The Academic and Activist Interface

Victoria University of Wellington, 1-3 September 2016





We are pleased to announce the following three speakers for the conference’s opening panel discussion on the conference theme The Academic and Activist Interface:


Wendy Larner, Victoria University: recently appointed Provost at Victoria, Wendy is a New Zealander who was previously based at Bristol University for ten years as Professor of Human Geography and Sociology.  She has written extensively on neoliberalism and activism, with her research situated in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender.


Pala MolisaVictoria University: originally from Vanuatu, Pala is a lecturer at the School of Accounting and Commercial Law and specialises in the areas of critical accounting and sustainability accounting.  Pala is involved in the peace, trade and climate movements.


Sue Bradford, Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA): formerly a member of parliament for the Green Party, Sue has led the establishment of the soon to be launched left think tank ESRA.  Sue also helps to run Auckland Action Against Poverty.



Existing structures of power, exploitation and inequality are not inevitable, and there are many existing alternative visions and emerging possibilities for organising life. Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change III seeks to support these alternatives and possibilities by questioning the apparent divide between the academy and activism, and seeking to move beyond it.


We intend to highlight the diverse and productive spaces where academia and activism intersect, exploring points of contestation and difference, and asking how we can cooperate better in future. By drawing together people from across the academic-activist spectrum, this conference will create a forum for presentations, workshops, performances, exhibitions and debate to explore change.


This conference explicitly seeks to advance social and environmental justice, economic democracy and mutual respect. In this spirit, we seek to realise two key aims:

 1.    To strengthen existing ties within and between activism and academia, as well as developing new relationships.

2.    To work together toward the development of concrete programmes for social change.




We invite participation in a variety of forms, including (but not only): presentations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions and film screenings.


We invite registrations and presentation proposals (up to 500 words) by 27 May. Notification of acceptance will be made by 24 June. Proposals can be uploaded on the registration page or emailed as a document attachment to


If your proposal is for a panel discussion or workshop, please include the details of how you would like to structure your session; e.g. 3 presenters followed by a debate. Please also include other relevant details, such as the names of those who will be involved, and the proposed title for your session.


Participation and attendance will be free, but those who are able to, and those with institutional support, are encouraged to donate up to $100 (or more), which will be used to assist with travel/accommodation costs for students and unwaged/low-waged people from outside the Wellington region.


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This is a child friendly conference. There will be a caregiving co-op and children are welcome in conference sessions.