Research seminars

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Seminars

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This weekly seminar series highlights new research from academics and higher research degree students from across the School of HASS.

The weekly research seminar is usually held at 9.30–10.30am on Fridays in Oorala Lecture Theatre followed by morning tea in the Humanities tea room. It is best to confirm this by checking the weekly advertisement in Events on the UNE homepage.

Note: seminars for Trimester 1, 2020 will not be held face-to-face. Click here to find out about the next presentation and how to join via Zoom.


For further details contact Karin von Strokirch.

2020 seminar recordings: Video recordings for 2020 HASS seminars are available here: Video recordings 2020.

Other seminars are held across the various disciplines in the school from time to time. These, and links to previous recordings, are below.

Criminology Seminars

Criminology seminars

Recordings/abstracts from past criminology seminars are linked below.


People need to understand why we are who we are: an ethnographic study of homeless women in Brisbane

Dr Helena Menih28 April 2016
'Just Waitin' For a Mate': Police reality television as a public relations strategyDr Alyce McGovern4 August 2016
Samuel Marsden's neighbours: A magistrate and the construction of a neighbourhood in ParramattaMatthew Allen 8 September 2016
Exploring women's and men's pathways to imprisonment in Thailand: ethical, practical and theoretical challenges Dr Samantha Jeffries30 September 2016
Contemporary crime trends and crime preventionDr Garner Clancey, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney28 April 2015
She's not a witch, she's just a very naughty woman: Embodied resistance in the Colony of Kenya and the case of MekatililiChristina Kenny, PhD candidate, Australian National University19 May 2015
Policing the OutbackSteve Bradshaw, retired Assistant Commisioner, NSW Police14 September 2015
Sober and orderly? A short history of policing public drunkenness in New South WalesDr Matthew Allen, Lecturer in Historical Criminology, UNE6 October 2015
Geography and Planning Seminars

UNE's Geography and Planning discipline's research seminars are open to the public. Presenters include members of our own academic staff as well as guest speakers from other institutions.

Research symposium: 40 years and 40,000 years

held 13 May 2016

Play symposium recording

Session 1
Fiona Utley and Robyn Bartel Introduction and Publication plans
Stephen Harris and Fiona Utley Another walk on the wildside: a phenomenology of rewilding and edge lands
Marty Branagan The Franklin River: a case study of wilderness preservation (Part 1)
Bert Jenkins Wilderness Transcience
Navjot Bhullar Nature as Therapy: The role of green care in mental health
Marty Branagan The Franklin River: a case study of wilderness preservation. (Part 2)
Steve Norris and Tony Lynch Wilderness Triumphant
Session 2
Boyd Blackwell Mining Wilderness and Traditional Peoples: How to Transcend and Transform the Imbedded Conflicts Presented Through Multiple and Sequential Use of Remote Resources
Paul Reader Google-eyed wilderness: reconciling visual constructions of remote open spaces and places with other historical and Indigenous understandings
Wendy Beck Wilderness in the distant past- some New England reflections
Vanessa Bible and Tanya Howard History of the Australian Wilderness Preservation Movement and Environmental Law
Robyn Bartel, Don Hine, Methuen Morgan & Graham Marshall Wilderness binaries and biodiversity management in urban settings (note moved from original programme, and note also Joshua Nash Apologies).

Geography and planning seminar recordings

The Role of Values in Decision Making & Bridging the Research to Practice GapCeleste Young, Research Fellow,
Victoria University
24 Sept 2015

Heterotic Water Futures from a Quixotic Water Past?
Vernacular knowledge, transformative learning and syncretic governance in the Murray-Darling Basin

Dr Robyn Bartel, Senior Lecturer,
Geography and Planning, UNE
10 Sept 2015
Adapting Peri-urban Planning to a Post-Productivist LandscapePaul McFarland, Lecturer,
Geography and Planning, UNE
3 Sept 2015
Heading down to the local: Craft beer and local economic development in rural AustraliaProfessor Neil Argent,
Geography and Planning, UNE
13 Aug 2015
Fiction for the Creeping City: A literary Geography of the Postwar Melbourne NovelJames McGregor, Lecturer, Geography and Planning, UNE30 July 2015
“Too many jumbucks in the billabong? Evidence of early post-European settlement impacts on billabongs of the Murray-Darling"

Dr Michael Reid, Senior Lecturer,
Geography and Planning, UNE

14 May 2015
Past Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Seminars 

Previous recordings: All previous seminars are recorded. View them here: Video recordings 2019.

