Events May 2017

01
May
2017

Cryptocurrencies from an Austrian perspective

Professor Alistair Milne, Loughborough University, UK.

This presentation outlines the technology of cryptocurrencies, avoiding misleading analogy with notes and coin.

01
May
2017

The German Army and the development of its operational thinking in the era of the world wars

Dr. Gerhard P. Groß, Bundeswehr Center of Military History and Social Sciences

The development of the German Army’s operational thinking in the world war era and beyond is one of that institution’s most significant historical questions.

02
May
2017

The regulation of alcohol: no ordinary commodity

Michael Thorn
This seminar will canvas alcohol’s impact on society and the various evidenced-based regulatory measures that are employed to control its harmful impact.
02
May
2017

Government procurement polices across the Tasman: what role played by (Preferential) Trade Agreements?

Malcolm Bosworth, Visitor, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

The efficiency of government procurement can have significant impacts on a country’s overall resource-use efficiency, and on government budgets.

02
May
2017

Increasing challenges - the Polish perspective on regional security and migration

Dr Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland.

In Poland’s view , Russia’s aggression in Eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea are a severe violation of the basic foundations of the world order established at the end of the Cold War, posing a direct threat to security, democratic institution

03
May
2017

The effects of secondary markets and unsecured credit on inflation dynamics

Pedro Gomis Porqueras, Deakin University.

About the speaker

Pedro Gomis Porqueras, Deakin University.

Light lunch available.

03
May
2017

Java’s culture of local pilgrimage

George Quinn, ANU.

Since the 1990s there has been a dramatic rise in the number of Muslims making pilgrimage visits to the tombs of saints in Java. Saint veneration and local pilgrimage preserve many “non-standard” devotional practices that were once called abangan.

03
May
2017

PNG Elections, 1964 to 2017: screening of documentary and a Q&A discussion with ANU academics

Dr Nicole Haley, Convenor, ANU State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program; and Dr Terence Wood, Research Fellow, ANU Development Policy Centre.

Devpolicy, the PNG Canberra Student’s Association and The Australian National University’s Pacific Institute invite you to see how Papua New Guinea’s National Elections began, with a special screening of:

04
May
2017

Optimal structure and dissolution of partnerships

Simon Loertscher, University of Melbourne.

About the speaker

Simon Loertscher, University of Melbourne.

Afternoon tea available.

04
May
2017

A Splendid Party: Zhou Lianggong (1612–1672) and His Friends in Literary Nanjing, 1669

Zhu Yayun
Qing official and art patron Zhou Lianggong 周亮工 (1612–1672) held a party for twenty Nanjing-affiliated painters and poets on a fine winter’s day in 1669. This party allows us to observe cultural life twenty-five years after the Ming-Qing dynastic transition. Despite Nanjing’s political significance as a former Ming capital, it was literary sociability, not political contestation, that dominated the social life of Nanjing’s artists and literati members in the late seventeenth century.
04
May
2017

New Worlds from Below Book Launch

Dr peter Van Ness

Amidst a landscape of political disenchantment, ordinary people in East Asia are finding new ways to take control of their own lives, respond to threats to their physical and cultural survival, and build better futures.

04
May
2017

US strategy in Asia and countering Chinese maritime coercion

Ambassador David Shear, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, US Department of Defense; and Dr Zack Cooper, Senior Fellow for Asian Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Recent events, such as tensions with North Korea and Vice-President Pence’s visit to the region, confirm that that United States has not forgotten about Asia.

05
May
2017

Effects of majority coalitions on district fiscal outcomes and service access in Indonesia

Adrianus Hendrawan, PhD scholar, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

This paper empirically examines the effect of majority coalitions in district governments on fiscal outcomes and service access in Indonesia.

05
May
2017

Leadership and Japanese Grand Strategy: Is there an "Abe Doctrine"?

Dr David Envall, ANU

Since becoming Japanese prime minister for a second time in 2012, Shinzō Abe has sought to remake Japan’s national security posture so that the country can play a more active role in international affairs.

09
May
2017

Liability insurance: optimal contracts under monopoly and competition

Emil Temnyalov, University of Technology Sydney.

About the speaker

Emil Temnyalov, University of Technology Sydney.

Light lunch available.

09
May
2017

Alcohol taxation: impacts of policy inconsistencies

Glenys Byrne
Using alcohol taxation as a case study, this presentation will provide an insider perspective on the budget decisions Australians didn’t get, and might hope for, to achieve vastly better results for families.
09
May
2017

Can Might Make Right? Grotian Rules of Regulation in International Relations

Simon Cotton, Princeton University

In this seminar, I investigate one of the most puzzling claims of international-relations realism: namely that, given anarchy, ‘might makes right’.

