Conference themes

Knowledge for Sustainable Futures

This theme welcomes a breadth of knowledges that aim to inform community action working towards wellbeing, liberation, and climate justice. This theme invites an expansion of how we think about communities and their sustainable futures. Including, ways of working with communities informed by critical approaches that have been produced in various countries and contexts such as those from the global south and indigenous knowledges from around the world.

Creating Inclusive Cultures and Healthy Communities

How do various community agents, through their practice, challenge marginalisation and social exclusion, and foster processes of reclamation, renewal and healing? This theme explores the various modalities aimed at addressing inequity and its deleterious effects. This theme embraces a wide range of possibilities such as: technology and digitally mediated communities, arts informed methodologies, embodied practice, storytelling and oral history.

Working the Boundaries

This theme seeks to highlight how agencies, educators, researchers and practitioners work at the intersections, of: communities, universities, organisations, governments. To highlight how they are fostering alliances, developing new ways of understanding challenges and working in empowering ways. It is also focused on the role of cultural safety and critical reflexivity in these spaces.

Global Dynamics in Local Expressions

This theme encourages conversations that address wider socio-political, economic, climate and population movement issues that are being experienced in local contexts. It seeks to examine new/renewed local expressions of (dis)advantage and privilege and the ways in which communities, practitioners, and researchers are forming creative alliances to counteract dominant narratives and ideologies, and to create spaces and places of belonging and wellbeing.

Session Formats

A range of creative formats with a focus on dialogue and discussion will be a central feature of the conference