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Towards a new relationship with Europe: Why 2018 could become a game-changer year for Australia

Public Lecture Presented by His Excellency, Dr Michael Pulch, European Union Ambassador 

Wednesday 26 September  2018, 6PM - 7.15PM

With the launch of Free Trade negotiations in Canberra on 18 June the EU and Australia are about to open a new chapter in their relationship. A looming Brexit next year will have significant consequences for Australia's interaction with continental Europe. Time to revisit a partnership that for a long-time had been marred by differences over agricultural policy, market access and climate change. In recent years however both sides have come closer in their outlook on key global challenges. A Framework Agreement signed in August last year compliments the push to liberalise bilateral trade and commits both sides to intensify cooperation in a whole range of areas covering foreign and security policy, science and technology, climate change and energy, education and culture.

What are the prospects for a reinvigorated partnership with the European Union and what would be the advantages for Australia in this undertaking?

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New Perspectives on the Digital Revolution: Media, Identity and the Body

This workshop will bring together social researchers from Japan and Australia to exchange ideas and approaches about how we can better understand technological, mediated, and embodied transformations in the contemporary era.

The workshop will take place at the University of South Australia’s City West campus in Adelaide, Australia on the 8thof August 2018.

The Workshop was co-organized by the University of Tokyo’s Department of Sociology, the Hawke EU Centre and the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. The Workshop co-conveners are Professor Kenji Sato (Tokyo), Associate Professor Takeshi Deguchi (Tokyo), Professor Anthony Elliott (UniSA), and Dr Eric L. Hsu (UniSA).

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Workshop on 'Robotics and New Digital Skills: European and Australasian Dialogues'

Munich Workshop

On the 2nd and 3rd of May 2018, the Hawke EU Centre worked with a number of international partners to convene a Multidisciplinary Interactive Workshop under the EU Jean Monnet Erasmus+ Project “Digital Technologies, Transformations and Skills: Robotics and EU Perceptions” (D3REU) held in Munich. The D3REU grant is led by Professor Anthony Elliott and is administered by the Hawke EU Centre.

The ‘Robotics and New Digital Skills’ Munich workshop was managed by the Technical University of Munich, Roskilde University in Denmark and Nürtingen-Geislingen University in Germany. The workshop focussed on the question of how to respond to the current rise of the robotics revolution and what recalibrations are needed to our understanding of digital skills in order to both promote economic growth, as well as ensure social cohesion is maintained.

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French Day @ UniSA
Experience French culture at UniSA

Monday 15 May 2018
Mawson Lakes Campus 10.30am – 12.00pm, MM Building Foyer & MM1-05 Lecture Theatre

Magill Campus 12.30pm – 3.30pm, Building A - Café & Outdoor Space

City West Campus 4.00pm – 7.30pm, outside Student Lounge 

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The France-Australia Strategic Partnership in a Challenging International Environment

His Excellency Mr Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia

Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.00pm

Allan Scott Auditorium, City West Campus

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Networked Spaces, Digital Tools And The Future Of Creative ProductionPhoto Susan Luckman, Ivana Pais, Kylie Jarrett

The Networked Lives, Digital Cultures and the Future of Creative Production: Comparing EU-Australian Perspectives Conference explored the current state of play in cutting-edge research into the cultural and creative industries, as well as the key challenges and opportunities facing culture and creative production in both the EU and Australia. 

The event featured keynote addresses on current European thinking on the creative industries and economies by Dr Kylie Jarrett of Maynooth University, Ireland, and Associate Professor Ivana Pais of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.

Friday 27 October 2017

Murray House, UniSA Magill Campus 

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Seminar by Associate Professor Ivana Pais

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A Crowd of Digital Profiles: Privacy, social capital and reputation in the platform economy.


Thursday 26 October 2017

Bradley Forum, UniSA City West Campus

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Seminar by Dr Kylie JarrettDr Kylie Jarrett

Geek Masculinity, Unprotected Settings and Cognitive Capitalism: The Political Economy of Online Harassment.


Tuesday 24 October 2017

UniSA Magill Campus 

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Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture: Does the European Union Have a Future? Professor Loukas Tsoukalis Hawke EU Annual Lecture

The Hawke EU Centre, in partnership with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, hosted it's Annual Lecture for over 250 people on 19 October with prominent expert on the European Union, Professor Loukas Tsoukalis of University of Athens. Professor Tsoukalis addressed current crises facing the European Union and potential direction for Europe to save the project.

