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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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President's Welcome

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.

Professor Mandy Thomas
President, Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Executive Dean, Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology

WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER (Pre-Conference Day)

Associate Dean Network Meetings 
10.00am-4.00pm - Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) Network 
10.00am-4.00pm - Associate Deans (Research) Network
2.00pm-5.00pm - Executive Deans Pre-Conference Meeting

5.00pm-5.30pm - Conference Registration

5.30-7.00pm - Welcome Reception - drinks and canapés at The Roundhouse Club Bar

Venue: The Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington 2052 UNSW Map Reference E6

Guests may also choose to have dinner at the UNSW staff-only, fine dining restaurant The Lounge.Table reservations can be made online
Please note dinner at The Lounge is not included in your registration or ticket price.


THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER: Conference Day 1 

10.15-11.00am - For the Common Good: How HASS should intervene in critical public debates. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Australian Academy of the Humanities. This session is proudly sponsored by GALE. 

11.15am-12.00pm - Working across the HASS-STEM divide.
Speakers: Professor Emeritus Iain McCalman, University of Sydney
Scientia Professor Carla Treloar, Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW 

This session is proudly sponsored by Turnitin. 

12.00-1.00pm - Arguing in good faith in an age of mendacity.
Speakers: Professor Catharine Lumby – Macquarie University;
Professor Tim Soutphommasane – University of Sydney

1.00-2.00pm - DASSH AGM 

2.00-3.00pm - Keynote Address Professor Megan Davis - Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous - UNSW, Professor of Law - UNSW Law. This session is proudly sponsored by Open Universities. 

3.15-4.15pm - Re-making the curriculum: Indigenous studies and Indigenous perspectives.
Speakers: Professor Michelle Trudgett - Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation, Western Sydney University;
Dr Hirini Kaa - Kaiārahi for the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland Dakota Jericho Smith – Student Narratives and ‘Decolonising Universities’, UNSW

Venue: John Niland Scientia Building UNSWGate 11, Library Walk, Kensington Campus UNSW Map Reference G19

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER: DASSH Conference Dinner
Proudly sponsored by UniSuper

6.15pm Pre-dinner drinks, canapes and jazz  

7.00-9.30pm - DASSH Conference Dinner Event 
Keynote Speaker: Gill Nicol - Director, Audience Engagement, MCA.

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Quayside Room and Terrace, 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000

Please note that one dinner ticket is included in your registration; additional tickets may be purchased separately. 


FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER: Conference Day 2

9.30-10.30am - Who's in and who's out: Expanding the boundaries of the common good.
Speakers: Verity Firth - Executive Director, Social Justice, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Technology Sydney;
Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett – Discipline Head of Sociology and Deputy Director, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, Monash University;
Craig Ritchie – CEO, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

10.45-11.45am - Beyond the Cash Cow: International students, HASS and the common good.
Speakers: Dr Wendy Green – University of Tasmania; Dr Kate Bowles - Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Law, Humanities & Arts, University of Wollongong;
Professor Roberta Ryan - Institute for Public Policy and Governance  Centre for Local Government, University of Technology Sydney

11.45am-1.00pm - Singing off the same sheet? Employability and graduate attributes.
Speakers: Bradley Scott Kilpatrick, CSC – Deputy Commandant, Australian Defence Force Academy; Margo Baas - Head of Careers & Employment, UNSW
 
1.00-1.15pm - Closing remarks and conference outcomes

Please note the conference will conclude at 2pm on Friday 27 September.

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

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TRANSPORT
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.

ACCOMMODATION

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

SPONSORS

DASSH is grateful for the support of the following sponsors:

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Speakers
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PROFESSOR MEGAN DAVIS

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. Professor Davis was Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law from 2006-2016.

