What Makes a Happy and Sustainable Workforce?


** Insights from a cross-national study of European organisations and employees,**

Economic and demographic trends are driving the need for a sustainable workforce in which employers are productive and satisfied, workplaces are cohesive, employment rates are high, and the economy is flourishing. Although much research in this area focuses on individuals and their families, organisational context needs to be considered to understand the reasons why certain employees are happy and productive and others are not.

Advocating a multi-level perspective, Professor Tanja van der Lippe will draw on new and unique data from the Sustainable Workforce ERC Project in which she and colleagues studied 11,000 employees in 260 organisations across Europe. In this research, they examined how workplace policies and characteristics intersect with job satisfaction and performance. Specifically, Professor van der Lippe will discuss and be able to answer questions about the advantages and disadvantages of the increasingly common trend of ‘working from home’.

Professor Tanja van der Lippe is the Head of the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University and the Research Director of The Inter-university Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology in the Netherlands.

Monday, 14 November 2016, 5:30 pm

Theatre 219, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street

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Culinary Cinema – Haute Cuisine


Presented by Jacqueline Dutton, Associate Professor in French Studies.

Les Saveurs du Palais (Haute Cuisine) is based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, whose culinary talents took her from a Périgord kitchen to the Elysée Palace, as personal cook for Président François Mittérand.

This film tells the story of how simple regional cuisine triumphs over sophisticated ‘cuisine de chef’ in a political parable filled with nostalgia and longing for ‘la vieille France’.

When the President (Jean d’Ormesson) recruits Hortense (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from France’s south-west, to indulge his yearning for the comfort food of his childhood, resentment and rivalries start to simmer in the Palace kitchens.

Is it Hortense’s cooking, attitude or gender that makes her success so hard for the other chefs to swallow?

We’ll discuss and debate these questions and others, giving you a glimpse of what it’s like to study our new food and wine subjects.

Our panel includes special guests Damian Sandercock, Gilles Lapalus and Ludovic Deloche, whose French-style charcuterie and wines will complement our culinary cinema experience!

Associate Professor Jacqueline Dutton is a leading researcher and writer on French culture and identity, teaching various courses on travel writing, food and wine, cinema, and literature

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 6:00 pm

Room 239, North Lecture Theatre, Old Arts

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On the Edge of Madness: Shakespeare and Cervantes


The University of Melbourne and the Instituto Cervantes, in commemoration of the 400 year anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, present the Seminar:

On the Edge of Madness: Shakespeare and Cervantes

What does it mean to be 'mad'? This word has fallen out of use as society has embraced inclusive ways of understanding and supporting people who live with mental illness. Yet, the literary allusions to madness are still alive, just as they were 400 years ago when Cervantes and Shakespeare let madness play a central role in their masterworks.

How did each of these early seventeenth century writers portray madness, and how were these representations a reflection, not only of their societies, but of how mental illness was understood more broadly? How do we understand and interpret figures such as Don Quixote, Lady Macbeth or King Lear today, and how have our understandings of the human condition changed over the centuries? How much did these iconic figures borrow from reality and how much from imagination?

Join internationally recognised mental health expert, Professor Luis Salvador-Carulla, acclaimed novelist and storyteller, Arnold Zable, and Hispanist and writer, Luke Stegemann, in a discussion about Cervantes, Shakespeare and the changing nature of madness and its manifestations in literature.

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 6:00 pm

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West

Posted in Events, Languages and Linguistics

Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench


Join author Christopher R. Marshall for the launch of his book Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting: The World in the Workbench (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2016).

To be formally launched by Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia and presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of Art History.

In Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting, Marshall presents a new reading of 17th-century Italian Baroque art that explores the social, material, and economic history of painting, revealing how artists, agents, and the owners of artworks interacted to form a complex and mutually sustaining art world. Through such topics as artistic rivalry and anti-foreign labor agitation, art dealing and forgery, cultural diplomacy, and the rise of the independently arranged art exhibition, Marshall illuminates the rich interconnections between artistic practice and patronage, business considerations, and the spirit of entrepreneurialism in Baroque Italy.

Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting is available for purchase online through the Yale University Press website; click on Further Information for a link to this website.

