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The Menzies Australia Institute has a robust programme of  activities including public lectures and an annual seminar series. The Menzies Australia Institute often partners with departments and organisations to produce other public events such as film screenings, symposiums and topical conversations.

These events foster a comprehensive and balanced perception of Australia’s past, present and future. To be kept informed about forthcoming events from the Menzies Australia Institute, please sign up to our mailing list.

Upcoming Events 2018-2019

 

 2018/19 Programme

 

8 November 2018
Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World: Cultural Responsive Pedagogies
River Room, Kings Building, 
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite,
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teaching-and-learning-in-a-diverse-world-culturally-responsive-pedagogies-tickets-49083368677


13 November 
Menzies Screening 1: Australia: Bitter Springs
Room K0.19
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/australia-bitter-springs-menzies-screening-1-tickets-50121057432


14 November
The Trevor Reese Memorial Lecture 2018 with Dr. John Connor
Nash Lecture Theatre
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-trevor-reese-memorial-lecture-2018-with-dr-john-connor-tickets-49592129394


28 November 2018

David Unaipon Lecture 2018: Aboriginailsing Australian Centres of Power
Safra Lecture Theatre
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite,
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-unaipon-lecture-2018-aboriginalising-australian-centres-of-power-tickets-49376898633


29 November 2018

Global Inclusion and Democracy at the Cross Roads: Aboriginal Australian Futures. 
TBD, Strand
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-inclusion-and-democracy-at-the-cross-roads-aboriginal-australian-futures-tickets-49087591307

 

4 December
Menzies Screening 2: Australia: Sunday Too Far Away
Room K0.19
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/australia-sunday-too-far-away-menzies-screening-2-tickets-50121557929


12 December 2018

Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality Book Luanch
Lecture Theatre 1, Bush House
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yes-yes-yes-australias-journey-to-marriage-equality-book-luanch-tickets-49088240248


5 February
Menzies Screening 3: Canada: Campbell's Kingdom
Room K0.19
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/canada-campbells-kingdom-menzies-screening-3-tickets-50121792631

 

5 March
Menzies Screening 4: Canada: Drylanders
Room K0.19
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/canada-drylanders-menzies-screening-4-tickets-50122157723 

 

2 April
Menzies Screening 5: New Zealand: The Seekers
Room K0.19
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-zealand-the-seekers-menzies-screening-5-tickets-50122360329

 

7 May
Menzies Screening 6: New Zealand: Utu
River Room 
Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-zealand-utu-menzies-screening-6-tickets-50122476677 

OUR PAST EVENTS 2017-18

27 June 2018
Three Poets and a Reader
Room K6.63
King’s Building, Kings College

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/three-poets-and-a-reader-tickets-46761537016

19 June 2018

Ex Pats, Post Punk and Politics: Australian indie music and the cultural cringe
6.30-8:00pm 
Bush House, King's College

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ex-pats-post-punk-and-politics-australian-indie-music-and-the-cultural-cringe-tickets-45936595594


 

13 June 2018
Menzies Seminar: Migration

Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus, King's College London
Eureka Henrich (University of Leicester), Jennifer Kain (Institute of Historical Research, London) and Melanie Burkett (Macquarie University). Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-twelve-tickets-37698251485


12 June 2018
Inspiring Women Reflect: Advocating for Change
in Conversation with Dr. Bronwyn King

Bush House Lecture, Theatre 2, Kings College London

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspiring-women-reflect-dr-bronwyn-king-tobacco-free-portfolios-on-advocating-for-change-tickets-46099896030


11 June 2018
'Doctors Handwriting' with Dr. Bronwyn King

Nash Lecture Theatre (Strand Campus)

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doctors-handwriting-with-dr-bronwyn-king-tickets-46101617178


 6 June 2018

Griffith Review: A New Commonwealth or The Empire Strikes Back?
Bush House Lecture Theatre 2 (Talk), Bush House 4.03 Event Space (Reception)

Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/griffith-review-a-new-commonwealth-or-the-empire-strikes-back-tickets-45933521399


 30 May 2018

Menzies Seminar: Deep Time 
Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus, King's College London
Jane Lydon (University of Western Australia), Amanda Nettelbeck (University of Adelaide/University College Dublin) and Emma Patchett (Kings College London)

Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-ten-tickets-37697464130


 

24 May 2018 
Menzies Screening #5: Echoes of Empire

Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), Strand Campus, King's College London

The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies presents the fifth in a series of screenings and discussions taking a broad, critical approach to Australia’s place within international cinema landscapes. From films of historical interest to those of topical importance, the Menzies Screenings series offers a curated selection that complements and expands upon some of the themes of the broader Menzies Centre programme.

Please register for this event through: Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-screening-5-echoes-of-empire-tickets-44970162968

 

 16 May 2018

Menzies Seminar: Borders
Room K6.63, Strand Campus, King's College London
Valerie-Anne Belleflamme (University of Liege).

Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-eleven-tickets-37697972651


21 May 2018
6:30pm-8:30pm
Australia House

Being Australian: the Work of AIATSIS and Our National Story
Presented by Mr Craig Ritchie, CEO, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Please contact James Baggaley for more details. 

 
1 May 2018

Conservation partnerships in the Australian Outback by Leanne Liddle & Cissy Gore-Birch,Working with Aboriginal communities to return the bush to good health

Bush House, Lecture Theatre 2, King's College London

The Menzies Centre will welcome Cissy Gore-Birch, Bush Heritage’s National Aboriginal Engagement Manager and Leanne Liddle, a proud Central Arrerente woman from Central Australia to share Liddle's story of her country and how conservation partnerships between Bush Heritage and Aboriginal people are benefitting land and people.

Please register for this event through Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conservation-partnerships-in-the-australian-outback-by-leanne-liddle-cissy-gore-birch-working-with-tickets-44790123465

24 April 2018
Menzies Screening #4: A Politics of Discouragment - Journey (2016)

Room K0.19, Strand Campus, Kings College London
 
The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies presents the fourth in a series of screenings and discussions taking a broad, critical approach to Australia’s place within international cinema landscapes. From films of historical interest to those of topical importance, the Menzies Screenings series offers a curated selection that complements and expands upon some of the themes of the broader Menzies Centre programme. This inaugural selection reflects the current seminar series theme, Scaling Australia, and seeks to push beyond the geographical boundaries of the Australian continent to consider how others view us, how we view others, and how we view ourselves in other spaces. 
 
Please register for this event through Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-screening-4-a-politics-of-discouragment-journey-2016-tickets-43957665561
 

 

16 April 2018

Australian & British Cultural Fields: Trajectories of Taste and Policy Symposium
River Room, Strand Campus, King's College London
 

Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics project researchers from Western Sydney University:

Tony Bennett (Australian Culture: Social Divisions and Inequalities); Michelle Kelly (Australian Literary Field); David Rowe(Australian Sport and Media Fields); Deborah Stevenson (The Australian Art Field).

 

Round Table Panel participants: Tony Bennett, David Rowe and Deborah Stevenson (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University); Dave O’Brien (University of Edinburgh); a Britain-based nominee of the Menzies Centre and also a Menzies-based Panel Chair. There will be welcome drinks and a post-roundtable reception.

 
Please register for this event through Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/australian-cultural-fields-trajectories-of-taste-and-policy-symposium-tickets-42279108953 

 

11 April 2018

Menzies Seminar: Islands 
S3.05, Strand Campus, King's College London
Kathryn Avery (Federation University), Kathryn Roscoe (University of Leicester), Anne Rees (La Trobe University) and Dr Jon Piccini (The University of Queensland).

Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-nine-tickets-37697184293

28 March 2018

2pm - 3pm

Post-war UK Child Migration Schemes to Australia: A Critical Analysis after IICSA

Room 3.01, Virginia Woolf Building, King’s College London

From 1946 to 1970, around 4,000 children from the UK were sent overseas to other parts of the British Commonwealth through government-funded child migration programmes that were delivered by leading charities and churches. Most of these children were sent to residential institutions in Australia. Since 1996, numerous inquiries and reports have recognised the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of many British child migrants, with a recently-published report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse recommending that the UK Government urgently establish a compensation scheme for former child migrants because of its failure to provide adequate safeguards for their welfare according to the standards of the time. This seminar will examine why child migration to Australia resumed after 1946 despite it falling short of standards of governance, inspection and child-care provision recommended in the influential Curtis Report on the care of children 'deprived of a normal home life'. Different organisational factors will be considered in relation to this with regard to the UK Government (and its relationship with the Australian Commonwealth Government), Catholic sending organisations and the Royal Overseas League. The presentation will conclude by exploring wider implications of this case for the study of post-war religious history in Britain, the ways in which religious organisational cultures might be understood in relation to power and knowledge, and the potential value and limitations of the public inquiry as a framework for investigating historic child abuse.

Please be aware that registration is not needed. Please simply head to Room 3.01, Virginia Woolf Building

 

21 March 2018

The Rainbow in Asia, Australia's Role in the push for LGBTQ rights in the region
By The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia
Michael Kirby will reflect on the recent same-sex marriage plebiscite in Australia, the subsequent passing of legislation in favour of marriage equality and the state of LGBTQ rights in the Asia Pacific. He will confront the question of what Australia can do to support LGBTQ activists and human rights advocates in the Asia Pacific.

The talk is followed by a drinks reception.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-rainbow-in-asia-australias-role-in-the-push-for-lgbtq-rights-in-the-region-tickets-42128382125

14 March 2018 
Menzies Seminar: Transnation 
River Room, Strand Campus, King's College London
Nicolas Ferns (Monash University), Hoane Cuffe (University of Newcastle) and David Carter (University of Queensland). 

