Events

Social science is everywhere: An introduction for Australian secondary students

Virtual

Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

The social sciences impact how we live our daily lives, as well as how our society functions. Join this webinar live or on-demand to gain an understanding of how the social sciences help us to study, analyse and solve society’s most compelling challenges. Please register to receive a copy of the webinar recording after the event. Designed specifically for Australian secondary students in years 9-12, the webinar is hosted by the President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Professor Richard Holden. Richard is Professor of Economics at the UNSW Business School and his research and opinion pieces have been featured in The New York Times, the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. Event date and time: 9.45am-10.15am (AEDT), Tuesday 6 September 2022 Register Now

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Activities in democracy and kindness in tertiary learning

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

This presentation provides examples of how the authors and people studying online have engaged in co-design. People studying online bring with them a lifetime of experiences and knowledges. That expertise and experience often comes from the sector relevant to their tertiary study; suiting it to incorporation into subject materials helping to keep subjects contemporary. This supports innovation and encourages us to be critically reflective within our practice. Inclusion in the learning environment builds belonging and connectivity, engendering reciprocal respect, and collegiality. This challenges the usual hierarchy of teacher/student. Informed by Indigenist theories, kindness in pedagogy,and approaches to democratising teaching and learning practices, this presentation provides examples of how the authors and people studying online have engaged in co-design. Presenters: Rohena Duncombe Rohena worked in community health and combined practice with teaching for many years. Her research interests are in health ineaquality, service access, group work approaches to anxiety management and inclusive tertiary learning strategies. Katrina Gersbach Katrina Gersbach teaches child welfare, counselling, group work and case management at Charles Sturt University. Katrina draws on her social work practice background working alongside children and their families, using strengths based and trauma informed approaches within her teaching and research. Katrina is an […]

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Help the helper: Adventure Therapy for Burnout Syndrome

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

This workshop examines a triangulation study on how adventure therapy can be used for helping professionals experiencing burnout. Unda Avota from Adventure Therapy Latvia created a 3-day test program, then refined it slightly and applied it to two study groups, using the Professional Quality of Life Scale in pre, post, follow-up tests. Qualitative data were collected 2 weeks after the intervention in individual interviews and 3 months later in focus group interviews. This workshop will examine the findings of our adventure therapy can be used to reduce burnout and improve mind-body connections. The results surpassed expectations, even in spite of the COVID-19 outbreak, even after 3 months, several participants admitted that they felt the positive impact and actively applied the learned skills for stress management. Presenters: Unda Avota, Adventure Therapy Latvia Will Dobud, Charles Sturt University

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Young people making the future: Activists, Practices, Enmeshments

Virtual

Newcastle Youth Studies Centre

Young people are always at the vanguard of social change, first to bear the brunt of evermore precarious labour markets and expensive education systems while being at the forefront of emancipatory global social movements such as feminism, trans rights, anti-racism and climate change. By being involved in overt political protests, online debates and via the sociality of their everyday lives, young people are making the future. In doing so they challenge the moral panic scapegoating of them at a time when there are more demands placed upon them than previous generations of adults could imagine. This seminar will present a diverse array of the engaged social actions of young people that contribute to making a viable future including climate change protest, feminist practices and learnings, and everyday friendships. Sarah Pickard (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) Young Environmental Activists’ Motivations, Mobilisations and Methods:  Findings from Fieldwork This talk discusses young people’s environmental activism in contemporary times. It starts by outlining why this current wave is important for multiple reasons. Next, I briefly describe my qualitative research on young environmental activists involved in various youth-led and youth-supported environmental movements, including climate school strikes, Fridays For Future (FFF), Extinction Rebellion (XR), Scientist Rebellion, Global Justice […]

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Decolonising pedagogy: How can teaching in the social sciences be more inclusive and respectful of Indigenous peoples and their knowledge?

Virtual

Monash University

The importance of recognising the value Indigenous knowledges and values bring to universities and embedding Indigenous value systems and knowledges into university structures is broadly accepted across Australian universities. The Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2022-25 specifically commits universities to having Indigenous content in curricula that is meaningful, appropriately developed and appropriately resourced, and ensuring students graduate with an awareness of Indigenous values and knowledges. But how should staff teaching in the social sciences approach the task of decolonising their pedagogy? And what key principles and understandings should underpin such an important and urgent task?

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Household experiments in low waste living: Working toward a sustainability transition

Virtual

Monash University

Australia is experiencing an urban waste crisis and there is an urgent need to change norms and practices at the household level. Households are often seen as a problem for sustainability transitions, but they are also a source of innovation. We discuss our ARC funded participatory action project working with 35 householders to co-design and evaluate household 6-week experiments in low waste living. In this online panel hear from some of the householders and the research team. Information on the larger project is available here.

