Dear Colleagues, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ACTION CONFERENCE 2004 Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th December, 2004 at the Centre for Popular Education, City campus of University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (in the heart of the city) THEMES Education, Activism and Organising for Robust Democracy: with Unions, Social Movements and Community Development Groups Learning-Leadership and Learner Democracy for Equity and Community Strengthening Community Leadership for Grassroots Democracy Community Cultural Development and Vibrant Democracy Community Action and Democracy-Building for Health Teaching and Learning about Terrorism as a means of undermining or underpinning Democracy Families, Learning and the Seeds of Democracy Democratising the Culture of Prison and Post-Release Education ______________________________________________________ The conference is part of the new SYDNEY FESTIVAL OF POPULAR EDUCATION 4th to 8th December 2004 Other festival activities include: E-Activism and E-Democracy Show-and-Tell Community Action Concerts Activist Short Film Festival Gathering of Independent Media Activists Place-based Community Sustainability Show-and-Tell ______________________________________________________ THE 'EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ACTION' CONFERENCE builds upon the tradition of previous conferences organised by the Centre for Popular Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. This conference will: bring people engaged in different fields of social action and education together be a forum where activists, workers, policy makers, artists and scholars alike are encouraged to participate encourage research and enquiry to promote practice that helps people strengthen democracy have workshops that are sufficiently long to have decent discussions or engage in learning activities have plenty of music, theatre and dance; but more importantly there will be some opportunities for collaborative art-practice. CALL FOR PROPOSALS There are three types of proposals. Research and Evaluation Agenda Setting Proposals The sessions will be 70-90 minutes and shared by several presenters who are interested in similar research and evaluation activities. These conference sessions will provide an opportunity for groups and agencies to propose the sort of research and evaluation they think should be undertaken. What do we mean by research and evaluation? We mean activities that analyse and gather information about the nature and outcomes of practice. You may not as yet have undertaken research but will have developed views about the sort of research and evaluation that would be useful. Preference will be given to proposals that have been collaboratively developed and submitted by groups and agencies. Submit an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words. A description of your group or agency will also be required and should not exceed 250 words. Workshop Proposals Conference workshops will be 90 minutes. They should involve more than just presentation and discussion. They should involve active teaching, problem posing and setting tasks for participants. Submit an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words with short narrative resumes of the presenters. The resume of each presenter is not to exceed 250 words. Refereed Paper Proposals Conference papers will be delivered in 50 minute sessions. Submit an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. Please include your name, contact details and title of paper on a separate cover sheet. If your proposal is accepted you will be required to submit a complete paper of no more than 3,500 words by October 18th, 2004. The papers will be published in a first edition on the website of the Centre for Popular Education UTS by the conference. A second edition may be prepared for print publication by the middle of 2005. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- Proposals are to be received by May 31st, 2004. Send proposals to Centre for Popular Education, UTS, PO Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007, Australia fax +61-2-9514 3939 firstname.lastname@example.org For further information please liaise with the respective conference strand co-ordinators: Education, Activism and Organising for Robust Democracy: with Unions, Social Movements and Community Development Group Tony.Brown@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 3866 Learning-Leadership and Learner Democracy for Equityand Community Strengthening Debra.Hayes@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 5274 Community Leadership for Community Action and Grassroots Democracy Tony.Brown@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 3866 Community Cultural Development and Vibrant Democracy Rick.Flowers@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 3813 Teaching and Learning about Terrorism as a means of undermining or underpinning Democracy Andrew.Chodkiewicz@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 3042 Families, Learning and the Seeds of Democracy Sue.Knights@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 3907 Democratising the Culture of Prison and Post-Release Education Tony.Webb@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-4758 7143 Community Action and Democracy-Building for Health Rick.Flowers@uts.edu.au tel. +61-2-9514 3813 Centre for Popular Education, UTS www.cpe.uts.edu.au tel. 02-9514 3843 ----------------------- The following web links offer a variety of perspectives about the nature and strength of democracy. Lee.Malone@uts.edu.au would be pleased to receive advice about other web sites or electronic journals about democracy. We will make a compiled list available on our website. Active citizenship democracy Active Democracy. Citizen Participation in Decision Making http://www.hydra.org.au/activedemocracy/ Lyn Carson at the University of Sydney writes: "One way of realising democracy--or causing a democratic breakout (Blaug 1999)--is to involve citizens in political decision making. I have written numerous articles on public participation in decision making--from setting up citizens' juries to improving community consultation in your local council." Educating for Democracy: Building Citizenship Capacity http://www.ccu.dpc.wa.gov.au/docs/Celebr_Democracy_Wk_Panel_pres.doc This paper explores the issue of building the capacity of young people as proactive citizens. It looks at what we mean by citizenship, why we need to do so, and how to go about it - what it means to educate for citizenship. Discovering Democracy. Queensland http://education.qld.gov.au/tal/ddemo/ Discovering Democracy is an intersystemic Commonwealth funded civics and citizenship education project with links across the curriculum including: