Expand your mind with the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Each year the Institute hosts or co-hosts public talks and other events by distinguished visiting and local scholars, artists, writers and public intellectuals. These events contribute to our goal of sharing current research, new ideas and encouraging discussion and debate within the broader community.

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Public Talks in 2018

19 October
Australian Short Story Festival - Opening Address by David Malouf

Award winning and Internationally acclaimed writer David Malouf will deliver the opening address of the 2018 Australian Short Story Festival at the Centre for Stories, Northbridge. The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to co-sponsor his visit to Perth for this event.


24 October

Dante, an iconoclast in his age, a model for our own
A public lecture by Rodney Lokaj, Chair of Italian Philology, University of Enna “Kore”, Sicily.


25 October

Creeping Concepts: our expanding ideas of harm and pathology
A public lecture by Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


25 October

Blue Energy: South West WA’s future as a marine renewables hub
An 'All at Sea' public lecture by Professor Christophe Gaudin, Head of Oceans Graduate School and Director Wave Energy Research Centre.

The 'All at Sea' series is presented by the IAS and UWA Oceans Institute.


29 October

The Mobile Museum: botanical exchanges between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Australia
A public lecture by Mark Nesbitt, Curator and Senior Research Leader in economic botany at Kew Gardens.


30 October
Gurrumul
A film screening followed by a panel Q&A with Professor Carmen Lawrence (UWA School of Psychological Science), Professor Dawn Bessarab (UWA Medical School), Professor Patricia Dudgeon (UWA School of Indigenous Studies), and Dr Nicholas Bannan (UWA Conservatorium of Music).

Presented by the IAS and the UWA School of Psychological Science.


8 November

Kerry O'Brien on 'A Memoir'
This talk is presented by the City of Perth Library, Boffins Books and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Cost: $15 (Bookings are made via the Boffins Books website)


21 November

Happily Single? It May Depend on Where You Live: how families shape single women’s well-being in three East Asian cities
A public lecture by Lynne Nakano, Professor, Japanese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

This lecture is presented by the IAS, the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the Forrest Foundation.


28 November

Structural and Functional Imaging of Tissues with Optical Coherence Tomography/Elastography
A public lecture by Kirill V. Larin, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston

This talk is part of the 2018 Light Talks series, "Living with and without Light", presented by UWA Optical Society (OSA) student chapter and the Institute of Advanced Studies. 


4 December

Bob Brown & Paul Thomas on Green Nomads, Wild Places
This talk is presented by the City of Perth Library, Boffins Books and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Cost: $15 (Bookings are made via the Boffins Books website)