2012

Emerging mechanisms of legislative and political power in response to irregular migration

By bringing the Australian and Italian developments into dialogue, the workshop maps significant points of connection and difference between otherwise distinct jurisdictions. The comparative approach allows similarities and differences between the two destination countries, Australia and Italy, to be explored in a global, comparative context and thus present a different paradigm through which to view problems and solutions. The transnational and interdisciplinary nature of this workshop will provide an important foundation for sharing experiences and knowledge concerning the politico-legal issues surrounding irregular migration, with a view to reframing and reconceptualising this unresolved problem for states.

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New mentalities of government in China Emerging professions, vocations and associations

The workshop will examine how new forms of expertise, professions and associations are being brought into the realm of government in contemporary China. On the one hand, it will consider how these new forms provide a range of hitherto absent services for a rapidly changing society. On the other, it will demonstrate how the privatisation and professionalisation of `public’ service provision is transforming government in China.

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Australian constitutional conventions in comparative perspective

Increasingly, Westminster-derived parliamentary democracies are experimenting with non-traditional governing arrangements, while traditional understandings of unwritten conventions are being challenged. This is apparent at the sub-national level in Australia where South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, have had independents and minor party parliamentarians serving in cabinets but outside coalitions and with special concessions.

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Work, care and family in australia linking new research to policy effect in australia

Changing patterns of labour market participation are having profound effects on Australian society. Women’s labour market participation is growing, men’s is falling, the participation of older workers is on the rise, and more and more workers combine simultaneous paid work and care responsibilities. This has implications for the quality of life for men, women and children. It also has implications for productivity and economic growth. These implications drive a high level of public policy activity in Australia. It is vital that this public policy activity and reform is informed by current social science research and policy.

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Democracy at the end of the world New perspectives on the politics and government of Antarctica

The symposium will seek to make new sense of Antarctica as a political space, but it will also target the key issue of whether its existing political arrangements can take advantage of the opportunities and survive the worrying challenges of the twenty-first century. The challenges are plain. Some examples: the Madrid Protocol bans all forms of mining until 2048 yet the continent remains vulnerable to corporate market pressures. The local ozone hole still grows in size; glacier outflow rates in West Antarctica are on the rise; tourism has become a big business; and conflicting practices, laws and jurisdictions are hampering efforts to deal effectively with such issues as bio-prospecting. There are complaints that the existing governing institutions of Antarctica are insufficiently representative of different social and political interests. There are concerns that states exercise too much influence; and there are calls for giving greater voice to civil society organisations and networks in the local governing arrangements. The symposium will engage each of these developments in order to draw policy-relevant

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Domestic moral economy Rethinking kinship and economy in contemporary Oceania

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars in different disciplines and from different parts of Oceania who are been working independently on these questions. Regional and disciplinary specialisation has hampered a general discussion of these questions and it is hoped that through the sharing of new concrete data and ideas participants will be better able to appreciate the generality and specificity of their material. Questions discussed will range from a discussion of the generality of Altman and Peterson’s respective ideas about the hybrid economy and demand sharing to the presentation of concrete case study material on how people in different domestic settings cope with the problems of finding money to pay for school fees, life-cycle rituals, paying off loans and other demands of everyday life.

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The paradox of melancholia Paralysis and agency

This proposal is generated against a backdrop of research, new concepts, debates and tensions in the social sciences concerning the role of the emotions in social life. In the 1996 Zaharoff lecture, Naomi Schor suggested that this turn to emotion, and in particular to melancholia, signified the end of the post-modern paradigm. Our objective in this workshop is to tease out some of the key tensions emerging in this new paradigm.

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

    ABN: 59 957 839 703
  • Location: 26 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601
  • Postal: GPO Box 1956, Canberra, ACT 2601
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