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We are recruiting an Events Planner!

The Events Planner is responsible for the organisation of MIDP Association events. Working closely with the Events Coordinator, and the rest of the committee, they ensure the smooth execution of a variety of events throughout the year.

To understand more and how to apply, click the link below for the detailed position description:

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WYLT… Attend this event: An Insight into Women, Diplomacy and Gender Equality?

Speaker: Ms Michele Woonacott, US Vice Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, US Consulate General, Melbourne

18:00 – 19:30 Tue, 07 Mar 2017

Historically, the field of diplomacy has been a male-dominated occupation. Previously barred in some countries from working once married or after having children, women have had to overcome a multitude of archaic legal restrictions in order to realise the same opportunities afforded to their male counterparts.

Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a gender revolution. Women can now be found in the highest of diplomatic positions, from Consul General to Ambassador, Chargé d’Affaires to Minister of Foreign Affairs. Leaders such as Federica Mogherini of the European Union, Sushma Swaraj of India, Margot Wallstrӧm of Sweden, Hillary Clinton of the United States, and Julie Bishop of Australia barely touch the surface of this rapid change in the balance of power.

Furthermore, with greater female representation in diplomatic circles, the foreign policies of states are also experiencing a re-think. Gender equality and advancing women’s rights have taken on a new significance concerning the provision of foreign aid, economic growth, and even the use of force. Sweden has gone as far as to declare an explicitly feminist foreign policy – placing gender inequality at the forefront of their policy formulation. But what will this mean in practice? And what restrictions remain for women seeking careers in diplomacy?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, AIIA Victoria’s Young Professionals Forum (YPF) is delighted to welcome US Vice Consul Michele Woonacott to discuss her personal experiences, the recent history of women in diplomacy and the gender equality work carried out in the region by the US State Department.

Michele Woonacott is the Vice Consul for Political and Economic Affairs at the US Consulate General in Melbourne. Previously, she was a Consular Officer at the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic. Michele is a recognized leader in economic development and public policy, having spent more than 15 years working in these fields in her home state of California. Immediately prior to joining the State Department, she headed up government relations for the California Small Business Development Center network. Earlier, she was district director for U.S. Representative John Garamendi, and she worked for Mr. Garamendi during his tenure as Lieutenant Governor of California, where she was director of the California Commission for Economic Development. Michele holds an M.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

YPF event – all welcome!

WYLT… Attend this IPCS Seminar?

Visualising Solidarity: Forging everyday humanitarianism through public representations of development

Prof. Uma Kothari

Since the 1980s there has been a vast proliferation of campaigns, charity adverts, musical movements, fair trade marketing, celebrity endorsements and media promotions to support humanitarian causes. More recently, we have witnessed a growth in the role of visual media in guiding diverse publics on how they might perceive and act upon calls for a shared responsibility. Foundational to the success of these visual representations is their capacity to invoke care and compassion for suffering others, to motivate people in some parts of the world to donate money and other forms of assistance to people elsewhere. Despite their increased profile, the visual strategies that such campaigns deploy have provoked critiques that they reproduce racialised stereotypes, reinforce colonial hierarchies and embed inequalities, notably through reproducing iconographies of, for example, conflict, famine and poverty. Nevertheless, might these popular representations of humanitarianism and development have the potential to instil ideas of global interconnectedness and forge new kinds of global solidarity? Alternatively, do visual images and the increasing involvement of public figures, celebrities and the media obscure the structural dimensions of race, racism and inequality thus limiting the possibilities for forging a common humanity? In this presentation, I will explore these issues through an analysis of colonial and contemporary uses of popular, visual campaigns. I subsequently examine forms of resistance and creative subversion that contest problematic depictions of other people and that aim to challenge the meanings that inhere in mediatised representations. The presentation concludes by considering what kinds of visual representations might lead to more critical thinking about prevalent concepts of self and other, and difference and commonality. How can such representations solicit more considered responses to charity campaigns and thereby promote and sustain new forms of transnational solidarity?

Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include international development and humanitarianism and migration, refugees and diasporas. Her research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and Cosmopolitanism and a Norwegian Research Council project on Perceptions of Climate Change and Migration. Her current research is on Visual Solidarity and Everyday Humanitarianism. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?, Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies. She was recently made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and conferred the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal for her contributions to research in support of global development.

WYLT… Attend this symposium about tourism and social justice?

The symposium highlights the pioneering work of two of the globe’s leading scholars working on critical investigations into the global tourism phenomena. Dr. Stroma Cole will present insights from her long-term investigation into water and social justice in Bali, while Dr. Freya Higgins-Desbiolles’ will examine food tourism as a pathway to decolonisation and alternative futures. Equity, gender empowerment, indigenous rights, sustainable tourism and community resilience will be discussed.


On Tuesday 14 March 2017


Monash University
900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145


Dr. Joseph M. Cheer – Phone (03)9903 4097 or email

WYLT… Participate in MIDPA social event?

Whether you’re back from summer adventures or you’ve just arrived wide-eyed in Australia, there’s so much to talk about and so many people to see!

Come meet new, current and old MIDP students at the Association’s first social event of the year. Don’t be shy, escape campus, explore a new neighbourhood, try out a hilarious sport.

We will be barefoot bowling at the Melbourne Bowling Club 6-8pm Friday evening. For those still uncertain navigating Melbourne’s defunct public transport system there will be a taxi leaving Clayton straight after the New Student Orientation at 5.30pm.

We’re excited, so obviously, you should be too.

WYLT… Attend to this public lecture?

What Happens to the Hillary Doctrine in a Trump Administration?
Visiting professor Valerie Hudson will discuss the Hillary Doctrine and gender in US foreign policy. Professor Hudson will explore the implications for the Women, Peace and Security agenda under the Trump administration and the future of gender perspectives in US politics and policy.
Dr. Hudson is a professor from The Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hudson is an expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, as well as gender and security. Her publications include, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, Sex and World Peace, and her most recent book, The Hilary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy
Thu. 9 March 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT
Monash University Law Chambers
555 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

WYLT… Volunteer as a Managing Director for WhyDev?

Managing Director (voluntary)

Employer: WhyDev
Work Type/s: Volunteer
Classification/s: Community Development, Executive & Senior Management, International Aid & Development, Project Management, Volunteer Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 21 February, 2017.
Applications close: 01 March, 2017. – See more at:


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