The Institute for Culture and Society hosts a range of events throughout the year from international conferences to seminars, workshops and book launches.

Upcoming Events

ICS Seminar Series 2019

The ICS Seminar Series presents an exciting breadth of social and cultural research from the Institute’s renowned staff and doctoral candidates as well as a range of national and international visiting scholars. Our next seminar will be held on Thursday the 11th of April, Dr Tingting Liu will present on 'Inside Factories and Outside Heteronormativity: an Ethnographic Exploration of the Queerness of Chinese Rural Migrant lalas'. All welcome.

Find out more about the ICS Seminar Series.

HDR Key Thinkers & Concepts Lecture Series

The aim of this series is to introduce HDR students to key theorists and concepts of central importance to sociocultural thought.

The next lecture, titled 'Embodiment', presented by Dr Penny Rossiter will be held on 14 May.

Find out more about the Lecture

HumanNature: Sydney Environmental Humanities Lecture Series

This Lecture Series is jointly funded and coordinated by Western Sydney University, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and Australian Museum. Held at the Australian Museum, this lecture series will offer a range of talks by leading international scholars in Environmental Humanities and explore important roles that the humanities can play in addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day.

Find out more about the series.

Public Lecture: 'Are Filter Bubbles Real?'
22 May 2019

In this public lecture, Professor Axel Bruns (QUT) considers the evidence for and against filter bubbles. He is the author of four books, including Are Filter Bubbles Real? (forthcoming 2019) and Gatewatching and News Curation (2018), and has co-edited five others, including Digitizing Democracy (2019) and Twitter and Society (2014).

Find out more about this lecture.

Lithgow Just Transitions Hub Workshop
23-24 May 2019

This two-day workshop will bring together community, industry, government, schools, and the University to create the framework for a Just Transition Hub on the University’s Mort Street site, in light of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Find out more about this workshop.

TASA Conference 2019: Diversity & Urban Growth
25-28 November 2019

Western Sydney University (WSU) is pleased to host the 2019 Australian Sociological Association Conference, a return to Sydney for the first time since 2010. WSU’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology and Institute of Culture and Society will hold the conference in Greater Western Sydney (GWS) at our new Parramatta City campus and at other sites nearby.

Find out more about the TASA Conference 2019: Diversity & Urban Growth(opens in a new window)

Researching Post Capitalist Possibilities PhD Summer School & Conference 2020

Hosted by the Community Economies Strategic Initiative, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

The Researching Post Capitalist Possibilities PhD 6-Day Summer School will be held on 15-17 and 20-22 January 2020, and will be followed by a One-Day Conference on 23 January 2020. More information about both the Summer School and One Day Conference, including how to register, will be available shortly.

Past Events

A full list of past events is available on the Past Events page.

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