Trimester Two, July to October 2019


12 July

Ms Saffaa, I am my own guardian: Resistance, agency and art

16 July

Russell Ward annual lecture, Barry Godfrey, From ‘convicts’ to ‘criminals’: What is the actual evidence for the convict stain?

17 July

Judith Wright annual lecture, Tony Birch, Walking and thinking: Country and deep time

26 July

Megan Daniels, Mothers, prostitutes, or sex goddesses? Rethinking naked female figurines in Iron Age Mediterranean sanctuaries

2 August

Jane Ahlstrand, Authoritarian women in a democratic era: Representations of Indonesian female politicians in online news

9 August

Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Gaols, justice and remembering in film and television practice

16 August

Clemente Marconi, Archaeology of colonial encounters in western Sicily

23 August

Cameron Moore, Freedom of navigation and the Law of the Sea: Warships, states and the use of force

30 August

Stephen Hodkinson, Re-evaluating Spartiate life: A grassroots perspective

13 September

Helen Monro, Citizens making a difference: The influence of voluntary associations in Victoria’s country towns, 1851-1901

20 September

Graham Maddox, Ancient Rome as a source of modern republican liberty?

27 September

Katherine Chambers, Faith and philosophy: Augustine of Hippo and Neoplatonism

4 October

Giulia Torello-Hill, ‘Speaking hands’: The representation of gestures in the Lyon Terence

Trimester One, 2019 (March - May)

8 March
Sarah Lawrence, UNE
Imaginary pain: Verisimilitude and violence in Seneca’s Controversiae
15 March
David Coady, UNE
In defence of rumour and rumour-mongering

Change of time/place: 2.15pm, Arts Building, Lecture Theatre A3 
22 March

James Roberts, UNE

Reading the bones: The value of animal remains in understanding the human past in prehistoric Southeastern Arabia

29 March

Anita Wanki, UNE

The impact of leadership on governance and security in Ghana and the Central African Republic from 1993 - 2013

5 April
Andreas Mehl seminar cancelled due to illness 
12 April

Xiang Gao, UNE

China as a ‘responsible power’ in international relations

10 May

Glenn Porter, UNE

The challenges of forensic facial identification as evidence in criminal justice

17 May        

Erin Ihde, UNE

Kings of Space: The 1950s children’s sci-fi novels of Ivan Southall and W.E. Johns in a Cold War context

24 May 

Michael Brogan, UNE

Before it’s too late: Anthropological reflections from 1950 - 1970

Change of location: Arts Building, Lecture Theatre A3

31 May 

Christina Kenny, UNE

Bodies as battlefields, bodies as weapons: African women’s resistance and the limits of human rights

Past seminars

The following past seminars can be viewed at the link below.

Video recordings of past seminars.

Trimester Two, 2018 (July - October)


13 July        

Anneke Van Mosseveld, UNE

Science and the Australian Army: Innovations in camouflage, machinery, anthropometrics and flower power

20 July

Tim Causer, University College London

The evacuation of that scene of wickedness and wretchedness’: Jeremy Bentham, the panopticon prison &  New South Wales, 1802–3

27 July

Matthew Longo, Leiden University

The politics of borders: Sovereignty, security & the citizen after 9/11

3 August

Lesley McLean, Martin Gibbs, Jenny Wise & Tristan Taylor, UNE

Dark Tourism: Four Cases in Time and Space

10 August

David Kent, UNE

The Insolvent Debtors' Courts and a spotlight on early 19th century working-class business practices

17 August

Antonios Kotsonas, University of Cincinnati

The Cretan Labyrinth: Monument & Memory from Prehistory to the Present

24 August

Paul Barratt AO, UNE

Public sector outsourcing: Can we afford it?

