Centre for Muslim States and Societies

Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture

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The Centre organises an annual memorial lecture to honour the contributions made by Dr Joan Trevelyan to the wider community in Western Australia.

Upcoming lecture

The next Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture will be held in 2016.

Previous lectures

Mr Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Caliphate and Nationality, 12 October 2015.

The lecture explored Islam’s position on the issue of khilafah and nationality and discuss related questions, including:

  • How do we differentiate between the religious terms and the common words used in the religious sources?
  • What does the word Khalifah signify?
  • Is Khalifa a religious term of Islam? If then how can it be established that is not one?

About the speaker:

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi has written and lectured widely on the Qur’an, Islamic law and various other aspects of Islam. He appears regularly on various TV channels to discuss Islam and contemporary issues as a part of his campaign to educate people about Islam. He has drawn heavily from the Qur’anic thought of his two illustrious predecessors, Hamid al-Din Farahi and Amin Ahsan Islahi presenting many of their views in a more precise manner. However, many of his contributions to the Islamic thought are original. An original contribution of Ghamidi is his categorization of the contents of religion, which can be seen in his book Meezan which is an effort which spans almost two decades of both creative and critical thinking. The entire endeavor is a fresh interpretation of Islam from its original sources. He is the founder-president of Al-Mawrid Institute of Islamic Sciences (www.al-mawrid.org). He is also the chief editor of the Urdu Monthly “Ishraq” and the English Monthly “Renaissance” 

Professor Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University's Distinguished Professor of International Relations: Will the Middle East Implode?, 13 November 2013.

The lecture explored the sources of conflict in the Middle East and their various linkages since the Arab Spring. Professor Ayoob argued that the uprisings have both changed and charged some of the region's thorniest problems - from the rise of political Islam to Iran's nuclear ambitions. His aim was to provide an assessment of whether the region is indeed destined for implosion or whether political sagacity and diplomatic creativity can bring it back from the brink. 

Professor Ayoob has published 13 books and over 90 papers and articles in leading journals such as World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy and International Affairs, amongst others. He recently published an edited volume with Etga Ugur entitled Assessing the War on Terror. The lecture presented the ideas contained in his forthcoming book to be published by the Polity Press (Feb 2014). 

Mr Michael Wood,State Director of the Department of and Trade: Foreign Affairs Security Council member and Foreign Policy, 26 October 2012. 

Mr Wood spoke on Australia's recent appointment to the United Nations Security Council. Starting with a brief outline of the significance of the United Nations Security Council. Mr Wood detailed the role of the permanent and non-permanent members, including the differences in veto powers and highlighted the importance of non-permanent members role to set agendas and influence policy. Mr Wood seemed optimistic in Australia's ability to use this capacity to further its international interest. He then went to outline the election process, investment in campaigning, and the challenges his department will face meeting the demands of the new position.

Dr Stefano Carboni, Director Art Gallery of Western Australia, Islamic Art in Western Art Museums: A Century of Displays and Interpretation, 1 November 2011.

Stefano Carboni took up his appointment as director in October 2008. Previously he was curator and administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and visiting professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing his graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the University of Venice and his PhD in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he has been responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006–2007).

His publications include authoring and editing several exhibition catalogues, among which are Glass of the Sultans (2001); the prestigious Barr Award winner, The Legacy of Genghis Khan. Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World; another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait (Glass from Islamic Lands. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, 2001).

He has lectured widely in the museum and outside and taught courses in Islamic Art and curatorial studies at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Hunter College (CUNY), and the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts in New York.


Joan Frieda Trevelyan (1912 – 2008)

Joan Trevelyan was one of the first few female graduates in Medicine from Oxford University in 1938. She worked at the Radcliffe in Oxford and later St Thomas' Hospital in London. She married John Trevelyan, the Secretary of the Board of Film Censors, and had two children, James and Sara.

After her divorce she emigrated to Australia in 1959 with her children. She was the first female doctor at Fremantle Hospital. She also worked as medical officer for the Allawah Grove settlement for Aboriginal people, and set up the first of Perth’s female-only general practices, close to the UWA. She returned to UK in 1971 and came back to Perth in 2005. During this time, she supported the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Brewery Arts Centre, both of which have become leading centres for the arts in the UK.

She was an ardent supporter for disadvantaged people, an avid reader and a philanthropist.

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