Wednesday 6th July 4.30-6.30pm

1. What can philosophers learn from science communication?

There is increasing awareness among the philosophy community globally of the need to engage with the public about what philosophy is and why it matters. But there’s also considerable uncertainty about what form, exactly, this public engagement should take. Should we be doing ‘public philosophy’ – that is, doing philosophy in and with the community? Or should our aim be ‘philosophy communication’, the fostering of philosophical literacy? And how do we know if we’re doing a good job?

Science Communication, by contrast, is now well-established and has many successful practitioners. This session will bring science communicators and philosophers together to ask: what can philosophers learn from science communication?



Paul Willis
leading Australian science communicator who has been on Quantum and Catalyst as well as radio, online and print media.

Upulie Divisekera 
molecular biologist, science communicator and one of the creators/admin of @RealScientists who has recently appeared on ABC TV's Q & A.

Leslie Cannold

ethicist, public intellectual and author who regulary appears on Moral Compass with Geraldine Doogue on ABC TV.

Antonia Case
journalist & literary editor of New Philosopher Magazine, editor-in-chief of Womankind and 2014 winner of the AAP Media Professionals' Award.

Patrick Stokes
philosopher at Deakin University who regularly contributes philosophical pieces to the mainstream media and was the 2014 winner of the AAP media prize

Wednesday 6th July 4.30-6.30pm

2. What’s next? Life and work in (and out of) the Academy?

Notoriously, the academic job market in philosophy has become fiercely competitive in recent years, as a result of knock-on effects of the general financial crisis in the US, defunding of higher education in an era of “austerity”; the corporatisation of universities; and larger numbers of potential applicants for every position advertised. While tenured academic jobs still offer rare privileges, for many academics now work is increasingly casualised and precarious. Inevitably, many philosophy graduates will not succeed in finding a secure academic position. This event, which will feature a number of speakers offering perspectives on the contemporary situation, aims to provide an opportunity for reflection and conversation about: what individuals and the profession might do to try to resist or wind back these developments; what early career researchers might do to improve their chances of landing an academic job; and, the other ways in which the study of philosophy might contribute to finding rewarding work or living a good life.

Rob Sparrow
Researcher and lecturer in the Philosophy Program, a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct Professor in the Centre for Human Bioethics, at Monash University, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He also publishes in political philosophy. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and was one of the founding members of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

Joanne Faulkner
Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy at UNSW. She is the author of Young and Free: [Post]colonial Ontologies of Childhood, Memory and History(Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), The Importance of Being Innocent(Cambridge, 2011), and Dead Letters to Nietzsche: Or the Necromantic Art of Reading Philosophy (2010); and is Chair of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy.

Sally Haslanger

Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySally has published on topics in metaphysics, epistemology and feminist theory, with a recent emphasis on accounts of the social construction of race and gender. In metaphysics, her work has focused on theories of substance, especially on the problem of persistence through change and on Aristotle's view that substances are composites of matter and form. Her work in feminist theory takes up issues in feminist epistemology and metaphysics, with a special interest in the distinction between natural and social kinds. She has co-edited Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays (Cornell University Press, 2005) with Charlotte Witt, Theorising Feminisms (Oxford University Press, 2005) with Elizabeth Hackett, and Persistence (MIT Press, 2006) with Roxanne Marie Kurtz. She regularly teaches courses cross-listed with Women's Studies

Josh Cullinan
Industrial Officer with NTEU for over 11 years working at Branch, State and National levels. From 2006 to 2009 he was responsible for the NTEU National Casual Work campaign, in 2013 won the ACTU Best Workplace Campaign Award for the Swinburne Sessionals campaign and currently oversees strategic campaigning and litigation on secure work issues at almost all Victorian universities. In his spare time he is Secretary of the Australia Bangladesh Solidarity Network Incorporated ( working with garment workers in Bangladesh, and recently oversaw the landmark Coles case which found tens of thousands of low paid workers are being underpaid.


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