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United Theological College

16 Masons Drive

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A two day conference to be held at United Theological College.

For some years the assumption in Australia was that the role of governments and civil society (the institutions that mediate between individuals and the state) was to expand the social, economic and political rights of citizens. People were seen as having social and economic ends. The church acted in this space as one body in civil society defending and expanding those rights in cooperation with governments.

Neoliberalism argues that capital must have complete freedom, and other rights may have to be given up. People are primarily valued for their contribution to the economy – producers and consumers. Civil society serves the agenda of governments, whose priority is economic growth and freedom for capital. The state justifies its existence as a source of security, not expanded rights for citizens.

This shift to neoliberalism is well illustrated in Free Trade Agreements which can make it possible for companies to sue governments who seek to protect social well-being – e.g. if they stop mining for environmental or social reasons, or wish to protect water as a common good.

How does the church respond to this situation? Is it still working in the ways of social liberalism? How does the church deal with the new understanding of human-ness, the state, and the nature of freedom?

This conference will explore these and other issues around neoliberalism, civil society and the church through various disciplines and approaches.


Keynote Speaker:

Dr Elizabeth Strakosch, Lecturer in Public Policy and Governance at the University of Queensland -
her research focuses on the intersection of policy and political relationships.


Cost - Single-Day Registrations:

$35 per person / per day + booking fee.


Full Package Registrations:

Full 2-day package registrations available at:

www.neolib-civil-society-church-full-2-day-package.eventbrite.com.au


Single Day Registration - Thursday 28 June:

A single day registration for Thursday's portion of the conference (including dinner) is also available at:

www.neolib-civil-society-church-single-day-28-june.eventbrite.com.au


More Information:

www.utc.edu.au/save-the-date-conference-neoliberalism-civil-society-the-church


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