Tag Archives: Activism

Beyond Engagement: Universities within their Community

Since being awarded the Prime Minister’s Teacher of the Year Award, I have been lucky enough to be invited to deliver keynotes both in Australia and internationally. While the focus is generally on ‘what makes a good teacher’, invariably, the … Continue reading

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On Art and Society… and the awesome work of Luke Cornish…

I must admit, growing up in a migrant, working class family, art played no part in my life. I remember the first time I visited a gallery in school and running around with my class mates making fun of all … Continue reading

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Race and South Africa… the more things change…

Since receiving my teaching award, I have been lucky enough to be invited to attend conferences and universities all over the world… it is an amazing experience and I have never felt so lucky.   My most recent travel was … Continue reading

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Pirates v. Powerpoint: On innovative pedagogies

In late November (2012) I was lucky enough to receive the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award – see the nice awards in the photo! In giving me the award, the Office of Learning and Teaching described my philosophy of … Continue reading

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Poverty and ‘natural’ disasters: arsenic in Bangladesh

Every year we witness dozens of ‘natural’ disasters from all over the world which are usually accompanied by a devastating loss of life, the displacements of thousands and the loss of livelihoods that compounds the suffering. From the earthquakes in … Continue reading

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On the role of artists… and Complex Emotions

 Recently I was asked to write my first catalogue essay for the work of Chen Ping – an artist who works in both Australia and Beijing (pictured here with me at the opening of his exhibition, September 2012). The essay … Continue reading

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What is the role of Universities?

I have now been working for universities for about 10 years as I started teaching when I first started my PhD. In that time, I have continued to take part in countless public debates and whenever someone feels like they … Continue reading

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Education, commons, pirates and ninjas

This original version of this article was original published for EduFactory Web Journal on 23 January 2008. I have been reflecting on teaching lately and re-read it – and I still think it is relevant so I am re-drafting it, … Continue reading

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Whiteness and literature: learning about superiority

Whiteness studies is a research area I have been working on over the last few years. It is a complimentary way of studying the issue of ‘racism’. This is an interdisciplinary area of inquiry looking at the various cultural, historical … Continue reading

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So many protests, why now?

It is hard to miss the many protests that have been happening around the world. Most of these protests are driven by a broad range of young people. I have written some articles lately that attempt to understand what is … Continue reading

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