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Social Sciences Week is an opportunity for social scientists to engage non-academic audiences with cutting edge social science research, to showcase the diversity and relevance of social science. It will include interactive community and school-based events, bringing the social sciences to life, particularly for the next generation of university students, social scientists and citizens.

2021 is the fourth year Social Science week has been held and despite the challenges of the global pandemic, the program will go ahead as a combination of digital and face to face events. Most events will be live streamed and available online.

This year ILWS researchers and social scientists from across Charles Sturt are offering 12 events ranging from webinars, online public lectures, a radio show, and two book launches. More details below.

Online public lecture

AlburyCity from the Ground upAlburyCity from the Ground up

Ahead of the forthcoming 75th anniversary of the proclamation of Albury as a City, Associate Professor Bruce Pennay, from Charles Sturt University, presents a short, richly illustrated historical overview of how Albury has been imagined, planned, represented and experienced from the town’s beginnings to the present day.
Bruce tracks the influence of a select few town and city dreamers who shaped the fortunes and feel of the place. He looks to and beyond a sequence of physical structures which have fashioned the city from the ground up over a wide span of years to depict major shifts in the economic and social character of Albury. He unravels some of the ways people have made their own sense of the place.
This is a retrospect that not only retraces, but also looks anew at earlier stories of the advantage and awkwardness of being a crossing place. It traces the story of Albury as an urban centre from a twinkle in a colonial governor’s eye to a major regional centre braced with Wodonga and on the cusp of a five-government Regional Deal. The session asks where Albury has been, where it is, and where it is going.

Contact: bpennay@csu.edu.au

Online presentation via Albury & District Historical Society: https://alburyhistory.org.au

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Webinar

The Next Frontier: Wilderness Therapy and the Treatment of Complex Trauma

The next frontier

Advances in neuroscience and epigenetics within the field of trauma research and practice have progressed rapidly over the last two decades. Yet, a therapeutic practice with its roots in the ancient connection with outdoor environment still offers simple living as fundamental to healing. This presentation explores recent gains in knowledge, briefly differentiates trauma from complex trauma, compares these therapeutic processes with existing practice, and suggests a synthesis of old and new. The presenters argue wilderness therapy is equipped to be efficacious, yet to do so the field must be prepared to explore the next frontier in the healing of human brains, bodies, and minds. The changes to therapeutic practice required may be profound but are not necessarily as complicated as complex trauma.

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Webinar

Opening the Counselling Room Door: The Promise of Outdoor Therapies

opening the counselling room

Drawing on the leading voices of international researchers and practitioners, this presentation provides readers with a brief snapshot of our current knowledge surrounding outdoor therapies practices. Sharing outdoor approaches ranging from garden therapy to wilderness therapy and from equine-assisted therapy to surf therapy, the presentation draws common threads from therapeutic practices that integrate connection with nature and experiential activity to redefine the "person-in-environment" approach to human health and well-being. Attendees will learn about the benefits and advantages of helping clients get the treatment, service, and care they need outside of conventional, office-based therapies. The presentation will describe a range of approaches that can be utilized across a variety of practice settings and populations. Dr Monica Short will be presenting on the power of forgiveness and workshop activities will lead to a deeper understanding of the common good.

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Online public lecture

Creating communities of hope in uncertain times' by Dr Monica Short and  Revd Sarah Plummer

Creating communities of hope in uncertain times

Talk 1: Community engagement, hope, forgiveness and relationship: A social work, sociological and theological conversation

by Dr Monica Short, Charles Sturt University

'Seeking to address barriers and build the capacity and confidence of people to participate in, and negotiate and partner with, institutions that affect their lives' is one way the United Nations defines engagement. Sparked by Monica’s work about rural Anglican Church engagements, this talk will start with presenting a cross-disciplinary discussion of engagement and participation. It will also briefly consider the importance of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation when engaging with groups.

Furthermore, regardless of our location and situation, Monica's talk will help us grow our interest in grassroots movements and local institutions and consider how engagement promotes human flourishing in the community. This talk celebrates that engagement can:

  • be a civic, local, public, social and/or faith-based activity;
  • holistically and authentically respect and promote the dignity of all who are engaging with institutions.

Talk 2: How can agencies work with grassroots churches to promote community engagements: Sharing stories of hope

by Reverend Sarah Plummer, Anglicare

Stories of hope during difficulty and isolation can inspire us all. In this presentation, Sarah as an Executive Manager with Anglicare will share her professional observations of the current experience of isolation and disconnection in Australia caused by drought, bushfires, flood, hail, mental health challenges, stress, and COVID-19.  She will inspire us through Biblical narratives and sociological insights to value connection and reconnection with our communities, friends, and family. Sarah will also be introducing a partnership framework and outlining its utility in promoting grassroots community connections.

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Webinar

From the horses' mouth: The past, present and future of collaboration to investigate our regions’ natural resources

From the horses' mouth webinar

Farmers and regional communities need appropriate evidence to effectively managing natural resources around them in the NSW Murray Valley.Three speakers, including two past and current farmers from the Mid-Murray Valley region around Deniliquin, NSW, will present their views of past research projects, the current status of research, and the future of how regional and local communities could work with various researchers to get this evidence.

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Book Launches

Dominic O’Sullivan, Professor of Political Science at Charles Sturt University, will launch two new books as part of Social Sciences Week 2021:

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"We Are All Here to Stay’ explains what the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples could mean for how we understand sovereignty, citizenship and democracy in liberal societies like Australia, Canada and New Zealand

‘We Are All Here to Stay’ will be launched by Her Excellency the New Zealand Higher Commissioner to Australia, Hon. Dame Annette King.