14 September

Felicity Joseph, UNE

‘Mute Life’ and Poetry: Philosophy at the limits of language

21 September

Francois Soyer, UNE

Performing gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe: The extraordinary life and inquisitorial trial of Maria Duran

28 September   

Lloyd Weeks, UNE

Three years on at Saruq al-Hadid, Dubai: Piecing together the late prehistoric societies of southeastern  Arabia

5 October

Sandy Boucher, UNE

There is no (longer any) problem of biological teleology

12 October  
 Lorina Barker, UNE - title to be advised 

Trimester One, 2018 (March - June)


9 March

Professor Hans Taeuber, Daily life in ancient Ephesos: The evidence from the graffiti

16 March

Peter J Crawford, How seriously does Australia take water security? Political assertion versus reality

23 March

Bronwyn Hopwood, The Good Wife: Fate, fortune, & familia in Augustan Rome

13 April

Jim Belshaw, New England travels: Journeys through space and time

4 May

Thomas Kehoe, 'Homicide was committed frequently by our soldiers': The problem for US military government during the World Wars

11 May

Alan Scott, Populism and neo-nationalism in Europe: A tale of two countries

18 May

Iain Davidson, Signs, pictures, art, marks

25 May

Thomas Fudge, Where are all the women in the Hussite Revolution?

1 June

Mal Ridges, Caring for culture: The science of supporting Aboriginal culture in the NSW Office of Environment  and Heritage

15 June

Johanna Garnett, Myanmar and China: Economic allies in development or destruction?

22 June

Wendy Beck, The archaeology of Northeast NSW: Wetlands and cave excavations 1986-2016

29 June

Adrian Walsh, Desperate exchange and injustice

Linguistics Seminars

Schedule of Seminars

Individual seminar abstracts and recordings are available by following the link on the seminar title.

Previous years seminars

Note: All seminars for the months February to June will be from 1–2pm. Seminars for the months July to November will be from 12–1pm. The venue for all seminars is Oorala Lecture Theatre.

Sociology Seminars 

Our research seminars present the latest research, papers and publications from our researchers. Held throughout the year, it's a great opportunity to engage with the UNE research community.

Find out about the numerous upcoming seminars, as well as viewing previous seminar  recordings:

The Sociology discipline holds regular research seminars presented by a diverse range of speakers. The series coordinator is Dr Cary Bennett.

2018 seminars

DatePresenterSeminar title
13 March 2018Emeritus Professor Michael Bittman

How did the populations of advanced economies grow so much fatter? The potential contribution of time use and other evidence on the social organisation of eating

Playlist of all 2018 seminar recordings

2017 seminars

DatePresenterSeminar title
2 March 2017 UNE Sociology
Barriers and facilitators to inclusive education.  
30 March 2017 Dr Jo Coghlan Political Fashion: Interrogating identity and Ideology
4 May 2017 Dr Genine Hook Feminist Pedagogy for Sociology: Negotiating belonging in Australian Higher Education  
31 August 2017 Dr Guy Redden John Howard's investor state: Neoliberalism and the rise of inequality in Australia
8 September 2017 Professor Penny Jane Burke Gendered differences in Higher Education: The politics of emotion
21 September 2017 UNE Sociology Lecturers Honours and Masters in Sociology
24 October 2017 Professor Alan Scott

Remaking Market Society

Playlist of all 2017 seminar recordings

2016 seminars

Individual abstracts and recordings are available by following the link on the seminar title.

DatePresenterSeminar title
3 May 2016 Dr Cary Bennett Polymorphous anxieties and perverse pleasures: drugs, moral panics and the dispositive
14 September 2016 UNE Sociology lecturers Sociology Honours/Masters information session recording
15 September 2016 Dr Jordan McKenzie Book Launch: Deconstructing Happiness: Critical Sociology and the Good life (2016, Routledge)

Playlist of all 2016 seminar recordings

Archaeology Seminars

Diary of an Archaeologist presentations

In this engaging presentation series, researchers share their research, conservation efforts, experimental work, fieldwork anecdotes and advice.

Diary of an Archaeologist.

Archaeology seminars

Boom and bust in the Bronze Age: Mining, metallurgy and society in ancient CyprusProf David Frankel5 Aug 2015 
Microscopic revelations Nina Kononenko and Val Attenbrow - Australian Museum and University of Sydney16 Oct 2015