This month, the Department of Asian Studies hosted a guest lecture focused on Japanese culture and etiquette for students enrolled in the Introduction to Asian Cultures undergraduate course. The course introduces students to key features of China, Japan and other Asian countries, with a focus on communication and negotiation strategies. Cultural differences, language, social interaction, management practices, government and diplomacy are topics that are covered through the semester, with the intention of developing students’ capability to be effective in a cultural and business sense in Asia.

Throughout the semester the department invites relevant guest speakers to share their experience working within an Asian context. As our guest speaker for Japan, Shinka Management Director and university alumni Dr Paul Smith led a discussion with students on the topic of doing business with the Japanese. The guest lecture introduced the key skills required for successfully negotiating Japan from a business perspective, including coverage of key characteristics of Japanese culture, management practices and business customs.


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Media and Arts graduate Isobel Phoebe Montgomery has been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

With an outstanding academic record at the University of Adelaide, Isobel Phoebe has received one of only three Australia-at-Large Rhodes Scholarships offered each year to study at Oxford University.


She will travel to University of Oxford next year and read an MPhil in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford University with the hope of researching the current effectiveness of current domestic and family violence approaches in SA, to ultimately inform policy that supports early intervention, and lead to sustained action against gender-based violence in Australia.

As a child, Isobel Phoebe witnessed domestic and family violence and has also experienced poverty.

Isobel Phoebe will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in history and is on track for a First-Class following her Bachelor of Media and a Bachelor of Arts (History & English) at the University of Adelaide.  She has an outstanding academic record and is the recipient of many awards and programs, including the Frederic S. Zuckerman Prize for Best Essay in Russian History, selected for an overseas placement program for Japanese Media Studies at Ritsumeikan University and attended summer school at the University of Cambridge, receiving a High Distinction for her final essay on Vichy France.

She has also completed an Arts Internship at the Women’s Safety Services SA (WSSSA), where she produced a report which delved into effective social media use by domestic violence organisations. Isobel Phoebe joined the WSSSA staff and was promoted to Assistant to the Director of Services and now continues to work at WSSSA in the domestic violence sector in which she manages committees, including the Women’s Safety Services SA NAIDOC Week and International Women’s Day committees. On top of this, she runs successful social media campaigns for the annual South Australia domestic violence vigil and the United Nation’s 16 Days of Advocacy.

Isobel Phoebe has a strong interest in contemporary history and the lingering impact of historical trauma and is passionate about domestic violence advocacy and addressing the epidemic of domestic and family violence. She has also volunteered at community radio station Radio Adelaide, as a social media manager, radio presenter and music journalist, which gives her a platform for her advocacy work.

She is the uni’s 111th Rhodes Scholar in the 110 years the scholarship has been awarded in Australia.

The Rhodes Scholarship perpetuates the commitment to learning, research and humanity of businessman and philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, who died in 1902, leaving his estate to fund the Scholarship.

Candidates are selected on the basis of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate strong propensity to emerge as ‘leaders for the world’s future’.

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Congratulations to all our Learning and Teaching Award Winners this year. A special congratulations to the Faculty of Arts staff who won the following:

Student-led Teaching Awards

  • Mr David Olney, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts
  • Ms Kayoko Enomoto, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts
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Guitarathon 2018 Classical guitar students from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music will embark on a six-hour performance marathon. Following up on the success of last year’s inaugural event the Guitarathon will kick off at 12.00 pm, Sunday 4 November in Elder Hall. Under the direction of lecturer Dr Oliver Fartach-Naini, 14 students […]

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Meet Victoria Ballestrin who is studying a double degree in a Bachelor of Music with a Bachelor of Arts and is our recipient of the Sia Furler Institute inaugural Scholarship. In 2019, she will be taking on her third year of study with the support provided through this scholarship. We caught up with Victoria to […]

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The Faculty of Arts would like to congratulate Paola Tine, an International PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of Adelaide for winning the 2018 Jon Prosser Award for Outstanding Work by Beginning Scholars in Visual Methodologies. Originally from Italy, where she completed her Bachelor degree and Master of Arts in Social and Visual Anthropology, […]

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The French Department at the University of Adelaide is celebrating its centenary in 2018 with a series of public events. The next in the series is a free public lecture on the topic “France and the French in Australia’s growth to nationhood: 1914-1945” delivered by Professor Colin Nettelbeck (University of Melbourne). Date: Thursday 27 September […]

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The League of Nations Prize is a competition for the best essay on the work of the League of Nations. Entries are currently open and essays must be between 3,500 to 6,000 words in length. The prize is $1,000 in value and the winner will be selected by the Department of Politics and International Relations. […]

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THREE of our journalism students have recently returned from a trip with the Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange. We had the opportunity to chat with Dale, Ashleigh and Benito. Tell us about your trip Dale: The purpose of the study tour was to enhance enhance cross-cultural understanding by fostering better informed journalism, and I can confirm […]

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Meet Isabella Flachsenberger. Isabella undertook the 2017-2018 Adelaide Summer Research Scheme (ASRS). We sat down with Isabella to learn all about her experience and her research into The Use of Virtual Reality in Education.

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