08 February 2018

Menzies Screening #3: Leave No Trace - Tanna, 2015

Room S-2.23, Strand Campus, King's College London, 18:00PM

The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies presents the second instalment of our Menzies Screening series, which takes a broad, critical approach to Australia’s place within international film landscapes. From films of historical interest to those of topical importance, the Menzies Screening series offers a curated selection that complements and expands upon some of the themes of the wider Menzies Centre programme.

Film: Leave No Trace - Tanna (d. Butler/Dean, 2015)

Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-screening-3-leave-no-trace-tanna-d-butlerdean-2015-tickets-39839278354

14 February 2018
Menzies Seminar Seven 
Strand Campus, King's College London
Hilary Emmett (University of East Anglia), Clare Corbould (Monash University) and Chelsea Barnett (Macquarie University). Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-seven-tickets-37695046900

5 February 2018
A History of Australian Tort Law: A Conversation and Book Launch with Mark Lunney 
The Exchange Room, Bush House,Strand Campus, King's College London  The Menzies Centre welcomes Mark Lunney to discuss his new book, A History of Australian Tort Law. Please register for event through eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-history-of-australian-tort-law-a-conversation-and-book-launch-with-mark-lunney-tickets-41461761244 

24 January 2018
Menzies Seminar: Heritage
 
River, Strand Campus, King's College London
Angelique Stastny (University of Melbourne), Chiara Minestrelli, and Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway University London). Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-six-tickets-37694908486

15 December 2017
Thomas Bocke Symposium: Convicts, Race & Art

Anatomy Museum, 6th Floor, Kings Building                                                  Strand Campus, King's College London                                                        Please register for this event through                                                      Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-scaling-australia-indian-ocean-tickets-37693785126 

14 December 2017
An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Katherine Gallagher
Strand Campus, King's College London
Please register for this event through Eventbrite,  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-poetry-and-conversation-with-katherine-gallagher-tickets-4009794302 

13 December 2017
Menzies Seminar: Indian Ocean 
Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus, King's College London
Ruth Morgan (Monash University) and Samraghni Bonnerjee (University of Sheffield). Please register for this event through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-five-tickets-37694105083

23 November 2017
Menzies Screening #2: The Migrant Experience (A Girl in Australia, 1971)
Anatomy Museum, Strand Campus, King's College London, 18:00PM
The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies presents the second instalment of our Menzies Screening series, which takes a broad, critical approach to Australia’s place within international film landscapes. From films of historical interest to those of topical importance, the Menzies Screening series offers a curated selection that complements and expands upon some of the themes of the wider Menzies Centre programme.

Film: A girl in Australia, 1971, Luigi Zampa’s

Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-screening-2-the-migrant-experience-a-girl-in-australia-1971-tickets-39839283369 

30 October 2017
Menzies Lecture 2017
By the The Hon Alexander Downer, AC Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom 

Australia and a post Brexit Britain

25 October 2017
Menzies Seminar: Rascals
K0.20, Strand Campus, King's College London
Meg Foster (University of New South Wales) and Ben Mountford (La Trobe University). Please register for this event through  Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/menzies-seminar-three-tickets-37693148221

04 October 2017
Reese Lecture 2017
By Penelope Edmonds, History and Classics, University of Tasmania 
Heart, Power, Treaty, Truth: Affective, political performances in (post) Reconciliation Australia 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS: AUSTRALIAN STUDIES, ARTS, CULTURE

2 February 2016
Music and Ideas: Dr Roslyn Dunlop, Sydney Conservatorium
Royal College of Music Recital Hall, South Kensington
Dr Roslyn Dunlop is presenting a session on the music of East Timor. She’ll be considering how indigenous culture has benefitted from the island’s remoteness and particular cultural traditions for 550 years prior to contact with Europeans. 

7 December 2016 - 26 March 2017
Australia's Impressionists
The National Gallery, London
Discover Australia’s significant and distinctive Impressionist movement in the first UK exhibition to focus on the subject. Showcasing Australia’s four major exponents of Impressionism – Tom Roberts (1856–1931), Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder (1868–1909), and John Peter Russell (1858–1930) – the exhibition comprises some forty loans, many never previously shown in the UK.

31 January - 1 February 2017
The First Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
The 'Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History' aims to honour Professor Richards, who remains active as an Emeritus Professor at Flinders University, and to create a regular conference for scholars in Australasia working on British and Australasian history.

7 - 8 July 2017
New Zealand and Pacific Literatures in the Global Marketplace
Regents University, London
This two-day symposium will be devoted to the discussion of recent developments affecting the production and reception of New Zealand and Pacific literatures in a global context and will focus on a range of issues related to the reading, writing, teaching, translating and marketing of these literatures.

 

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