Dr Christopher R. Marshall is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 6:00 pm

Multi function Room, First Floor, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston Street

Posted in Culture and Communication, Events

Sinophone as Method: Australia’s screen co-productions with China and the Chinese diaspora


In recent years, the rise of the Chinese film industry has seen it become a formidable global force, with its increase in foreign film quota, accelerated expansion in film production and strong market growth (with 25,000 screens). Where film co-productions arose as a strategy to address the decline of national cinema and challenge the dominance of global Hollywood, film co-productions now need to deal with both the hegemonies of Hollywood and China, either by partnering with them or forging new alliances.

This paper examines Australia’s co-productions with China and the Chinese diaspora. Australia’s film engagement with China and the Chinese diaspora is characterised by minor transnationalism. Unlike the major transnational film partnerships between China and the West (Hollywood or European art house cinema), Australia’s partnership with China is minor. By using the concept of the Sinophone to compare and contrast these two case studies, I critically elaborate the practices of its junior partnership and new alliances. The concept of the ‘Sinophone’ (Shih) has received critical traction in recent years as a robust theoretical tool to consider a range of Chinese language cultural productions that have emerged on the margins of China and the global Chinese diasporas. Through these comparisons, I will show how the Sinophone contests China-centrism, stresses multi-accents and intertextual articulations, and reveals the process of minoritisation in the formations of identity, subjecthood and citizenry.

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 5:30 pm

Evan Williams Theatre, Richard Berry G03 Theatre

Posted in Asia Institute, Events

Another part of the desert: The first Melbourne performance of Antony and Cleopatra


In this free public lecture Dr Mimi Colligan discusses the first Melbourne production of Antony and Cleopatra in 1867, beginning by taking a look at Melbourne theatre in 1867, which she arguse inherited the English provincial tradition. Dr Colligan will speak about the Australian actors in the 1867 play, Walter Montgomery and Louisa Cleveland (aka Mrs Vincent, Mrs Viner), and compare their performances with those of the 1866 Manchester production by Charles Calvert, with attention to the question (which Dr J. E. Nelid contests) of whether Walter Montgomery did indeed use the Calvert version with 1000 lines removed. Dr Colligan will conclude by speaking about the importance of scenery and costumes.

Mimi Colligan writes on 19th century popular culture and biography. Mimi is a Fellow of the RHSV, an Adjunct Research Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and a member of the Victorian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In 2006 she curated an exhibition on the Melbourne Cremorne Gardens and in 2012, an exhibition on ‘Theatres in Transition 1840-1940 for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. Mimi’s last book, Circus and Stage, a biography of a 19th century theatrical couple, the G. B.W. Lewises, was published 2013. She is currently researching a biographical article on Marcus Clarke’s widow Marian Dunn, and editing a website containing images from JC Williamson scenebooks 1890s-1930s.

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 12:00 pm

Leigh Scott Room, Level 1, Baillieu Library

Posted in Culture and Communication, Events

Transnational migration and the involuntary return of undocumented migrants across the Thai-Cambodia border


Migration is a major livelihood strategy for rural Cambodian families. Under-investment in the agrarian economy and unequal access to resources leaves many with little option but to migrate. Thailand is their number one destination. Most are undocumented, putting them at risk of arrest and deportation. The breach between policies and practices in both countries generate the conditions for migrants’ precarious lives of uncertainty and insecurity. Interviews with Cambodian migrants and family members are examined to gain insight into motivations and decision-making. The involuntary return of migrants from Thailand in June 2014 provides the lens through which migration and the impact of return on livelihoods are studied. This article demonstrates the role of migration in strategies of poor transnational Cambodian families. Conceptualizing migration decisions at the local level within the broader political economy casts light on the pervasive nature of migration, despite the precarious conditions under which undocumented migration takes place.

Monday, 17 October 2016, 12:30 pm

Room 321, Level 3, Sidney Myer Asia Centre

Posted in Asia Institute, Events

Equality: Keywords for India


Indian citizens have a fundamental right to equality, recognized in the 1950 Constitution. But caste, religious, gender and sexual equality remain elusive for many Indians. Indians also debate whether recent market liberalization is making things better or worse.

This talk explores the meaning and reality of equality in post-independence India, how things are changing today, and the prospects for greater equality in the future.

