Please note the conference program is subject to change

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

Knowledges for Sustainable Futures.

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)