2022 Social Sciences Week

5th September 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm AEST   (in person –  Parramatta City Campus - 1PSQ 01.2.26)

Indigenous Activism in Humanities and Social Science Research   (opens in a new window)

This event explores how Indigenous social science and humanities scholars engage in activism research and how academics could better advocate for Indigenous communities.
Presenters include Dr BJ Newton (keynote), Associate Professor Corrinne Sullivan and Robyn Newitt.  Chaired by Associate Professor Corrinne Sullivan and Associate Professor Kate Huppatz.

5th September 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST   (Zoom)

WSU: Anthropology and Filming our Social Worlds (opens in a new window)

Ethnographic film-making has long been a medium for ethnographic analysis in Anthropology. In this panel for Social Sciences Week 2022, Anthropology @ Western Sydney University presents a film by Dr Malini Sur (ICS, SoSS) entitled Life Cycle that offers a tribute to the bicycle in uncertain times and its relationship to rapidly changing Indian cities. The film maker will discuss the making of the film and is joined by a panel of discussants in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities of ethnographic film making Panellists: Mary Hawkins, Cristina Rocha, Andrew McWilliam, Kathleen Openshaw and Helena Onnudottir Film Trailer: Life Cycle (42 Minutes) explores the place of the bicycle in the everyday lives of city dwellers in Kolkata. Are Kolkata's bicycles relics of a past to be hastily discarded or are they viable, if complicated cargo vehicles in India’s burgeoning cities? Winding through Kolkata’s roads we follow the city’s daily wage-workers, teachers and environmentalists and their changing relationships to cycling. What happens when new traffic regulations impede two-wheeled travellers from riding on Kolkata’s roads? How do vendors, couriers, newspaper sellers and artists negotiate Kolkata’s roads congested with cars and other motorized transport? Who wins the battle for the road – the bicycle or the car?

8th September 2022 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST   (Zoom)

Racialised Pandemic: establishing a community-research agenda (opens in a new window)

Racism associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected certain groups in Australia, for example Indigenous, Asian, Muslim and migrant communities (Kamp et al. 2021; Elias et al. 2021). The pandemic has highlighted the impact of structural racism in public health emergencies as evident in disparities in exposure, susceptibility and treatment of the novel coronavirus along racial lines (Yearby & Mohapatra 2020). Furthermore, public health measures adopted to mitigate the spread of the virus in NSW were also uneven. This disparity was particularly evident in Western Sydney, home to the largest Indigenous, Muslim and migrant communities in Sydney, which saw some of the strictest and longest lockdown regulations, received the most COVID-related fines, and saw a heightened police and enforcement presence that was not evident in other parts of Sydney. Western Sydney has been subjected to racial logics of inequality as a result of negative COVID-related impacts on employment, income, access to appropriate public health messaging, and mobility, as well as exposure to the virus and related deaths. Elias et al. (2020) talk of the “multidimensional nature of racism”, where those “who already face numerous social, economic and health vulnerabilities” also encountered intensified marginalisation and exclusion during the pandemic. The aim of this panel is to centre the communities that experienced racism and to draw on the social sciences to discuss a community-research agenda for addressing the problem of racism generated by the pandemic and broader continuing inequality in Western Sydney. Looking at the multidimensional nature of racism, specifically, structural racism, from an interdisciplinary perspective, we will draw on geography, sociology, social work and law, in order to respond to the needs of the communities who experience racism.

2022 Art Therapy Student Exhibition

Please use the link below to visit a digital version of this year's Integrating Arts & Therapy exhibition by first year students in the M. Art Therapy.

2022 Art Therapy Exhibition

To navigate around the exhibition, click on the screen with your mouse and hold it down, you can then move the page around to see left, right, up, down, or to turn around and go back. Click on the white arrows in the black circles to view works or to move from space to space - clicking on the red cross in the red and white circle will open up the artist statement.

A floorplan is provided below to assist.

Art Therapy Exhibition Floorplan

Events Archive

Art Therapy Exhibition 2022

Exhibition: Felt Edge — Whitlam Institute

Our Art Therapy Exhibition - Felt Edge: social justice in contemporary art and therapy, opens today (23 February) at the Margaret Whitlam Galleries. This Exhibition is co-curated by Joy Paton and sessional staff member Anita Lever.

Note: Margaret Whitlam Galleries is open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This exhibition comprises artworks by staff, students and graduates of the Art Therapy program at Western Sydney University.

Felt Edge

Integrating Arts + Therapy Student Exhibition 2021

This group exhibition showcases artwork projects by Master of Art Therapy students in the subject Integrating Arts and Therapy.

Drawing on concepts from contemporary art and theories of materiality, each work speaks to an aspect of art therapy of interest to the artist/trainee art therapist.

22nd November - 31st December 2021 online here.  

Download the flyer.

For further information, please contact
Dr. Joy Paton,

2021 Social Sciences Week

6th September 3PM-4:30PM
Championing the humanities and social sciences in education: research, policy and partnerships (opens in a new window)

7th September 10AM-11:30AM Tourism, vector, virus: Managing tourism and public health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (opens in a new window)

7th September 12PM-1:30PM
Micro-chips, big pharma, 5G, the virus escaped the lab: the conspiracy theories and misinformation of COVID-19 (opens in a new window)

7th September 2PM-4PM
Muslim women's narratives and representations: Creative methodologies and expressions for Social Justice (opens in a new window)

8th September 10AM-11:30AM
Researching automated worlds (opens in a new window)

8th September 2PM-3:30PM
People, heat, dust and the stars: Social Science at the extremities (opens in a new window)

9th September 10AM-11:30AM
Sociology and disability justice: Transforming our world (opens in a new window)

10th September 10AM-12PM
Critical race theory: Transforming disciplinary knowledge in humanities and social sciences (HASS)

For full details on each event and how to register or attend, download the Western Sydney University Social Sciences Week flyer (PDF, 1973.24 KB) . (opens in a new window)

Integrating Arts + Therapy Student Exhibition 2020

This group exhibition showcases artwork projects by Master of Art Therapy students in the subject Integrating Arts and Therapy.

Drawing on concepts from contemporary art and theories of materiality, each work speaks to an aspect of art therapy of interest to the artist/trainee art therapist.

The physical exhibition can be viewed at the Parramatta South Campus, Lower Ground, Science Building (EHa). You can also visit the exhibition online, via a 360 degree virtual tour.(opens in a new window)

Student videos:
Morgana Thomas - Clay
Jams Yau - Free Hong Kong

For further information, please contact
Dr. Joy Paton,
or Anita Lever,