School of Historical and Philosophical Studies - Theses
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The craft of belonging: exploring the resettlement experiences of young Tamil survivors of Sri Lanka’s civil war in Australia
Belonging and memory, shaped by social and political conditions of civil war and forced migration, are the central themes of this thesis. I explore the life stories of thirty-six young Tamil people who arrived in Australia ...
Identifying, characterising and mapping the deterioration of CN in museum collections: an archaeological adhesive case study
Introduced in the 1870s, cellulose nitrate (CN) has been widely used as a plastic, in film, coatings and adhesives. Research has shown CN to be an inherently unstable material, subject to rapid, irreversible deterioration. ...
Botanic motifs of the Bronze Age Cycladic Islands: identity, belief, ritual and trade
Botanic motifs of the Bronze Age Cycladic Islands: Identity, Belief, Ritual and Trade Marcia Nugent, University of Melbourne This thesis argues the motifs with which we surround ourselves signify something – about us, ...
The mattering of others and the possibility of politics
This thesis asks how our thinking about politics might be informed by a particular approach to thinking about morality. I begin by arguing that the moral mattering of others is something that is encountered in the world, ...
Childhood, war and memory: experiences of Bosnian child refugees in Australia
This thesis explores the impact of war and displacement on children who moved to Australia during and after the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It takes as its starting point the knowledge that the Bosnian war - ...
The feeling of metaphor
There is a tendency in analytic philosophy of language to separate a metaphor’s affective powers, often identified with its ability to make us ‘see’ things in new ways, from a conception of its meaning. This is the case ...
Problems in Greek textual criticism
The thesis is written in the form of a traditional dissertation on textual criticism, namely with various isolated notes on select philological problems found in a wide number of ancient authors, from the Classical to the ...
Colonial soundscapes: a cultural history of sound recording in Australia, 1880–1930
‘Colonial Soundscapes’ is the first systematic cultural history of the early phonograph and gramophone in Australian settler society. Drawing on recent work in sound studies and the history of sound, the ‘talking machine’ ...
A revolution in just war theory? expanding the laws and ethics of war to cover revolutionary conflict
Can just war theory be extended to cover revolutionary conflict and other forms of intrastate war? In short, it can be. Yet how this might be achieved is contingent on one’s commitment to particular groupings of the different ...
Risk and organisation in emergency and environmental management: a philosophical and ethnographic investigation
This thesis presents a novel analytic to studying the organisation of emergency and environmental management, namely by way of risk and its practices. It critically examines, situates, and problematises the concept of risk. ...