All welcome!

Researching Post-Capitalist Possibilities One Day Conference

25 January 2018

Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: Level 9 Conference Room, Western Sydney University Parramatta City Campus, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta
Cost: $40

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What role can the humanities and social sciences play in making other worlds possible?

What capacities do we have as scholars to shape the world?

What ethical responsibilities and earthly cares come with this work?

Potential answers to these difficult questions might benefit from collective thinking and learning. This one day conference follows the 6 day Researching Postcapitalist Possibilities Summer School. It is open to a wide audience, as well as to pre-registered summer school participants. The conference offers an opportunity to think and learn together. It will present recent research by members of the Community Economies Research Network.

Conference papers will be available to pre-read after 8 January 2018. Conference sessions will take the form of short 10 minute presentations followed by in depth discussion and appreciative inquiry. Only registered attendees will be given access to the papers.


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Conference Program

8.30-9.15am: Registration

9.15-9.30am: Welcome

9.30-11.15am: I Commons Ethics and Commons Logics

Enterprise and Commonwealth: Making a Different Future
Stephen Healy, Western Sydney University

A New Geopolitics of Birthing: From Territoriality to Commons
Kelly Dombroski, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Transitioning Around the Elephant in the Room: Resilience, Property, and the Fate of Cities
Louise Crabtree, Western Sydney University

Radical Equality, Care and Labour in a Community Economy
Gradon Diprose, Open Polytechnic New Zealand

11.15-11.45am: Morning tea

11.45am-1.15pm: II Community Economies in Asia

Thinking with Interdependence: From Economy/Environment to Ecological Livelihoods
Ethan Miller and J.K. Gibson-Graham

Action, Research, and Participation: Doing Appreciative Inquiry with Migrants near the Thai-Myanmar Border
Istvan Rado, Thammasat University

Social Enterprise and the Everydayness of Precarious Indigenous Cambodian Villagers: Challenging Ethnocentric Epistemologies
Isaac Lyne, Western Sydney University

Strengthening Economic Resilience in Monsoon Asia: Parsing Community Capacities
Ann Hill, University of Canberra

1.15-2.30pm: Lunch

2.30-4.30pm: III The Politics of More than Human Matters, Cares and Concerns

Reducing Plastics Use: Calculating and Qualifying Ethical Effort in Social Economies.
Gay Hawkins, Western Sydney University

Cultivating the Convivial Commons: Insights from Slow Food
Melissa Kennedy

Diverse Economies of Energy, Law and Climate Change
Declan Kuch

Community Economies and Climate Justice
Gerda Roelvink

4.30pm: Afternoon tea

5.00pm: Close


Professor Katherine Gibson

Institute for Culture and Society

Western Sydney University

Parramatta Campus

Locked Bag 1797 Penrith NSW 2751


61 2 9685 9712

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