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Held annually, the Tom Nairn Lecture brings together pre-eminent thinkers on global issues from around the world to share their knowledge and propose big ideas and challenges for the future.

In this lecture, Former French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin showed how the sudden rise of Napoléon Bonaparte – with his establishment of Caesarism (charismatic autocracy) in France and its subsequent imposition on the continent – prevented the modernisation of Europe with drastic consequences for the future.

Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research, presents, 'Resistance is Useless? The Globalisation of State Crime and the Denial of History'.

A panel discussion featuring Paul Battersby, Jude McCulloch, Louise Boon-Kuo and Georgina Heydon.

The nominees are confirmed but what do we really know about Donald John Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Republican Donald John Trump and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a virtual dead heat in the race to win the American presidency on November 8. In this edition of Global Frictions, the speakers will discuss the how the billionaire businessman, reality TV host, Donald Drumpf, and President Barack Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, arrived at this point, what they stand for, and what it means for the world.

Is social cohesion important for urban security? Can it help prevent violent extremism? In the current global climate of anxiety about security, this Global Frictions panel discussion will explore the critical question of how social cohesion can contribute to safety in the Australian and global context. Social cohesion has been described as “the willingness of members of a society to cooperate with each other in order to survive and prosper.”

Senator Penny Wong visited RMIT University to launch two publications from the Global Studies Discipline, and the Centre for Global Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century
edited by Aiden Warren and Damian Grenfell
(RMIT Global Studies)

International Development: A Global Perspective on Theory and Practice
edited by Paul Battersby (RMIT Global Studies) and Ravi Roy (University Southern Utah)

Is the Humanitarian Field a Complete Disaster? A Global Frictions Seminar.

Public Administration

In this episode, journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Pablo Gandara, Manager of the EU World Cities project. The conversation focuses on the latest EU World Cities project pairing four European cities with four Australian cities to exchange information, experience and cooperation relating to sustainable urban development. The paired cities are Melbourne-Hamburg, Canberra-Prague, Adelaide-Manchester and Hobart-Katowice.

In this episode, journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Caroline Lambert, the first Counsellor for Climate and the Environment at the European Union Delegation to Australia. The conversation focuses on the central role of climate change and the environment in the latest EU World Cities project as European cities are paired with Australian cities to exchange information, experience and cooperation relating to sustainable urban development.

World Affairs

The contemporary study of political ideologies requires careful reappraisals of its globalizing research terrain that produce new conceptual mappings and in-depth analyses of globally articulated thought-systems through which individuals and groups perceive, judge, and act in their varied political environments. This presentation comes in two parts. First, it suggests that the growing transdisciplinary field of ‘global studies’ can be organized around four theoretical ‘framings’.

Since Timor-Leste’s independence in 1999, the topic of mortality has tended to be framed within broader debates on state and nation-formation of a territory that has not long fulfilled its sovereign ambitions. Whether it be a discussion of death through the re-counting of the horrific human rights abuses of the Indonesian occupation, or through the ‘development indicators’ of infant and maternal mortality or life expectancy, or as part of a discourse of those who gave their lives in the struggle, death has been a foundation for understanding the past and future of Timor-Leste.

In this seminar, an expert panel discusses what they consider to be the greatest nuclear related security challenges in the 21st Century, how we can restore some form of political will in emboldening the global non-proliferation regime and ultimately, put in place the necessary steps toward a “world without nuclear weapons”.

In this episode, journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Dr Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor at EU (European Commission) DG for Regional and Urban Policy, about EU urban policy and the EU World Cities project. The conversation focuses on the latest EU World Cities project pairing four European cities with four Australian cities to exchange information, experience and ideas on sustainable urban development. The paired cities are Melbourne with Hamburg, Canberra with Prague, Adelaide with Manchester and Hobart with Katowice.

In this episode, journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker chat with Dr Kaja Antlej, President of the Slovenian Australian Academic Association and lecturer in Industrial Design at Deakin University, Geelong. The conversation focuses on Kaja’s presentation at the RMIT Futures Conference 2017: Research Requires Collaboration on the challenges of improving industry and university collaboration and practical support in Europe and Australia.