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 2019

16 April

Glass Houses: the Internet of Things and its encroachment on intimacy
A public lecture by Dr Gilad Rosner, founder, Internet of Things Privacy Forum and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


17 April

Shaping the Invisible: images reflected in music
A public lecture by Mr Robert Hollingworth, Reader in Music, University of York and Director, I Fagiolini


29 April

The Colonial Fantasy. Why white Australia can’t solve black problems.
A conversation between author Sarah Maddison and senior Noongar woman and scholar Colleen Hayward.


30 April

UniverCities: Investigating the influence of student accommodation on global cities.
A public lecture by Dr Mark Holton, Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


1 May
Personal Data Stores: boon or curse?
A public lecture by Dr Nicolo Zingales, Deputy Director, Centre for Information Governance Research, University of Sussex and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


2 May

Humanitarianism, ‘Aboriginal Protection’ and the Politics of Reform in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire
The 2019 Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture by Amanda Nettelbeck, Professor in History, University of Adelaide.


9 May
Microbes, Minds and Selves: exploring microbiome-gut-brain connections

A public lecture by Maureen O’Malley, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


15 May
From Ores to Ash: the Inner Workings of Hazardous Volcanoes

A public lecture by Jon Blundy, Professor of Petrology, University of Bristol and 2019 UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.


22 May
Great Impressions – Rembrandt and the History of Printmaking
A public lecture by Dr Susanne Meurer, School of Design, History of Art, UWA.


12 June
Everyday Life in a 17th Century Swedish Aristocratic Household
A public lecture by Svante Norrhem, Associate Professor of History at Lund University and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.