Dr Kirsty Wissing’s research on Ghana

Kirsty Wissing is a recent ANU postgraduate from the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia the Pacific, ANU. She received her PhD on July 16th, 2021, although the Graduation Ceremony has been postponed.

Specialising in anthropology, her topic was ‘Permeating purity: Fluid rituals of belonging in Ghana’.

Her research focused on customary rituals and socio-religious attitudes to and uses of water and other fluids in relation to ideas of cleanliness and purity, resource control and morality. For her PhD, Dr Wissing undertook 14 months of field research in the Akwamu Traditional Area of southern Ghana in 2016, 2017 and 2019. She considered how influences including colonialism, Christianity and the hydro-power industry have affected local attitudes and uses of these fluids and asked how multiple co-existing ideas of cleanliness and purity can become politicised. Through this research, Kirsty brought local Akwamu values into dialogue with larger national issues of energy production, environmental resource responsibility and socio-political power in Ghana.

Dr Wissing has also conducted research into and managed programs about the petroleum, mining and energy industries in Ghana for the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). She is currently employed as a CSIRO Early Career Research Postdoctoral Fellow where she is researching Indigenous Australian biocultural knowledge and attitudes to the emerging field of synthetic biology as part of CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform. During her PhD, Dr Wissing was the recipient of two Endeavour Leadership Awards, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and was an Endeavour Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology and the University of Cologne’s Global South Studies Center.

Dr Wissing’s research was brought to the attention of other ANU Africanists when she was awarded the AfSAAP/Cherry Gertzel Prize at the 2017 Conference of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AfSAAP).

The thesis abstract is available online by searching for ‘Kirsty Wissing’ in ANU Library Catalogue. Due to local governance sensitivities in her field site, full access to the thesis is currently restricted. However, Dr Wissing’s research can be publicly accessed in the following articles published during her PhD.

• Wissing, K. 2019, “Assistance and Resistance of (Hydro-)Power: Contested Relationships of Control over the Volta River, Ghana.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Vol 37(7), pp.1161–1178. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774X18807482
• Wissing, K. 2019 “Environment as Justice: Interpreting the State(s) of Drowning and Undercurrents of Power in Ghana.” Australasian Review of African Studies, Vol 40(1), pp.12-30. https://doi.org/10.22160/22035184/ARAS-2019-40-1/12-30
• Apoh, W., Wissing, K., Treasure, W. and J. Fardin 2017, “Law, Land and What Lies Beneath: Exploring Mining Impacts on Customary Law and Cultural Heritage Protection in Ghana and Western Australia.” African Identities, Vol.15(4), pp.367-386. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14725843.2017.1319752
• Treasure, W., Fardin, J., Apoh, W. and K. Wissing 2016, “From Mabo to Obuasi: Heritage and Customary Law in Ghana and Western Australia.” Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, Vol. 34(2), pp.191-211. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02646811.2016.1133986

Islamic Relief Australia: Program Officer Vacancy

Islamic Relief Australia is looking for a Program Officer- Local and International;
To work closely with the Program Director and Program Coordinator in developing IRAUS Programs based on our strategic priorities primarily for Australia and some focus internationally.
Ability to deliver, monitor and evaluate the programs undertaken.
To work closely with the Program Coordinator in developing humanitarian and development projects in Australia and across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and Asia Pacific; ensuring programmatic coherency.

For more information see:
https://islamicrelief.org.au/jobs/program-officer-local-and-international/?mc_cid=8fd909f310&mc_eid=aca2512739

The long-term effects of water pollution on human capital in Africa and Asia

Title: The nitrogen legacy: the long-term effects of water pollution on human capital

‘The fallout of nitrogen pollution is considered one of the largest global externalities facing the world, impacting air, water, soil, and human health. This paper combines data from the Demographic and Health Survey data set across India, Vietnam, and 33 African countries to analyse the causal links between pollution exposure experienced during the very earliest stages of life and later-life health.’

Date & time
Tuesday 29 June 2021
10.00am–11.30am

Online via Zoom

Speaker: Esha Zaveri, World Bank
 
For more details and to register see:
https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/18944/nitrogen-legacy-long-term-effects-water-pollution-human-capital
 
Contact: Ryan Edwards

Tigrayan Hidden Genocide exhibition 21/6/21

The Tigrayan-Canberra Community have advised Emerita Professor Robyn Alders of the Hidden Genocide exhibition at Parliament House. ‘The exhibition about the war in Tigray will run on 21st June 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dame Enid Lyons Alcove.
This showcase will be based on current news, documentary film, and photographs taken in Tigray. There will also be a display on Tigray’s history and culture. Visitors will gain a greater grasp of the war’s complexities and the ability to take action to help put an end to the conflict.’

This is a pre-registered event; please use the link below link  confirm your attendance. 
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hidden-genocide-an-exhibition-tickets-158353821543?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

 

The recording of “Truth and Reconciliation: South Africa and Victoria” webinar is now available.

