[TimorLesteStudies] Transmission of academic values in Asian Studies workshop, June 2009

Jenny Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Wed May 27 13:16:25 EST 2009

>Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 12:14:33 +1000
>From: Helen McMartin <helen.mcmartin at anu.edu.au>
>Subject: Transmission of academic values in Asian Studies workshop, June 2009
>To: Jennifer Drysdale <jennifer.drysdale at anu.edu.au>
>Dear Jennifer
>wondering if you would be able to post the following msg to the 
>Timor-Leste Studies Association list? regards, Helen
>VALUES IN ASIAN STUDIES workshop being held on 25 & 26 June 2009, in Canberra.
>Please go to http://www.aust-neth.net/workshop.php
>Registration is FREE (although there is a charge for the workshop dinner).
>The registration deadline is FRIDAY, 12 JUNE 2009.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
The workshop dinner is optional at a cost of $35.00 per person. It 
will be held on the Thursday evening.
Location: APCD Lecture Theatre, Hedley Bull Building no.130 (cnr 
Liversidge Street and Garran Road) The Australian National 
University, Canberra

This workshop examines issues surrounding the transmission of 
scholarly values in Asian Studies. It will draw upon the views of 
scholars from a range of life-stages in order to seek a clearer 
picture of the values that scholars see as important to preserve and 
of the techniques for achieving transmission between the generations. 
A feature of the workshop will be attention to differences in values 
and practice between Australia and other countries.

The traditional practice of academic work has changed greatly over 
the last few decades. The measurement of performance has become 
increasingly fine-grained, academic procedures are increasingly 
regulated and monitored by institutions which do not themselves 
engage in academic work, the expectation that academics will be 
entrepreneurial has grown apace and there is a relentless drive for 
innovation and 'border-crossing' in research and teaching.

In this process of change, much of it driven by good intentions, 
relatively little public attention has been given to the question of 
what is lost in turning academia into a bureaucracy and a business. 
The speakers at this workshop have been asked to reflect in one way 
or another on those qualities of academic life which are 
insufficiently nurtured in the present managerialist environment. 
Discussion will focus on how a recognition of these values might be 
fed into the current processes so that the core elements that drive 
scholarly life can be sustained.

The values to be discussed include markers of scholarly excellence 
such as rigorous attention to empirical detail (including language 
competence), interpretative bravura, and theoretical sophistication, 
as well as markers of social significance such as policy relevance 
and the accessibility of writing to a broader public, and the 
vulnerability of research excellence to political pressures. They 
also include values related to ethical behaviour in research (both in 
relation to other researchers and in relation to informants and 
others who contribute to research). A particularly important issue is 
that of inter-generational relations: how do younger scholars balance 
the need for loyalty to their mentors with the need for creating a 
reputation of their own by overthrowing previous generations? How do 
senior scholars respond to being debunked? An important topic of the 
workshop will be the issue of engagement with Asia and with Asian 
scholarly communities.

Presentations will take the form of brief, 'trigger'-style statements 
as a starting point for discussion. We expect that the workshop will 
make a valuable contribution to developing a sense of the wide 
variety of possible best practice in this field. To our knowledge 
there has been no previous workshop in Asian Studies focussing on the 
transmission of the distinctive scholarly values of the field in a 
cross-national comparative perspective. This workshop will contribute 
to developing research methodology for understanding the internal 
dynamics of academic life in Asian Studies.

Dr Michael Barr, Flinders University
Mr Lowell Bautista, University of Wollongong
Dr Alison Broinowski, University of Wollongong
Dr Matthew Ciolek, The Australian National University
Dr Freek Colombijn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Assoc Prof Helen Creese, University of Queensland
Dr Rommel Curaming, National University of Singapore
Ms Thushara Dibley, University of Sydney
Professor Howard Dick, University of Melbourne
Dr Mary Ditton, University of New England
Ms Anna Doukakis, Universityof New South Wales
Professor Catherine Falk, University of Melbourne
Dr Nicholas Farrelly, The Australian National University
Dr Michele Ford, University of Sydney
Dr Laura Hales, University of South Australia
Dr Niv Horesh, University of New South Wales
Ms Catherine Ingram, University of Melbourne
Professor Toshio Iyotani, Hitotsubashi University
Mr Julius Mollet, Flinders University
Professor Otto van den Muijzenberg, University of Amsterdam
Ms Shyamala Nataraj, Monash University
Dr Nuno Vasco Oliveira, government of Timor-Leste
Dr Jemma Purdey, Monash University
Ms Maloti Ray, University of Melbourne
Professor Anthony Reid, National University of Singapore
Professor Shamsul AB, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Dr Andrew Walker, The Australian National University
Dr Mark Winchester, Hitotsubashi University

>Helen McMartin
>The Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration
>Building 9, Room 4138
>The Australian National University
>tel 61 2 6125 0693
>fax 61 2 6125 5525
>email Helen.McMartin at anu.edu.au

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Dr Jennifer Drysdale
Pacific Economic Post-Doctoral Fellow, Crawford School of Economics 
and Government
Moderator, Timor-Leste Studies Association List www.tlstudies.org
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Email Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
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Institutional adaptation to volatile oil prices
This research will examine the way Vanuatu has responded to changes 
in world energy prices through policy and institutional means.
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