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Manners, mess and moral dis/order

Chair: Dr. Holly High

Dr. Chris Gregory (Australian National University)

Prof. Gillian Cowlishaw (University of Sydney)

Dr. Jonathan Marshall (University of Technology Sydney)

Discussant: Associate Professor Tess Lea


Unquiet spirits, rebels past and a disordered soul

Chair: Associate Professor Tess Lea

Associate Prof. Kalpana Ram (Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University)

Associate Prof. Greg Downey (Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University)

Prof Glenn Petersen (Department of Sociology & Anthropology,  City University of New York)

Discussant: Dr. Holly High 




1. Marginalisation, pathology and perception

 Chair: Professor Gillian Cowlishaw

Cameo Dalley: Who crashed the ambulance? Drinking behaviour and alcohol management in a remote Aboriginal settlement

Gil Hizi: Dehumanization of Standpoints: Affective triggers and existential inclinations in the Israeli social perception of the Palestinian Other

Remy Low: Exorcising Phantasms: Lessons on consciousness and negation from youth in Sydney’s most maligned suburb

Rose Wiss: DisOrder in the ‘Hood: Glebe Public Housing Stories


2. Mental health Dis/orders

 Chair: Dr. Rozanna Lilley

Film Screening: When the dogs talked

Paul Mason: The Idiom of Normality: Questioning the idiom and reevaluating degeneracy.

Mythily Meher: Interpreting Malaise with the Beer Swilling Jaguar and Other Companions


3. Systematic change and revolution

 Chair: Dr. Ase Ottosson

Marina Gold: Revolution as the Order of Things

Robbie Peters: The language of revolutionary violence: Killing and take over in the making of modern Indonesia.

Heidi Norman: Chaos and political possibility


4. Disordering bodily practice

Chair: Dr. Rosemary Wiss

Maria Ibari Ortega: Hadaka Matsuri: Visualizing ritual chaos and masculinity in photography

Veronica Quinteros: Order and Music in the context of Advanced Piano Lessons – Implications for Anthropology

Karen-Anne Wong: Child’s Pose: Why a ‘Disordered’ Child Might Practice Yoga


5. Conflict and crisis in the national imaginary

Chair: Dr. Robbie Peters

Udeni Appuhamilage: Order, disorder and bare life: The case of contemporary Sri Lanka

Timothy Heffernan: ‘The Icelandic meltdown: A case of cultural wounding and healing following financial collapse’

Robin Rodd: Democracy and disorder: Agonistics, violent pluralism and the practice of civility in Uruguay

Alejandra Villanueva: Imaginaries of order and development in Latin America


 6. Disorder in the politics of everyday life

Chair: Professor Linda Connor

Chris Haynes: Kun-bolk ngadberre birri-worhnani (they took control of our land): order and disorder confounding each other in Arnhemland’s Maningrida district

Siobhan Irving: A disorderly love: Gay and lesbian Muslim experiences of belonging, rejection and life on the spiritual fringes in Sydney, Australia.

Crystal Abidin: OMGBRB blogwar: Orchestrating controversy and manufacturing disorder in commercial lifestyle blogging


7. Paper and Performance

Chair: Professor Elizabeth Povinelli

John von Sturmer: Life on the Edge: the Orders of Disca(o)rd

Rose Lilley: Autistic Disorder: A Diagnostic Performance


Final Program

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Tuesday 4th:

8.45am – 9.30am Registration (in front of N395)
9.15 am – 9.30am Opening comments and WelcomeN395
9.30am-11.30am Plenary:

Manners, Mess and Moral Dis/order

Dr. Chris Gregory (Australian National University)

Prof. Gillian Cowlishaw (University of Sydney)

Dr. Jonathan Marshall (University of Technology Sydney)


Chair: Dr. Holly High

Discussant: Assoc. Prof Tess Lea


11.30am – 12.00pm Morning tea and coffee
12.00pm – 1.30pm Keynote:

Might Be Something (Again):Order, disorder and the quasi-event

Professor Elizabeth A Povinelli

Chair: Associate Professor Tess Lea


1.30pm-2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm-4.30pm Panel 1:

Marginalisation, Pathology and Perception

Dr. Cameo Dalley

Mr. Gil Hizi

Dr. Remy Low           

Dr. Rosemary Wiss 

Chair: Prof Gillan Cowlishaw


Panel 5:

Conflict and Crisis in the national imaginary

Mrs Udeni Appuhamilage

Mr Timothy Heffernan

Dr. Robin Rodd

Ms Alejandra Villanueva

 Chair: Dr. Robbie Peters


7.00pm Symposium Dinner @ Fountain 77, Glebe




Wednesday 5th:

9.00am – 9.30am Registration
9.30am – 11.00am Panel 2:

Mental health Dis/orders

Film screening: When the dogs talked

Dr. Paul Mason

Ms Mythily Meher   

Chair: Dr. Rozanna Lilley



Panel 6:

Disorder in the politics of everyday life

Dr. Chris Haynes

Ms Siobhan Irving

Ms Chrystal Abidin

Chair: Prof Linda Connor



11.00am – 11.30am Morning Tea and Coffee
11.30am – 1.00pm Panel 3:

Systematic change and revolution

Ms Marina Gold

Dr. Robbie Peters

Dr. Heidi Norman

Chair: Dr Ase Ottosson


Panel 4:

Disordering bodily practice

Ms Maria Ibari Ortega

Dr. Veronica Quinteros

Ms Karen-Anne Wong

Chair: Dr. Rosemary Wiss


1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 4.00pm Plenary:

Unquiet Spirits, Rebels Past and a Disordered Soul

Associate Prof. Kalpana Ram (Macquarie University)

Associate Prof. Greg Downey (Macquarie University)

Prof Glenn Petersen (City University of New York)


Chair: Associate Professor Tess Lea

Discussant: Dr. Holly High


4.00pm – 4.30pm Afternoon tea and coffee
4.30pm- 5.00pm5.00pm – 5.30pm Paper presentation:

Life on the Edge: the Orders of Disca(o)rd

Dr John von Sturmer


Autistic Disorder: A diagnostic performance

Dr Rozanna Lilley 

Chair: Professor Elizabeth Povinelli


6.00pm-8.00pm Art Show opening drinks / symposium closing drinks

 Thursday 6th:

3.00pm – 4.30pm Panel Discussion: 


Comments on Disorder from the artists and the academics

Peter Annand, Greg Shapley, John von Sturmer, Tess Lea, Dianne Losche