Suvendrini Perera has been invited to contribute to The Contingent Movements Symposium at the Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in September 2013.
In addition to national and international conference presentations and key note speeches, AAPI members are engaging with a number of community concerns and projects: Caroline Fleay, 'The Human Rights implications of attempts to force asylum seekers to return to their country of origin,' a presentation at the Asylum Seekers in the Perth Community: Community Stakeholder Forum, held at the Australian Red Cross, East Perth, 3 April 2013; Anna Haebich, 'Murdering Stepmothers', an author talk, Perth History Centre / City Library, 3 May 2013; Nonja Peters, We Came by Sea: The story of migration to WA, a presentation at the Vincent Library Local History Centre, 21 May 2013; John Stephens, 'Trees and Commemoration,' a presentation for The Urban Forest: Trees past Present and Future, Australian Garden History Society Forum, UWA, 10 May 2013; John Stephens, 'The RSL the Public and the State War Memorial,' a public lecture presented at at the State Library of Western Australia, 30 May 2013 in conjunction with the RSL exhibition 'From War to Remembrance: A living history of the RSL.'
Ali Mozaffari was appointed a Curtin Research Fellow (AAPI/SOBE), in March 2013. Ali's research focus is on the World Heritage site of Pasargadae.
He was the recipient of a UWA Research Collaboration Award (C1), University of Western Australia, for the project in September 2012.
In March 2013 Mary Anne Kenny, visited Christmas Island as part of her role on the Ministerial Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD)
While there she visited the immigration detention facilities at Northwest Point and Phosphate Hill, plus the Alternative Places of Detention (APODs) at Construction Camp, Aqua and Lilac where unaccompanied minors and families are placed. During her time at Christmas Island a number of asylum seeker boats arrived and she was able to view the initial reception and processing of the asylum seekers.
As part of her role on MCASD Mary Anne will make a variety of observations and recommendations to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
The Research Performance Index Awards for 2012 were held at Curtin University in March, with AAPI well represented among the winners.
Kim Scott received the Outstanding Achievement Award (prize of $10,000) for the prestigious acclaim for his novel That Deadman Dance, including:
- The Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2011
- Commonwealth Writers Prize (SE Asia & Pacific - Best Book), 2011
- Association for the Study of Australian Literature Gold Medal, 2010
- Western Australian Premier's Book Awards: Premier's Prize & Fiction Award, 2010
- NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Book of the Year & Christina Stead Prize, 2012
- Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: Premier's Award & Fiction Award, 2012
- Victorian Premier's Literary Awards: Victorian Prize for Literature & Prize for Fiction, 2011
- Kate Challis RAKA Award, 2011
George Curry achieved the Highest Overall Research Performance Index in the Faculty of Humanities (2012) with a prize of $5000.
Gina Koczberski achieved the Highest Overall Research Performance Index as an early career researcher in the Faculty of Humanities (2012) with a prize of $5000..
Annette Condello achieved the Early Career Researcher award for the highest Research Performance Index for Publications (Faculty of Humanities) 2012 with a prize of $3000.
Suvendrini Perera is stepping in as AAPI Director until Graham Seal returns to the role in July 2013.
Her current research is featured in the summer edition of Curtin University's
Anna Haebich presented the Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture, 'Capital Punishment in Western Australia...Reflections, Stories and Questions', for the official opening of the exhibition, Small Courthouse Big Stories: the first 50 years of Perth's oldest surviving building. The opening was held at the Old Court House Law Museum on 28 February.
From left: Craig Slater, President, Law Society of WA; Barry McGuire, Nyungar representative; Dr Maria Harries AM, Board Member of Lotterywest; Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of WA; Anna Haebich, and Michael Mischin, Attorney General of WA. Photo courtesy of the Law Society of Western Australia.
Director of the History of Migration Experiences (HOME) Research Centre, Nonja Peters was invited to contribute an essay for the exhibition catalogue, Pilbara Stories: A new way of knowing the people of the Pilbara. Nonja's essay compares her experience of the Pilbara in the 1960s with the present, and she was flown to the region by the exhibition organisers for this purpose. The exhibition is on display at Form, Murray Street, Perth from 8 February - 20 April 2013.