Sharing the Sovereign explains how recognition theory contributes to non-colonial and enduring political relationships between Indigenous nations and the state. It refers to Indigenous Australian arguments for a Voice to Parliament and treaties to show what recognition may mean for practical politics and policy-making.

Sharing the Sovereign will be launched by Dr Will Sanders, Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University.

‘We Are All Here to Stay’ and Sharing the Sovereign will be launched at 5.30pm on Tuesday 7 September at King O’Malley’s, 131 City Walk, Civic, Canberra. All enquiries to Professor Dominic O’Sullivan – dosullivan@csu.edu.au

Intersectionality Webinar

Presented by Dr Cate Thomas & Dr Colleen Macmillan

Intersectionality Webinar

What is Intersectionality? How does Intersectionality enable us to identify and address institutional barriers to meaningful Equity Diversity and Inclusion? How do we plan for inclusion in an increasingly complex world where diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of best practice as both a workplace and educational environment?

Join Dr Cate Thomas and Dr Colleen Macmillan to develop an understanding of intersectionality. Learn how to use an Intersectional lens in planning frameworks for recognition of strengths and challenges in diversity and community engagement to enhance equity and develop skills enable greater inclusion of diversity in practice.

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Webinar

How Can Adventure Therapy Techniques Help Prevent Behavioural Health Challenges?

opening the counselling room

As rates of mental health diagnoses, suicide risk, and other behavioral health challenges have increased, researchers and program developers have begun to explore the possibility of using adventure therapy techniques in the prevention of behavioural health risks. These programs have utilized experiential activities such as wilderness expeditions, group work, challenge courses, kayaking, and cycling to deliver of prevention programming. This presentation will explore Dr Cavanaugh’s doctoral research from Michigan State University on adventure-based prevention. Themes that emerged from his research relate to ethics, equity, and inclusion in adventure-based prevention programming.

Join adventure therapy scholars Dr Cavanaugh and Dr Dobud to describe how adventure-based prevention programs can help to prevent behavioural health risks. They describe how an increased focus on improving ethics, equity, and inclusion in adventure-based prevention programming can respond to former critiques of the broader field of adventure therapy for lacking exclusivity and ethical oversight. Recommendations are offered for adhering to ethical codes in both adventure therapy and the helping professions.

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Webinar

Visiting Indigenous Scholar - Professor Lana Ka'opua, University of Hawaii

Visiting Indigenous Scholar

Professor Lana Ka-opua has worked in Hanson's disease communities, in homelessness and with survivors of sexual assault. In 2019 she led an Editorial team for the Social Work in Health Inequality group (SWHIN) in producing a special edition of the British Journal of Social Work focussingon Indigenous health in equality. Professor Ka'opua is of Native Hawaiian and Chinese  heritage. In 2020 Professor Ka’opua was received the  NASW Advocate for Social Justice award.

Using the lens of Cultural Death Literacy, in this Webinar, esteemed scholar Professor Lana Ka’opua will share a family of concepts that potentiate success in navigating the breath of life and the breadth of death across diverse cultural contexts. I ka wā ma mua, i ka wā ma hope is a Polynesian elder wisdom which encourages understanding the past to move forward in positive ways. Many of us vividly remember the past altercation causing George Floyd to lose his breath of life. In our New Normal, we continuously bear witness to the breadth of death owing to racism, violence, COVID-19, and environmental disasters exacerbated by social inattention. As social workers we encounter death and our personal losses and are challenged to find meanings and positive ways towards the New Normal. In response, in this Webinar, Professor Lana Ka’opua will present about the cross-cultural practice of Learning to Weave, Weaving to Learn.

This online Zoom event will begin at 2pm with a Ho'okupu, traditional gift giving ceremony. This  will be  followed at 3pm with Professor Ka'opua's presentation on Cultural Death Literacy: The breath of life, the breadth of death. There will be time after her presentation for response, Q&A and Discussion. The event will close at 5pm.

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Webinar

Building Your Adventure Therapy Private Practice

Building your adventure

Join Dr Will Dobud, the founder of True North Expeditions, Inc. and Doug Moczynski from Gippsland Adventure Therapy for an informal discussion about building your adventure therapy private practice. Many adventure therapy enthusiasts ask about what matters most when building their adventure-based practice. They ask about marketing, strategic partnerships, program evaluation, insurance, and land-use. In this presentation, Will and Doug will examine some of the key lessons they have learned in establishing a sustainable practice. Attendees are invited into the discussion to ask questions of the presenters.

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Webinar

SICS Radio: Banned Books and the Role of Libraries

SICS Radio Banned Books and the Role of Libraries

This episode of SICS Radio celebrates Social Science Week as well as another important cause highlighted globally each September, Banned Books Week. Banned Books week celebrates the freedom to read, particularly in schools and libraries where certain titles and topics may be challenged or censored from curious youth trying to read them. This year's theme, Censorship Divides Us, Books Unite Us, drives this radio program featuring Australian youth author and publisher Mark MacLeod, American academics Danielle Hartsfield and Sue Kimmel, who specifically research censorship in libraries, and youth literature expert and library educator Bernadette Walsh. Together they explain different forms of book censorship, the societal impact of restricting access to some titles, and the responsibilities of librarians.

Started in 2020 for Social Science Week, SICS Radio is produced by Mary Carroll, Jane Garner, Kasey Garrison, and Simon Wakeling, academics from the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University. Simon also edits and hosts the show. SICS Radio is broadcast live on 2mce radio each month, and programmes are subsequently available as podcasts. The show focuses on important issues, trends, and current events in libraries, education, information, and society.

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Webinar

Whiteness, Race, and the British Royal Family

Whiteness, race...

This webinar provides an overview of the social science research on the historical and contemporary role of whiteness and race in representations and public perceptions of the British Royal Family.

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