Crafting Democracies: From Authoritarian Rule to Democratic Governance


Many countries have launched transitions from authoritarianism to democracy over the past twenty-five years. While some have succeeded in building relatively strong democracies with shared prosperity, others have stumbled. As a wave of change continues to unfold across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, policy-relevant insights that can be gleaned from recent transitions are more salient than ever.

Recent events across the globe make clear the complexities of the politics of “democratization” and the importance of understanding these complexities. In Eurasia, “Color Revolutions” have given way to democratic disappointments and “authoritarian regimes.” In North Africa, an unanticipated upsurge of democratic movements has felled autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt, but the success of these “transitions” is currently very much in doubt.

Professor Lowenthal will share first hand insights gained from interviews with 13 transitional leaders from 9 countries: Spain, Poland, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Ghana, Indonesia and Philippines These insights will highlight the pitfalls and potential policy recommendations for success in the transitional process.

Professor Abraham F Lowenthal is Professor Emeritus of the University of Southern California, President Emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. He was founding director of the both the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Centre’s Latin American Program.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 5:15 pm

Terrace Lounge, Walter Boas Building

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Master the Modern Languages

Do you have a keen interest in language? Perhaps you have considered studying linguistics in the past, but couldn’t quite find the specialisation you were after. Well, the wait is over…

The Faculty of Arts is thrilled to announce that the Master of Applied Linguistics now has a Modern Languages stream. Designed for language aficionados, teachers of language, and for people who just love foreign language and culture, this is the perfect program if you would like to develop your language skills and extend your knowledge of culture.


The program includes a range of subjects that focus specifically on developing language skills and cultural competency in modern languages at the graduate level. Languages include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic!

Languages can be studied at beginners, intermediate or advanced levels, with a placement test taken prior to commencement to ensure you will receive the appropriate level of instruction.

This exciting new addition to an innovative program welcomes professionals working with modern languages in education, translating, trade relations, diplomacy, the public service, international public relations and related areas.

Applications are now open for February 2015 intake, so enquire now about this exciting opportunity to study Modern Languages, whether you plan to refresh or extending your an existing language, or pick up a new language altogether! Visit the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences website for more information.

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Sustainability and environmental standards for cultural collections


This one day event will be based on a conversation between the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD) and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) on the recently issued AICCM Interim Guidelines for environmental conditions in museums and galleries, with contributions from the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC), University of Melbourne, and representatives from Southeast Asian museums.

The aim is to evaluate best practice for museum environments and the diversity of their collections whilst balancing the care of cultural materials in the face of sustainability. Will there be any discussion with the audience?

Four sessions will cover the following, three based around a dialogue between two protagonists:

  • International standards and local needs – the current situation

  • Building envelope and sustainability – exploring the environmental drivers and the current reality

  • Diverse collections, environments and research evidence - speakers from national collecting organisations in Southeast Asia will provide brief presentations on the issues within their own countries’ contexts, followed by University of Melbourne research findings.

  • A better framework for discussion and exchange - how to draw in professions across the museum sector

Sunday, 14 September 2014, 10:00 am

Yasuka Hiraoka Myer Room, First Floor, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, Parkville

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Cultural materials conservation: China and Australia programs


The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) together with the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage and the School of History at Zhengzhou University, China will present their internationally significant research on cultural materials excavation, research and conservation in China.

The three organisations are internationally recognised institutes located in China’s material culture heartland and have investigated over 30,000 archaeological sites, including the tomb of the First Emperor of China and his terracotta army, the mausolea of Han and Tang emperors, as well as palace sites, Buddhist temples, kiln and bronze sites, and excavations from the neolithic period.

This one day event will include professorial papers from the three institutions and CCMC's cultural materials conservation projects in archaeological ceramics and metallurgy. CCMC has recently partnered with the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage and the School of History at Zhengzhou University, and this event will be a celebration of future plans. Come and hear these experts:

Professor Zhang Jianlin, Deputy Director, Shaanxi Province Institute of Archaeology, Tang Dynasty -Emperors’ tombs and their wall paintings

Dr Anding Shao , Vice-head of the Conservation Department, Shaanxi Province Institute of Archaeology , Qin Dynasty – the First Emperor’s bronze birds

Professor Ma Xiaolin, Deputy Director, Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, China’s largest zooarchaeological laboratory

Professor Han Guohe, Zhengzhou University: Dean, School of History, Director of Research Centre of Historical and Cultural Heritage Preservation, Eastern Han imperial tombs – preservation solutions in 21st century China

Friday, 12 September 2014, 9:00 am

Yasuka Hiraoka Myer Room, First Floor, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, Parkville

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Australian Centre and Faculty of Arts Literary Awards 2014

The Australian Centre and the Faculty of Arts celebrated the writing achievements of our community on Saturday 23rd August as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Please join us in warmly congratulating and celebrating the following winners of these prestigious awards.


