DASSH Conference 2022
Session Recordings

The 2022 DASSH Conference themed Now, Then, Later, marked the first time since 2019 that our member Deans and Associate and Deputy Deans gathered together in one place. Strong themes of engagement with policy makers, decolonisation and inclusion emerged with inspiring and challenging presentations from a number of Australian and New Zealand speakers as well as representatives of government.

Below are a collection of recorded sessions, made available free of charge to those who were unable to attend and other people outside of the immediate DASSH network.

Please enjoy these recordings. You can see the full program here.

Closing address: Professor Sandy O’Sullivan

Professor O’Sullivan focussed on global Indigenous peoples, expansive futures, and they posed a challenge to the colonial project of gender, history and art (and everything else!).

Professor Sandy O’Sullivan is a Wiradjuri transgender/non-binary person working in the Centre for Global Indigenous Futures at Macquarie University, where they are a 2020-2024 ARC Future Fellow with a project titled Saving Lives: Mapping the influence of Indigenous LGBTIQ+ creative artists. The project explores the unique contribution of queer artists to understand how modelling complex identities contributes to the wellbeing of all First Nations’ peoples.

Since 1991 they have taught and researched across gender and sexuality, museums, the body, performance, design and First Nations’ identity. Sandy was the inaugural director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research at Batchelor Institute.  They completed an internationally focused ARC program examining the representation and engagement of First Nations’ Peoples across 470 museums and Keeping Places, and in 2020 they completed an ARC Linkage mapping creative practice across the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory (Creative Barkly). Sandy works across both industry and the academy, and recently completed a national review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance and theatre makers for the Australia Council for the Arts.

In addition to their academic work, Sandy has been a musician, performer and sound artist since 1982 holding national and international arts residencies.

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Major General Mick Ryan AM

‘How HASS will always win against an authoritarian regime’

While PM Albanese has set many new priorities, investment in Defence was identified well in advance of the election, and has been building for years. From the Labor Party’s pre-election policy briefing: “Defence plans to invest $270 billion dollars in new, advanced capabilities over the next decade, including around $3 billion dollars directly on defence innovation. These major investments provide a unique opportunity to develop sovereign industrial capability, a more advanced manufacturing sector, and secure, decent, long-term jobs for Australians.” HASS ignores this strategic opportunity at its peril.

Mick Ryan is a retired major general in the Australian Army. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the U.S. Marine Corps University Command and Staff College and School of Advanced Warfighting, he is a passionate advocate of professional education and lifelong learning, and has often partnered with creative thinkers and storytellers at Queensland Universities. He has commanded at platoon, squadron, regiment, task force, and brigade level. His book, War Transformed, was published in February 2022 by US Naval Institute Books.

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Interdisciplinary Presidential cross-talk

DASSH President Cathy Coleborne & Australian Council of Deans of Science President Professor Melissa Brown

Professor Melissa Brown is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland (UQ) and President of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS). Melissa completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne and has held positions at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, King’s College London, and The Universities of Melbourne, Queensland and Oxford. During her career, Melissa has taught Molecular Biology to more than 10,000 students and published over 100 research papers and reviews in the field of Cancer Genetics. Melissa has held several academic leadership roles, including Head of School and Associate Dean (Research). The focus of her leadership has been enabling academics to reach their potential, enhancing diversity, and bringing new teams together to achieve excellence and impact.

Professor Catharine Coleborne is a historian of mental health and institutions. From 2015 to 2022, she led and managed a large and highly diverse group of academics in humanities and social science and spearheaded the implementation of the new School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Her higher education leadership experiences include curriculum renewal and design; as Associate Dean postgraduate (Waikato); and Chair of the university-wide Educator Network (Newcastle), as well as sector-wide representation (Marsden Fund, Aotearoa) and ERA (Australian Research Council). As President of DASSH she has forged an increasingly positive public engagement for arts, humanities and social sciences since 2020.

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Four perspectives on Indigenising the curriculum

Indigenous knowledges and values are now acknowledged as crucial to curriculum development in the HASS disciplines as to the wider project of cultural inclusivity, equity and decolonisation. This panel discussion examines the approaches taken by universities in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand in Indigenising the curriculum, and the implications for student engagement, teaching delivery and critical learning processes.

Chair Professor Kate Darian-Smith is Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania, a role she has held since 2018. She is responsible leading five Schools — Humanities; Social Sciences; Creative Arts and Media; Law; and Education — located across multiple campuses. Kate sits on the Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; and former service includes the ARC College of Experts; as President, International Australian Studies Association; the Board, Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT); the Council, Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House. She has been an advocate for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts across her career and is recognised for her long-term support of Australian Studies internationally, particularly in Japan and China.

Associate Professor Aroha Harris (Associate Dean Mātauranga Māori), Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland.Historian. Associate Professor Aroha Harris (MNZM) belongs to Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi iwi. She is a historian at Te Kura Tangata o Waipapa Taumata Rau, Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland. Significant among her publications are Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest (2004) and the award-winning Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (2014), a collaboration with Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson and the late Dame Judith Binney. Aroha is a former President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, a founding member of Te Pouhere Kōrero, the national collective of Māori historians, and former President of the New Zealand Historical Association. She was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2008.

Dr Michael Guerzoni (PhD, University of Tasmania) is an Indigenous Fellow Academic Development in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania, lecturing in child protection, juvenile justice, and Indigenous justice issues. His research centres on the safeguarding of children within religious organisations, organisational culture, and the wellbeing and educational success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Prior to his current role, Mike served in the office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania where he, with Distinguished Professor Emerita Maggie Walter, researched and designed the University’s Curricula Indigenisation framework. He is a descendent of the Trawulwuy people of Tasmania’s northeast, and post-war Italian migrants.

Professor Hēmi Whaanga   is a linguist, professor and Head of School in Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (The School of Māori Knowledge) at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa (Massey University), Aotearoa / New Zealand. Hēmi’s research is centred on the revitalisation, protection, distribution and development of Mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and te reo Māori, incorporating multi-method techniques, methodologies and processes to analyse, develop, present and protect new and sacred knowledge in a range of linguistic, cultural and digital contexts.  He has worked as a project leader and researcher on a range of projects including curriculum development, ethics and digitisation, technology, ecological taxonomy and naming, and Māori astronomy. He affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu through his father, and Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe and Waitaha through his mother.

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Government address: Mr Graham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton, Queensland

Graham was born in St George in Queensland in 1966, the seventh of ten children. He received a Diploma of Teaching in 1985 and taught high school English for eleven years in state and Catholic schools.

Graham has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1999 and worked in commercial and estate law. He later worked as an organiser with the Queensland Independent Education Union, before becoming a Senior Policy Advisor with the Queensland Government and then the Queensland Resources Council.

Growing up in a small country town gave Graham a strong sense of community. He joined the Labor Party because of the Party’s strong commitment to fairness, equality and an opportunity for all.

As a teacher and lawyer Graham has fought for the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in our community and understands the importance of a top quality education for every Australian child. Graham was elected to parliament in 2007 and has been fighting for the Southside ever since. Graham is a keen musician, reader and the author of three books: The Twelfth Fish, The Big Fig and The Solid Rock. He lives in Moorooka with his wife Lea and two sons. Following his re-election at the 2022 Federal Election, Graham was appointed Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.

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