LEBA Postgraduate Symposium 2016

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Presenter:  Dr Edna Rosenthal

Date: Sep 30, 2016

Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm

Contact person:  The LEBA Research and Postgraduate Office
T: 8946 6156
E: lebaresearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Blue 5.1.01

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Creativity has been with humankind since time immemorial and has been the most critical fact of progress.  In recent years, its role and position has become crucial in ensuring the survival of societies, economies and even, nations.  For the Millenials, life cannot be without Creativity being at the helm; for many Creativity remains a bugbear, challenging established notions, traditions and practices.  In my presentation I will explore what Creativity really means in today’s world as well as suggest some practical ways in which universities and individuals can make Creativity their way of life!

Dr Kirpal Singh has been hailed globally as one of the sharpest of ‘futurists’ as well as a Creativity-Guru.  His 2004 landmark publication Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans: Creativity Across Cultures (Prentice-Hall) still remains highly provocative with scholars around the globe taking dramatically different views about the many ideas out forward in this book.  Dr Singh has been invited to present at some of the world’s top universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, MIT, Melbourne, London, Muenster, NYU, William & Mary, UCLA, etc. In 1997 he was also Distinguished International Writer at the world famous Iowa Writer Prog.

Dr Kirpal SinghFriday 30 September9:30am to 10:15amBlue 5.1.01

The perks and perils of editing an academic journal

For the past twelve years I have coedited The European Legacy, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, published by Routledge, UK. In my talk I will present the journal’s unusual history, its aims and scope, and elaborate on the ‘perks’ and ‘perils’ of my work as editor. The perks are obvious: my work brings me into contact with many academics from various disciplines and countries, at different stages in their careers. I read articles on a very broad range of subjects, and countless book reviews. My primary task as editor is to select the best submissions for peer reviewing, to invite guest editors for special issues, and to ensure the academic quality of the journal. My task as copy editor is to stand in for the reader, to ensure the readability of a text and ensure that it complies with the ‘house style’ re documentation and with the conventions of academic writing more generally. The editor-author relationship, like any relationship, can go smoothly, can be polite and even quite friendly, but can at times turn sour and lead to an impasse. When confronted with an impasse and a looming deadline for submitting the materials of an issue to the publisher, the editor must seek a compromise and avoid the ultimate failure: the withdrawal of an article from publication. In my talk I will also comment on the struggle for survival that goes on behind the walls of academia, otherwise known as the ‘publish or perish’ law, and on the fate of reading and writing in our digital age, from an engaged outsider’s point of view.

Edna Rosenthal, PhD, was born and raised in an Israeli kibbutz (collective farm).  She studied English literature at Tel-Aviv University, Israel (BA), at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, UK (M.Phil), and at Bar-Ilan University, Israel (PhD).  For more than twenty years she taught English at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel-Aviv, and for the past 12 years has been co-editor of the multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, published by Routledge, UK.  This is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), founded in 1988, which has since organized 15 international conferences in European universities.  Her publications include Aristotle and Modernism: Aesthetic Affinities of T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Virginia Woolf;  editor of Sascha Talmor, Living Novels: A Journey through Twentieth-Century Fiction; and co-writer with her husband, Silent Scream: The Life and  Death of Eran Shacham (Hebrew).

Dr Edna RosenthalFriday 30 September10:15am to 11amBlue 5.1.01

Seven types of writing

In my lecture I’ll represent an analysis of seven types of writing, based on my experience as an Israeli Hebrew writer.  I write in various genres, including fiction for adults and children; non-fiction including documentary books, essays and journalistic features, academic research and dictionary.  My main topic is Modern Hebrew, but I focus also on the Israeli society and history. I published 20 books along the decades; four more are in a process towards publication. The lecture will show the common characteristics of these types, and the difference between them, according to three criteria: facts, style and imagination.  In which type do we need to stick to the facts? When is creativity in writing necessary or recommended?  When is free imagination necessary, and when is it not recommended or relevant?  Each type is illustrated by an example of one of my books, and the story behind it.  In the conclusive part of the lecture I’ll show how all these types are combined in a unifying concept.

Ruvik Rosenthal, PhD, is an award winning Israeli writer and a leading expert on modern Hebrew.  In his long career as a journalist, he was op-ed editor of the daily Ma’ariv, and wrote a popular weekly column on language, today the Language Arena Website (www.ruvik.co.il); he edited a quarterly on culture and society, and was head of Journalism Studies at the Israeli Open University.  He has taught courses on language/writing/editing, language and democracy at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University. He is listed as one of six key figures in the google website on Hebrew. His 20 published books include 5 seminal dictionaries, Dictionary of Israeli Slang, The Lexicon of Life, Israeli Sociolects & Jargon, A Comprehensive Dictionary of Hebrew Idioms and Phrases, and most recently, Soldier’s Muse: The Unofficial Dictionary of the Israeli Army.  His other published works range in subject matter from the Israeli kibbutz, war and bereavement,  stories of  the early years of Tel-Aviv, children’s books, and a family novel.

Dr Ruvik RosenthalFriday 30 September11:20am to 12:05pmBlue 5.1.01

From dissertation to publication(s) - turning your PhD thesis into journal articles and a book

This talk will help PhD Candidates (especially in the Humanities) think about how to come up with a plan for publishing the fruits of their doctoral research work.  It will guide the audience through the different stages and scenarios of the publication process: from preparing the prospectus and drafts to approaching potential publishers/journal editors to negotiating and managing revisions and disagreements.

Martin was Research Assistant Professor of the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2014 to 2016.  At present, he teaches European politics and political philosophy at the Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU.  He holds a PhD from The University of Hong Kong under the supervision (2009-2013) of Professor Wayne Cristaudo, CDU. His monograph, Repentance for the Holocaust: Lessons from Jewish Thought for Confronting the German Past, is forthcoming under the Signale Series of Cornell University Press.  He lives in Macau with his wife and two daughters.

Dr C.K. Martin ChungFriday 30 September12:05pm to 12:50pmBlue 5.1.01