A $15,000 award to further a work in progress in biography, autobiography or life-writing.

Awarded to Rebe Taylor for The Politics and Poetry of Rhys Jones’ Tasmanian Archaeology.

2014 Peter Blazey Fellowship recipient Rebe Taylor accepts her award.

2014 Peter Blazey Fellowship recipient Rebe Taylor accepts her award.


Rebe Taylor’s submission stood out this year, especially in terms of its treatment of its subject.  She has written an evocative account of the controversial Tasmanian archaeologist Rhys Jones, opening up some fascinating areas for scholarly discussion and putting Jones’s reputation and fieldwork in contexts that are always illuminating.  This is a compelling and revealing piece of writing, important to our understanding of the ways in which Indigenous histories and pre-histories have been shaped and struggled over.

Commendations are given for Jane Messer’s chronicle of her Jewish German grandmother Bella Reiss Messer; her story of Bella’s experiences in Berlin, Palestine and Melbourne considers questions of ethics, self and identity through the lens of Bella’s life as a Jewish woman and mother, and is a fine piece of sympathetic, analytical writing. Jessica White’s memoir of her great-grandfather F.G. White was also highly commended for providing a detailed and engaging account of White’s extensive art collection – as well as his role as a pastoralist involved in the colonial project of property expansion and its historical connections to Aboriginal dispossession.


Jane Messer for Grave Relations: A Biography

Jessica White for Blue Shadows and Morning Light: Tracing the Art Collection of F.G. White

The judging panel for the 2014 Peter Blazey Fellowship included Ms Penny Blazey, Ms Brigid Mullane, Professor Ken Gelder, and A/Prof Denise Varney.



$4,000 award for poetry in English by an Australian poet.

Awarded to Sarah Day for Tempo, Puncher & Wattman Poetry, 2013.

2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize winner Sarah Day, with judge A/Prof Denise Varney.

2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize winner Sarah Day, with judge A/Prof Denise Varney.


Sarah Day’s meticulously-crafted lyrics move with a quicksilver ease across time and place, between myth and reality, from the personal to the world-historical. Her invocations of ancient cities, celestial mechanics, oceanic flows, old paintings and domestic cooking are magisterially coaxed — to use one of her own metaphors — like ‘melody from wood and gut.’ Day’s handling of memorable juxtapositions is subtle and striking: a rooster confronts a jumbo jet, and a dead dog an antique fresco, while too-carefully manufactured plantations are shown to ‘breathe death in life.’ The poems are at once sensuous and metaphysical, affective meditations upon the deadly paradoxes of time.



Niki Koulouris for The sea with no one in it, Porcupine’s Quill, 2013

Bella Li for Maps, Cargo, Vagabond Press, 2013

Cameron Lowe for Circle Work, Puncher & Wattman, 2013

The judging panel for the 2014 Wesley Michael Wright prize included Dr Justin Clemens, Dr Amanda Johnson and Dr Amy Brown from the University of Melbourne.



$13,000 award for a work in Australian, New Zealand or colonial history. Supported by the Australian Historical Association (AHA)

Awarded to Angela Wanhalla for Matters of the Heart. A History of Interracial marriage in New Zealand, Auckland University Press, Auckland, NZ 2013.

Angella Wanhalla's Ernest Scott Prize winning work, Matters of the Heart.

Angella Wanhalla’s Ernest Scott Prize winning work, Matters of the Heart.


Angela Wanhalla’s ground breaking history of interracial relationships in New Zealand across two hundred years utilises not only the usual range of church and state records but also personal papers, family and local histories to track the lives of couples whose relationship was sustained over a period of time.  While Maori women left little trace for the historian, Wanhalla uses analysis of images, particularly photography, to overcome some of the gaps and silences in the record. She takes a broad view of coupling which incorporates common law relationships, Maori ceremonies and Christian marriages sanctioned by the State and also takes account of various debates and legislative action in relation to marriage over time.

