Below are some of the speaker presentations from the 2015 conference. Click on the session title for audio. Click on the speaker's name for their powerpoint presentation. For more information, see the conference program.
Interdisciplinary research in the Humanities and Creative Arts: Challenges and OpportunitiesProfessor Dennis Del Favero, ARCThe presentation looks at emergent and developing trends in interdisciplinary activity funded by the ARC, how these are addressed by the ARC, and what opportunities and challenges these present for the research sector.
Government Initiatives: Effects on the Arts, Social Sciences and HumanitiesProfessor Peter Coaldrake AO (QUT), Professor Margaret Sheil (Melbourne), Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley (Massey)
Current government policy within Australia and New Zealand in relation to the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities will be explored including the presenters’ perspectives on the impacts of the policies, both positive and negative, and how best to capitalise on the environments they create.
Mapping the Humanities and Social Sciences Report: One Year OnProfessor Graeme Turner (UQ), Dr Kylie Brass (AAH)
Professor Graeme Turner and Dr Kylie Brass will provide an update on the reaction to and outcomes of the release of the Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia report in October last year. The report chartered Australia’s current capabilities in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) and identified gaps and opportunities for the future by developing a comprehensive understanding of student enrolment trends and teaching and research activity and potential.
The Student Perspective on Contemporary Forms of Pedagogy: Flipped Classrooms, Work-Integrated Learning, International Mobility Tours and Online TopicsHarry Rolf (National President, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations), Sharlene Leroy-Dyer (National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation), Mr Zhao (Joe) Lu (Regional Office of CAPA)
Students’ representatives will share their views on the trends in pedagogy and resultant learning activities changing the way traditional higher education is being delivered.
Higher Degree Research ChallengesProfessor Richard Strugnell (Melbourne), Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith (Otago), Professor Denise Cuthbert (RMIT)
There are many challenges in attracting, retaining and completing higher degree research students. But for every challenge recognised, an opportunity is created to look at the issues afresh and focus on outcomes that not only work but inspire. This high calibre panel will outline the very latest areas attracting attention and what innovative and inspiring actions are being taken by Australia and New Zealand’s most successful institutions.
Skills for academic leadershipProfessor Peter Lee (SCU), Professor John Germov (Newcastle)
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Lee, joined by DASSH president Professor John Germov, will speaker from their own experiences and observations about the value and various aspects of skills in academic leadership.
Forming a Network of Associate Deans InternationalFacilitated by Professor Kent Andersen (UWA)
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and suggestions regarding the formation of a network of Associate Deans International from ASSH faculties to add to the networks in DASSH of Associate Deans (Research) and Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning); what its objectives and terms of reference would be; and how it would assist our field.
How Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Help Regional Communities ProsperProfessor Peter Lee (SCU), Professor David Battersby (Federation)
Panel members will share success stories and data on how the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences disciplines are benefitting, growing and bringing together regional communities. This discussion will not only include the economic and social inclusion aspects but also those aspects which cannot be quantified, such as the potential for a University to be a catalyst for community identity, creativity and cultural vibrancy
Measuring the Impact of Australian ResearchDr Alan Finkel (ASTE)
The National Science and Research Priorities announced by the Prime Minister in May call for constant and creative engagement between STEM and HASS. President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, Dr Alan Finkel, will explore the role of impact measures in encouraging engagement between researchers and end-users.
Introduction of the Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts to DASSHProfessor Su Baker (President of DDCA and Director of the Victorian College of the Arts)
Professor Su Baker will provide an overview of the establishment, function and vision of the Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (video coming).
Solutions to Sustaining Languages: Collaboration or Online?Professor Cynthia White (Massey), Professor David Hill (Murdoch), Professor Michael Tsianikas (Flinders)
The Panel will explore the challenges of maintaining language enrolment numbers and what techniques are currently being used to address these challenges, including identifying where future trends may emerge.
eResearch/HASS Infrastructure: Digital HumanitiesProfessor Deb Verhoeven (Deakin and Director, HuNI), Professor Paul Arthur (WSU), Professor Linda Barwick (Director, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures), Ms Mary Hobson (Director, eResearch SA)
The evolution of digital technology application to the HASS disciplines has created a revolution in what is possible now and what will be in the future. The panel will explore what infrastructure exists to support the digital revolution in their own specialised areas, how it is currently being used, how it could be used more effectively and what will be needed in the future to capitalise on its potential.
How Can We Better Communicate the Value of the Humanities, Arts and Social Science Disciplines and the Contribution of their Graduates to Economic GrowthProfessor Stuart Cunningham (QUT), Professor Justin O'Connor (Monash), Professor Robert Phiddian (Flinders)
Stereotypical assumptions about the types of careers Humanities, Arts and Social Science graduates lead and the social, cultural and economic contribution they provide to their local and global communities may undervalue the contribution of these disciplines. While HASS higher education providers themselves know and share with each other the successes, outcomes and importance of their disciplines and of HASS graduates, has the time come to stop talking to each other and learn how to powerfully and convincingly communicate the contribution of HASS disciplines with an external focus? The panel will provide a call to action with stories of where this externally focused communication is happening successfully and what you can do to get the word out there.
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