Australasian Association for European History 50th Anniversary Conference/ 26th Biennial Conference “The Revenge of Europe’s Past?”

15 July 2019 9:00am17 July 2019 5:00pm
2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Australasian Association for European History, which has held biennial conferences of scholars working in European History from Australia, New Zealand, and further afield internationally since 1969. The theme for the next conference is “The Revenge of Europe’s Past?”.

World Religions Symposium 2019

17 July 2019 9:30am2:00pm
Studies in Religion at UQ is again sponsoring its annual World Religions Symposium for Year 11 Students in 2019.
Human Body

Medical Humanities: Emerging Interdisciplinary Perspectives Australia and the UK

23 July 2019 2:00pm5:00pm
This event will showcase for current scholarship in medical humanities undertaken by researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland, who are involved in an ongoing QUEX-supported collaborative project on “Healthy Ageing.” It will also provide a networking opportunity for those interested in the emergence of medical humanities as a field of research and for those interested in exploring possibilities for multi-disciplinary collaboration.
Brain matters

Pre-Programmed Computer or Irrational (Random) Agent: A Wesleyan Reflection on Human Freedom in the Light of Current Neuroscience

26 July 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
The association between the operation of the brain and a computer is frequently made. The claim that we are hardwired to act in certain ways is critiqued from a Wesleyan theological anthropology. Presenter: Dr David McEwan.
Thinking Robot

Why sex robots should fear us

26 July 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
This talk argues for caution about the development of sex robots out of concern for the harms that may be inflicted on future morally considerable sentient robots. Presented by Nicholas Agar (Victoria University of Wellington).
The Pope

Truth, not Custom: Faith and Reason in Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology

26 July 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
Joseph Ratzinger expresses a concern that modern Western societies are dying from communal identity drained of any universally valid rationality. A key question for Ratzinger is this: How are we to participate in a shared world and a shared project of advancing the common good if we can no longer appeal to a common rational order? He is most critical of modernity at exactly the point at which he is most allied with it: in a commitment to the rational foundations of a properly human, properly secular order. Presented by Dr Ben Myers.

Viewing the world

Deleuze and Ethology: A Philosophy of Entangled Life

2 August 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
This paper discusses the conceptual structures necessary to say meaningfully that the substance of living beings depends on the relationships and environments in which they participate. Presented by Jason Cullen (University of Queensland).

Power and Legitimacy in Rome and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

3 August 2019 8:00am6:00pm
The fields of Roman and Byzantine Empires are typically treated as distinct entities by modern scholars. This workshop seeks to bring together established scholars and students of any field examining the topics of Roman and Byzantine legitimacy, broadly conceived, to share ideas and promote cooperation.

Landscapes of Conflict and Encounter in the Crusading World Symposium

12 August 2019 8:00am5:00pm
The study of landscape and crusading conflict and encounter raises important questions about the medieval past. Landscapes shaped and were shaped by the conflicts that were waged in, over, and against them, while the crusades had a complex relationship with the landscapes they affected, from episodes of intense yet itinerant encounter, to protracted periods of ongoing conflict.

Artifacts and Analogical Thinking

16 August 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
How biological analogies affect our understanding of artifacts, especially their design and function. Presented by Gregory Bamford (University of Queensland).


model and luxury items

Modern Women & Consumerism in the Greater China Region 1920-2019

14 June 2019 2:15pm2:45pm
A talk presented by HDR candidate Annie Lau. The Contemporary Chinese consumer culture is shaped by the consumption practices of urban middle-class Chinese Millennials. Over the years, luxury brands have been identified as a significant impact on their consumer behaviour in terms of purchase intentions. All are welcome to attend.
Old newspaper illustration, 'The Irish Immigrant' 1874

Irish Catholics and Protestant Relations in Queensland 1859-1914

14 June 2019 1:00pm1:30pm
A talk presented by HDR candidate Maryanne Pender. How did the relationship between Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants manifest itself in Queensland from 1859 to 1914? This seminar provides a background to the Irish in Queensland followed by a critique on the Irish in politics and contentious political issues including immigrant and education. All are welcome to attend.
Robot thinking

Beasts of burden: Designing autonomous cars with cross-species social contract theory

31 May 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast—Anna Sewell ‘Black Beauty’. Social robotics research has been done on how some animals respond to robots and the impact of social cues on their interactions. Much literature exists on how humans interact with anthropogenic robots. Some literature discusses how secondary moral duties of humans towards animals might be used to justify behavioural obligations to social robots.
Froissart Chronicles

Ed Conrad Memorial Lecture: From the Peasants' Revolt to Jeremy Corbyn: The Fate of the Bible in the English Radical Tradition

29 May 2019 4:45pm7:30pm
In this talk,  Professor Crossley will use the Peasants’ Revolt and its reception to look at which biblical texts have been used, remembered, forgotten, and rethought in the English radical tradition. All are welcome to attend.

