JCU Events CASE Studies Seminar

JCU Events

Thu, 12 Mar 2020

CASE Studies Seminar

Townsville, Cairns

When: 12 March 20, 2pm -- 4pm

Where: At James Cook University
Room 145.030, Building 145 - Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct, Townsville Campus (via video link)
Room D3.003, Building D3 - The Cairns Institute, Cairns Campus (via video link)

The CASE Research Seminar series explores new research, ideas and concepts relating to Arts, Society and Education.

This event is open to students, staff and the public!

Each week, we will hear and discuss two unique CASE Studies presented by Students and Academics across James Cook University. Afterwards, stick around for refreshments and good conversation.

Can't make it in person? Join us via video link: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/979915755

Tweet us! #jcuCASEstudies @jcuCASE


An exploration of transition theories for doctors new to clinical practice in Australia

Peter Loa – Medicine

The under-supply of health professionals in rural and remote Australia persist despite a growing oversupply in major cities. Migration remains an important way to support the rural health care workforce with up to 40% of health workers coming from overseas. Differences in health care systems can make the transition to clinical practice challenging. Combined with the diversity of culture, language and clinical practice makes the provision of useful orientation and support for the new migrants particularly problematic.

This complexity is explored through a series of learning, transition and behavioural ecological theories. Bourdieu’s theory of practice seems to illustrate the differences between the host country and migrant. A recent definition of the clinical learning environment by Nordquist echoes Bourdieu, and provides an exciting new direction of exploration.


Traditional environmental conservation ethics in the Pacific and their function in pre-historic and contemporary marine resource management

Simon Foale – Anthropology

From the 1950s through to the 1970s environmental anthropologists played around a lot with the concept of environmental functionalism, AKA ‘neo-functionalism’. This school of thought held that traditional cultures could evolve to allow groups of people to adapt to environmental limits. After much empirical work and heated debate, anthropologists all but abandoned the idea by the late 1970s. Around the same time some natural scientists started reinventing (and re-badging) it, with virtually no engagement with the anthropological canon on the topic. By the 90s it had become wildly popular, especially among ‘social-ecological-systems’ (SES) thinkers.

These neo-functionalists argue that the Pacific Islands practice of traditional fishing closures, or taboos, evolved from an ancient, collective and conscious awareness of the limits of fish populations and the need to conserve them, contra to most maritime anthropological research on the subject, and believe taboos have great potential for contemporary fishery management. But scientific evidence of the effectiveness of taboos in preventing long term fishery declines remains extremely scarce, and there is much evidence of their failure. Meanwhile the fishery management measures that have most notably and measurably succeeded have been government regulations, which go largely unremarked by fans of the taboo. I want to discuss in this talk the politics of taboos and traditional conservation ethics, past and present.