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A New Education World: A TASA & AARE Sociology of Education Symposium

The Australian Sociological Association

Education has been profoundly disrupted and transformed in the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that educational institutions are grappling with possible futures, and in the context of a new Australian government, this event explores how sociological approaches can inform our thinking about education futures. The Sociology of Education groups at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) are joining forces to organise a public event on the value of sociology to thinking about the future of education as part of Social Science Week 2022. Join us in person or online for a rich and thought-provoking symposium featuring leading Australian sociologists of education and emerging researchers in the field, featuring a keynote presentation on the future of universities by Prof. Jane Kenway (Monash University). The event is organised with the generous support of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne (MGSE). Register now

Exploring tropes of art at the Muloobinba / Newcastle Lockup

University of Newcastle

How do past to contemporary tropes of art add to making and shaping contemporary experiences, understandings and perceptions, not only in the art world but beyond as well? And what are the ways in which different experiences and perceptions of time play a key role for developing useful, critical and potentially additional strategies for the future? Each of the participants in this panel, facilitated at the Newcastle Lock-Up — current and former gallery directors, artists and art lovers — will bring their professional and personal expertise to the conversation. Members of the audience will also be invited to participate in the conversation on the day. The panel conversation is set up in collaboration and co-sponsorship between the Newcastle Lock-Up and the School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences (HCISS), University of Newcastle. The panel participants are: Courtney Novak Virginia Cuppaidge Gael Davies Brett McMahon Ron Ramsay Daniela Heil About the Panelists: Courtney Novak, Artistic Director: Courtney Novak has extensive experience in creative programming, exhibition development and project management and arts marketing. Courtney joined The Lock-Up in 2014 and has been instrumental in the organisation’s strategic direction, enabling the contemporary art space to become a nationally recognised, award-winning institution. She […]

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Insecurity in the Asia-Pacific region

Virtual

Monash University

This webinar showcases the research of scholars within Monash University’s School of Social Sciences on security threats in the Asia-Pacific Region and how those threats are being and can be addressed. Topics include energy insecurity, disinformation, armed conflicts, non-state armed groups, climate change, gendered insecurity, and young women's leadership to address complex crises in the Region. By drawing this work together, the event encourages reflection on how security threats intersect as well as how we define security and whose security may be privileged.

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Fish passage: Motivations and challenges in Southeast Asia

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

Throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in the Mekong region, irrigation and hydropower structures are continually being introduced to waterways. These structures can hinder the migration and life cycles of key fish species, which local communities are dependent on for food security, livelihoods and culture. Fish passages, a type of “fish-friendly” infrastructure, have been added to these structures throughout the world as a way of allowing fish to pass. What motivates countries and funders to implement and/or fund fish passage? What are the challenges associated with the implementation of fish passages? This online session will present preliminary findings from Charles Sturt University’s FishTech team addressing these questions. The second part of the session will open the discussion up to the audience for feedback. Presenters are Dr John Conallin, Dr Nick Pawsey and Dr Jen Bond, Gulbali Institute of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Charles Sturt University. Register now

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Individualising Care Approaches – Travel Projects in the NSW care system

Virtual

Charles Sturt University

PIC is a not-for-profit organisation providing individualised, relationship based settings for young people in the NSW out of home care (OOHC) system. Travel projects are a unique, providing an opportunity to meet the needs of young people in the OOHC system with a tailored travel experience. Hear more about how adventures can be used to provide new and exciting opportunities for kids in OOHC.

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What comes next? | Humanities

UNSW Sydney

The 21st century has been plagued with one crisis after another – a global pandemic, climate catastrophes, economic turmoil and senseless violence. So how do we equip ourselves for what’s around the corner? To forge our path through this uncertainty, hear from five UNSW Sydney thinkers who are discovering the future of video gaming, the wild west of cryptocurrencies, the dark side of hybrid education and how we could use algorithms to build the cities of the future. Making living cities | John Carr We’ve made momentous advances in technology, transport and architecture, but our blueprint for a city has not changed since the Second World War. So what could our urban hubs of the future look like? Are computer-generated cities in the future | Claire Daniel We trust algorithms to do everything from online shopping to telling us what to eat for dinner, is it time we let them help us build the cities of the future? The future of social gaming | Nathan J Jackson This year, Twitch streamers have watched 6.13 billion hours of video game content… so where is this massive industry heading? And what does the future of gaming look like? The dark forest of cryptocurrency | Tony […]

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