2018 Conference Professional Development Sessions

The first part of the session will feature short (10 minute) presentations from each of the panellists, ending with some Q&A. This will be followed by an interactive session exploring these questions further.

  1. Podcasting and Blogging

In this session award-winning podcast producer Kyla Slaven of the Australian Broadcasting Commission joins Mark Alfano (Delft/ACU) and Daniel Halliday (Melbourne) in a panel session focused on podcasting and blogging. The panelists will talk about their podcasting, blogging and other media experiences and share tips for how to do it successfully yourself. It promises to be a lively session incorporating excerpts from podcasts and plenty of time for Q & A.



Kyla Slaven

Kyla Slaven is the producer of the kids ethics podcast, Short & Curly. Kyla has been making radio and podcasts for a long time – working in community radio, as a reporter at Triple J and heading up the then-new current affairs show, Hack. She also worked on the philosophy podcast (for grown ups) The Philosopher’s Zone, where a chance encounter with a bunch of school kids gave her the idea for Short & Curly. She is also the co-author of the upcoming book, the Short and Curly Guide to Life. (Penguin Books, to be published on October 1)

Mark Alfano

Mark Alfano's work in moral psychology encompasses subfields in both philosophy (ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind) and social science (social psychology, personality psychology). He is ecumenical about methods, having used modal logic, questionnaires, tests of implicit cognition, incentivising techniques borrowed from behavioural economics, neuroimaging, textual interpretation (especially of Nietzsche), and digital humanities techniques (text-mining, archive analysis, visualisation). He has experience working with R, Tableau, and Gephi.

Daniel Halliday 

Daniel Halliday works mainly on topics at the intersection of political philosophy and economics, with a special focus on markets, taxation, and inequality. He is the author of The Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, Equality, and the Right to Bequeath, published by Oxford University Press. Dan is also working on a co-authored textbook about the moral foundations of capitalism. He has a PhD in philosophy from Stanford University, and has been teaching at Melbourne University since 2011. 

Panel Chair

Dave Ripley

David Ripley is a member of the philosophy department at Monash University. My research focuses on language, logic, and the relations between them. I'm also a member of the Australasian Association for Logic, and I serve as an editor for the Australasian Journal of Logic, a diamond open-access journal for logic of all sorts. David's website.

  2. How can we create spaces for diverse philosophical practise?

There is increasing awareness among the philosophy community globally of the need to create spaces for diverse philosophical practise. What initiatives are already underway, in the region and elsewhere? How can we learn from, contribute to, and further this work? This session explores some of the practical ways to increase diversity in philosophy within the region. In particular, the panellists share practical insights for creating spaces for diverse philosophical practise, and for diversifying our own teaching and learning.


Serene Khader

Associate Professor Serene Khader is a moral and political philosopher working primarily on feminist issues in global justice. Khader is the author of Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Decolonizing Universalism: A Transnational Feminist Ethic (Oxford 2018). She holds the Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy of Culture.

Ines Hipolito

Ines Hipolito is a PhD candidate of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition at the University of Wollongong (Australia). Hipolito’s main research interests fall under the contemporary trends of E – cognitive science. Hipolito’s main focus areas are predictive processing, cognitive penetrability and non-reductive metaphysics of cognitive processes. I am also interested mathematics as a study case of an embodied practice of cognition.

Sondra Bacharach

Associate Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University of WellingtonSondra’s main area of research is in philosophy of art, especially new and different artforms like computer art, street art and comics. Bacharach is also interested in traditional questions, like the definition of art, the ontology of art, and authorship. Bacharach also has research interests in Philosophy for Children, education and philosophy.

Sophia Enright 

Sophia Enright recently completed her M.A. in Philosophy in March 2018 at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on addressing epistemic causes of testimonial failure in online environments. Sophia completed her Bachelor of Arts (with first class honours) at Victoria University from 2013- 2016. She now works full time as a policy advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Amy Austin

Amy Austin has taught in India, the UK, and Aotearoa New Zealand; she is a Deputy Principal at Island Bay School and a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington.. Grounded in the pursuit of social justice, her doctoral research explores how critical thinking routines developed through Philosophy for Children (P4C) can enhance educational achievement for diverse learners.

Panel Chair

Tracy Bowell

Tracy Bowell is Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at the University of WaikatoTracy's research interests include critical reasoning and argumentation, epistemology, Wittgenstein, feminist philosophy, philosophy of education.

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