Knowledge/Culture/Social Change Intl Conf (Nov 2011, Sydney)

Knowledge/Culture/Social Change International Conference
Dates: 7-9 November 2011
Location: Sydney, Australia
Deadline for proposals/abstracts: 3 June 2011

The humanities and social sciences today struggle to come to terms with the explosion of knowledge in increasingly complex, diverse and networked societies. Which forms of knowledge work best for managing, challenging orengaging with rapid social change? Do new kinds of information play anincreasing role in economic and social management? Do these changes raisequestions about what ‘knowledge’ is, or is to become? What are the new rulesfor engagement between academic and other knowledge practices and institutions?

This conference will bring together theorists and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to debate these questions inrelation to the following themes:

  • Shifting knowledge maps
  • Knowledge and globalisation
  • A(Post)humanities?
  • Digital knowledge practices
  • Knowledge and governance

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dawn Casey (Director, Powerhouse Museum; Chair, Indigenous BusinessAustralia)
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty (Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor ofHistory, University of Chicago, USA)
  • Penny Harvey (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester,UK; Director in the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change)
  • Bruno Latour (Scientific Director, Professor and Vice-President forResearch, Sciences-Po, France)(via videolink)
  • Nikolas Rose (James Martin White Professor of Sociology, London School ofEconomics; Director, BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine,Biotechnology and Society)

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 3 June 2011.


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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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