Events May 2019

02
May
2019

GIS Analysis for Research 2 (GIS102)

In this course you will learn the basics of suitability analyses using raster datasets. You will also begin to explore interpolation and how you can generate continuous surfaces from data points.
23
May
2019

Some effects of a decreasing elasticity of substitution between clean and dirty energy on optimal climate policy

Tony Wiskich, PhD Student, CAMA

Using a climate model with endogenous technology, this seminar investigates the implications of a decreasing elasticity of substitution between clean and dirty energy as the share of clean energy rises.

23
May
2019

Sincerity or Social Harmony? A Problem of Peer Disagreement in Ming Dynasty China

Dr Esther Klein
Sincere individual self-expression is often in tension with social harmony. A famous Ming dynasty exchange between Li Zhi (1527-1602) and his former friend Geng Dingxiang brings this tension into sharp relief. Li Zhi’s perspective in these letters, elaborated in his deliberately provocative A Book To Burn(1590) feels surprisingly modern; it is rare to find a premodern Chinese thinker who argues for gender equality and political liberalism. Geng’s side of the argument is harder to recover, partly because he left much of it implicit. I will argue that Geng endorses a species of perfectionism, albeit one that is more sensitive to individualist than the standard Confucian story. Geng's perfectionism, while less fashionable these days, has underappreciated resources with which to answer and critique Li Zhi. I will conclude by arguing that some of these resources can fruitfully be brought to bear on troubling contemporary versions of this debate, such as attacks on ‘political correctness’.
23
May
2019

Hobart launch — China’s rise: prosperity, power and pushback

Jane Golley, Mark Harrison, Ben Hillman, Linda Jaivin

In 2018, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was more powerful than at any other time in its modern history and one of the most powerful countries in the world.

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