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Game Changers

How will future generations engage with knowledge and learning? What kind of impact will the rapidly changing technology industries have on how we learn? Explore these questions and more at Learning Futures, a hypothetical round table discussion into the future of learning.

The panel will consider how our schools and universities are adapting to the challenges and opportunities of the digital and online world, and ways that emerging modes of learning are encouraging us to rethink traditional approaches to education. Delve into current trends, such as the new learning environments that are being fostered outside of the classroom, and discover the exciting technologies that are facilitating these changes.

This conversation will spark a lively debate, pushing the limits of where and how we will encounter knowledge in the future.


Where: VU at MetroWest – 138 Nicholson St, Footscray, VIC 3011

To find out more and register visit the event page.

Conference 2016

The dates for the 2016 Public Pedagogies Institute conference have been announced. The event will feature a workshop and conference program that will take place over three days from November 28 – 30, 2016.

At this stage it is planned to hold workshops on the first day, with presentations, panels and other events to take place over the second and third day.

For preliminary enquiries please get in touch via our contact page.  Conference registration will be available online later this year.

A Note from the President

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to thank all those who were a part of the Public Pedagogies Institute conference: Turning Learning Inside Out—Learning and Teaching Beyond the Classroom. We had around 80 people attend on both days and the feedback I received from participants was incredibly positive. What amazed the organising committee was who the conference theme spoke to.

I think the reach of the conference theme was reflected in the diversity of presentations. I observed many connections being made over coffee and at lunch and I hope these keep growing. If you didn’t present at this year’s conference, I hope you will consider doing so next year.

I would like to thank our international keynote speaker Jennifer Sandlin from Arizona State University. I would also like to thank our other keynote speaker Jane Smith the Director of M.A.D.E. We recorded each of the keynotes and an edited version of these presentations will be available on the website early next year.

The outcomes from the conference include the formation of three sub committees promoting the Institute through project work, setting up a journal, and of course a committee to work on next year’s conference. For those of you who put your name down to work in these sub committees we will be in touch in the New Year. The Public Pedagogies Institute constitution was also ratified.

Below is a comment we received in response to the conference that we think captures the experience well:

It was wonderful to be part of the conversation. It was great to have such a range of people around the table and engaged in such enthusiastic  dialogue.  It’s funny that silence that exists around our work, yet it  is a very sophisticated and empowering practice, happening everywhere!

My colleague commented that the conference was one of the best PD’s she has been to. So congratulations to the organising group. We’d certainly like to keep being involved. 

Public Pedagogies Institute meets monthly at VU Metro West,
138 Nicholson Street, Footscray. Our first meeting for 2016 will be the 8th of February at 10.00 – 11.30am.

Karen Charman

President, Public Pedagogies Institute



Australian Journal of Adult Learning Special Edition

Members of the Public Pedagogies Institute, Karen Charman and Maureen Ryan, recently edited a special edition of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning.

The edition  has a focus on Public Pedagogies and includes articles by Karen Charman, Debbie Qadri, Meghan Kelly, Ligia Pelosi, John Haycock, Anne Hickling-Hudson & Erika Hepple, Ya-hui Lee, Sally Thompson, and Jo Williams.

Volume 55, Number 3, 2015

Guest Editors Karen Charman and Maureen Ryan

Jennifer Sandlin Seminar

We are pleased to announce that an additional seminar by our keynote speaker from the conference Jennifer Sandlin, will be taking place at Victoria University.

Associate Professor Jennifer Sandlin will be speaking about her current research project, exploring 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.

 Monday the 16th of November at Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Road, Footscray, 12-1.00pm in room G368.  This event is free and open to all.

Conference Opening and Launch

The Turning Learning Inside Out conference opening reception will take place on the evening of November 11 from 6 – 8pm at VU Metro West.  The reception will also include the Launch of the AJAL Special Edition on Public Pedagogy edited by Karen Charman and Maureen Ryan.

The reception will also feature the launch of PERMESSO, an art event by Gisela Boetker and Bec Knaggs that will coincide with the conference.

Conference Opening Reception
Wednesday November 11, 6 – 8pm

VU Metro West, 138 Nicholson St Footscray

All conference participants and attendees are invited to attend.

Download Invitation to Conference Launch

Antonia Darder: Schooling the Flesh

Deakin University and the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFI) proudly presents-

The Body, Pedagogy, and Inequality
Dr Antonia Darder, Loyola Marymount University, CA

The seminar seeks to explore the place of the body within the context of education and issues of inequality. The work moves toward articulating a pedagogy of the body that can assist educators to engage with the materiality of the body in more integral ways. In so doing, emancipatory educational ideals that recognize the primacy of the body in pedagogical processes of social consciousness and transformation are highlighted, along with critical principles to inform classroom life.

Dr Antonia Darder is a distinguished international Freirian scholar. She holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and is Professor Emerita of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She was inducted as an American Educational Research Association Fellow in 2015. Her scholarship focuses on issues of racism, political economy, social justice, and education. Her work critically engages the contributions of Paulo Freire to our understanding of inequalities in schools and society. Darder’s critical theory of biculturalism links questions of culture, power, and pedagogy to social justice concerns in education. In her scholarship on ethics and moral issues, she articulates a critical theory of leadership for social justice and community empowerment.


Download Flier: Antonia Darder Schooling the Flesh Mon 12 October 2015

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.

Welcome to the Public Pedagogies Institute

Welcome to the  new  website for the Public Pedagogies Institute.

We hope that this site will provide a platform for engagement and exchange between people and organisations working in the areas of learning and teaching in the community or outside traditional education contexts.

On this site you can learn more about the Institute,  meet our researchers, discover some of the projects our members are involved in, and find out how you can be part of our conference coming up in November 2015.

We are open to new members and participants, so please contact us if you would like to find out more or become involved in the project.