Thursday 19 October 2017
Allan Scott Auditorium, City West Campus



The Future of the EU SummitFuture of the EU Summit

The Hawke EU Centre hosted The Future of the EU Summit on Wednesday 18 October 2017. The Summit hosted 40 people including Keynote Speaker Professor Loukas Tsoukalis of University of Athens, His Excellency Dr Michael Pulch - EU Ambassador, Her Excellency Mrs Nineta Barbulescu - Romanian Ambassador and other diplomats, state and federal government employees and leading academics from UniSA and other Universities. Discussion was held on the Future of the EU, engaging the pressing issue of the prospects for multilateral cosmopolitanism, global justice and alternative political futures in the EU, and with specific reference to the future of EU-Australia relations. 

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Bradley Forum, City West Campus

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Rural and Regional Mobilities Workshop:Rural and Regional Mobilities

Exploring the impact of (im)mobilities in rural and regional communities

Tuesday 26 September 2017

University of South Australia, Mount Gambier Campus





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Hawke EU Centre Public Lecture - Mr Paul Power

UniSA hosted Mr Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia on 7 September 2017, for his lecture titled "Rebuilding our Damaged Reputation".

The lectured focused on:

  • The concerns being expressed internationally about Australian refugee policy.
  • How Australia might begin to restore its damaged reputation and show constructive leadership in international responses to refugee needs.
  • The role civil society organisations and concerned citizens in Australia could play in bringing about change.

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European Social Theory Intensive -  Mobility, Identity and Globalization

Hosted on 30 - 31 August 2017, The Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia consisted of a two-day intensive series of masterclasses on European Social Theory, entitled Mobility, Identity and Globalization. 

The social theory intensive delved deep into mobilities, identity and globalization for enacting social change, taught by world leading social theorists Professor Sven Kesselring, Professor Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Professor Robert Holton and Professor Anthony Elliott.

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Mobilities Workshop imageInnovation in EU And Australian Mobilities Workshop

The Innovation in European and Australian Mobilities Workshop was held 28 - 29 August 2017, to build upon the success of past events held by Hawke EU Centre that seek to develop and deepen the mobilities paradigm in the analysis and critique of both freely-chosen and enforced mobility.  

Throughout the workshop, national and international experts debated, discussed and shared ideas on current global developments in European and Australasian mobilities.

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Translating Worlds ImageTranslating Worlds: Migration, Memory, Culture 

Held 17 - 18 August 2017 at Monash University, Melbourne VIC, this international and interdisciplinary symposium explored the relations between migration, memory and translation. Bringing together humanities researchers from fields including memory studies, modern languages and literary, cultural and media studies and ranging across Europe, Australia and beyond it discussed themes including:

  • How cultural memories are translated in new cultural worlds;
  • Blocks and facilitators of translation – the cultural practices and processes that aid and disable translation;
  • Migration, affect, memory and translation;
  • Mediation and re-mediation – media and remembering in new worlds;
  • Migration, translation and the transcultural

​International speaker Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Professor, Hispanic Studies, Warwick University) presented a keynote paper.

This symposium was co-hosted by the University of South Australia’s Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations and the Monash-Warwick Migration, Identity and Translation Network.

Professor Markku SotarautaEconomic Growth and the European Union: What prospects, which possibilities and what kind of leadership

On Monday 31 July, the Hawke EU Centre in partnership with UniSA's Business School hosted this lecture by Professor Markku Sotarauta from the University of Tampere, Finland.

In this lecture, Professor Sotarauta asked how green growth can be promoted and what kind of leadership is needed to achieve this goal? In addressing this question, the importance of institutional innovation, new industry formation, industrial renewal and related leadership were discussed in light of observations from Europe.

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Barbulescu_Nineta_RomaniaDiscovering Romania in 12 Steps

To continue with the Hawke EU Centre Ambassador Lecture Series, H.E. Ambassador Nineta Barbulescu delivered the fourth lecture on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

In this lecture, the audience was taken on a journey from the origins of the Roman Empire, World War I & II, the 1918 Great Union, and how the nation has been formed, through to Romania today – macroeconomics data, Internet, creativity, and innovation etc.

The Ambassador also covered the relationship between Romania and Australia in a global context and considered its many possiblities and challenges.

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Finnish Ambassador - Lars BackstromThe World We Are Living in: A Global Perspective 

The third lecture of the Hawke EU Centre Ambassador Lecture Series was delivered by H.E. Mr Lars Backström on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

In this lecture, the Ambassador addressed many issues including global warming, environmental degradation, conflicts, poverty, famine, refugees, radicalization, terrorism, political polarization from a personal perspective.

The audience was invited on a journey from his native Finland via the European Union to the Middle-East, Africa, America, Asia and Australia.