Eusebius and the Christian Golden Age of Constantine

24 May 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
The reign of the emperor Constantine (306-337) is commonly viewed as a watershed era in the history of Western civilisation, primarily on account of his endorsement of the Church which resulted in the declaration of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire by the end of the fourth century. While the sincerity of the emperor’s conversion to Christianity is not in doubt, many pages have been devoted to clarifying how adherence to his new religion manifested in imperial and inter-religious contexts.

The Perpetual Sacrifice of the Ecclesial Christ: Moral Formation and the Cross in Ephesians

24 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
This paper will argue that Ephesians presents the sacrifice of Christ as the means and mechanism of the moral transformation of the Church. The sacrifice of Christ will be shown to be conceived of by Paul as a two-fold reality consisting of: (i) the once-for-all event of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection by which redemption was achieved, and (ii) an ecclesial/ethical reality by which the Church as the body of Christ perpetually participates in the sacrifice of Christ by performing grace-empowered works of sacrificial love that result in individual and ecclesial transformation.

Narrating ‘New Wonders’: Signs, Crusade, and Afonso I of Portugal’s 1147 Conquest of Santarém

24 May 2019 1:00pm3:00pm
On 15 March 1147, the forces of King Afonso I Henriques of Portugal scaled the walls of Almoravid Santarém, a fortified city on the Tagus. According to a historical narrative of the Santarém campaign allegedly recounted to an anonymous author in the monastery of Santa Cruz by Afonso himself, the conquest of that city was miraculous. In this paper, I contribute to ongoing debates about whether the conquest of Santarém ought to be viewed in a broader crusading conquest by examining the ways in which contemporaries sought to represent it.

2019 School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry Annual Lecture: Why Critical Thinking is Critical (and Thinking)

21 May 2019 5:30pm7:45pm
Join the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry for their inaugural annual lecture presented by Professor Deborah Brown on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Sositheus and His “New” Satyr-Play

17 May 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
Dioscorides lived in Alexandria during the second half of the third century BC. He wrote some forty epigrams preserved in the Greek Anthology. This paper explores the relationship that Dioscorides establishes between Sophocles’s and Sositheus’s satyrs and the scholarly interpretations of the latter’s innovations. It will argue that Dioscorides speaks the language of New Music.

HPI Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

17 May 2019 2:00pm
The University of Queensland is 3MT's founding institution and home to the longest running 3MT in the world. Come hear about the current research of the School's Higher Degree by Research students... in only three minutes each!

Islam and the end of multiculturalism? Reconsidering its promise (HPI Research Seminar)

17 May 2019 11:00am1:00pm
Islam is credited with bringing about the end of multiculturalism, coinciding with the rise of far right-wing populism in Europe. In this talk I explore this purported end within the peculiarity of British Multiculturalism and do so from a unique vantage point: the intimate surrounds of a probation office and the relationships between probation staff and Muslim ex-offenders based on fieldwork in East London. From this vantage point, multiculturalism is far from being either alive or dead, but is instead negotiated and characterized by tensions intrinsic to the ‘cruel dynamic of inclusion and exclusion’ that has long characterized the Western tradition of citizenship.

Muslims, Miracles and Superstition in Latin Christian Narratives of the First Crusade (HPI Research Seminar)

17 May 2019 11:00am1:00pm
According to Robert the Monk (writing c. 1110), there was a period of truce between the armies of the First Crusade and the Turkish governor of Antioch Yaghi-Siyan in 1098. Robert tells us that during that truce a crusade leader by the name of Bohemond, and a Turk called Firuz, sat down together to discuss the technicalities of a miraculous host of saintly knights seen aiding the crusaders in battle. Using this episode as a point of departure, I will discuss how twelfth-century Latin Christian narratives of the First Crusade frame Muslim encounters with the miraculous and the association between Muslims and theologically illicit practices like sorcery and judicial astrology. I will argue that, rather than using these themes to present a consistently negative image of Muslims, many of these narratives engage in a form of ‘moderated Othering’.
Viewing the world

Reapproaching the issue of Heideggerian world disclosure

10 May 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
Heidegger’s concept of world disclosure gives us an account of how it is that human beings can experience the world in the way that we typically do, i.e., as a meaningful and coherent whole. The prior disclosure of meaning horizons is the condition of possibility for such an experience. However, Heidegger’s controversial views on the relationship between disclosure and truth is the subject of heated debate.

