2010

Contesting neoliberalism and its future

The proposed workshop will bring together leading Australian scholars for a focussed investigation of the nature of neoliberalism. Based upon these understandings, the policy implications of the current global financial crisis for the future of neoliberalism will then be considered.

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2010 Australian election (Federal election workshop series)

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has, for several years, supported a series of Post-election workshops and books. The workshops bring together a team of around 22 to 25 comprising academics and practitioners to present and debate their points of view about the most recent national election.

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Interdisciplinary perspectives on intercountry adoption in Australia History, policy, practice and experience

The workshop will bring new research knowledge to bear on policy debates and practice in the changing field of intercountry adoption (ICA), inform policy debate, and set directions for future research. It is a response to issues emerging in international research which are yet to be addressed by social scientists in Australia; and, current and emerging policy challenges identified by the Intercountry Adoption Branch of the Office of the Federal Attorney-General (the Central Authority on ICA in Australia under the Hague Convention).

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Understanding emotions An interdisciplinary workshop

The proposed Workshop is intended to provide an innovative forum for interdisciplinary discussion of the study of human emotions, including the historical understanding of the nature of emotions in the pre-modern period. It will combine researchers from the areas of history, literature, philosophy and the arts with researchers in psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry.

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Rethinking Australian research on migration and diversity

The central aim of the proposed ASSA workshop Rethinking Australian research on migration and diversity is to explore ways of strengthening Australian research in this important field, and to think through strategies for reconnecting it both to mainstream social science and to international debates. The precondition for this is to improve understanding of trends in human mobility and diversity for Australia, our region and the world, and to explore the tasks such trends are likely to create for Australian migration research.

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Hybridisation of the state: past, present, future

The Workshop brought together an international group of scholars of the state, global civil society, and international political economy, including early career and senior scholars from Australia, North America, and Europe, to examine the logics underlying the process of ‘public-private hybridisation’ of state-provided functions, businesses and services. This phenomenon has been attributed to the neoliberal turn in politics and economics. The workshop probed the idea that hybridisation represents a reorganised form of governmental rule and authority, both within and between states, that serves to maintain and even reassert state power in new ways that extends also to the international arena.

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Racism, exclusion and poverty: key factors reducing international student safety Statement from the policy workshop “racism and the student experience”

On 31 March 2010, The Academy of the Social Sciences, Universities Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission jointly convened a workshop examining the issue of Racism and the Student Experience. The multidisciplinary workshop assembled 20 social scientists with expertise in the issues of racism and racially motivated crime, and tertiary students in Australia. The first in a series of events designed to connect researchers and policy practitioners, the workshop participants assessed current social sciences knowledge and knowledge gaps and the ways in which social sciences research could contribute to policy responses which mitigate against racism and racially motivated crimes against tertiary students in Australia.

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Ethics for living in the anthropocene

This two day invited workshop brings together key thinkers from numerous disciplines and occupations to consider questions concerning ethics for living. The starting premise is the fact that we are now living in an era of unprecedented rapid environmental and social change. The long 10,000 year history of climatic stability on Earth enabled the rise of agriculture and domestication, the growth of cities, numerous technological revolutions, and the growth of modernity.

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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

    ABN: 59 957 839 703
  • Location: 26 Balmain Crescent, Acton, ACT 2601
  • Postal: GPO Box 1956, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • +61 .2 62491788
  • +61 .2 62474335
  • secretariat@assa.edu.au

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