on rural labour markets

Shyamal Chowdhury, The University of Sydney.

About the speaker

Shyamal Chowdhury, The University of Sydney.

29
Sep
2016

Sima Qian and the Authorship of History in Traditional China

Esther Klein
What did it mean to be the author of a history in traditional China? Readers’ responses to Sima Qian (b.145 BCE), arguably the best-known historical author in the Chinese tradition, provide ample material for investigating this question. This paper begins by discussing doubts raised over Sima Qian’s authorship of Shiji. It then traces the development of two different ways of interpreting Sima Qian’s authorial project. The first, an “autobiographical reading”, is the practice of reading parts of Shiji in the light of Sima Qian’s life story. The second interpretation stems from Yang Xiong’s claim that Shiji was “a true record”. Examining ways in which Shiji was judged to be “true” (or not) reveals underlying standards for historical writing and how they changed over time.
30
Sep
2016

Intangible investment and sectoral energy intensity: international evidence

Shenglang Yang, PhD scholar, Crawford School, ANU.

This study examines the effect of intangible investment on sectoral energy intensity.

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