Professor Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University, where he also chairs the Political Science department

Monday, 24 October 2016, 6:00 pm

Prest Theatre, G06, FBE Building , 111 Barry Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Posted in Events, Government

Melbourne Writers Festival – The Australian Centre and Faculty of Arts Literary Awards 2016

As part of the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, on Sunday 4 September a suite of literary awards was awarded to students and emerging and established writers in the fields of fiction, poetry and life writing, supported by the Australian Centre and Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Four awards were announced at a ceremony at ACMI, Federation Square, hosted by Ken Gelder, Co-director of the Australian Centre.

Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize

Professional editorial assistance and writing space for best adult genres manuscript open to University of Melbourne students and graduates. Presented by Kate Goldsworthy, Editor at Affirm Press.

Winner: Benjamin Kunkler for draft manuscript Frankness.

Citation: Ben’s novel in progress, Frankness, deals with the trials and tribulations of an elderly transgender woman who is catapulted into a conventional nursing home by her well-meaning children. Ben is a Creative Writing doctoral student at the University of Melbourne. Kate Goldsworthy, editor at Affirm Press, said ‘I’m looking forward to working with Ben on what looks to be a fascinating novel about a transgender Australian woman and her family throughout a time of great cultural change.’

Double congratulations to Creative Writing doctoral student Benjamin Kunkler who, on the same day, managed to get married and take out the Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize.

The Wesley Michel Wright Prize

$4,000 for poetry in English by an Australian poet.
Presented by Associate Professor Justin Clemens, School of Culture and Communication.Winner: Linda Weste for extracts from Nothing Sacred.


Citation: This sequence of poems exhibits an extraordinary subtlety, erudition, range and vision. Weste revivifies a determining episode from late Republican Rome, in order to present poetically events and characters that resonate uncannily with those of contemporary Australia. The characters are superbly differentiated by modulations of voice; the images and episodes are perfectly chosen and delivered; the narrative is compelling. The judges were particularly impressed by the fact that, despite Weste’s submission being extracts from a verse novel, each of the submitted poems proved compelling in its own right, as well as contributing to the work of the whole: here, the judges unanimously cited the poem ‘Gargantuan’ as emblematic of Weste’s mastery.

Upon accepting the award, Weste said: ‘As a writer, I’m mindful of and grateful for the opportunities this prize affords – the encouragement and support, recognition, and the pride it instils. And as a supporter of the Arts, I’m glad that this prize invests in and celebrates Australian poetry as an artistic and cultural pursuit.’

Highly commended: Ellen Van Neerven for an extract from Comfort Food.

These brief but astonishingly powerful poems shift rapidly between striking images (‘light catches pink/throats of conflict’), a range of vernaculars, and utterances saturated with the implications and effects of European colonialism in Australia. The only reservation that the judges had regarding these poems was that there was not enough of them!

Highly commended: Dan Disney & John Warwicker for Report from a Border.

With an incisiveness and imagination that memorably links contemporary experimental poetic techniques with the most pressing of contemporary political concerns, Disney and Warwicker deploy the full gamut of technical typographical variations — font, size, disposition, and allusion — to present a memorable and often shocking intervention. Vulgarity commingles with commandment, repetition with event, to break open the usual public discourses regarding electronic surveillance and border controls.

Highly commended: Chloe Wilson for extracts from Not Fox Nor Axe.

Wilson’s poems brilliantly accomplish, from within a contemporary tradition of lyric verse, a fusion of seductive imagery with an insight into the sinister aspects of character and history. From the minatory domesticity of ‘Tricoteuses’, where the domestic character of knitting women encounters the guillotines of Revolutionary Terror, to the title poem which captures the mutations of colonial invasion in Mexico, each poem glitters with concentrated affect.

The Peter Blazey Fellowship
$15,000 to further a work in progress in biography, autobiography or life-writing.
Presented by Penny Blazey.
Winner: Eleanor Hogan for Into the Loneliness: The Literary Alliance of Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates.2016 BRETT SIMONS

Citation: This impeccably researched work provides a captivating account of two famous Australians, Daisy Bates and Ernestine Hill. Both women were heavily implicated in the lives of Indigenous people: Bates was an influential amateur ethnographer and Hill was a popular journalist, author of The Great Australian Loneliness (1937). Eleanor Hogan offers insightful and compelling reflections on their unsteady friendship, their unwavering ambitions, the details of their hard-earned experiences, and the crucial role they both played in giving shape to our colonial legacy.

