Workshops, Symposia, Seminars and Roundtables

The Institute serves as a focus for encouraging new and collaborative research, knowledge transfer and dissemination of ideas at The University of Western Australia. Interdisciplinary research questions and contemporary hot topics are the focus for debate at the research symposia, roundtables and workshops that are hosted by the Institute throughout the year.

Event Highlights 2019

27th-29th November 2019

Photographies in Motion: Explorations Across Space, Time, and Media

This workshop explored what is at stake in different kinds of photographic mobilities: as photographs are exchanged across space and time; as they are displayed, and viewed, across alternative social and political contexts, and; as their images are reproduced across different media. Building upon recent theoretical insights into the potentials, and limitations, of photographic reproducibility, the workshop was especially interested in how these different kinds of movements may not only alter photographic interpretations, and experiences, but may even unsettle the very idea of what photography is - and what it can do.


  • Clarissa Ball, Director, UWA Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Emily Brink, Assistant Professor, History of Art, The University of Western Australia
  • Philip Goldswain, Deputy Head, Education, School of Design, The University of Western Australia
  • Richard Vokes, Associate Professor, Anthropology, The University of Western Australia.

Program - Photographies in Motion: Explorations Across Space, Time, and Media

29 October 2019

UWA Social Care and Social Ageing Living Lab Workshop: A practical training workshop examining social support and loneliness

This workshop described the development and implementation of GENIE a web-based tool. Participants discussed how the tool works, the bases of its acceptability to those who might benefit most from it, how and under what circumstances it enhances support and the way in which experience using this tool has added to understanding concerning the way in which social networks are able to promote engagement with resources and activities.

Keynotes Speakers:

  • Anne Rogers, Professor of Medical Sociology & Health Systems Implementation, University of Southampton and IAS Visiting Fellow.
  • Ivaylo Vassilev, Principal research fellow in health sciences, University of Soutampton and IAS Visiting Fellow.
  • Lukasz Krzyzowski, Senior Lecturer, The University of Western Australia and Manager, UWA Social Care and Social Ageing Living Lab.

22 March 2019

Legal Pluralism, Multi-Legalism, and Empire

This symposium discussed multi-legalism/legal-pluralism (ie the simultaneous co-existence of multiple legal systems) in two case studies: 1. the Roman Empire of the 2nd Century C.E., and 2. 18th / 19th Century Australia. At the heart of the discussion were two interconnected issues: 1. the nature of legal pluralism in the ancient and modern worlds; 2. the extent to which modern theories of legal pluralism are applicable to the cultures of Classical antiquity and other pre-modern societies.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Kimberley Czajkowski, Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh and IAS Visiting Fellow.
  • Dr Shino Konishi, UWA
  • Dr Richard Vokes, UWA

11 March 2019

Western Australian Art in a Global Context: The need for a UWA Centre for Art History

Presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology and the UWA School of Design Chaired by Vanessa Russ, Berndt Museum

This roundtable event brought together curators and gallerists, from public art institutions and private collections to explore the potential for a UWA Centre for Art History in more depth. A significant reason for the almost complete absence of Western Australian art from the canon of Australian art is its lack of documentation. Another reason is that the East Coast has invested in the discipline of art history at a greater rate than here. WA can lead in documenting its art history, towards accessible research and publication outcomes, as well as the inclusion of a national cultural narrative – so the question is – do we need a UWA Centre for Art history?