We understand public pedagogies to refer to the forms, processes and sites of teaching and learning that take place beyond the boundaries of formal education institutions. These may be experienced through public spaces and institutions such as museums, libraries, neighbourhood houses and community sites, or through areas such as the arts, media, or popular culture. This conference seeks to engage people who participate with learning and teaching in the practice, research and evaluation of public pedagogies, and invites discussion on the challenges and achievements in the field.
The conference will be held over three days from Monday November 28 to Wednesday November 30.
The one Registration fee of $60 includes open attendance at all three days of the conference, with lunch and refreshments provided (on conference days Tuesday and Wednesday), as well as an annual membership to the Public Pedagogies Institute. You can choose to attend on one or all days. The cost has been kept to a minimum to make attendance as accessible as possible. There is also the option of purchasing a ticket to the conference dinner on the evening of Tuesday November 29 for an additional $30 for those that wish to attend.
This year we are expanding the conference program to three days in order to include a day dedicated to practical workshops focused on understanding public pedagogies through arts practice based learning which will take place on the first day of the program. Please note: The workshop program will be held at VU Metro West, 138 Nicholson St, Footscray on Monday November 28 (this is a free event and lunch will not be provided on the workshop day).
Conference Keynote Speakers
Our keynote speakers will present in the morning of day two and three of the program with a related panel discussion to follow:
Keynote Speaker – Tuesday November 29th
Professor Kate Hodgkin
Our first Keynote will be presented by Professor Kate Hodgkin, a Professor of Cultural History in the School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London, and a Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a research and educational centre devoted to encouraging the widest possible participation in historical research and debate. Professor Hodgkin’s keynote will address the ways that Raphael Samuel’s work emphasised history beyond the university, how the Centre has tried to follow that through, and how the changing character and politics of higher education in the UK and beyond has reshaped the work of the Centre.
Keynote Speaker – Wednesday November 30th
Dr Tony Birch
Dr Tony Birch is a renowned academic, author and educator based in Melbourne, and the first recipient of the Dr Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Research Fellowship at Victoria University. Dr Birch’s keynote address will focus on his research exploring the implications of climate change on Aboriginal communities, and the value of Aboriginal knowledge of land and the natural environment to inform the wider community. His research looks into first-hand testimonies from explorer and settler diaries and other historic records housed in the Australian Archives, the Public Records Office and the State Library of Victoria. Dr Birch is a firm believer in the importance of education in empowering Aboriginal people to create change for themselves and their community. He has authored many books and short stories, including Shadowboxing, Blood (shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award), The Promise (shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award), and Ghost River, (recently awarded the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing).
Further details regarding the full schedule of events for each day will be distributed as they become available.
For more information about the event program and the Public Pedagogies Institute please visit our website.
This conference has been organised with the support of Victoria University and Deakin University.