New High-Resolution Rainfall Records for Ancient Rome

3 May 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
Ancient Rome represents a rare opportunity to compare a longitudinal study of rainfall records with an unusually extensive historical record covering more than a millennium. However, the few existing climate records covering this period and region suffer from dating uncertainty, discontinuity and human impact. This paper investigates the potential of dark layering in calcium carbonate deposits formed in past water systems as a well-dated and high-resolution proxy for rainfall distributions, through a case study on ancient Rome’s Anio Novus aqueduct.
Text on ancient parchment

Cohering Isaiah: A Relevance-theoretic perspective

3 May 2019 2:00pm2:30pm
A public talk by Jeremy Wales, UQ PhD candidate.
All are welcome.
Fiori D'Arancia

Between Tradition and Medical Discourses: Modern Catholicism and Sexuality

3 May 2019 1:00pm3:00pm
Historians of sexuality interpret the nineteenth century as a pivotal point in the development of a discourse about sexual practices. This period was also a turning point in the history of “Catholic sexuality”. For centuries, the Catholic church has regulated sexual behaviours. When sexual phobic attitudes are being considered, everyone is prone to point to the legacy of Catholic culture and its long-standing prescriptions. And not without reason. Today, one of the biggest issues facing the Catholic hierarchy is that of sexual abuse.
Music worship

Transformational Christ-world Encounter via instrumental Music Performance within Christian Worship

26 April 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
The performance of instrumental music (separate from text) within Christian worship can play a crucial role in the symbolic mediation of God’s self-communication and in Christian transformation. The non-verbal, qualitative, and indeterminate nature of instrumental music in conjunction with its contextualisation in a particular worship context enables instrumental music to function potentially as a Christian symbol offering unique Christian insight and experience.
Theology in the universe

The Servant-Queen: Herman Bavinck on the Place of Theology in the University

26 April 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
There is much that can be gleaned from Bavinck’s account of the place of theology in the university that holds relevance for contemporary secular universities. Bavinck maintained that theology reigns yet reigns as a Servant-Queen. Like Christ himself, theology is exalted through its abasement, elevated through its abnegation, and glorified in its lowliness.

Sorites paradox in mathematical fuzzy logic

18 April 2019 2:00pm3:30pm
The sorites paradox has been intensively discussed in the literature and several competing theories of vagueness have emerged. The standard account of this phenomenon using fuzzy logic goes back to Goguen: the second premise is almost true — so for ordinary purposes we accept it — but it is not fully true and so the argument is unsound. Hajek and Novak presented an alternative formalization of the sorites paradox aimed at emancipating it from ad hoc aspects of Goguen's solution while, allegedly, preserving Goguen’s main idea.
Stack of books

Precious Metals and the Rise of Philip II and Alexander the Great

12 April 2019 4:00pm
This paper explores the key role of precious metals in making possible the rise of Macedonia under Philip II and its capacity to conquer the Persian empire under his more famous son. From 359 to 336 BC Philip II turned Macedonia from a small, threatened and relatively poor regional state into an unprecedented land empire that endured for almost two-hundred years.
Stack of books

History, Violence, and the Steven Pinker Controversy

12 April 2019 1:00pm
This paper examines Pinker’s use of history to promote a particular world view, ponders the connections between violence, the Enlightenment and history, and uses the “Pinker thesis” to reflect more broadly on the nature of polemics in history, and the notion of “progress”.
My Long Neck flyer

IASH/History Documentary Series 2019: My Long Neck

9 April 2019 4:00pm
This film explores themes about the objectification of bodies, particularly “exotic” bodies, and the effects that this has on those who are turned into tourist commodities.

The Lacuna in the Historia Augusta: A Reassessment

29 March 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
The Historia Augusta is a notoriously problematic text. It consists of a series of thirty biographies of emperors, Caesars and usurpers that cover the years from 117 to 285 AD.

Presented by Duncan Grey (UQ)

Spinning the Whorls of the Spindle: Marsilio Ficino on Plato’s Myth of Er

29 March 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
The story of how souls stood in ranks in front of Lachesis, Clotho and Atropos just before choosing the form of their next reincarnations is a place to which Plato’s readers kept going back throughout the centuries.

Presented by Anna Corrias (HPI)

The Reference of Proper Names: Testing Usage and Intuitions

29 March 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
Presented by Michael Devitt (City University of New York)
Michael is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. Michael's research interests include philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology. His current work involves the philosophy of linguistics and foundational issues in semantics.