09
May
2017

Towards increased food security and welfare in Timor-Leste

Professor Sonia Akter, Assistant Dean (Research), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

This study uses a nationally representative cross-section survey conducted in 2016 from rural Timor-Leste to examine the impact of the adoption of improved maize varieties introduced through the Seeds of Life (SoL) program during 2007-2015.

09
May
2017

Do working women have higher intra-household decision-making power?

Xue (Sarah) Dong, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School, ANU.

This paper investigates the relationship between women’s working status and their intrahousehold decision-making power.

10
May
2017

2017 aid budget breakfast

Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU; Jacqui De Lacy, Vice President, Global Strategy, Abt Associates; and Anthony Swan, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School, ANU.

This year is the first after three years of cuts in which the aid budget is slated to increase – by $84 million. While only enough to keep the aid budget growing with inflation, how will this new money be spent?

10
May
2017

Back to the past: is growth reverting to pre-industrial levels?

Jakob Madsen, Monash University.

About the speaker

Jakob Madsen, Monash University.

10
May
2017

Acehnese hospitality towards Rohingya refugees

Antje Missbach, Monash University.

Acehnese hospitality towards Rohingya refugees: welcoming victims, strangers, brothers, or aid recipients?

11
May
2017

Asymmetric reactions of the US natural gas market and economic activity

Bao Nguyen, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

In this seminar Bao Nguyen will provide new empirical evidence on the asymmetric reactions of the US natural gas market and US economy to its market fundamental shocks in different phases of the business cycle.

11
May
2017

Debate: Trump has nothing to offer Asia except threats

Professor Bates Gill, Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Professor Rory Medcalf, Dr Brendan Taylor and CAP student, Sophie Hewitt.
11
May
2017

ANU Flexible Vertical Double Degree information session

In a Flexible Vertical Double Degree program (

12
May
2017

The impact of electricity on economic development: a macroeconomic perspective

Professor David Stern, Crawford School, ANU.

This seminar will report on a state of knowledge paper produced during the first year of a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded project on electricity and development.

15
May
2017

Postgraduate information evening

Crawford School of Public Policy.

Be recognised with a postgraduate qualification from ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

ANU postgraduate information evening

16
May
2017

Creativity and climate change action - Workshop

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

How do we effectively and creatively share calls for environmental stewardship and justice i

16
May
2017

Mobilising civil society: can the fossil fuel divestment movement achieve transformational social change?

Neil Gunningham
The divestment movement has harnessed grassroots activists, engaged in innovative and disruptive forms of activism and invoked symbolic politics to persuade the public of the importance and legitimacy of its claims. What else would the movement and its allies need to do to nurture a new norm and prompt a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy?
16
May
2017

The WomanStats Project and Database

Professor Valerie Hudson, Bush School of Government and Public Service

The WomanStats Project began in 2001, with the goal of investigating the relationship between the security of women and the security of nation-states.

16
May
2017

Why forests? Why now? The science, economics, and politics of tropical forests and climate change

Jonah Busch, Center for Global Development.

Tropical forests are an undervalued asset in meeting the greatest global challenges of our time—averting climate change and promoting sustainable development.

16
May
2017

Post-budget public forum

Dr Sharon Bessell, Professor Miranda Stewart, Professor Warwick McKibbin and Dr John Hewson, Crawford School, ANU; moderated by Catherine McGrath, McGrath Media.

In this special post-budget public forum, some of the best ANU economic, policy and political brains will dissect the 2017 Federal Budget.

16
May
2017

ST Lee Lecture - Climate change crisis: an examination of the turbulent history and modern day consequences of the vulnerability of the Marshall Islands

H.E. President Hilda C. Heine

Overview

Low elevation, extreme floods and persistent droughts have left the Marshall Islands and its people at the mercy of rising sea levels and under threat of losing their homes.

17
May
2017

Still Life 三峡好人

A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.
17
May
2017

Putting food on the plate for 9.7 billion: challenges and solutions

Various speakers

Food is one of those things that we can’t simply avoid thinking about every day of our lives, but what about the future?

17
May
2017

Truth-telling and generosity: our progress so far and the road ahead

Hon Linda Burney MP, Member for Barton.

The Hon Linda Burney MP will deliver a public address on Truth-telling and generosity: our progress so far and the road ahead.

17
May
2017

The 2017 Jakarta Election: the Campaign Online and Offline

Dr. Ross Tapsell; Dr. Marcus Mietzner

Hosted by:

17
May
2017

Film screening of 'Zomer' (Summer) - IDAHOT 17 May

Arthur den Hartog, Deputy Head of Mission to Australia, The Netherlands Embassy

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra invites you to a free screening of the Dutch film Zomer(Summer) on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wednesday 17 May. 

