Annual Lecture ­ ISAA

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Annual Lecture


2020 ANNUAL LECTURE

The 2020 Annual Lecture via Zoom on Thursday 24 September at 4.00pm. The speaker will be Professor Bruce Scates, historian, novelist, documentary film producer and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, His topic will be 'Monumental Errors': Contested Commemoration across Australia's Civic Landscape.

ISAA 2019 ANNUAL LECTURE


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ISAA 2019 ANNUAL LECTURE 

by Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe AO FTSE FQA is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University and a long-standing member of ISAA

 

 

 

The wonderful legacy of Ann Moyal

 

Dr Ann Moyal AM FRSN FAHA lived a long and productive life. Her legacy endures in three areas. First, and most obviously, we must be grateful for her extraordinary body of published work. It includes landmark studies that set new standards for scholarly analysis of the history of science and technology. Secondly, she was a pioneer in this broad field and largely responsible for its acceptance as a reputable discipline in our universities. Thirdly, as a proudly independent scholar for four decades, she was the prime mover in the establishment of ISAA. As its founding President and an outstanding contributor to its work up to and including this year, she put the organisation on a sound footing for the future. 

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Ian Lowe AO FTSE FQA is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University and a long-standing member of ISAA. 

ISAA 2018 ANNUAL LECTURE


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ISAA 2018 ANNUAL LECTURE

 

Human Rights and Disability: The Promise and the Reality

 

Trevor R Parmenter AM

Professor Emeritus, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

How well Australia has met its obligations to respect the essential humanity of people living with a disability and to enable them to flourish will be discussed in the context of an overview of Australia’s obligations under various human rights instruments: from the Declaration of Human Rights (1948) tothe UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (2006.

Trevor Parmenter will examine the intersection of the rights approach to disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).Central to the analysis will be an examination of the apparent paradox between the philosophies of self-determination, empowerment and citizenship espoused by disability advocates and the essential focus of the NDIS on consumer choice and market-driven consumer systems. 

 

ISAA 2017 ANNUAL LECTURE


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THE LEGACY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

David Christian

 

We can think of history as a collection of interesting stories about the past. Or (in a more ancient historiographical mode) as a collection of exemplars, stories about the past that can illuminate the present. This essay is written in the second of these modes. It will argue that the very wide-angle lens of big history can help us see the deeper significance of the Russian Revolution in new ways.[i]

The Russian Revolution has a lot to teach us. It is topical because the second of 1917’s two revolutions, the October Revolution, happened almost exactly 100 years ago, on November 7. We call it the October Revolution because, according to the Julian calendar in force in Russia at the time, it took place on 25 October, but according to the Gregorian calendar used in Europe it took place on 7 November. (The new Bolshevik government introduced the Gregorian calendar in Russia on 1 February 1918. This worried many people because it meant that the day after 1 February was 15 February, and some worried that their lives would have shortened by two weeks.)

How can the Russian Revolution illuminate today’s world? Why, today, should we care about what happened in Russia 100 years ago?  That is the central theme of this talk, and I hope I can offer some interesting, and perhaps illuminating, answers at several different historical scales. By doing that, I hope I can illustrate how the very wide-angle lens of big history can broaden our understanding of more conventional historical questions and topics.

 


[i] There is a rapidly growing literature on big history. For some samples, see David Christian, Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, reprint with a new preface, Berkeley, CA, University of California Press, 2004; David Christian, ‘The Return of Universal History,’ History and Theory, Theme Issue, 49 (December 2010), pp 5-26; and a more recent essay, David Christian, “What is Big History?”, Journal of Big History, Vol 1, No 1 (2017), pp 4-19.

2016 ISAA ANNUAL LECTURE


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The 2016 Annual ISAA lecture was delivered by veteran broadcaster, Quentin Dempster, on ‘The media in Australia - distorting influences and redeeming efforts’, 5.30-6.30 pm on Thursday 13 October at the National Library of Australia.

ISAA acknowledges the support of the National Library of Australia in staging this conference. Download the 2016 Conference Program for all information about conference sessions and how to register.