Friday Seminar Series

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The ethos of SymbioticA is that ideas are discussed and shared openly and the Friday Seminar Series is designed to allow an open forum to disseminate artistic, scientific, ethical and philosophical research and practice of resident researchers, visiting artists and scholars. Our Friday Seminar Series are held salon style, in our studio space and commence at 3:00pm on Fridays. All are welcome.

Prelude to the Teratoma: Before They Grow Teeth and Hair

Date: 6 April 2018
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Lyndsey Walsh

The teratoma is a monstrous figure amassed in the terrifying totality of its bodily forms. It is commonly characterized as a disfigurement of tissue arising in the formation of of tumor embedded with teeth and hair. For Lyndsey Walsh, the teratoma is a monster speaking to a greater discussion about the cellular body and its environment.

As part of her Masters of Biological Arts, Lyndsey Walsh invites you to join her for a discussion about her upcoming exhibition entitled “Return of the Teratoma: Back with More Teeth and Hair,” opening 4th May at the Moore Building in Fremantle. Her works enact to deconstruct ideas about monstrous form, the in vitro “body,” and the complex relationship between making and knowledge.

Lyndsey Walsh is an American artist and researcher. Her fascination with modes of making has guided her work through various disciplines and mediums. Lyndsey views modes of making as one of the main sources of creating knowledge about the world around us. Her practice involves not only experimenting with different materials as a way to investigate different types of knowledge systems, but also exploration of their accompanying ideologies and influential narratives. 

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money1: Is Organised Crime (Yazuka) the Reason Japan Is the Safest Country in the World?

Date: 13 April 2018
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Kent Anderson, Professor of Law and Japanese Studies, The University of Western Australia

Japan is the safest country in the world (when measured by violent crime rates) and has the greatest success with managing crime (when measured by rates of recidivism).  How has it achieved this? 

This discussion will rely on the four paradigms of Japanese law (ie, Culturalism, Structuralism, Managerialism, and Rationalism) to try to resolve the question, paying particular attention to the role of Japanese organised crime (yakuza) within the seeming enigma of Japanese criminal justice. I conclude with the normative questions of whether the negative associations of organised crimes can be justify by associated positives, and whether the yakuza is a culturally unique structure that leaves no lessons for how other countries might seek to regulate organised crime and reproduce the safe society of Japan.

Professor Kent Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. He joined the University as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Community & Engagement) in 2014. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that Dean of the then Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He started his academic career as associate professor at Hokkaido University Law School in Japan. Kent is on the National Library of Australia Council, Ministerial Council for International Education, New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, Board of Canberra Grammar School, and a variety of academic and community boards including President of The Asian Studies Association of Australia.

[1] Warren Zevon, ‘Lawyers, Guns and Money’, Excitable Boy (1978).