18
May
2017

Working across boundaries: a masterclass

Dr Paul Williams, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School, ANU; Associate Professor Helen Dickinson, University of New South Wales.

It is well established that high quality public service organisations share a common characteristic: the ability to operate collaboratively both internally across boundaries and externally with a range of partner organisations.

18
May
2017

Forecasting the real price of oil under alternative specifications of constant and time-varying volatility

Beili Zhu, PhD student, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School, ANU.

In this seminar Beili Zhu will provide an overview of her recent paper, Forecasting the real price of oil under alternative specifications of constant and time-varying volatility.

18
May
2017

Wood for Heaven: Western Australia's sandalwood trade to China prior to 1880

Nick Guoth

Western Australia provided a significant portion of China’s sandalwood needs during the 1860s and 1870s.

18
May
2017

The pursuit of reparations: promises and practices in international criminal justice

Christoph Sperfeldt
Contested legalisation has resulted in contradictions and competing visions for reparations, which have become embedded in the legal frameworks and institutional architecture of international(-ised) criminal courts. This seminar examines these tensions and concludes with some observations about the unsettled nature of reparations in international criminal justice.
18
May
2017

Re-Building an Imperial Elite: Local Government Schools in Dali, Yunnan (1247–1675)

Eloise Wright
In 1247, the Mongol prince later known as Khubilai Khan conquered the Dali Kingdom, a small state in the south-eastern foothills of the Himalayas. Over the next four hundred years, elite families in the Dali region became integrated with the society of the central plains. In this paper, I argue that engagement with imperial educational practices and institutions led the elite of the Dali region to constitute itself as a local elite that belonged to the empire-wide ruling class. At the same time, it intensified distinct identities based on family histories and the spatial organisation of the Dali region.
18
May
2017

We deserve to thrive: poetry and climate activism

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Venue: Sir Ro

18
May
2017

Gwangju Uprising of 18 May 1980 and the Struggle for Democracy in Korea

Rev. Dr. John Brown
On 18 May, 1980, students in Gwangju City in South Chollado took to the streets to express their discontent with the rule of the military regime in Seoul.
19
May
2017

What will Moon Jae-In’s “New Era of Gwanghwamun Presidency” mean?

Associate Professor Hyung-A Kim, Korea Politics and History ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Join the ANU Korea Institute to explore the recent election in South Korea. 

Speaker: Associate Professor Hyung-A Kim, Korea Politics and History ANU College of Asia and the Pacific 

19
May
2017

First impressions: Elizabeth Durack, an artist in Papua and New Guinea, 1968

Panel Discussion

The ANU Library is hosting a panel discussion for the exhibition opening of a recently acquired collection of works by Elizabeth Durack (later Durack Clancy).

23
May
2017

Boosting tax compliance in Indonesia using insights from behavioural economics

Chris Hoy, University of Sydney.

Indonesia only collects around 12 per cent of GDP in tax revenue and around 40 million people are estimated to be failing to meet their tax obligations.

23
May
2017

Socio-economic Development in Myanmar's Delta: Insights from Maubin Township, Ayeyarwady Region

Prof Khine Myint Cho,Head of Geography, Dawei University

After 1988, the Government of Myanmar led a transition from a centrally controlled to a more open–market economy.

23
May
2017

Economic Ideas in Political Time: The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Rise of a New Nationalism?

Dr Wes Widmaier, Griffith University

Over the past century, economic policy orders – rooted in ideas that shape interests – have spanned the Progressive, Keynesian, and Neoliberal eras, marked by periods of prolonged growth and stability.

23
May
2017

What can ASEAN do in the midst of the 'New Normal'?

Chatib Basri, Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Professor at ANU Indonesia Project, Crawford School.

Some studies have shown that trade and industrialization are key to economic success in East and Southeast Asia.

24
May
2017

Malaysia: Prospects, opportunities and challenges - ANU Malaysia Institute

YB Senator Dato' Fahariyah Nordin, Encik Mua'amar Gadafi, YB Chua Yee Ling, State Assembly , YB Zairil Khir Johari

Venue: Lennox Room,
JG Crawford Building, 
132 Lennox Crossing,
Acton, 2061, ACT

24
May
2017

The absence of trust: Australian strategic thinking and PNG 1950-1975

Dr Bruce Hunt, Research Fellow, School of History, College of Arts and Social Science, ANU.

The seminar will focus on Dr Bruce Hunt’s recent monograph Australia’s Northern Shield?

24
May
2017

Australia's energy challenges

Dr John Hewson, Crawford School, ANU.

