Please note the conference program is subject to change



Michelle Fine

Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Fine taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1981 – 1991, and then came to the Graduate Center. She has authored many “classics” – books and articles on high school push outs, adolescent sexuality – called the “missing discourse of desire,” the national evaluation of the impact of college in prison, the struggles and strength of the children of incarcerated adults, the wisdom of Muslim American youth. A pioneer in the field of youth Participatory Action Research, and a founding faculty member of the Public Science Project, Fine has been involved with a series of participatory studies with youth and elders, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated college students and youth working at the intersections of movements for educational, immigration and juvenile justice


Dr Tony Birch
Victoria University

Tony Birch

Professor Tony Birch is the inaugural Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University. His research is concerned with climate justice, the protection of Indigenous country and the potential of collaborative initiatives to combat climate change. He has published widely in the area and regularly presents the outcomes of his research at major conferences both within Australia and internationally. Professor Birch is also a novelist and short fiction writer. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature


INVITED plenary panel presenters

An exciting selection of inspiring and creative presenters from a range of discipline and service areas

Panel 1

Knowledge for Sustainable Futures.

This panel will engage with critical theories around Indigenous knowledges, activism and/or climate justice, to stimulate critical dialogue about approaches that have been produced in various countries and contexts such as those from the global south and indigenous knowledges from around the world promoting sustainable futures.

Jesica Fernandez (USA), Mariolga Reyes Cruz (Puerto Rico), Mohi Rua (NZ)


Panel 2

Southern Theories, Psychologies and the Decolonial Turn.

This panel will engage with knowledges and psychologies, critical theories and ways of working that have been produced in various countries and contexts, often referred to as the global south. The panel will respond to the ‘decolonial turn’, intersectional feminist theory, critical race scholarship, and Indigenous knowledges around the world, to discuss how these can advance community research and action towards goals of liberation, community and wellness.

Raewyn Connell (Aus), Kopano Ratele (South Africa), Pat Dudgeon (Aus), Nuria Ciafolo (Mexico), Linda Waimaire Nikora (NZ),

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Panel 3

Creating Inclusive Cultures and Healthy Communities.

This panel will engage with how various social actors challenge structural violence, oppression, inequity and injustice in different contexts and countries with a view to advance community research and action towards goals of liberation, community and wellness.

Paola Balla (Aus), Urmitapa Dutta (India/USA), Monica Madyaningrum (Indonesia)


Panel 4

Fostering and Sustaining Anti-Capitalist Solidarities

This panel will draw upon critique of psychology, critical theory and the wider humanities, arts and social sciences to illuminate both pathologising implications of capitalism for the making and unmaking of the contemporary neoliberal subject and also the capacity of the neoliberal subject for resistance. More specifically, panel members will describe: the (re)constitution of the compliant productive neoliberal subject to reproduce the human means of production needed by neoliberal capitalist employers and State; the centrality of violence in the making of western modernity and the constitution of subjects through violence in the era of late capital: the reappearance of white supremacy and its consequences for contemporary migration; collaborative work with 9-12-year-old children through which police and immigration enforcement is held accountable; and the challenges of community experiences of precarity and dispossession for a decolonial psychology.

Regina Langhout (USA), David Fryer (Aus), Garth Stevens (SA), Thomas Teo (Canada), Ignacio Dobles (Costa Rica)