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Holocaust as a global language

2 June 2015

sally-morgan_greetings-from-rottnestThe Humanities Research Centre at ANU (now headed by Professor Will Christie) is presenting a lecture series on ‘global language’. Here is one of the seminars.

Seminar: Holocaust Memory as a Global Language: The Case of Indigenous Australian Suffering

Researcher: Dr Nina Fischer

Her forthcoming publication: Memory work: the second generation

Fischer’s evidence of importance of holocaust in Australia: Melbourne Jewish Holocaust and Jewish Museum; Sydney’s memorial to Gay and Lesbian victims of the Holocaust; Australian Curriculum, designed to include an examination of the Holocaust

The holocaust has taken on a cosmopolitan turn, a ‘moral certainty’ that unites Europe and other parts of the world. Levi and Snyder ‘helps facilitate the formation of transnational memory culture’ which perhaps provides the basis for discussions in global multidirectional human rights.

Is there an ‘ethical turn’ in memory studies? Dr Fischer says she is not so optimistic about the humanities’ role in improving civic life.

Her question: how does holocaust memory provide language and imagery (such as the metonymic horror of the Auschwitz gate) for talking about indigenous suffering in Australia? And does the importance of imagery encourage its use as a language in other contexts?

Dr Fischer traced first reference to Indigenous history as holocaust to 1976 (whites = Hitler youth).

Anthony Mundine, 2007, calling for the Apology: “John Howard has got to admit he is wrong – just as the Germans did after Hitler”
Noel Pearson “It would be inappropriate

but note contra-example Get over historical indigenous wrongs

see also Michael Kirby, 2012, Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration

“our Holocaust” in calling for a comparable Shoa archive

Learning canvas (for #learnxAPI)

29 May 2015

In the #learnxAPI MOOC we are trying to link learning to the business goals of our organisation. Saltbox’s Learning Model Canvas is a tool to gather a strategic overview of learning as it support business goals.

I know our small unit needs to get help (= data) from across the organisation, but I’m not sure how our priorities mesh with theirs.

Here’s a shot of the Canvas so far.

elements of learning model

Getting ready to storyboard – course description

13 January 2015
mass of students

Students at Vietnam moratorium demonstration outside the quadrangle of Sydney University, 1971

Here are the characteristics of the course I need to storyboard for our OOC in storyboarding for learning design. I have presented it as a ‘listicle‘. I will be teaching it in just under a month.

Course description: Higher education, its contexts and issues

Main topic: Higher education, its trends and its challenges Duration: 30 hours – this is the orientation and issue-raising sequence for a standard course allocation of 150 hours which include doing the assignments Target audience: academics and academic-related professional staff Age range: 25-70 Location: online, with some optional face-to-face workshops chiefly to master some software (Mahara) Motivation: These participants want to improve their tertiary teaching in general and perhaps address a particular problem or opportunity in their teaching situation. Educational background: Highly qualified in their academic area of expertise and/or in vocational experience, some participants had little background in education when they commenced this program one or two years ago but going into this course they typically have already completed half of a certificate in tertiary teaching. Digital literacy skills: can vary; a general discussion of preferences and skills is often part of the face-to-face workshop

Awaking from sleep

14 June 2014

So, more than 100 years after my last entry on this blog, I would like to return.Image.

image from: ‘Sole, luna e Talia’ : (Italian dialect fairytales)

(It has always seemed to me that Sleeping Beauty’s problem was that she had never seen a spindle before – in her artificially sheltered upbringing. Otherwise, she probably wouldn’t have pricked her finger on it.)

Thing 10 – Social bookmarking

19 January 2013
Fish eye graph

Detail from a graph of citations from one important paper (from Citeology)

The MOOC I am currently doing (from Online Learning Design Studio, the #OLDSMOOC) recommends using another social bookmarking tool, Bibsonomy. This is a great tool for the MOOC and, while I don’t think I’ve tagged anything yet, it is pleasant to use – perhaps most simply because its tight, 2-column display gives you a better sense of just how thick and integrated the resources that people are tagged for the course are.

(A purpose-built tagged bibliography is I think a great addition to a course: it would have been a  good help for me in the 5-day course I have just finished on social network analysis, to see the methodology at work in different disciplines and contexts.)

In the past I have used both Delicious and Diigo, much preferring the old Delicious, because Diigo’s annotation and highlighting features are largely wasted on me – I usually just want to not lose track of a good page, so I just tag it and move on. But I am a big Diigo user now.

Kate’s question about mobile devices was a good one: I can see Diigo has specific browsers for the different devices, and if I used a mobile device I think I would use Diigo even more, given that you can really only look at one thing at a time (on my laptop, I usually leave many tabs open while I am thinking and working through a topic: at the moment I have 30 tabs open, including this one).

And now I can close it. Thing well!

“The Cold Oak” – Thing 09

10 January 2013
"Kalte Eiche" by HaPe_Gera
“Kalte Eiche”, a photo by HaPe_Gera on Flickr.

librariansite‘s tree

Thing 07 Subscribing with RSS

14 December 2012
Positive image from a scan of a Powerhouse Museum, Tyrrell Collection, glass plate negative

Calmly reading the newspaper while the world comes to an end. From the Powerhouse collection: their photo-a-day feed ( is a pleasant Thing to subscribe to.

I’m not a very conscientious user of my RSS reader, but I don’t feel it’s a bad thing to procrastinate over.

And now, of course, with the Mayan-inspired end of the world in a week or so, I may never get my feeds to ‘read’ anyway.

Speaking of which, fellow Thing travellers may be interested in the curation tool, which does allow you to use RSS feeds as several content sources. When you follow someone in, you receive a newsletter-format page of their ‘scoops’ – items that they have captured while reading the web, or re-scooped from others, or selected from the suggestion engine – with the idea that a human can be helped to find the best articles on their particular topic of interest via both social and automatic sources. (It’s free for personal use.) I don’t use it yet, but I’m going to, if the end of the world doesn’t come before I decide on what topic I want to curate.

Anyway, is putting a brave face on the coming apocalypse: Unveils Newly Re-Designed Platform to Give Professionals and Business the Visibility They’ll Need to Survive in a Post-Apocalyptic Business


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