Review: Knowledge / Culture / Economy International Conference

140 leading academics, policy makers and industry heads gathered at the University of Western Sydney on 3-5 November for ICS's Knowledge / Culture / Economy International Conference.

The conference hosted national and international speakers assessing the shifting roles of knowledge, culture and economy in contemporary and historical scenarios of globalisation, production, consumption, expenditure, crisis, governance, technological change and reckonings with nature. The conference focused on five particular themes: Asia Pacific cultural economies, cultures of finance, economic diversity, digital life, and fragile environments.

Conference keynote speakers:

  • Aihwa Ong, Professor of Socio-cultural Anthropology and Asian studies at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Professor Timothy Mitchell, Professor of Political Theory and History at Columbia University
  • Chris Gibson, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Wollongong
  • Katherine Gibson, Professorial Research Fellow in the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney.

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Black and white image of event audience

Aihwa Ong

Aihwa delivered a keynote presentation titled 'Why Singapore Trumps Iceland: Gathering Genes in the Wild'. After the conference, she was interviewed by ICS's Dr Shanthi Robertson about migration and citizenship. 

Below are live-tweets from her conference presentation. 

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Timothy Mitchell

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Timothy delivered a keynote presentation titled 'Capitalizing on the Economy'. Below are live-tweets from his conference presentation. 

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Chris Gibson

Chris delivered a keynote presentation titled 'Rethinking Redundancy: Making, Materials and Skills for Survival'. Below are live-tweets from his conference presentation.

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Katherine Gibson

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Katherine's delivered a keynote presentation titled 'Postcapitalist Practices of Commoning'. Below are live-tweets from her conference presentation.

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Conference Program

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