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DASSH Conference 2019: Promoting the Common Good in a Fractured World

25 - 27 September 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
UNSW Sydney
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The theme for the DASSH 2019 conference, Promoting the Common Good in a Fractured World, is inspired by the need for humanity to build a better, fairer world.
Whether through research, teaching, or participating in the public sphere, HASS scholars have the potential to initiate and shape the critical debates of our time. But how this should occur, and to what end, remains far from clear.

This conference creates a space for conversations about the contemporary obstacles and opportunities for the humanities, arts and social sciences, and how to respond more effectively to the cultural, political, and societal challenges of our time.

To view the full conference program click here.

PVCs and Deans:        $745 including GST
Associate Deans:         $695 including GST
All other attendees:      $745 including GST
All prices in AUD


Allow 30 minutes to drive from Sydney domestic and international airport to UNSW Kensington campus.
Be sure to allow at least 45 minutes when travelling from UNSW to the Sydney domestic and international airports as traffic to the airports can be quite heavy.


The following hotels are located within a short distance from UNSW.
COOGEE – Beachside stays a short taxi, uber or bus ride to UNSW
Adina Apartment Hotel
Coogee Sands Hotel & Apartments
The Coogee Crowne Plaza Note: The Crowne Plaza has some renovations taking place 8.30-5pm weekdays, however they ensure a quiet stay outside these times.
The Coogee Beach Hotel – Boutique Hotel

RANDWICK – Within walking distance of UNSW
Avonmore on the Park Heritage Hotel

CBD - Circular Quay and The Rocks  – Allow 35 mins to travel from the CBD to UNSW Kensington Campus by car.
The Intercontinental
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
The Shangri-La Hotel


DASSH is grateful for the support of the following sponsors:

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous - UNSW, Professor of Law - UNSW Law

Professor Davis was elected by the UN Human Rights Council to UNEMRIP in 2017. Professor Davis currently serves as a United Nations expert with the UN Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples based in UN Geneva. Megan is an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is a member of the NSW Sentencing Council and an Australian Rugby League Commissioner.

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Iain McCalman was born in Nyasaland in 1947, schooled in Zimbabwe, and completed his higher education in Australia. He is a Fellow of four Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Iain was Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University from 1995 until 2002 and won the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Prize at ANU for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Carla Treloar


Professor Carla Treloar is Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW, Sydney. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Newcastle following undergraduate studies in psychology. Following academic posts at the University of Newcastle and Imperial College, London, she joined UNSW in 2001. Professor Treloar is the leading international social scientist in hepatitis C. Her work crosses disciplines of health psychology, sociology, public health and health services research.



Professor of Media, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies - Macquarie University

Professor Catharine Lumby is the author and co-author of six books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She writes a regular column for The Guardian and is a longstanding social commentator on radio and television.  Catharine delivers talks and workshops to schools for educators, parents and young people on social media, ethics and respectful relationships.  Since 2004, Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players.

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Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory), The University of Sydney

Professor Tim Soutphommasane is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain. 

12.00-1.00PM Arguing in good faith in an age of mendacity

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation, Western Sydney University

Professor Michelle Trudgett is an Indigenous scholar from the Wiradjuri Nation in New South Wales. Michelle currently holds the position Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation at Western Sydney University. Prior to this appointment she served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges at the University of Technology Sydney, and was previously the Head of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University.

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Kaiārahi for the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland

Dr Hirini Kaa is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata descent. Hirini is currently Kaiārahi for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, providing leadership in the Māori and Pacific space reporting directly to the Dean, Professor Robert Greenberg. An historian by training, Hirini’s PhD thesis was ‘He Ngākau Hou: Te Hāhi Mihinare and the Renegotiation of Mātauranga, c.18001992’, a ground-breaking exploration of the engagement of Christianity and Iwi in Aotearoa-New Zealand in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries.



Director, Audience Engagement, MCA

Gill Nicol joined the MCA Leadership Team as Director, Audience Engagement in July 2015. Overseeing Learning, Marketing and Visitor Experience. She trained as an artist and has over thirty years’ experience in the arts; and has worked for numerous organisations in the UK including engage (national association for gallery education), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. She developed her own consultancy, lightsgoingon, in 2011, to make contemporary art accessible in as many ways as possible.

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Executive Director, Social Justice, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Technology Sydney

Verity Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice at the newly established Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Technology Sydney. She is currently spearheading the University’s Social Impact Framework, a first of its kind in the Australian university sector.   



Discipline Head of Sociology and Deputy Director, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, Monash University

Helen comes from a multi-disciplinary background including Sociology, Psychology and International Business. Her research is mainly in areas of international education, migration, and social cohesion. Helen is a member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Regional Advisory Committee. From 2010-2014 Helen held an Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship and undertook a project concerning international student safety from crime. Helen is an Editorial Board member and Associate Editor for the Journal of International Students.

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CEO, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Craig Ritchie is an Aboriginal man of the Dhunghutti and Biripi nations and is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).  Craig joined AIATSIS as Deputy CEO in April 2016, and formally appointed CEO in May 2017.  Craig has worked in other senior roles within the APS, most recently in the Department of Education and Training 2011-2016 in roles heading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, higher education access and participation for people from low-SES backgrounds, and international student mobility,

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Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania

Dr Wendy Green is a senior lecturer (adjunct) in the School of Education at the University of Tasmania. She is Executive Editor of the journal, Higher Education Research & Development and past Convenor of the International Education Association of Australia’s Network for Internationalisation of the Curriculum.  As an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow she led work on engaging students as partners in global learning.

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Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Centre for Local Government, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Roberta Ryan, from the University of Technology Sydney is a leading public policy, evaluation and research analyst with over 30 years’ experience. Specialising in new approaches in the application of research to policy, Roberta was formally the Director of the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance and the UTS Centre for Local Government.

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Head of Careers and Employment UNSW

Margo Baas, Head of Careers and Employment UNSW, has 20 years experience in Higher Education institutions in Australia and the UK. She was instrumental in developing the Griffith Employability Framework in 2015, which provided a university-wide blueprint to advance graduate success and employability skills for their diverse student cohorts. She has a strong background in systems integration and digitally enriching the student experience.