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Perspectives: Asia

HE Frances Adamson

HE Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China meets Perspectives Asia audience, 8 November 2012

Perspectives: Asia is a series of free public seminars developed and presented by Griffith University's Griffith Asia Institute and the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery, to explore issues of contemporary culture, politics and society in our region.

Past lectures:   2013 l 2012 l 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005


Imaging the Asia Pacific: Contemporary Documentaries from the Region
Thursday 19 February 2014 l 6pm l Free
Cinema B l Gallery of Modern Art
A panel response: Chair: Tim Schultz l Director l Krabi Studios. Speakers: David Bridie l Songwriter, musician and composer l Charlie Hill-Smith l Writer and Director l Chartchai Ketnust (Nat) l Post production producer, director and writer l Marcel Meltherorong l Producer l author l musician and artist l Gemma Tamock l Artistic Director l Amazon Productions.

This seminar is held in partnership with The Planet Spins, The Wantok Musik Foundation and the Australian- Thailand Institute.

RSVP 3735 5322 or gai@Griffith.edu.au by Monday 16 February 2015 


Retrospective Australia and Asia: The Cultural Relationship l Thursday 11 September 2014
A panel response: Chair: Reuben Keehan l Curator l Contemporary Asian Art l Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art. Speakers: Ms Linda Jaivan l Author and translator l Dr Chaitanya Sambrani l Curator and Senior Lecturer l Art History and Theory l Australian National University l Professor Julia Howell l Adjunct Professor l Griffith Asia Institute and University of Western Sydney.
Retrospective: The Regional Political and Economic Relationship | Thursday 24 July 2014
A panel response: Chair: Professor Michael Wesley l Director l School of International, Political and Strategic Studies l ANU. Speakers: Professor Colin Brown l Adjunct Professor l Griffith Asia Institute l Professor Rikki Kersten l Dean l  School of Arts, Murdoch University l Professor Richard Rigby l Executive Director l ANU China Institute l Director l Australian Centre on China in the World and Professorial Fellow l Crawford School of Public Policy.
Webcast recording
Report on the Commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea l Thursday 1 May 2014
Presented by one of Australia’s most esteemed public figures, former High Court Justice the Honourable Michael Kirby, AC
Webcast recording
Lon Marum: People of the volcano l Thursday 13 March 2014
Film screening, Q & A with Tom Dick, Producer and Marcel Meltherorong, Orginal Score Composer
The rise of Xi Jinping adn Destruction of Bo Xilai l Thursday 27 February
Presented by Mr John Garnaut, Author and former China correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age
Webcast recording


When Giants Dance: China and Indonesia step out together - Imlications for Australia, Asia and the World l Thursday 7 November 2013
Presented by Steve Howard, Secretary General, The Global Foundation
Why is China'sRise Inevitable? What might go wrong? l Tuesday 27 August 2013
Martin Jacques, globally renowned Public Intellectual and Economist
Blackbirding, South Sea Islanders and seasonal workers: Historical Memory and contemporary justice across the Pacific l Friday 16 August 2013
Jointly presented by l The Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, Minister for Lands, Geology and Mines, Vanuatu and Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands. Session chaired by Sean Dorney, Pacific Correspondent, Australia Network
Australia-Japan Annual Dialogue
China's Rise, America's Pivot, and Japan's Choice for Peace and Stability of the Asia-Pacific Region l Thursday 16 June
Presented by Lieutenant General Noboru Yamaguchi, Professor and Director for International Programs, National Defence Academy (NDA), Japan
India Large and Small: Contemporary Indian Culture in the World l Thursday 16 May
A Panel Discussion: Ms Shubha Mughal (Khyal singer); Dr Anupama Kundoo (Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Queensland) and Mr Anupam Sharma (Director, Films and Casting TEMPLE)
Papua New Guinea in Transition: What it means for Australia | Thursday 28 March 2013
Presented by Mr Ian Kemish AM, outgoing Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
Asian Perspective: The World Bank's Role in East Asia l Wednesday 20 February 2013
Presented by Jim Adams, recent World Bank Vice President for East Asia


Queensland and China in the 40th Anniversary Year of the Australia-China Relationship l Thursday 8 November 2012
Presented by HE Ms Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
The Other Asian Miracle? The Responsibility to Protect and the Ending of Mass Atrocities l Thursday 18 October 2012

