Conference on Activism for Scholar Activists (February 2020 in Melbourne Australia) Keynotes Patricia Hill Collins, Shahidul Alam and Gary Foley among many others...

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February 10, 2020 to February 12, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental History / Studies

The full program for our exciting conference on all forms of activism from new to old is out!

Early bird registration has been extended to the end of the year. Please see further details on our website.

Please join us for an exciting line-up of speakers and events designed especially for the scholar activist community.

WHEN: 10-12 February 2020

WHERE: Melbourne Australia (RMIT University, Capitol Theatre and Melbourne Town Hall)


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

PATRICIA HILL COLLINS, Distinguished University Professor Emerita (University of Maryland)

GARY FOLEY, Professor of History (Moondani Balluk, Victoria University)

VICTORIA GRIEVE-WILLIAMS, Adjunct Professor (RMIT University)

TONY DALTON, Emeritus Professor (RMIT University)

DENNIS ALTMAN, Professor and Vice Chancellor's Fellow (LaTrobe University)

SHAHIDUL ALAM, Adjunct Professor (RMIT University)


The voices and lived experiences of those directly affected by oppression are now front and centre in protest movements. Women of colour, migrants, refugees, Indigenous and LGBTQAx communities as well as climate change activists are powerfully and unapologetically effecting change through a broad range of actions. These protest actions are now occurring at unprecedented scale and speed - from speaking up and out, to educating and organising others in their communities, to urging elected political and community leaders to support efforts to mobilise for and with the most marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable in society.

Driven by desires to dismantle entrenched power structures, populism and autocracy, and to save the Earth, people are beginning at the grassroots and connecting with activists internationally from #BlackLivesMatter to #ExtinctionRebellion to #IsupportStandingRock to #ReclaimtheNight and other Anti-Rape and Anti-Violence Against Women supporters, from the Arab Spring to #SOSBlakAustralia and other grassroots movements around the world.

We have married the lessons of women, Indigenous, black and gay liberation movements of the 60s and 70s with organising against racism and discrimination of the 80s and 90s with new models and tools of resistance in the digital age. Protests are now transformed by new technologies and social media, allowing people to assemble, share experiences and give voice to perspectives that would otherwise be excluded.

How do we make sense of these protest movements in the digital age and in relation to social change over time? This conference offers a chance for pause, reflection and critical engagement of this complex question.



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