 

The Convenor of the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Project for the Study of Bigotry has advised that the recording for Dr Ibrahim Abraham’s “Truth and Reconciliation: South Africa and Victoria” webinar given on 8 April, 2021, is now available at 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ltm6WjlYg&list=PLSELPFl0xuaTkDRaFRa-F_WMygNWlktDh&index=3&t=5s


RESOURCES: African Women; Somaliland

A free Book on African Women:

From the press release:
“In Her Words: African Women’s Perspectives on Gender Equality,” is a collection of essays that are equal parts thought provoking and witty from young women across the African continent and the diaspora.”
“In collaboration with the publication team of Agbowó, this free anthology will be made available to the public on International Women’s Day – March 8th. In the meantime, please follow the journey across the social media channels.”
https://agbowo.org/in-her-words/://agbowo.org/in-her-words/

Somaliland

In its May 2021 Blog Highlights the ANU’s Devpol  News has refers to a podcast on  Somaliland,  a country that does not officially exist. See

https://memorandum-of-understanding.simplecast.com/episodes/mou-somaliland-state-ing-the-obvious?utm_source=Devpolicy&utm_campaign=f0be585288-Devpolicy%20News%20Dec%2015%202017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_082b498f84-f0be585288-250032321 

 

 

How to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery

 More information on the fourth Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture is available on the  ANU College of Asia and the Pacific website http://asiapacific.enu.edu.au

Topic: How to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery
from our 21st century world.

Speaker: Julie Bishop, Chancellor of ANU and former Australian Foreign Minister. 

Date: Thursday, 27 May
Time: 5.30-7pm

Location: Lotus Hall Auditorium Theatre, Australian Centre on China in the World,
Building 188, Fellows Lane, Canberra

This is a free event open to the public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration is
essential and numbers are limited. Please join us for light refreshments after.

At present there are no plans to stream it 


2021 SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

2021 SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
12th – 24th May


‘We are bringing to your homes 17 remarkable films’

‘What kind of tickets are available?’
‘You can either buy a Festival Pass which will grant you access to all of the films (A$60 for an individual or A$80 for more than 1 person viewing films), or you can purchase individual tickets for each film you would like to view $8 (for an individual) or $10 (more than 1 person).’

For more information see
https://saff.org.au/

Measuring individual-level multidimensional poverty in South Africa

ANU School of Demography Seminar

Date and Time: Tuesday 20 April 1.30-2.30pm

Location: Room 1.23 RSSS Building and By Zoom (details below)

 Presenter: Dr Helen Suich

Title:  Measuring individual-level multidimensional poverty in South Africa

Abstract:
The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) is a gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty, assessed across 14 economic and social dimensions of deprivation. I this seminar, I will introduce the IDM as an individual measure of multidimensional poverty, and provide highlights from the South African country study. Data was collected from more than 8,500 individuals across South Africa, in 2019. I will provide examples of how this innovative tool can provide rich insights into the different patterns of deprivation, and use the data to highlight some of the important differences in the experiences of men and women and across age groups. I will present data from a range of dimensions which illustrate how individual-level data enriches our understanding of multidimensional poverty and can better inform poverty reduction policies and programmes designed.

Bio:
Helen Suich is an independent researcher, focusing largely on issues of poverty alleviation, rural development and natural resource management, and the design and evaluation of projects and programs designed to achieve these goals. Helen worked as a senior research fellow in the IDM programme at ANU, and led the IDM South Africa Country Study.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://anu.zoom.us/j/89520189486?pwd=NlpFQVRoVFV5YUxzL3pMS1cwT0NnUT09

Meeting ID: 895 2018 9486
Password: 144496

Additional Resources provided by Helen Suich

There are a wide range of resource available for those who are interested in the results of the South African survey and the methods used for the analysis. There are six briefing notes, describing the results for the main sample, as well as the analyses by gender, by age group, by disability status and by rural/urban locality. The sixth summarises the South African country study and the revised data analysis methods. Accompanying documentation includes reports describing the revised methods in detail, as well as providing all of the revised results. A comprehensive report published in May 2020 summarises the initial analysis of both the main sample and the purposive sample, which is available here. There is also a series of videos, one summarising the South African country study, one for the overall results of the main sample, based on the revised analysis methods, and one each describing the results by gender, age, rural/urban locality and disability status.
More information about the ANU-led Indonesia study can be found here.

Seminar on Implications for Agricultural Research for Development in Southern Africa

Public Seminar: History matters – Implication for Agricultural Research for Development in Southern Africa

Speaker: Henning Bjornlund, Research Professor in Water Policy and Management at University of South Australia. Since 2013 he has worked on a Research for Development project funded by ACIAR and lead by ANU

Date: 1pm, Thursday 29 Apr 2021

Venue: Frank Fenner Seminar Room
141 Linnaeus Way, Acton ACT 2601,

Also available online via Zoom

For more information and to register go to 

https://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/public-seminar-history-matters-%E2%80%93-implication-agricultural-research-development