Wanhalla draws on the recent work by anthropologists and historians such as Ann Laura Stoler to explore the history of emotion and sentiment as central to these encounters. She historicises the specific context in which these are expressed and how they changed over time in relation to the society and demographics. She notes that interracial relationships in New Zealand have often been used as evidence of ‘gentle colonialism’ but while  her study of intimacy makes an important contribution to overturning simplistic paradigms of race relations on the frontier and beyond,  Wanhalla still  emphasises the framework of gendered and racial power struggles within which these relationships operated.

This book is beautifully written, clearly structured and Wanhalla wears her extensive scholarship lightly so the reader has the pleasure of reading fascinating personal stories combined with sharp analysis.


Janis Sheldrick  for Nature’s Line George Goyder: Surveyor, environmentalist, visionary, Wakefield Press, Kentown, South Australia

Bruce Scates (and his collaborators – Alexandra McKosker, Keir Reeves, Rebecca Wheatley and Damien Williams) for ANZAC Journeys: Returning to the Battlefields of World War II, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2013

Paul Moon for  Encounters. The Creation of New Zealand. A History, Penguin Books, Auckland, 2013

Professor Paula Hamilton from the University of Technology, Sydney, and Professor Tom Brooking from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand were the judges for the 2014 Ernest Scott Prize.



Professional editorial assistance and writing space for best adult genres manuscript. This prize is open to University of Melbourne students and recent graduates.

Awarded in 2014 to Suzanne Hermanoczki ­for her work in progress, Our Fathers.


Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize recipient Suzanne Hermanoczki (on right), with Ruby Ashby-Orr.

Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize recipient Suzanne Hermanoczki (right), with Ruby Ashby-Orr.


Suzanne Hermanoczki’s Our Fathers unites the past and the present through the story of a boy escaping post-war Hungary and, in parallel, his death in Brisbane fifty years later. Written from various perspectives Suzanne Hermanoczki’s work is a lyrical and sensitive study of family, and character.



Alison Strumberger for Inner Geography

Danae Bosler for Bellwether

Maya Mulhall for Rubiginou

The judging panel for the 2014 Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize included Aviva Tuffield from Affirm Press and Professor Kevin Brophy and Dr Elizabeth Macfarlane from the University of Melbourne.


Congratulations to all of the winners and short-listed entrants for this years’ literary awards. The entrants were all of an incredibly high calibre and showcased the breadth of Australian writing talent.

The 2014 Faculty of Arts Literary Awards ceremony was hosted by Professor Ken Gelder and Associate Professor Denise Varney, co-directors of the Australian Centre and Kate Darian Smith, Professor of Australian Studies and History Chair, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts.

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G20 2014: How will it affect Australia?


What is Australia seeking to achieve in its G20 host year? How will the outcomes of the G20 Summit impact Australian policy and regulation, and therefore our business and community sectors?

Join Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s G20 Sherpa, Dr Heather Smith, Senior Adviser at UBS and the B20 Sherpa for Australia, Robert Milliner and Chair of the C20 and Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello to explore the likely domestic impacts of this meeting of world leaders.

Josh Frydenberg MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister The Hon Josh Fydenberg, MP, was first elected to the Victorian seat of Kooyong in 2010. He has been Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since September 2013, with specific responsibility for implementing the Coalition’s deregulation agenda.

Prior to entering Parliament he was a consultant at Deutsche Bank and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He has previously held positions as a Senior Adviser to the former Prime Minister, John Howard, and Senior Adviser to the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash, a Master of Philosophy from Oxford and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard.

Heather Smith G20 Sherpa Dr Heather Smith is Australia’s G20 Sherpa in 2014. Previously she was Deputy Secretary, Economic and Strategy, in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to this time, Dr Smith was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with responsibility for the Americas and Africa, North Asia, international security issues, G20 and the international economy, and information technology issues. Other senior positions she has held in the past include Deputy Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, and General Manager of the G20 and APEC Secretariat and General Manager of the International Economy Division at the Australian Treasury.

Before joining the public service, Dr Smith was an academic working on North Asia at the Australian National University. She also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1988-1990.

Dr Smith holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Masters and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.

Robert Milliner Senior Adviser at UBS and the B20 Sherpa for Australia Robert Milliner is a Senior Adviser at UBS and the B20 Sherpa for Australia for 2014. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians and a director of the Australian Charities Fund.

