Social Justice Seminar Series

14 November 2017

SOCIAL JUSTICE: POLITICS, PRACTICES AND URGENT QUESTIONS

A joint presentation by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work Social Policy, and School and Teacher Education Policy research networks

What do we mean when we talk about social justice and how should we proceed?

Terms such as, “social justice”, “diversity”, “equity” and “inclusion” are in common use in universities, but they are not always used with clarity or precision. Sometimes they describe well-developed plans and actions. Occasionally they represent little more than progressive chic. In any case it is time for some serious examination of what we mean when we talk about social justice – and of how we might attempt to act in socially just ways. This series of fortnightly seminars aims to deepen our collective understanding of social justice by addressing a range of pressing problems from teaching, research and community engagement in the areas of education and social work. The presentations will be critical and questioning, and hopefully push beyond the language of feel-good vision statements in order to encourage hard thinking and serious agenda setting about the practices and politics of inequality.

Schools, communities, prejudice and the ‘promise’ of social justice

In this concluding session of the series of seminars, doctors Freebody and Proctor will thread together the themes that have emerged from the fortnightly presentations. Drawing on emerging work in understanding prejudice in schools and society, and attention to the history of schooling in Australia, they will critically consider our collective responses to ongoing issues, asking questions about the extent to which schools and communities are and can be spaces for social justice.Presenters: Kelly Freebody and Helen Proctor

Event details

  • When: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: This event is catered. RSVPs are essential.
    Email rebecca.rathbone@sydney.edu.au

  • Contact:

    Dr Kelly Freebody
    E: kelly.freebody@sydney.edu.au

    Professor Donna Baines
    E: donna.baines@sydney.edu.au

    Associate Professor Susan Goodwin
    E: susan.goodwin@sydney.edu.au

    Associate Professor Helen Proctor
    E: helen.proctor@sydney.edu.au


  • More info: View the topics and speakers for the entire series of seminars on the Social Policy Research Network events website or the School and Teacher Education Policy Research Network events website.

  • Speaker/ Performer: Kely Freebody (pictured, top) is Senior Lecturer in Drama Education and Education Director at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. Her research focuses on educational drama, social justice, creativity in education and school-community relationships. Dr Freebody's teaching interests include drama pedagogy and teacher education. Her recent volume Drama and Social Justice (Freebody & Finneran, 2016) is available through Routledge.

    Helen Proctor (pictured, bottom) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. Her research uses historical perspectives and methods to examine the making of contemporary educational systems, contributing both to research into the history of education and critical inquiry into current schooling policy and practice. Dr Proctor's publications include A History of Australian Schooling (Campbell and Proctor 2014), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice (Proctor, Brownlee & Freebody, 2015) and School Choice: How Families Negotiate the New School Markets in Australia (Campbell, Proctor & Sherington, 2009).


Social Justice Seminar Series

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

14 November 2017


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