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Plenary 1

Mobility and Belonging : On Being Sociological in a Multidisciplinary Way

Chair: Greg Acciaioli


Martin Forsey – Anthropology & Sociology, UWA (Sociology and Anthropology Interface).

Johanna Wyn – Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University (Sociology and Education interface)

 Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt – Senior Fellow, Resource, Environment and Development (RE&D) Program. ANU

Mark Weston –  Director, Institute for Social Science Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, UQ

What impact, if any, has the mobility turn had on academic identities? Just as mobility often involves traversal of politico-geographical boundaries, so too does its analysis often entail transgressing disciplinary boundaries. What then does it mean to study this turn sociologically in institutional settings promoting multi-disciplinary, ‘silo-less’ structures and in a broader cultural milieu celebrating diversity, multiple identities and flexible, malleable life courses? The panel, which will be structured in a round-table format, will feature contributions from multiple perspectives, ranging from those with a firm, clear commitment to particular visions of what it means to belong to a discipline such as sociology to boundary riders with a more fluid sense of disciplinary identity. Speakers will focus upon the conjunctures and disjunctures of sociology with such disciplines as Anthropology, Demography, Law, Geography, Theatre Studies and others.

Plenary 2

Decolonising Research Ethics

Chair: Farida Fozdar

Panel: Raewyn Connell (Sydney), Karen Farquharson (Swinburne) and Mark Israel (AHRECS)

This 90-minute session will: explore how research ethics has been used by the Global North, settler states, disciplines and institutions to displace other perspectives on the ethics of research; assess the impact that this has on researchers, participants and reviewers, and consider what might be done in response.

In this context, the language of decolonisation draws on Raewyn Connell’s book Southern Theory, Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s work on methodologies as well as her co-edited collection on critical and indigenous voices in social research and ethics, Zach Schrag’s book on Ethical Imperialism, and research on epistemic communities and policy transfer.

Plenary 3

Decolonising Justice: Placing Indigenous Knowledge at the Centre

Chair: Harry Blagg

Panel: Harry Blagg (UWA), Hilde Tubex (UWA), Ethan Blue (UWA), Thalia Anthony (UTS) and Victoria Hovane (UWA)

This 90-minute session will explore the current relationships between the white settler justice system and Indigenous peoples. It is influenced, but not bound by, postcolonial, settler colonial and Indigenous perspective that see justice for Indigenous people in decolonising terms. Drawing on research on community justice, prisons, family violence, mobilities, deaths in custody, and Indigenous self-policing, this session argues for approaches to justice that radically reconfigure relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous domains.