A Message from the Dean of Arts

Welcome to the first edition of Articulation for 2017. It’s a lovely time of year here at the University as we welcome our cohort of new students into the Bachelor of Arts, Masters and PhD programs. I’m sure you remember what it was like at the beginning of Semester, with the corridors and classrooms full of excitement as students discover or reconnect with Faculty life.

We have been delighted by the strong demand for study of our humanities and social sciences programs, with the Bachelor of Arts maintaining its rank as one of the most in-demand programs in the country, based on the first preferences of school leavers. We have also seen continued growth of enrolments in our graduate coursework and research degrees, reflecting the academic depth and quality of our programs. Our research continues to be world class and I encourage you read the article by Professor Adrian Hearn on the vital question of food security and the challenges and opportunities of local food production in global cities.

2017 will see a continued focus by the Faculty on new methods of teaching to take full advantage of the Arts West infrastructure, and on supporting students through increased opportunities for work-integrated learning activities. These activities will be further enhanced by our participation in the University's Alumni Mentoring program. This is a rapidly developing area in higher education and we would be keen to hear from our alumni (locally and internationally) who see opportunities to link the work of their organisation or business with our work-integrated learning programs.

March 8 marked International Women's Day, and this edition of ARTiculation draws particular attention to the work of a number of the Faculty's female leaders. An article by Professor Cordelia Fine, from the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, questions whether the concept of a gender driven society is now outdated. The article follows a public lecture by Professor Fine, at which she launched her new book: Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds.

We are also pleased to celebrate inspiring women including Professor Pat Grimshaw who received an Order of Australia for services to the social sciences and humanities; and Ms Padmini Sebastian, an Arts alumna and Manager of the Melbourne Immigration Museum who is profiled in this edition. Padmini received a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to multiculturalism and to the community. My congratulations go to her and to all our alumni who have been honoured with Australia Day awards.

Arts alumna Dr Angela Hesson provides a fascinating insight into the emotion of love. Dr Hesson has researched and curated a new NGV exhibition, Love: Art of Emotion 1400-800, produced in collaboration with The University of Melbourne, The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the National Gallery of Victoria. In this edition of ARTiculation she discusses the exhibition and the research that inspired it.

Also featured is news of our recent appointments in History, made possible by The Hansen Trust - the result of generous donations by Jane Hansen, herself an enthusiastic student of History, and Paul Little, AO.

Last but not least, we are proud to celebrate one of this country's leading thinkers and Melbourne Arts alumnae, Germaine Greer. The University has recently become custodian to the significant lifetime archive of Germaine Greer and we were delighted to welcome her back on campus to engage in a conversation with the archivists and an audience Q and A on International Women’s Day. I hope many of you will be able to engage with and enjoy her significant collection of work.

It is always gratifying to hear, see and celebrate the incredible achievements of our alumni. If you know any inspiring Arts alumni, please consider nominating them for the 2017 Arts Alumni Awards.

I hope you enjoy this edition of ARTiculation. Best wishes for a successful 2017.

Professor Mark Considine

Dean of Arts