Professor Davis is formerly Chair and expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016). As UNPFII expert she was the focal point for UN Women and UN AIDS. During this period of UN service, Megan was the Rapporteur of the UN EGM on an Optional Protocol to the UNDRIP in 2015, the Rapporteur of the UN EGM on Combating violence against Indigenous women and girls in 2011 and the UN Rapporteur for the International EGM on Indigenous Youth in 2012. Megan has extensive experience as an international lawyer at the UN and participated in the drafting of the UNDRIP from 1999-2004 and is a former UN Fellow of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Professor Davis is a constitutional lawyer who researches in public law and public international law. Her current research focuses on constitutional design, democratic theory and Indigenous peoples. Professor Davis has been the leading constitutional lawyer working on Indigenous constitutional reform since 2011. In 2015 she was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Referendum Council and designed the deliberative constitutional dialogue process the Council undertook. In 2011, Megan was also appointed to the Prime Minister's Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution and continues to be involved in legal discussions on the constitutional issues relating to the referendum model.

Professor Davis was named in the 2017 Australian Financial Review annual power list and was awarded the overall winner in 2018’s Women of Influence. She was ranked number 7 on the Cultural power list for her work on constitutional reform and delivering the Uluru Statement From the Heart. Professor Davis has also been the 2010 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year; one of Australian Financial Review and Westpac's 100 Women of Influence in Australia in 2013 and 2016; National Australia Bank/Women's Agenda Inspirational Ambassador Award in 2013; the University of Queensland Alumni Award for services to the UN and constitutional reform in 2014; the 58th E.S. Meyers Memorial Medal.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER: CONFERENCE DAY 1
2.00-3.00pm - Keynote Address Professor Megan Davis - Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, UNSW.

This session is proudly sponsored by Open Universities.

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PROFESSOR IAIN MCCALMAN

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. Iain was made Officer of the Order of Australia for services to history and the humanities in 2007. His 2009 book, Darwin’s Armada (Penguin) was the winner of the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Non-fiction, the Sid Harta Literature Award, the Frank Broeze Prize for Marine and Maritime History, and was the basis for the ABC–CBC TV series, Darwin’s Brave New World. His 2013 book, The Reef—A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change, was published by Penguin in Australia in November 2013 and by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA in May 2014. His current book-in-progress is, The Grass Ceiling — A Human-Animal Saga. Two women writers and a monkey who loved nature and battled patriarchy. He was Research Professor in History and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, 2011-2018, and is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER: CONFERENCE DAY 1

11.15am-12.00pm - Working across the HASS-STEM divide.


This session is proudly sponsored by Turnitin. 

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Professor Carla Treloar

SCIENTIA 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. Her work is recognised for theoretical and methodological innovation in applied research. Her work covers risk and prevention, chronic illness and treatment and the use of mixed and innovative methods. In particular, her research encompasses the social aspects of drug use in relation to prevention of drug-related harms (particularly hepatitis C), engagement of people who use drugs in health and other services, and critical analysis of the structure and operation of services for people who use drugs. Her expertise lies in the experience of marginalised populations and their negotiation of everyday life and health service access in living with stigmatised conditions, particularly hepatitis C and illicit drug use/dependence. She has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and been awarded more than $35 million in research funding. She has been a member of more than 50 advisory committees for government, health agencies and non-government organisations including the NSW and Australian Ministerial Advisory Committees.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER: CONFERENCE DAY 1

11.15am-12.00pm - Working across the HASS-STEM divide.

This session is proudly sponsored by Turnitin. 

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PROFESSOR CATHARINE LUMBY

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. Before entering academia in 2000, she was a journalist and opinion writer and has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and The Bulletin magazine. 


Catharine has been the recipient of eight Australian Research Council grants and has completed research projects for organisations as diverse as Google Australia, the Australian Communication and Media Authority, the Australian Sports Commission and the National Rugby League.  She sits on the Council of the National Museum of Australia. 

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 1
12.00-1.00PM Arguing in good faith in an age of mendacity

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PROFESSOR TIM SOUTPHOMMASANE

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. 

