Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities
unites humanities-based researchers engaged in creative and reflective investigations of culture and thought.
The Institute fosters individual, collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects across a wide range of fields in the Humanities, with particular strengths in areas of transnational and migration studies, life writing, and digital research.


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Recent Events

Global Events Congress VI

Assoc Prof Steve Brown, 3rd year Events Studies student Shannan Morphett, and the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Adelaide Mr Stephen Yarwood at the Civic Reception in the Queen Adelaide Room, Adelaide Town Hall.

Global Events Congress VI, recently held in Adelaide, was a significant international meeting for event and experience design, management and marketing academics, researchers and practitioners.

GEC VI builds on the success of the five previous congresses in Brisbane (Australia), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Guangzhou (China), Leeds (UK) and Stavanger (Norway) and was a platform primarily for those working, teaching, researching and studying in the field of events and festivals and related fields such as human and social geographers, designers, and cognitive, behavioural and environmental psychologists – in fact, all those interested in what motivates audiences and influences their behaviouras – well as those working in the mass gathering (medical) area.

The Congress was well attended and approximately 1/3 were international, 1/3 national and 1/3 local. International delegates came from China, Macau, UK, USA, Finland, New Zealand and Germany.

The event was supported by a range of government, industry and publishing company sponsors and Flinders University through the Marketing and Communication Office, the Education, Humanities and Law Faculty and Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities.

A unique aspect of this Congress was that it was run by Flinders University undergraduate event studies students under the guidance of Head of Tourism, Assoc Prof Steve Brown.

The Congress will now move to the US in July 2016.


The 11-volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) David Day and Professor Claire Smith, Department of Archaeology, Editor of the 11-volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

The 11-volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology was launched recently by Professor Day, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Flinders University.
Its 8,013 pages contain 1625 entries by 1329 authors, making it the most comprehensive work on archaeology yet created. It is available in both online and print editions.

The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology provides a comprehensive and systematic coverage of archaeology that is unprecedented. It encompasses the breadth of the subject area along with those aspects that are tapped by other disciplines. In addition, it encompasses all time periods and regions of the world and all stages of human development. The entries range from succinct summaries of specific sites and the scientific aspects of archaeological enquiry, to detailed discussions of archaeological concepts, theories, and practice, the social and political dimensions of archaeology and archaeological ethics. The different forms of archaeology are explored, along with the techniques used for each and the challenges, concerns, and issues that face archaeologists today.

According to its Editor, Professor Claire Smith of the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University the reference work’s greatest innovation is the inclusion of entries by non-English speaking archaeologists. The translated authors included senior archaeologists from Russia, Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Thus, the major challenge for this encyclopedia was to access the best scholarship in the world. However, there was a fundamental problem — archaeological experts around the globe do not always write in English. "The best scholars from throughout the world write in a variety of languages". Professor Smith said. "For example, the problems of site conservation and preservation can be very different in different parts of the world – and often the experts are local scholars who publish in their own languages".

Another major challenge was to harness the potential of an online environment not only to ensure global accessibility but also to enrich the encyclopaedia’s content. From the beginning, the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology was conceived firstly as an online reference work, and then as a print reference. This interactive, online reference uses dynamic content to deepen discussions and to update material published in the print version, and to add information on new finds, or new ways of approaching the material. Hot links and extensive cross-references between keywords and related articles provide topics with greater depth and enable efficient searches in a user-friendly manner.

Professor Smith said:

"The important innovation here is the continuous updating of entries and the addition of new entries to the eReference version. This will ensure that the encyclopedia maintains ongoing relevance”.



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