World Religions Symposium 2019

17 July 2019 9:30am2:00pm
Studies in Religion at UQ is again sponsoring its annual World Religions Symposium for Year 11 Students in 2019.

Entertaining Dionysus

31 May 2019 6:00pm
This lecture revisits stories about the arrival of Dionysus into communities and the chaos that ensues. It also examines why stories about the travels of Dionysus should prove so popular in antiquity.
Froissart Chronicles

Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture: From the Peasants' Revolt to Jeremy Corbyn: The Fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition

29 May 2019 4:45pm7:30pm
In this talk,  Professor Crossley will use the Peasants’ Revolt and its reception to look at which biblical texts have been used, remembered, forgotten, and rethought in the English radical tradition. All are welcome to attend.

Islam and the end of multiculturalism? Reconsidering its promise (HPI Research Seminar)

17 May 2019 11:00am1:00pm
Islam is credited with bringing about the end of multiculturalism, coinciding with the rise of far right-wing populism in Europe. In this talk I explore this purported end within the peculiarity of British Multiculturalism and do so from a unique vantage point: the intimate surrounds of a probation office and the relationships between probation staff and Muslim ex-offenders based on fieldwork in East London. From this vantage point, multiculturalism is far from being either alive or dead, but is instead negotiated and characterized by tensions intrinsic to the ‘cruel dynamic of inclusion and exclusion’ that has long characterized the Western tradition of citizenship.

Muslims, Miracles and Superstition in Latin Christian Narratives of the First Crusade (HPI Research Seminar)

17 May 2019 11:00am1:00pm
School Seminar Series: Disrupting Narratives about Islam: Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives

This year's seminars inlcude:

Muslims, Miracles and Superstition in Latin Christian Narratives of the First Crusade
Islam and the end of multiculturalism? Reconsidering its promise
Prof. Deborah Brown, Discussant

New High-Resolution Rainfall Records for Ancient Rome

3 May 2019 4:00pm
This paper investigates the potential of dark layering in calcium carbonate deposits formed in past water systems as a well-dated and high-resolution proxy for rainfall distributions, through a case study on ancient Rome’s Anio Novus aqueduct.
My Long Neck flyer

IASH/History Documentary Series 2019: My Long Neck

9 April 2019 4:00pm
This film explores themes about the objectification of bodies, particularly “exotic” bodies, and the effects that this has on those who are turned into tourist commodities.

Spinning the Whorls of the Spindle: Marsilio Ficino on Plato’s Myth of Er

29 March 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
The story of how souls stood in ranks in front of Lachesis, Clotho and Atropos just before choosing the form of their next reincarnations is a place to which Plato’s readers kept going back throughout the centuries.

Presented by Anna Corrias (HPI)

The Lacuna in the Historia Augusta: A Reassessment

29 March 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
The Historia Augusta is a notoriously problematic text. It consists of a series of thirty biographies of emperors, Caesars and usurpers that cover the years from 117 to 285 AD.

Presented by Duncan Grey (UQ)

The Reference of Proper Names: Testing Usage and Intuitions

29 March 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
Experiments on theories of reference have mostly tested referential intuitions. We think that experiments should rather be testing linguistic usage.

Like the Proverbial Boiling Frogs or the Master of Puppets? German business and the first years of the Third Reich 1932-36

29 March 2019 2:00pm2:30pm
Presented by Troy Gillan, PhD Candidate, History
This is an HDR confirmation seminar in History. All welcome.

IASH/History Documentary Series 2019: OUT In the Line-Up & Heaven

26 March 2019 4:00pm5:30pm
IASH/History Documentary Series 2019 OUT In the Line-Up (directed by Ian Thomson, 2016, 70m) & Heaven (directed by Tracey Moffat, 1997, 20m)

25th Annual Ancient History Day ‘Law and Order in Antiquity’

23 March 2019 9:00am4:00pm
The Friends of Antiquity in conjunction with the Discipline of Classics and Ancient History, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, present the 25th Annual Ancient History Day ‘Law and Order in Antiquity’

Work in Life and Death: Corduban Common Workers and Coppersmiths

22 March 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
During the Roman empire many occupational workers chose to represent themselves and others by their trade on Latin inscriptions in a variety of contexts. This practice is present not only in Italy, but, notably, also in the western provinces of Hispania and North Africa. It is important to analyse these provincial examples in order to gain a better understanding of both the social and the economic roles of working-class traders in the Roman provinces.

The Young and the Restless: Receptions of a Republican Caesar

22 March 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
Like many ancient figures, Julius Caesar is often used to promote or diminish political power in the present. Different images or tropes of Caesar have been employed by modern authors to convey a desired message on the uses or abuses of political power today. For example, an author will focus on one aspect of Caesar’s character and will often portray him either as a popular politician, a brilliant general or a ruthless dictator.

Feminism Reloaded? The Serial Debate on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, or: What’s New about #MeToo?

22 March 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
Sexual harassment and sexual violence have been an issue of debate among social reformers and political activists long before the term feminism itself was coined. These serial discussions underscore how ubiquitous sexual violence remains in the power dynamic of human relations and social hierarchies and how, as a consequence, feminist critique has had to repeat its central arguments incessantly for centuries. The insistent return of the controversy also demonstrates, though, how feminist concerns mutate along with transforming social and cultural economies and media ecologies, which newly frame, channel, and absorb our attention.

Refocusing on Newcomb's Paradox: The Predictor as time traveller

8 March 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
The plethora of papers and chapters on Newcomb's Paradox is sometimes described as Necombmania. In our view Newcombmania is not phony as Bealtemania was once criticised as phony.

Moral Self-Defense without Omniscience

1 March 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
Presented by Renee Bolinger (Australian National University)

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