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 1
12.00-1.00PM Arguing in good faith in an age of mendacity

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PROFESSOR MICHELLE TRUDGETT

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. In 2018 Michelle received the highly prestigious National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year Award, additionally she was also awarded the Neville Bonner Award for Teaching Excellence (along with colleagues Page and BodkinAndrews). She has been a Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council grants, three as the lead Chief Investigator, which equate to $4,189,000 in funding. Michelle has developed an international reputation as a leading Indigenous Australian scholar whose research provides considerable insight into the area of Indigenous participation in higher education, with a specific focus on the postgraduate sector. She is currently working on two significant ARC projects - one will reshape the way universities currently 'do business' with Indigenous Australians through focusing on Indigenous leadership and governance in higher education, whilst the other investigates how the sector can best support and develop Indigenous Early Career Researchers.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 1
3.15-4.15pm  Re-making the curriculum: Indigenous studies and Indigenous perspectives

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DR HIRINI KAA

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. He also currently holds a prestigious Marsden Fund fast start grant with his project 'The Young Māori Party: Leading Iwi into Modernity' researching a leading group of Māori leaders, activists and thinkers from the turn of the twentieth century.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 1
3.15-4.15pm  Re-making the curriculum: Indigenous studies and Indigenous perspectives

GILL NICOL

GILL NICOL

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. She holds an MA in Fine Art Printmaking from University of Brighton and an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts from University of Leeds.

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DINNER
7.00-9.30pm Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

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VERITY FIRTH

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.   
 
Ms Firth has experience at the highest levels of government, not for profit and education sectors in Australia.  As NSW Minister for Women, implemented sector wide strategies to improve women’s recruitment and development; as Minister for Education and Training, focussed on equity in education and as CEO Public Education Foundation, the Foundation became a major provider of support to public education.

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 2
9.30-10.30am   Who's in and who's out: Expanding the boundaries of the common good

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DR HELEN FORBES-MEWETT

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. She has published widely in scholarly academic journals. Helen’s books include: International Student Security (2010), International Students and Crime (2015), and The New Security: Individual, Community and Cultural Experiences (2018). Her forthcoming book, Vulnerability in a Mobile World, will be published in 2019.

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 2
9.30-10.30am   Who's in and who's out: Expanding the boundaries of the common good

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CRAIG RITCHIE

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, as well as founding Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the ACT Government. Craig has extensive experience in the community sector, including as CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) - the peak advocacy body for Aboriginal community controlled health services.

Craig is the only Indigenous Commonwealth Government agency head and a founding member of the APS Indigenous SES Network. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney where he also serves on the ViceChancellor’s Industry Advisory Board.   Craig studied History, Classics and Education at the University of Newcastle and has a post-graduate qualification in management and is currently completing his PhD at the Australian National University. His thesis topic is Culture and Policymaking: Towards Better Aboriginal Policy and explores the cultural basis of contemporary policymaking and researching the recalibration of policymaking systems on the basis of Aboriginal culture.

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 2
9:30-10:30am  Who's in and who's out: Expanding the boundaries of the common good (Featuring panel discussion and Q&A)

 

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DR WENDY GREEN

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. In her research and teaching practice, Wendy is particularly interested in the impact of increasing globalisation on higher education, and its implications for the development of culturally inclusive pedagogy. She has published widely on many aspects of international education, including the global mobility of staff and students, curriculum internationalisation, and the experiences of international students.  For further details see https://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/education/wendy-green and https://www.sapgl.com

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 2
10.45-11.45am Beyond the Cash Cow: International students, HASS and the common good

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PROFESSOR ROBERTA RYAN

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.
 
Roberta has completed over 300 social research and evaluation projects, including major national reviews and evaluations, methodologically complex projects using outcome and process evaluation approaches, program logic and many service reviews and evaluations. She has particular expertise in the development of innovative methodologies that deliver key strategic outcomes for clients. Roberta has an established reputation for consultative and expert facilitation of processes that assist governments to arrive at constructive and mutually acceptable policy and program outcomes.

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 2
10.45-11.45am Beyond the Cash Cow: International students, HASS and the common good

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MARGO BAAS

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. At UNSW she introduced VMock, an artificial intelligence platform for students which can be used anytime, anywhere, to get tailored feedback on their resume instantly and learn how to improve it. Margo holds an MBA from UTS and a Master of Learning and Development from USQ. 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/margobaas/

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 – CONFERENCE DAY 2
11.45am-1.00pm  Singing off the same sheet? Employability and graduate attributes