Presented by Professor Alex Bellamy, Director and Professor of International Security at the Human Protection Hub, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University
Burma watching l Thursday 13 September 2012
Presented by Dr Andrew Selth, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute
From Bahasa to Hangul: Deciphering Modern Asia | Thursday 12 July 2012
Presented by Greg Earl | Asia Pacific Editor | Australian Financial Review
Grand Stakes: Australia's Future between Chinea nd India | Thursday 3 May 2012
Presented by Rory Medcalf | Director, International Security Program | The Lowy Institute for International Policy
Contemporary Japanese Fashion Design: Where Art meets Fashion  |  Thursday 8 March 2012
Presented by Bonnie English | Associate Professor  | Department of Art Theory | Queensland College of Art | Griffith University


Australia-Japan Annual Dialogue
‘Australia and Japan in an era or dynamic change – strategic partners for the long term’ | Thursday 22 September 2011 
Presented by Mr Murray McLean OAM | Former Australian Ambassador to Japan
Australia-Asia relations  |
Thursday 20 October 2011 | Presented by the Hon. Julie Bishop mp | Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Engagement with Asia: A Patriotic Perspective | Thursday 10 November 2011
Presented by Dr Tim Southphommasane | Political theorist/philosopher and commentator
The rise in popularity of Asian Cooking and TV Chefs
| Thursday 14 July 2011
Presented by Elizabeth Chong | Celebrity chef and author of 'The Heritage of Chinese Cooking'
he China-Australia Relationship | Thursday 5 May 2011
Presented by Dr Geoff Raby | Australian Ambassador to China


Australia-Japan Relations: The current state of the relationship – existing and future challenges | Wednesday 27 October 2010
Jointly presented by His Excellency Mr Shigekazu Sato | Japanese Ambassador to Australia and The Hon Alexander Downer | His Excellency Mr Shigekazu Sato
's participation in this event was supported by the Japan Foundation.
lslam and Democracy in Indonesia's Foreign Policy: Political Transformation and the Limits of Change | Thursday 1 September 2010
Presented by Dr Rizal Sukma | Executive Director | Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia
Contemporary Indian photography | Thursday 26 August 2010
Presented by Pushpamala N | photographer and curator | Pushpamala N's participation in this event was made possible by a grant from the Australia-India Council.
Korea and Australia: Middle Power Cooperation | Thursday 5 August 2010
Presented by His Excellency Professor Kim Woo-Sang | Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary | Republic of Korea
Australia's Place in The World | Thursday 29 July 2010
Presented by Dr Michael Wesley | Executive Director | The Lowy Institute for International Policy and Adjunt Professor, Griffith University
Investigation of life: Ethnological turn in post-war Japanese art | Thursday 25 March 2010
Presented by Fumihiko Sumitomo | Independent curator/Arts Intitiative Tokyo and ACAPA/Australia Council Visiting Curator | Fumihiko Sumitomo's visit to Australia has been supported by the Queensland Art Gallery's Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art and Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
The scale of change: A new atlas for Indian art | Thursday 4 March 2010
Presented by Ranjit Hoskote | poet, cultural theorist and independent curator, India  | Ranjit Hoskote's visit to Australia was organised by the Adelaide Festival and the Contemporary Art Society of South Australia  | The visit was funded by the Australia Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


The Asia Pacific century | Friday 14 August 2009
Presented by The Honourable Stephen Smith MP | Minister for Foreign Affairs | Deputy Leader of the House.
The Old Silk Road in China Today: The Fate of Xinjiang | Thursday 23 July 2009
Presented by Professor Mark C Elliott | Mark Schwartz Profesor, Chinese and Inner Asian History | Harvard University
If China Grows: Australia's options in Beijing's Century | Thursday 11 June 2009
Presented by Professor Hugh White | Strategic studies, Australian National University and Visiting Fellow a The Lowy Institute for International Policy
The Opening Door: Contemporary Chinese Art Since 1978 | Thursday 2 April 2009
Presented by Dr Claire Roberts | Senior Curator, Asian Arts and Design | Powerhouse Museum
The Fabric of Life and Art: Contemporary Representations from Iran and the Arab World  |  Thursday 19 February 2009
Presented by Rose Issa | Independent curator, writer and producer on visual arts and films from the Middle East and North Africa