As a political commentator Dr Hewson has advocated for a renewable energy future in Australia.

24
May
2017

Should the US leave the Paris Climate Agreement?

Dr Luke Kemp, Crawford School, and Fenner School, ANU; Dr Jonathan Pickering, University of Canberra.

The White House has announced that the US will make a decision on whether to quit the Paris Climate Agreement in the near future.

25
May
2017

Solutions for sustaining natural capital

Various speakers

On behalf of the National Australia Bank (NAB), The Australia National University (ANU), and the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, we would like to invite you to participate in the ‘Solutions for Sustaining Natural Capital’ workshop, taki

25
May
2017

What’s next on the horizon? Post-budget policy analysis

Various speakers

As in previous years, the Sir Roland Wilson’s post-budget policy analysis will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the impact of the 2017-18 federal budget.

25
May
2017

India – A resurgent maritime nation, harnessing the blue economy

Admiral R K Dhowan, Chairman, National Maritime Foundation, India.

The Indian Ocean has recently emerged as the world’s focus in the maritime domain and is a global economic highway. India sits astride busy sea lines of communications which transit across the Indian Ocean.

26
May
2017

Fuel switching and infant health: evidence from the LPG subsidy in Indonesia

Imelda, University of Hawaii.

Imelda uses the largest fuel-switching program in Indonesia to identify a causal impact of cooking fuel choice on infant mortality.

29
May
2017

The subjective well-being of informal carers: evidence from Australia

Azadeh Abbasi Shavazi, PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU.

About the speaker

Azadeh Abbasi Shavazi, PhD candidate, Research School of Economics, ANU.

Light lunch available.

29
May
2017

Japan's secular stagnation and monetary policy

Ikuko Fueda-Samikawa, Japan Center for Economic Research.

Since the end of the 1990s, Japan has been in a period of secular stagnation with a decline in the natural rate of interest.

29
May
2017

Climate Café - Can societal addiction therapy transform our approach to climate change?

Professor Robert Costanza, Vice-Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy, Crawford School, ANU.

Despite global efforts to avoid dangerous climate change, we’re on track for temperature increases that easily exceed the agreed ‘safe’ threshold of 2°C. Clearly existing approaches to the problem are not working fast enough.

29
May
2017

Lecture and Q&A with Professors Brian Schmidt and Michael Wesley in Jakarta, Indonesia

Professor Brian P. Schmidt & Professor Michael Wesley
The Australian National University requests the honour of your attendance at the Lecture:
 
Evidence and Expertise in a Post-Truth World
by 
Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
30
May
2017

Climate adaptation: to transform or not transform. A salutary case study

Mark Howden
This presentation covers an in-depth, longitudinal study of an agricultural company’s attempt to implement transformational adaptation in response to climate change.
30
May
2017

Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training

This training session is for University staff.
 
30
May
2017

On the sources and mechanisms of economic growth in China

Dr Ligang Song, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

The presentation reviews the experience of Chinese economic growth during the past forty years from the perspectives of the neoclassical growth model, the endogenous growth model, and institutional approaches.

30
May
2017

Dead duck or just resting: has economic liberalism run into a dead end?

Professor Bruce Chapman AM, Sir Roland Wilson Chair of Economics, ANU; Dr Ken Henry AC, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Chair, ANU; Laura Tingle, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review; and Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School, ANU.

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating recently declared that liberal economics no longer holds the answers to our problems. Is this the case? If so, what new paradigm is needed to lift the world economy out of its current malaise?

31
May
2017

Non participation in the market for mortality-contingent insurance

Geoff Kingston, Macquarie University.

About the speaker

Geoff Kingston, Macquarie University.

Light lunch available.

31
May
2017

Careful What You Wish For: Salafi Islamisation and the Shifting Structures of the Malaysian State

Assoc Professor Lily Zubaidah Rahim, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

Please note the new start time of 3.00pm.

31
May
2017

Eunuchs from the Ming Dynasty to Qing's Ethno-Dynastic Order, 1500–1800

Jennifer W. Jay
This paper will examine the presence and representation of eunuchs from 1500 to 1800. It will argue that the process of sinicization does not adequately explain the practice of employing eunuchs in the Qing court. The diminished roles and functions of Qing eunuchs are better explained by the Manchu Altaic system, which shared residual tribal traditions with other conquest dynasties—the Khitan Liao, the Jurchan Jin, and the Mongol Yuan. In particular, the paper will re-examine the place of eunuchs in the Qing ethno-dynastic order on the basis of their representation in two paintings in the University of Alberta’s Mactaggart Art Collection—Kangxi’s Southern Inspection Tour Scroll 7 and Qianlong’s Southern Inspection Tour Scroll 2.
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