Social Sciences Week

Event Name
Social Sciences Week
7 September 2020

Address (Room): Details will be sent upon registration


As part of National Social Sciences Week, Western will host the following events:

  • 7 September, 1-2pm - A Sociology of Covid-19 The Journal of Sociology launches a special pandemic issue with Editors-in-Chief, Associate Professor Steve Matthewman and Associate Professor Kate Huppatz, and issue contributors, Professor Raewyn Connell, Emeritus Professor David Rowe, Professor Lyn Craig, Dr Simon Barber, Dr Sereana Naepi and Professor Robert van Krieken, reflecting on how the virus has both exacerbated inequalities and opened up opportunities for reimagining the social.
  • 8 September, 10-11:30am - Social Science Myth Busters by the BLab Coats Podcast Expert social science myth busters from the BLab Coats podcast, including Western Sydney University students, will tackle some burning, awkward and fascinating questions about life and society during a live podcast.
  • 9 September, 12-1:30pm - State Responses to COVID-19: Migrants, the Pacific and South Asia Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou will lead a panel discussion on the response strategies of different states and the evolution of crisis management in public health and national economies during the pandemic.
  • 9 September, 4-5:30pm - Social Sciences and Freedom of Speech Through a panel discussion and workshop, Professor Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Dr Peter Bansel, Associate Professor Lucy Nicholas, Professor Adam Possamai, and Joshua Pitt, will debate societal tensions across academic and press freedom, religion, sexuality, entertainment, and race.
  • 10 September, 2-3.30pm - Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions: Class, Politics and Taste Professor Tony Bennett, Dr Michelle Kelly, Professor Greg Noble, Professor Deborah Stevenson, Associate Professor Liam Magee, and Emeritus Professor David Rowe, from the University’s Institute for Culture and Society, share research into the relationship between culture and society in Australia, challenging common claims that culture is just a matter of personal taste.
  • 10 September, 4-5:15pm - Conspiracy theories, US Elections and the future ahead Associate Professor Chris Fleming and Professor James Arvanitakis explore conspiracy theories during the global pandemic: from 5G to secret USA and Chinese military experiments.

Register via the link below.

Speakers: Steve Matthewman, Kate Huppatz, Raewyn Connell, Lyn Craig, Simon Barber, Sereana Naepi, Robert van Krieken, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Peter Bansel, Lucy Nicholas, Adam Possamai, Joshua Pitt, Nichole Georgeou, Tony Bennett, Michelle Kelly, Greg Noble, Deborah Stevenson, Liam Magee, David Rowe, Chris Fleming, James Arvanitakis, BLab Coats

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Name: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

School / Department: Office of Governance Services