[TimorLesteStudies] Public Seminar: Community Security and Sustainability in Timor-Leste - 5 August 2008, Melbourne

Anna Trembath anna.trembath at rmit.edu.au
Wed Jul 30 08:33:48 EST 2008

The Human Security Program, Global Cities Institute
RMIT University, Melbourne

attached flyer). 

Tuesday 5 August, 2008: 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Research Lounge, Building 28 (via Building 8), RMIT University,
Speakers: Carmenesa Moniz Noronha, Mayra Walsh and Damian Grenfell.

Kampung Baru is a semi-urbanised community on the western outskirts of
Dili. Originally built to house Indonesian civil servants, the suburb
was occupied post-independence by people from across the new nation, and
was the site of significant violence across 2006 and 2007. This seminar
will present research undertaken in Golgota, an aldeia within Kampung
Baru, so as to both critically appraise ‘Human Security’ and in turn
begin to articulate an argument for ‘Community Security’. To do so, the
presentation will also draw analysis from research undertaken in three
non-urbanised sites in Timor-Leste, namely Barikafa in Lautem district,
Fatumean in Covalima district and Venilale in Baucau district. By
drawing comparatively from these different sites, it will be argued in
the seminar that community security allows for a consideration of
security that extends in important ways beyond what either traditional
or even human security doctrines have typically allowed for. Critically,
such a conception provides an opportunity to consider the means by which
a community is able to sustain itself and in turn its ability or
otherwise to negotiate different types of threats. In terms of
Timor-Leste, the idea of community security will also be used in this
seminar to help understand some of the underpinning reasons for the
kinds of violence that have been experienced in recent years.

Also launched at this seminar will be the English version of ‘Community
Security and Sustainability’ report covering the two sites of Barikafa
and Fatumean, completed with local research partners Concern Worldwide
and Oxfam Australia.

The Research Lounge is located in Building 28, city campus. Enter
Building 8 from either Swanston St or Bowen Lane, come up the
stairs/escalators as if coming to the library, but turn left down the
ramp opposite the library doors. For more details please contact
damian.grenfell at rmit.edu.au


Please forward this email on to those who may be interested.

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