FIRtH Research Theme 2014 ~ Call for proposals
Commencing in 2014 Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities will support a specific annual research theme, and the Director is now calling for proposals for the theme for 2014 from Institute members.
Further information about the application process and eligibility can be downloaded here:
Call for Proposals (PDF 18KB)
Please forward applications to email@example.com by 30 November 2013
Image: (From left to right) Dr Andrew Gleeson, Ms Maureen Cockburn, Dr Craig Taylor, Dr George Couvalis and Professor David Cockburn.
Untangling the Knots: A series of six symposia on Philosophy and Its Bewitchment by Language
South Australian philosophers enjoyed a stimulating winter break this year with the six-week visit to Flinders of British philosopher Professor David Cockburn from the University of Wales.
Professor Cockburn led a series of weekly symposia on different philosophical topics. They were attended not only by Flinders philosophers, but ones from Adelaide University, the Open University in the UK, Melbourne University, the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and the Catholic Theological College in Adelaide. Professor Cockburn’s versatility and scholarship was on display as he dealt with philosophers as different as Aquinas, Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty, and with issues from philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the theory of knowledge. He also attended and was one of the speakers at a special one day seminar in honour of philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita held at a McLaren Vale winery in July, an event which included national and international guests.
Perhaps most importantly Professor Cockburn provided detailed comments on, and held much discussion about, work in progress by members of the Philosophy Department at Flinders. He was a tremendously energetic and friendly colleague who in his short visit did much to stimulate philosophical activity at Flinders. In his own words:
“This has, for me, been a perfect context for serious discussion. Activity of this kind – small group, face to face dialogue - is, at least for philosophers in a certain mould, a crucial component of research, and, perhaps by some way, the most important stimulus to fresh thinking and publications.”
The 2nd International Conference on Ageing in the Migrant Diasporas (June 2013)
Image: The official dinner at the The 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land
The 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land was held from 27-30th June 2013 at Flinders University, Adelaide. The conference attracted presenters from state, national and international universities and organisations coming together to share their knowledge and discuss their research and experiences and network with other delegates and collaborated with the University of Adelaide.
In total there were 53 presentations over the four days on ageing themes with over 300 people attending the conference events including the official dinner and public lectures. The main conference was held in the School of Humanities at Flinders University and the public lectures were held in the Flinders City campus on Victoria Square.
Mrs Leesa Vlahos MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier opened the conference at the official dinner which was attended by nearly 200 dignitaries including His Excellency, Mr Haris D. Dafaranos, Ambassador of Greece in Australia, Mr Christos Maniakis-Grivas, Consul-General of Greece and Mr David Pisoni, MP, Shadow Minister for Education, Families and Training and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, presidents and members of:
- Greek Orthodox Archdioceses
- Greek Orthodox Community of SA
- Pan Macedonian Society
- Pontian Brotherhood
- Cypriot Community
- St George College
- National Greek Students Association
- Greek Cultural Month
- Navarino Association
- The Foundation for Hellenic Studies
- HACCI of SA
- Many others, including businessmen, educators and supporters of LOGOS, The Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture.
The high calibre of keynote speakers attracted many local and interstate researchers wanting to expand their knowledge and discuss their own research perspectives.