HRC Seminar Series


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HRC Seminar Series

HRC Visiting Fellows, whilst at the Centre, participate in the Centre’s programs and meet regularly with other fellows to make a public presentation of their research.

Members of the University and the general public are welcome to attend seminars for free. They are followed by informal discussion and light refreshments, and we encourage all students to attend and for tutors to advise their students of this opportunity.

Each seminar is held at 4.30pm in the Theatrette (unless otherwise indicated), on the 2nd floor (entry level) of the Sir Roland Wilson Building.

Semester 1 2018




27 February

Assoc Prof Malcolm Choat (Macquarie University)

The Forger and the Chemist: Constantine Simonides, Henry Deane, and the (de)authentication of Forged Manuscripts

6 March

Dr Rachel Yuen-Collingridge

(Macquarie University)

Negotiating Authenticity: Fakes in the Public and Private Worlds of Disciplinary Expertise

Seminar cancelled

13 March

Dr Tereza Hendl

(University of Sydney)

The Case of a Nasal Growth from the Spine: What Can Autologous Adult Stem Cell Interventions Tell Us About the Self?

27 March

Prof Margrit Shildrick

(Stockholm University, Sweden)

Destabilising Human Embodiment: Prostheses, Biotechnologies and Assemblages

Mid-semester Break

17 April

Dr Monika Bakke

(Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

It’s Alive! Art and Living-nonliving Entanglements 200 Years after Frankenstein

15 May

Dr Ben Mercer

(School of History, ANU)

Democratisation and its Discontents: Student Revolution in Western Europe in 1968

5 June

Dr Fabien Medvecky

(University of Otago, NZ)

Moral Frankenstein: A Science Communication Monster


Semester 2




7 August

Professor Ian Crawford

(Birkbeck College, UK)

Expanding Worldviews: Space Exploration, Astrobiology, and the Socio-Political Implications of the Cosmic Perspective

14 August

Dr Naoko Yamagata

(Open University, UK)

Suicide in Homer and the 'Tale of the Heike': Greek and Japanese Perspectives

21 August

Prof Sharon Ruston

(Lancaster University, UK)

Humphry Davy: Poetry and Priority

28 August

Dr Jerome De Groot

(Manchester University, UK)

Double-Helix History

4 September

Dr Helen Curry

(Cambridge University, UK)

The Many Lives of Mandan Maize: The Appropriation, Circulation, and Conservation of Native American Corn Varieties

Mid-semester Break

25 September

RSHA Internal Fellow (TBA)


9 October

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens

(Humboldt Foundation Fellow)


23 October

Prof Randall Stevenson

(University of Edinburgh, UK)

Reification, Relativity, Redemption: Modernist Fiction and the Imagination of Science in the 1920s

30 October

Dr Christian Bök

(Charles Darwin University)

The Xenotext

6 November

Prof Martin Willis

(Cardiff University, UK)

The Good Places of Sleep: Nineteenth-century Sleep Studies in Literature and the Sciences

13 November

Prof Peter Schulz

(Lugano University, Switzerland)

Frankenstein and the Communication Challenges of Regenerative Medicine

Upcoming events

The Devouring Monster: The University and the Science of Society in the 1960s

4.30–5.45pm 15 May 2018

In the 1960s, the institutions of higher education became a privileged site of social planning, one in which a new, modern, technologically advanced society...

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Past events

It's Alive! Art and Living-Nonliving Entanglements 200 Years After Frankenstein

17 Apr 2018

Along with the contemporary interest of science, humanities and art in the material dynamics comes the realization that change and agency can no longer be...

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Destabilising Human Embodiment: Prostheses, Biotechnologies and Assemblages

27 Mar 2018

In the era of postmodernity, issues of bodies and biotechnologies increasingly challenge not only the normative performance of the human subject, but also the...

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The Case of a Nasal Growth from the Spine: What Can Autologous Adult Stem Cell Interventions Tell Us About the Self?

13 Mar 2018

The market with autologous stem cell transplants is a rapidly growing industry in Australia and internationally. Despite limited scientific evidence justifying...

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The Forger and the Chemist: Constantine Simonides, Henry Deane, and the (de)authentication of Forged Manuscripts

27 Feb 2018

This paper positions forgery as a catalyst for disciplinary innovation, using debates over forged antiquities to gain insight into the interaction of different...

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Seminar | Language Tests as Social Sorting Mechanisms for the Professional Workplace

16 Nov 2017

  Standards are physical or behavioural mechanisms which make society orderly (Busch, 2011; Star & Lampland, 2009). They include laws (drive on the right...

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Seminar | States of Terror: History, Literature, Theory

14 Nov 2017

  Sometimes words become so charismatic that it is hard to think beyond them or to maintain a critical attention toward who is using them and why. Since 9/11...

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Seminar | Unsettling Colonial/Modern Gender at the Point Barrow, Alaska Expedition of the First International Polar Year, 1882-1883

7 Nov 2017

  This paper is based on a chapter of my current book project, provisionally titled Settler Fantasies and Colonial ‘Before and After’ Photography, which...

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Seminar | An Australian Republic and the Politics of Hope

2 Nov 2017

  Where to now for Australian republicans? Nearly two decades on from the demoralising referendum defeat in 1999, the republican flame is being rekindled and...

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Seminar | Myths of Hymen

31 Oct 2017

  Queen Elizabeth I of England with Sieve proving her status as virgin In this seminar Prof Ferguson will speak about her current book project entitled “Myths...

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Seminar | “Two millions of De Quinceys created in China”: Thomas De Quincey, the Opium and China Case, and Debate on the First Opium War 1840-42

26 Oct 2017

This paper will explore the moment of the outbreak of the First Opium War between Britain and Qing China from 1839-1840. It is concerned with Romantic politics...

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