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

17 July

The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Memory: the challenges of writing on the artworking of Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943)
A public lecture by Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CentreCATH), University of Leeds.


26 July

2018 Limina Conference Lecture - Belonging and Displacement: Experiences of People Seeking Asylum in Australia.
A panel with Sara Shengeb, Bella Ndayikeze, Caroline Fleahy.


2 August

Finding our Place in the Universe
The 2018 George Seddon Memorial Lecture by David Blair, Emeritus Professor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery.


8 August

Three Kinds of Clay, Three Kinds of Antiquity?
The 2018 Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture by Ann McGrath AM, the Kathleen Fitzpatrick ARC Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor, School of History, Australian National University


9 August

Just Not Cricket. Aspects of the ball tampering saga
A panel discussion presented by the UWA School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.


9 August

Sleep, Body Clocks and Health: biology to new therapeutics
A public lecture by Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Senior Fellow Brasenose College, University of Oxford and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


13 August

Black Bodies, White Gold: cotton, art and the materiality of race
A public lecture by Anna Arabindan-Kesson,Assistant Professor of Black Diasporic Art, Princeton University.


16 August

Water for Chocolate - becoming a food and water literate consumer
An All at Sea public lecture by Professor Anas Ghadouani, Head, Aquatic Ecology and Ecosystems Studies and Programme Chair, Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Australia


23 August

The Idea of Peace Parks in Africa
A public lecture by Professor Maano Ramutsindela, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.