SOSE, History, Business Studies, English and Technology. The site has links to a good range of resources. People, Place and Partnerships - Workshop 4 Strengthening communities: tools, evidence and evaluation http://www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/site/govinfo/82.html This three-year project aims to test a range of community participation strategies. The outcomes are aimed at contributing to the four related fields of: citizenship, and democratic participation; local governance and public administration; applied social policy and the use of social and environmental indicators; and problems of community development. Comparative Deliberation Practices: A Study of Mediated Citizen Communication Processes http://www.nyls.edu/pages/1496.asp The New York Law School's research team of legal, technology and communication experts in Germany, Singapore and the United States, in collaboration with government regulators and the public media in each country, proposes to convene a series of citizen consultation experiments. The aim of the project is to understand how people deliberate via different media. Discovering Democracy in Western Australian Schools http://www.discoveringdemocracywa.net/Links/index.html This site has some useful links for those working in citizenship education. World Movement for Democracy in Asia http://www.wmd.org/asia/asia_networks.html The World Movement for Democracy is a global network of democrats, including activists, practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders, who have come together to cooperate in the promotion of democracy. The Asian section of this site features several leading democracy networks in the Asia-Pacific region. It includes a brief description of each network, contact information, and a link to its Web site. Cultural democracy Cultural Sustainability http://www.marion.sa.gov.au/Web/webmar.nsf/Lookup/Cultural+Sustainability Marion Council in South Australia has a proud history of support for arts and cultural activity. The new Cultural Plan developed by the Council is guided by the communities of the Marion area, and by the principles of cultural sustainability. Webster's World of Cultural Democracy http://www.newint.org/issue324/seeking.htm This site describes itself as a virtual think-tank, an online information, networking and conference center established by The Institute for Cultural Democracy (ICD) to encourage study and exchange of ideas about cultural policy and cultural development practice. Noongar Nation http://www.caa.org.au/horizons/may_2001/noongar.html The author, an Indigenous women from Western Australia explains how the concept of nationhood is strengthening the voices and rights of the Noongar people. Definitions of democracy Encyclopedia: Democracy http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/democracy NationMaster.com is a massive central data source set up to graphically compare nations. Included in this site is a discussion on direct and indirect democracies. E-democracy DoWire - Democracies Online Newswire http://www.e-democracy.org/do/ This site promotes online civic participation and democracy efforts around the world through information exchange, experience sharing, outreach, and education. The site connects over 2500 experts, practitioners, journalists, and citizens across 75 countries. E-Democracy in Practice. Swedish experiences of a new political tool http://email@example.com/msg00350.html This site links to a paper on the Swedish experiences in E-democracy. Education for democracy Education for Democracy http://www.infed.org/biblio/b-dem.htm While our aims change with situations, all educators, it can be argued, share a larger purpose - to foster democracy. But what does this mean? How might schools look? What is the place of informal education? These are the questions posed on this site. CANTERA - Popular Education and Communication Session http://www.knowledgecollegetutors.com/sd.htm The primary focus of this organisation is to train educators who are working with community leaders, health educators and development workers. The site offers a list of publications and courses. Families and democracy Desperately Seeking Democracy http://www.newint.org/issue324/seeking.htm The author, born in India now residing in Canada, discusses how democracy has affected her life. Discovering Democracy. Civics and Citizenship Education Information for Parents http://www.curriculum.edu.au/democracy/aboutdd/parents.htm This site offers access to a kit that is available to help parents become involved in their children's civics and citizenship education. Grassroots democracy, local and community democracy Grassroots Democracy Taking Roots in China http://www.china.org.cn/english/archiveen/28783.htm This online article looks at how grassroots democracy is spreading throughout rural China. Community Democracy http://www.loc-gov-focus.aus.net/1997/december/comdemoc.htm This is an address to the Assembly of the national peak body of Local Government in Australia on community democracy. Help shape the future of democracy in Port Phillip http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/democracy.html This site looks at a project by a local government council in Victoria, titled 'Growing Democracy'. Militant democracy This is what democracy looks like http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2000/421/421p3.htm The article describes the protest at the World Economic Forum in Melbourne in 2000. Union democracy http://workers.labor.net.au/latest/ This is a copy of a letter to the Editor of an E-journal on Union Democracy. The AUD Union Democracy Worker Education Project http://www.uniondemocracy.com/Education/method.htm This site describes how the Association for Union Democracy uses popular education for the creation of union democracy. It includes a short bibliography. Vibrant democracy Political killjoys smother hope, idealism and a vibrant democracy http://www.unc.edu/depts/anthro/talks/luebke.pdf This article in an e-journal looks at how the politics of cynicism has gained the upper hand in modern Australian politics. Vibrant Democracy and Weak Democracy. A comparison of local politics in Durham and Greensboro 1975-2000 http://www.unc.edu/depts/anthro/talks/luebke.pdf In this paper the authors analyse why the councils in two different American cities make different decisions regarding issues that are similar. Advocacy and organising for democracy Comm-Org http://comm-org.utoledo.edu/ This site has full text papers, training materials, links, tools and a moderated e-mail discussion. Environmental Advocacy http://www.environmentaladvocacy.org This site includes case studies, workshop news and resources, and links. ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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