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PPI Conference 2017

The Public Pedagogies Institute annual conference
Turning Learning Upside Down: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom took place on November 23 – 24 , 2017.

Crossing the boundaries of disciplines and institutions, this unique program brought together participants from diverse sectors and fields, unlikely to be found at any other event.

The Keynote Speakers for our 2017 conference were Margaret Wertheim, of the Crochet Coral Reef project, and Liss Gabb of cohealth Arts Generator, which were both engaging and richly rewarding presentations that we felt very privileged to experience.

In addition to our Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Break Out Discussion Groups each morning, the two day program included a fantastic range of presentations, workshops, publication launches and other events each afternoon.

Both the presentations and workshops provided the opportunity to discover and engage with the wide range of research and practice taking place in the community in the area of public pedagogies.

If you are interested in participating in our 2018 conference please contact us via our contact page.

For those who missed the conference the  Abstracts are also available to view online.

Conference photo gallery (click on image to enlarge):



Conference Call For Papers

Turning Learning Upside Down
Learning and Teaching Beyond the Classroom

The Public Pedagogies Institute invites contributions for our 2017 conference:

Turning Learning Upside Down
Footscray, Melbourne
23rd – 24th November, 2017

We understand public pedagogies to be the many sites in which teaching and learning occurs in the community and outside formal institutions. These may include museums, libraries, neighbourhood houses and community centres as well as in the arts, through community engagement and public history.

This conference seeks to engage people who participate in learning and teaching in practice, research and the evaluation of public pedagogies and presents a platform for exchange on the challenges, achievements and best practice in this field.

We welcome and invite a range of submissions – informal presentations, academic papers, workshops, screenings – and encourage a diversity of sectors to participate in two days of ideas-sharing and networking.

Submissions of no more than 300 words will be accepted up until Friday 25 August. All submissions should be accompanied by an up to 100 word biographical note.

Please send submissions by 5pm Friday 22 September.

Please contact for more information or to make a submission.

Click here to download the Call for Papers Flyer.

Second Keynote Speaker Announced

The Public Pedagogies Institute is pleased to announce a second Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Conference

Jane Smith is the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy Eureka and has over 25 years experience dealing with technology change, content generation and the changing behaviour of consumers.  Jane’s senior roles include being corporate Strategist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Executive of the NSW Film & TV Office for nine years, Vice-President of Seed Australia – actor Hugh Jackman’s production company. Jane has held a number of board positions including the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Chair of the Mobile Premium Services Review and the national Classification Review Board. She is currently on the board of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.

Public History Forum
This keynote will be followed by a round table discussion on the importance of preserving community history and memory as a counter or sometimes a con-current narrative to more authorised versions of history and the role of the university in supporting or perhaps lack of support for this? This discussion will also address how support can be provided for small historical societies to continue to take carriage of public history.

This discussion will include the incoming President of the Australian Centre for Public History Dr. Anna Clarke. Dr Clarke is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote the History Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate. Carmel Taig, the President of the Footscray Historical Society, author of The Giant by the River –a History of the Yarraville Sugar Refinery and Dr. Karen Charman whose most recent publication is A Space for Memory–examining the effects of industrial change and the possibilities of reparation in an era of privatisation and de-industrialisation.


Conference Key Note Speaker Announced

We are extremely pleased to confirm this year’s keynote speaker for the Public Pedagogies Institute conference, November 12 and 13, 2015.

Jennifer A. Sandlin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Justice and Social Inquiry department in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

Her research focuses on the intersections of education, learning, and consumption, as well as on understanding and theorizing public pedagogy. Through her current research projects, she explores the Walt Disney Corporation and the myriad ways its curricula and pedagogies manifest, and seeks to understand what it means to teach, learn, and live in a world where many familiar discourses are dominated by Disney as a global media conglomerate.

Her publications include (with Brian Schultz and Jake Burdick), Handbook of Public Pedagogy (Routledge, 2010); and (with Jake Burdick and Michael O’Malley), Problematizing Public Pedagogy (Routledge, 2014).  She is currently co-editor of Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

For more information about this year’s event visit the Conference page.

Public Pedagogies Conference 2015

The next  Public Pedagogies Conference is in the planning stages and will take place  November 12 and 13, 2015.

The Institute has developed following the 2014 Public Pedagogies Day at Victoria University and has drawn together people from a range of disciplines and locations locally and globally. This year’s conference is co-sponsored by Victoria and Deakin University.

We are extremely pleased to confirm this year’s keynote speaker:
Jennifer A. Sandlin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Justice and Social Inquiry department in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University.

For more information and the Call for Papers please visit the Conference page.

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