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Integrating human rights into teaching and research practices

A one-day workshop for scholars of Southeast Asia
Join the University of Sydney’s Tim Soutphommasane for a one-day workshop on mainstreaming human rights into your teaching and research on Southeast Asia.

Who: Academics with research interests in Southeast Asia
When: 9:30-16:30, Monday 2 September 2019 
Where: Seminar Room 427, Old Teachers' College, University of Sydney

This one-day workshop is designed for scholars of Southeast Asia who wish to develop and refine their understanding of how to integrate a human rights perspective into their teaching and research. A number of places will be reserved for participants from other Australian universities. 

Although it will also appeal to academics whose teaching and research addresses human rights directly, the workshop is especially relevant to those who are interested in incorporating a human rights perspective into their work. What can a rights approach bring, for example, to environmental economics or to heritage studies? Or to engineering or biomedical science?  

Participants will hear from a range of experts from the University of Sydney, and together will develop a working document on the importance – and benefits – of incorporating a human rights approach to Southeast Asia-related teaching and research. They are also welcome to attend the public launch of Andreas Harsono’s new book, Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia, to be held at lunchtime during the workshop, as well as a talk on the state of human rights in Cambodia with Australia Director for Human Rights Watch, Ms Elaine Pearson. 

Photo credit: Fabio Campo via Flickr

Applications are now closed.


Workshop information

Professor Tim Soutphommasane, The University of Sydney

Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory). He is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.

Time Session Speakers
09:30-09:45 Registration  
09:45-09:50 Welcome and overview Prof Michele Ford

Session One: Keynote

Teaching and Advocacy: Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Prof Tim Soutphommasane

Session Two: Panel

How I teach about human rights

Chair: Dr Susan Banki

- Prof Megan Mackenzie

- Dr Aaron Opdyke

- Dr Andres Rodriguez


Session Three: Small Group Discussion

Embedding human rights within your teaching practice

Facilitator: Dr Susan Banki
12:00-13:30 Lunch (12:00–13:30) and book launch (12:30–13:30)  

Session Four: Panel

A rights-based approach to research?

Chair: Dr Benjamin Thompson

- Dr Petr Matous

- Dr Natali Pearson

- Dr Aim Sinpeng




Session Five: Small Group Discussion

The challenges of conducting rights-based research in Southeast Asia

Facilitator: Prof Michele Ford
15:30-16:00 Wrap-up Dr Natali Pearson
16:00–16:30 Afternoon tea  

SSEAC is offering up to ten travel grants for academics located outside of Sydney/Wollongong/Newcastle to attend this workshop. This grant is intended to contribute towards transportation and accommodation costs to attend the workshop and is limited to early career academics at Australian universities. Grants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

In the case that a successful grantee does not live in the same location as their home institution, the grant amount awarded will be based on the location of home institution.

State of residence Grant
NSW (outside Sydney/Wollongong/Newcastle), ACT, QLD, VIC, SA $500
WA, NT, TAS $1000

Please note: You will be notified in advance about a successful grant application, however bursaries will not be disbursed until after the workshop. Therefore, candidates applying for funding must be able to cover their travel costs up front.

Applications are now closed. 

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