From 2004-2011 he was Chief Executive Partner of Australia's pre-eminent international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). In 2012 he was the co-author of an independent review of Commonwealth regulation making practices for the Minister for Finance & Deregulation.
Robert was a director of the Business Council of Australia from 2005-2011, chaired the Business Reform Task Force and was a member of the Global Engagement Task Force. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. In 2010 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Tim Costello Chair of the C20 and Chief Executive of World Vision Australia Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. He has spearheaded public debates on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Since 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda. Tim currently serves as Chair of the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and the National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council. He also chairs the Advisory Board of the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University. He has also served on numerous boards, including the Alcohol Education and Research Foundation, the Australian National Development Index, Business for Millennium Development, the Australian Council for International Development and as co-chair of Make Poverty History. He is Patron of the Australian Geography Teachers Association.

Prior to joining World Vision, Tim served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor. Between 1999 and 2002 he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia. In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year.

Moderator: David Speers Sky News David Speers has been Political Editor of Sky News Australia since 2000. He hosts “PM Agenda” each day from Parliament House in Canberra and “The Nation” each week from Sydney, where he regular interviews senior political figures and commentators. David has been chosen by both sides of politics to anchor every Leaders’ Debate and Forum at the last three federal elections.

He is also President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. David has also covered the last three US Presidential election campaigns from Washington and interviewed many world leaders, including Tony Blair and George W. Bush.

Friday, 5 September 2014, 12:45 pm

Theatrette, Telstra Conference Centre, 242 Exhibition Street, corner Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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The View from Above from Below: Novel, Suburb, Cosmos


Suburbia has functioned for cultural critics as a provincial, materially aspirational, middle-class other against which an emerging cosmopolitan selfhood is defined. Critics of suburbia have in turn been accused of an elitist, now discredited kind of cosmopolitanism, one that’s been superseded by critical models of cosmopolitanism. If the global is internal to the local in a process defined by Ulrich Beck as ‘cosmopolitanization’ (2002) then suburbs are its prime sites, zones in which local and global interpenetrate. Suburbs are engines of ‘cosmopolitanization’. What does this mean for Australian literary suburbia? I will suggest that novels of the suburbs produce dialogic imaginings of here and there, past and present, local and global against the grain of their anti-suburbanism. Drawing from Vilashini Cooppan, we can ‘skin the map’ of literary suburbia by attending to narrative instability, to movement and memory, and to the forms in which the novel encodes and reimagines suburban place and time.

Brigid Rooney is a senior lecturer in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. She is author of Literary Activists: Writer-Intellectuals and Australian Public Life (UQP, 2009) and co-editor with Robert Dixon of Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature? (ASP 2013). She is currently working on a book project entitled ‘The Novel and the Suburb in Australia: 1901 to the present’.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 6:00 pm

Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building

Posted in Culture and Communication, Events

The 2014 Dean’s Graduate Leadership Program

Following the successful completion of the Dean’s Graduate Leadership Program in 2013, we are thrilled to announce that the program is now in its second year, and has expanded from 9 to 15 carefully selected participants.

The Dean’s Graduate Leadership Program is designed to provide its participants additional knowledge and skills in how to approach the challenges faced by regional communities.

Under the leadership of the Dean, Professor Mark Considine, this program is part of the Faculty of Arts’ ongoing commitment to exceptional graduate education. By tackling large scale questions such as ‘How can we as leaders make a contribution to human development?’, the program works to support and strengthen local communities in the students’ home countries, whilst providing interactive learning and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for the students.

“The program was designed to complement, enhance and hone the analytical and organisational skills, critical thinking and strategic decision-making established through the students’ graduate degree programs,” said Prof Considine.

We look forward to bringing you more information about the activities and continued success of the Dean’s Graduate Leadership Program later in the year.

Graduates of the 2013 Dean’s Graduate Leadership Program


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Students meet Donors at Arts Awards Night

The Faculty of Arts is committed to recognising our students who have achieved excellence in their chosen field of study. On the 14th of May, the Faculty of Arts welcomed our highest achieving students, scholarship winners, scholarship donors, family and friends to the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, for an awards ceremony and celebration of our brightest students.

On this occasion, a number of our scholarship recipients were fortunate to meet the donors (or the donor’s relatives) of their prizes. Here they reflect on that opportunity and what the scholarship means to them.

Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin History Prize – Liam Byrne

‘It is a nerve wracking moment, waiting to meet the benefactor of a prize you have been awarded – even more so when you are the first recipient. I was recently honoured to receive the inaugural Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin History Prize for writing in Australian history. I waited patiently in the foyer of Arts West as the ceremony was about to begin, scanning faces. Soon enough Carmel Benjamin, the donor of the prize, came and introduced herself to me. Almost as soon as I met her and her two sons who were there representing the family my nerves fell away. I was honoured to be awarded the prize, and even more so to have an opportunity to discuss it, and the man it was named after, with those who knew him best. The warmness and generosity of the Benjamin family is something that will stay with me for a long time, and makes me extra proud, and humbled, to receive such a fantastic award.’

Liam Bryne presented his award by Mrs Carmel Benjamin and Prof Mark Considine.

Liam Byrne, winner of the Dr Rodney Lloyd Benjamin History Prize with Mrs Carmel Benjamin AM


Gwenda Ford English Literature Scholarship – Jack Tan

It has been my delight to meet and chat with John and Margaret Ford at the Arts Award ceremony. They were interested in my work and also very passionate about supporting University education, through their patronage of the Gwenda Ford English Literature Scholarship, which has assisted literary scholars like me to pursue our love for the written word. The financial assistance has allowed me to continue my PhD thesis on memory in the works of Charles Dickens.

jack Tan was presented his award by John and Margaret Ford.

Jack Tan, winner of a Gwenda Ford English Literature Scholarship with Ms Margaret Ford and Mr John Ford

Percival Serle Prize (Honours English) – Jessica Marian

Meeting my prize donor’s daughter-in-law Mrs Jessie Serle and her family was a great experience. The Percival Serle Prize has helped me to travel to London to attend the 2014 London Graduate School Summer Academy in the Critical Humanities in the early stages of my PhD research. I am really happy to have had the opportunity to thank the Serle family in person for the prize, their generosity, and their long-time support of the arts.

 Jessica Marian, winner of the Percival Serle Prize (Honours English) with Mrs Jessie C Serle OAM

Jessica Marian, winner of the Percival Serle Prize (Honours English) with Mrs Jessie C Serle OAM


For more information about prizes and scholarships offered by the Faculty of Arts, visit our Prizes & Scholarships page.

If you would like to learn more about donations and making a gift towards scholarships in the Faculty of Arts, please visit our Make a Gift page.


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Academics from the Faculty of Arts to join in exciting endeavour towards Reconciliation and Cultural Recovery

iStock_000000834207LargeThe Faculty of Arts is excited to announce it has recently received a grant under the Australian Awards Fellowships Program for a project on Reconciliation and Cultural Recovery.

Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, and Dr Edwin Jurriëns, Lecturer in Indonesian Studies in the Faculty of Arts’ Asia Institute, have been named as two key Fellows in an exciting initiative that seeks to develop leadership, address regional development priorities, and strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries.

The Reconciliation and Cultural Recovery Program will involve collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, the Victorian College of the Arts, Asialink, the Australian National University, and the University of Tasmania, who will work together to host ten visiting Fellows from Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Australia share experiences throughout modern history of severe disruption by environmental, as well as man-made, disasters through conflict and violence. Each society has used the creation of art and the collection of artefacts as a cultural mechanism to normalise, remember and reconcile intensive experiences. Repositories of art, knowledge and culture, which are often especially vulnerable to disruption, often serve as important symbols of reconciliation and renewal through restoration.

This program brings together a breadth of combined expertise to explore the role that the creation of art, memorialisation and repatriation have on societal resilience and reconciliation. It will focus on contemporary and community arts practice, alongside cultural collections and conservation methods, as a means of informing responses in rebuilding community resilience. As a result of this ambitious endeavour, the contributing Fellows hope to develop a network of expertise, a curriculum framework and a proposed research agenda that intersects arts with knowledge of identity and human health and wellbeing.

The Faculty of Arts looks forward to hearing more about the achievements of this remarkable project, as we welcome the following Fellows to the University of Melbourne:

  • Ms Rosalia E Madeira Soares and Ms Jacquelina Ximenes from Timor Aid, Timor-Leste
  • Mr Luis da Costa Ximenes and Mr Emilio Vicente Noronha from Belun, Timor-Leste
  • Mr Abilio da Silva from the Secretaria de Estado da Arte e Cultura (Secretary of State for Arts and Culture), Timor-Leste
  • Prof Melanita Pranaja Budianta from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Mr Alfonzo Koapaha, Mr Deden Hendan Durahman and Mr Aminudin Tua Hamonangan Siregar from the Faculty of Design – Institut Teknologia Bandung, Indonesia
  • Dr Seno Gumira Ajidarma from Institut Kesenian Jakarta, Indonesia
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