Highly Commended: Fiona Wright for Homing In.

The judges commend this work as a fascinating and astute investigation of the Australian suburbs, an unflinching chronicle of what it means to live there, and to grow up there. It tells of being shaped by the suburbs and yet excluded from the things they relentlessly prioritise. As her narrative unfolds, Wright also gives us a perceptive and heartfelt account of what it means to be an Australian woman today.

The Kate Challis RAKA Award
$20,000 for the best book of fiction by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Presented by Philip Morrissey, Head of Australian Indigenous Studies, School of Culture and Communication
Winner: Alexis Wright for The Swan Book.

2016 BRETT SIMONS   Citation:Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book is a sprawling, magnificent achievement, a remarkable imaginative vision of Australia as it was and is, and will be.  Set at some point in the future, in a world utterly changed by global warming, war and the global movement of people, it charts the life of a mute young woman, Oblivian Ethel(ene), beginning with her fraught relationship with an old, enigmatic refugee, Bella Donna of the Champions. The novel is full of mythologies and soaring imagery: the swans, for example, are ever-present and say so much about the predicament of the world they inhabit. At the same time, the novel launches a devastating critique of Australia’s treatment of Indigenous people: condemning the Federal government’s Intervention, and showing us the many ways in which a militarised colonialism has shaped, and continues to shape, Indigenous lives in Australia’s north and across the nation.

Upon accepting the award, Wright said: ‘As an Aboriginal author, I understand the enormous importance and influence of the Kate Challis (RAKA) Award. I believe it is the most prestigious national and international benchmark for the promotion of excellence in Aboriginal art. This is the reason that I feel both extremely humble and also proud that my work was chosen this year for literature, and to know that my work can stand beside those of our most talented and highly recognised artists.’

Highly commended: Jane Harrison Becoming Kirrali Lewis.

Jane Harrison’s novel Becoming Kirrali Lewis is a contemporary urban story about a young Aboriginal woman who goes to university to study law, and finds herself increasingly intrigued by her new Aboriginal friends. Set in inner city Melbourne, Harrison’s first person narrative takes the reader through a series of chance meetings and coincidences and ultimate surprise when Kirrali Lewis discovers the identity of her biological parents. Located within the young adult fiction genre, there are clever twists and humorous asides, and tender unsentimental scenes that bring a light touch to deep themes about identity and heritage.

Highly commended: Ellen Van Neerven Heat and Light

Ellen Van Neerven’s short story collection Heat and Light impressed the judges with her imaginative range and poetic language. There are magical realist, twirling stories of families, love and cars, a futuristic non-human community called the Larapinta and tender lesbian discovery stories. There is fearless and confident writing from an emerging writer.


Thank yous and acknowledgements were made to Donors of the prizes and fellowships, Arts Awards team, School of Culture and Communication and Arts Faculty for supporting the event at the Melbourne Writers Festival.



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Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914


The University of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne presents Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 international conference, a three day conference between September 8-11, 2016 that focuses on British or Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914, both as separate fields and as overlapping or comparative studies.

Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators.

The conference aims to be both informed and provocative and to provide a robust forum for new and contemporary perspectives.

These will include:

  • How portraits shape social values and invent new possibilities for defining ‘human kind’
  • The importance of place and provenance in the interpretation of portraits
  • How portraits form a bridge of self-interpretation between Britain and colonial society
  • The bonding role of portraits, their exchange as gifts, as agents in friendship and social cohesion, as testament to empathy and kinship
  • The interaction of portraits with other art forms and cultural media, including theatre, literature and music, photography and film
  • The role of portraits as records of social exclusion, isolation and displacement
  • Issues of authorship, attribution, restoration and the multiplication and copying of portraits

Conference convenors

Professor Deirdre Coleman, Dr Vivien Gaston and Associate Professor Alison Inglis.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers include Dr Martin Myrone (Tate Britain), Dr Kate Retford (University of London) and Associate Professor David Hansen (ANU).


Registration is free. Additional events, such as the conference dinner, will incur a fee. Registration will open closer to the event.


For further information, please contact the convenors at portrait-conference@unimelb.edu.au.

Thursday, 8 September 2016, 5:00 pm

Various , The University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria

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