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European Climate Diplomacy Week - Screening of "The Age of Consequences" and Panel Debate

In recognition of European Climate Week, events are planned across the globe, including Adelaide where guests were invited the film screening and a moderated panel debate after the screening at Palace Cinema on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

The film screening was opened by  H.E. Tom Nørring, Ambassador of Denmark to Australia and the Hon Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Sustainability, Environment & Conservation, Water and the River Murray. The evening was chaired  by Professor Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations.

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Zorko, HelenaEurope Day Public Lecture: Slovenia in Europe Now – Is There an Alternative?

To celebrate Europe Day (9 May 2017)  the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations presented Slovenia in Europe Now – Is there an Alternative?, a public lecture by H.E. Ms Helena Drnovšek Zorko, Slovenian Ambassador to Australia at City West Campus on Monday 8 May 2017.

In this lecture, the Ambassador explored Slovenia’s place within the European community, and the many challenges the country has faced since gaining independence 26 years ago.

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Christophe Lecourtier

France and Australia: Together in a Time of Challenges and Uncertainties

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The inaugural lecture of the Hawke EU Centre Ambassador Lecture Series was delivered by H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier, French Ambassador to Australia at City West Campus on Wednesday 18 May 2017.

In this lecture, Ambassador Lecourtier explored some of the many challenges facing modern-day Australia and France and illustrated how both countries can stand together to confront them, and also how together they can seize opportunities of the 21st century.

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Mobile Cultures of Disaster Conference

A two-day conference presented by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations and the Japan Foundation Sydney at City West Campus on 23 - 24 March 2017.

The aim of the conference was to bring together prominent academics, specialists and policy analysts across the world to investigate the cultural and mobile aspects of disasters. The conference principally sought to stimulate research on how disasters are mobile and cultural phenomena. It asked participants to consider how disasters circulate around various parts of the world.

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Lloyd Cole

Identity vs Noise: 1Dn

A sound installation by Lloyd Cole at Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre from 25 January to 3 February 2017.

Created by the celebrated musician Lloyd Cole, Identity vs Noise: 1Dn explored the interplay of identity and difference. The presentation was a generative electronic composition of indefinite length, played by a unique modular synthesizer assembled by Cole specifically for the installation, with contemporaneous broadcast to interactive interfaces in Helsinki, Dublin and Tokyo.

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Global funding opportunities for resarch and policy dialogue on Europe via the Jean Monnet actions

A lecture by Dr Pietro De Matteis of the European Commission at UniSA's City West campus on Thursday 24 November 2016. 

The information session addressed some of the funding opportunities for researchers at UniSA under the EU’s Jean Monnet funding scheme. The Jean Monnet Activities under the Erasmus+ Programme aim at stimulating teaching and research in European Union studies and foster dialogue between academics and decision-makers in the EU and around the world. This is done by funding Centres of Excellence within a University, Networks of Universities, Academic Modules, Professorships as well as Project and Associations.

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ChurchOffering Hospitality when the Stranger is at the Gate

A lecture by Hawke EU Centre Thinker in Residence, Professor Alison Phipps at Adelaide West Uniting Church on Saturday 12 November 2016.

This talk by Professor Alison Phipps reflected on the role played by faith communities in the welcome of refugees to Europe, and especially to Scotland over the past 10 years. 

Using poetry, liturgy and story the talk took the form of a journey out into the public square and back into the recesses of the spirit.


Alison PhippsWitnessing what happens when lessons are not learned: Calais, Lesbos, and Families held apart

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A lecture by Hawke EU Centre Thinker in Residence, Professor Alison Phipps at UniSA's City West Campus on Thursday 10 November 2016.

Bearing witness is uncomfortable and provoking. It changes those who are witnesses, often profoundly, as others who have made such visits will testify.

In this lecture,  Professor Alison Phipps argued that there is a need for us not to flinch from the acute discomfort, even anger and helplessness, of witnessing to
what, wittingly or unwittingly, our policies and voting habits, foreign and domestic,
have done.


Gillian Triggs 2016Global Tipping Points and the Role of Research: European Union and Asia-Pacific Migration Summit

The Summit, convened by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations was held at UniSA's City West Campus on 1 - 2 November 2016.

Bringing together leading world figures in migration studies, academics, policy analysts, community activists and political leaders, the Summit examined the role of research and policy-relevant evidence from several European and Asia-Pacific projects on migration and the crisis of asylum.