China: The Next Chapter – Assessing the options as China moves on from its Olympic gold rush to reflect on the 30th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's kai fang era – Opening and Reform | Thursday 20 November 2008
Presented by Rowan Callick | China correspondent | The Australian
Swamped by Asians – Asian immigrants, cuisine and culture in post-multicultural Australia | Thursday 11 September 2008
Presented by Pauline Nguyen | author and restaurateur
Pakistan's Regional Security Perspective | Thursday 26 June 2008
Presented by His Excellency Mr Jalil Abbas Jilani | High Commissioner for Pakistan
Asian Cuisine and Australian Society | Thursday 22 May 2008
Presented by Kylie Kwong  | chef, restauranteur, television presenter and author
India and Australia – The Battle for World Cricket |  Thursday 6 March 2008
Presented by Peter Roebuck  | Sydney Morning Herald


Shock, Horror – Drongo Oz Journo Runs Amok in Asia!
How the Australian Media Assesses the Importance of Asian News
| Thursday 6 December 2007
Presented by Graeme Dobell  | Foreign Affairs and Defence correspondent for Radio Australia
In the Neighbourhood: The Challenges of Australia’s Regional Engagement | Thursday 1 November 2007
A Panel Discussion: Julianne Schultz (Chair) | Editor  | Griffith Review | Professor Nicholas Jose | General Editor | Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature | Professor Michael Wesley | Director | Griffith Asia Institute | and Jane Camens | Executive Director | New Writing Partnership (Asia-Pacific)
Is India the Next China? | Thursday 4 October 2007
Presented by John Harrison |  Project Manager Asia Pacific |  Adidas Group
While We Weren’t Looking: The New Asia and How it Challenges Australia | Thursday 6 September 2007
Presented by Professor Stephen FitzGerald AO | Principal  | FitzGerald Consulting
Travellers' Tales: Australian Tourism in Asia and the Impact on the Australian Psyche | Thursday 1 August 2007
Presented by Tony Wheeler | Founder | Lonely Planet Guide
The Elephant in the Region: Challenge and Change in Australian Media Coverage of China's Ascendancy | Thursday 7 June 2007
Presented by Catherine Armitage | Higher Education Editor | The Australian 2006
Cosmopolitan Shanghai: Cinema City and China's Greta Garbo | Thursday 24 November 2006 | Interim venue  | Level 2 Theatre, Queensland Museum, South Bank
Presented by Yingjin Zhang | Professor of Chinese Literature and Film  | University of California, San Diego
Changing India | Thursday 5 October 2006 | Interim venue  | Level 2 Theatre  | Queensland Museum South Bank
Presented by His Excellency Mr Prabhat Prakash Shukla | High Commissioner | India
AIDS: Asia Pacific's Time Bomb | Thursday 27 July 2006
Presented by Annmaree O’Keeffe | Australia’s Ambassador for HIV/AIDS | Deputy Director General  | Australian Agency for International Development | Global Programs
Papua New Guinea and Australia: The Way Forward | Thursday 18 May 2006 
Presented by the Right Honourable Sir Rabbie Namaliu | CSM, KCMG, MP |  Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration |  Papua New Guinea
Political Cartoons in Indonesian–Australian Relation | Thursday 27 April 2006
Presented by Associate Professor David Reeve | University of New South Wales
The Bridge: Asia Literacy in Australian Schools | Thursday 23 February 2006
Presented by Carrillo Gantner, AO | President | The Myer Foundation


Our Melanesian Neighbours | Thursday 17 November 2005
Presented by Sean Dorney | Pacific correspondent | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The Evolution of Indonesia’s Perception of Australia | Thursday 13 October 2005
Presented by Rendra | Indonesian poet and dramatist
Jemaah Islamiyah, Democracy, and Indonesia’s Future | Thursday 22 September 2005
Presented by Professor Greg Fealy | Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies | Australian National University
Tsunami: Eight Months On | Thursday 18 August 2005
Jointly presented by | Dr Robert Glasser | CEO | Care Australia l Professor Sharon Bell | Pro Vice Chancellor | Equity & Community Partnerships, Griffith University
The Role of Culture in Australia–Asia Relations | Thursday 21 July 2005
Jointly presented by | Professor Michael Wesley | Director |  Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University | Doug Hall, AM |  Director |  Queensland Art Gallery