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 1999 Research Seminars & Colloquia


Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on May 19, 1999
Theme: Aboriginal Housing Research

Speakers:
* Introduction by Assoc Prof Memmott
* Shaneen Fantin "Kinship and Avoidance Behaviour in Arnhem Land Settlements (Report on field trip findings)."
* Jon Larrazabol "Palm Island, a case study of dweller participation and its effects on the provision of appropriate 'self help' housing."
* Cathy Keys and Shaneen Fantin "Post Occupancy Evaluation of Aboriginal Housing."
* Comment by Assoc Prof Joseph Reser, James Cook University (from an environmental psychology perspective).

Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on November 18, 1999.
Theme: India & Sri Lanka

Speakers:
* Introduction by Assoc Prof Memmott
* Prof Bal Saini "Symbolism and Temple Architecture."
* R.M.K. (Upendra) Rajapaksha 'The Traditional House and its Ratio Between 'Inner' and 'Outer' Spaces."
* Assoc Prof Paul Memmott "Temples and Tribals in Orissa."
* Ajit Manager "Department Research Interests in India."
* Stephen Long "Observations on Indian Demography and Scale of Space."
* Craig Wardill "Stepwells of Amber."
* Comments by Rahul Mankad from UQ International Education, on UQ links to India.
* Summing Up by Assoc Prof Memmott (ideas for ongoing Departmental involvement in India at the research and post-graduate levels).

Aboriginal Environments Research Colloquium held on November 24, 1999.
Theme: Indigenous Housing and Settlement Research

Speakers:
* Introduction by Assoc Prof Memmott
* Keynote Address by Assoc Prof Joseph Reser: "Architecture and Psychology."
* Shaneen Fantin "How to cook Magpie Goose, Long-necked Turtle and other delicacies (Report on field trip findings, Kinship and Avoidance Behaviour in Arnhem Land Settlements and houses)" (Masters Research)
* Lester Thompson "Aboriginal housing conditions - a re-examination of the problem definition." (PhD Research)
* Mark Moran "Mobility and Regional Settlement Planning in Remote Aboriginal Communities." (PhD Research)
* Commentatory by Joseph Reser and Paul Memmott followed by General Discussion

Professor Joesph Reser is an environmental and cross-cultural psychologist and Head of the Psychology program at James Cook University. He initiated one of the first environmental psychology subjects in a psychology program in Canada in 1972 and then in Australia in 1978. His research and consultancy involvements have included Indigenous housing, environmental perception and evaluation, environmental communication and meaning, the psychology of place, transactional approaches to people-setting design issues, the design of custodial environments and outdoor leisure settings, protected environment management and monitoring, and social impact assessment. Professor Reser was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 1974 to 1977 and has worked with Indigenous communities in the United States, Canada, and the Pacific