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Hawke EU Centre Annul Lecture - Janet Royall

Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture 2016
Europe, the World and the Challenges of the 21st Century

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On Monday 31 October 2016, Baroness Janet Royall of Blaisdon PC delivered the Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture at UniSA's City West Campus.

Since the European Economic Community (EEC) was established in 1957, the countries of the European Union and the world as a whole have changed exponentially. But the values which underpin the European Union have not changed. Baroness Royall argued that the values of the European Union have assumed greater importance as we seek global solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

Presented by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural
Transformations and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

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EU Doctoral Pedagogies Colloquium: Models, Challenges, Outcomes

During EASS Research Week in September, the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations in collaboration with the School of Education (EASS) hosted the EU doctoral pedagogies colloquium to assist with the university’s transition to new doctoral formats, as proposed in UniSA’s Crossing the Horizon.

Bringing together leading experts from the EU and academics and students within the university, the two day program presented a series of activities including a series of masterclasses and a public lecture.

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Migration as a Global Challenge: The EU's Response

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Presented by the Hawke EU Centre on Wednesday 17 August,  H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi (EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand) outlined how the EU is doing its share to face this global challenge by implementing an ambitious and unique migration strategy based on an unprecedented mobilisation of internal resources and strong cooperation with international partners in full respect for international law.

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3D city lightsHow is Technology Changing Humanities Research?

A masterclass by on Dr Jennifer Edmond on Tuesday 9 August at City West Campus.

In this masterclass, Dr Jennifer Edmond introduced the basic definitions and approaches of digital humanities, including some of the real opportunities and threats the ‘digital turn’ in scholarship pose. 

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John FoxxEurope After the Rain: Exhibition by John Foxx

This exhibition presented by the Hawke EU Centre in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery from 13 July - 5 August focused on the complex interplay between identity, memory, architecture, time and place. The images made from photographs and found objects were gathered over a period of around thirty years by John Foxx in his travels across Britain and Europe.

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Life in the Sky Workshop

Presented by UniSA's Hawke EU Centre on 24 - 25 May 2016, this Workshop addressed how airports, airspaces and airport cities are increasingly central to the development of the contemporary global order. Participants addressed how airports blend different kinds of mobility through detailed appraisal of Australasian and European perspectives on international air traffic. 

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Europe Day Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Officially opened by Professor Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations, students and staff came together on Monday 9 May 2016 to celebrate and remember the historical context in which the Union was created, the progress that has been made, the difficulties it has had to overcome, and the original aims of the European project.

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Border CrossingsBorder Crossings 

An exhibition that brings together curators and visual artists from Ireland and Australia who work across the disciplines of sculpture, installation and performance to respond to cross-cultural issues surrounding the legacy of colonialism & the challenges of reconciliation that are relevant to both countries. All of the participating artists engage with serious issues in discursive, poetic, poignant & whimsical ways.

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Learning to Live TogetherLearning to Live Together in Culturally Diverse Societies Conference

A conference on the general theme of the educational challenges of learning to live together in increasingly culturally diverse societies. 

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After the Fall

Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture
After the Fall: Content, Context and Co-Creation After the Decline of Print Media

What happens when customers disrupt an entire industry? Rapidly changing consumption habits are forcing newspaper companies across Europe to question business models, products and practises that kept them successful for decades.  

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The Welcome Workshop

'The Welcome Workshop' Community Event

The Welcome Workshop was held on 16 September and included a community-led discussion about arrival, welcome and place-making to talk about:

  • What does it mean to feel welcome?
  • At what point does one feel welcome in a new place?
  • What contributes to feeling welcome?

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 'Memory: Migration, Reconciliation and the Emotions' - Australian Memory Research Network Meeting

The second meeting of the Australian Memory Research Network was held from 4th to 5th September 2015, at the University of Melbourne.

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Gillian Triggs 2016Public Lecture by Professor Gillian Triggs

Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the

Australian Human Rights Commission, delivered a public lecture on asylum, human rights and international law from an Australian and EU perspective on 28 July 2015.

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European Climate Diplomacy DayEuropean Climate Diplomacy Day

Film Premiere of "The Climate Blueprint" documentary and Expert Panel on Climate Change ahead of COP21, was held on Wed 17 June at the Palace Nova.

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The River of Lives with Olwen FouereThe River of Lives with Olwen Fouéré

Olwen Fouéré, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers, joined with Professor Ronan McDonald, Director of the Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW to discuss her acclaimed new adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

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Official Launch of the Hawke EU Centre

Official Launch of the Hawke EU Centre

Hosted at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, and in combination with Wesfarmers latest exhibition Luminious Worlds, the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations celebrated its commencement with a special launch event.

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