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Pirate Methodologies and the Contemporary University

Over the last decade, piracy has emerged as a growing field of research covering a wide range of different phenomena, from fashion counterfeits and media piracy, through to 17th-century buccaneers and present-day pirates off the coast of Somalia. In many cases, piracy is a metaphor or an analytical perspective to understand conflicts and social [...]

Civics and citizenship education: promoting the future of Australian democracy?

Democracy is not a once achieved goal - it requires ongoing work by all of us to make sure it works. This includes engagement in both formal politics (often call 'big P' Politics and includes voting) as well as 'small p' politics (the everyday engagement with our communities, neighbourhoods and online involvement such as [...]

Why we must do better: 5 tips on promoting gender equality at universities

This blog was written almost 12 months ago and in that time so much has changed – but the post itself remains relevant so I am re-posting on my new website. I was also surprised at the overwhelming response to my essay discussing the work of the amazing artist, Kathrin Longhurst, and her portrayal of [...]

Into Thin Air: Reflecting on the work of Kathrin Longhurst

Someone who has always inspired me is educational philosopher Paolo Freire. One of the reasons is that he argues that as educators, we should experience inner transformations as we work to transform the lives of our students. Freire presents us with the concept of ‘threshold’, which he drew from Martin Heidegger (a complex and flawed [...]

Ensuring the economy serves society: a review of Elizabeth Warren’s biography

I have just finished reading the autobiography of United States Senator, Professor Elizabeth Warren, titled A Fighting Chance. I am a bit of a fan of Senator Warren ever since I saw her discussing the causes of the Global Financial Crisis all over US television explaining the culpability of the banks and the hollowing [...]