Events

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?

Free

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.

Free

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.

Free

Hear her roar: Women’s safety and gender equality in the 2022 Victorian Election

Virtual

Monash University

'Hear me now': 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame's acceptance speech was a rally cry that reverberated across the nation. Thousands of women marched for safety in their homes, schools, workplaces and public spaces. The recent federal election clearly demonstrated that what matters to women voters should not be ignored. This panel will unpack the pressing election issues in Victoria for women’s safety and gender equality in the wake of COVID-19.

Free

The future of technology: Harnessing technology for good?

Monash University

This event will explore the future of technology-facilitated abuse and the challenges, ethics and potentials of using technology to respond, prevent and detect harmful behaviours. It brings together representatives from major social media platforms, international dating apps and the Australian eSafety Commission to shine light on what advances digital companies, and the government, are taking to address technology-facilitated abuse. It will also provide an opportunity for open dialogue between panel members and members of the public, to discuss issues and themes around digital technology, harms, digital crime, AI and social media.

Free

Public policy and universities

Virtual

Monash University

This 60-minute webinar will address key issues about the university in contemporary society, as raised in the new book by Andrew Gunn and Michael Mintrom, Public Policy and Universities: The Interplay of Knowledge and Power (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Reviewing the teaching, research, and emerging engagement missions of the university, Gunn and Mintrom show how states seek to control and guide the practices of universities, even as their proportionate contributions to university revenues have declined. These actions result from growing global economic completion among states, where knowledge is the fundamental economic input. As universities have sought to attain greater autonomy from states, this has often led to more complex state-university relationships. For example, efforts to enhance university revenues via international student fees have opened new debates about aspects of immigration and national security. Meanwhile, events like the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the massive and unique contributions that universities can make to the effective functioning of contemporary societies. This interplay of knowledge and power gives us much to think about and discuss.

Free

Language and social inclusion

Seminar Rooms 2 & 3, Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Seminar Rooms 2 & 3, Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, VIC

Monash University

Language plays a core role in people’s ability to participate in society, yet the role of language in fostering social inclusion is often overlooked in social policy. This panel explores some of the more pernicious ways that linguistic discrimination and the ‘monolingual mindset’ contribute to social exclusion in Australia, and what needs to change to develop policies and institutions that better respond to the multilingual reality of contemporary Australia.

Free