Going Public: Intellectuals, Transformations, Responsibilities
featuring: Michael Leunig, Professor Raewyn Connell, Dr James Arvanitakis
Hosted by A/Prof Sarah Maddison
WHEN – 6pm Thursday 15 November (5.30 for drinks)
WHERE – New South Global Theatre, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
‘Going Public’ is part of the inaugural Arts & Social Sciences Dis/Connections Postgraduate Conference.
Both intellectual labour and the public sphere are undergoing profound transformations. There is an incredible diversity of social actors operating in early 21st century public life. New media, cultural hybridity, and the global nature of social, economic and environmental crises propel fascinating shifts in the dynamics of public life. Meanwhile, academic institutions are changing rapidly under the same forces. The ‘ivory tower’ is now online, reaching out in a ‘global marketplace of ideas’. With new reach, academics in the arts and social sciences are ‘going public’ with their knowledge in a variety of ways. Our featured speakers discuss how the intellectual can contribute to social, cultural and political life, What transformations intellectuals are contributing to, and what responsibilities come with this participation.
Michael Leunig is a cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world.
Raewyn Connell holds a University Chair at the University of Sydney. She has developed a sociology of intellectuals in the context of neoliberal globalization. Her book Southern Theory critiques the northern bias of mainstream social science, and surveys social theories that arise in the global periphery.
James Arvanitakis is a lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Western Sydney. James has worked as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe. He is currently working with the Whitlam Institute looking at issues confronting Australia’s democracy. James’ latest book, Contemporary Society, gave rise to ‘socio-logic’ – a weekly radio show on FBI Radio (94.5fm).
The panel will be hosted by A/Prof Sarah Maddison, a leading scholar in social movement studies, gender politics, Indigenous political culture, dialogue and reconciliation.