Faculty of Arts and Education

Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights


Past conferences



Governance and Development Conference
Padang, Indonesia, 14 - 16 December 2010

Researchers with the Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights have had strong relationships with Indonesian researchers since the establishment of the Centre in 1994.The extensive collaborations between Deakin University and non-government and academic organisations came to fruition in the highly successful International Conference held in Padang on the 14 -16th December, jointly sponsored by Deakin University, and the State University of Padang (Universitas Negeri Padang, UNP); Andalas University (Universitas Andalas); and the Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Imam Bonjol. Over 400 people attended the Conference and over 100 participated in the symposium.

The Conference show-cased current and recent research on the themes of governance, education and development, focussing on research of relevance to Australia, Indonesia and the region. Papers and panels covered a range of topics around the Conference themes, including issues in development, such as climate change, post-disaster reconstruction; education; democracy and good governance; health and health policy; conflict and conflict resolution; regional autonomy; local economics and micro-finance.

Keynote speakers, Professor Graciela Chichilnisky, from Colombia University in New York, presented the case for using what she identifies as ‘ecological pricing’, as the basis for achieving ‘green growth’. Professor Anthony Reid, from the Australian National University, considered how historians have been largely silent on the role of natural events and disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. To illustrate the methodological implications of acknowledging natural events, Professor Reid discussed how the history of Sumatra can be re-examined by linking geographical and historical research.

Deakin researchers, Chad Foukles, Professor Sue Kenny and Professor Damien Kingsbury identified some of the new development challenges facing Indonesia. Other issues requiring examination were identified at a dinner for Deakin researchers hosted by the Mayor of Padang. The urgent need for research into local governance issues, aquaculture, micro-finance and local tourism potential was discussed.
The Conference also provided an occasion for the launch of two important books, Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Lesson from Aceh, edited by Matthew Clarke, Ismet Fanany and Sue Kenny, and a landmark history of Sumatra Menuju Sejarah Sumatra, by Anthony Reid, as well as the launch of a timely new journal Aksara: A Journal of Modern Indonesian Literature, which will be edited by Ismet Fanany, WS Hasanuddin and Rebecca Fanany.


Community Development and Ecology: Engaging ecological sustainability through community development
Keynote: Dr Helen Caldicott; Guest speakers: Jacques Boulet, Dr Ingrid Burkett, Janet Hunt, Professor Jim Ife, Professor Chris Miller, Cam Walker
Melbourne, 26 - 28 March 2008.

Global Food Crisis: How are International Agencies Responding?
Convened by Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights (Deakin University) and World Vision Australia.
Guest Speakers: Sophia Murphy: Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy, Minneapoli (USA), Rebecca Bryant: Director, Food Security and Rural Food Development (AusAID), Dr Denis Bryant: Executive Director, Crawford Fund (Australia). December 2008.


Afghanistan 2007: Women liberated or a continued struggle for elusive human rights?
Guest Speaker: Sohaila, keynote speaker for RAWA (the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) 14 August 2007.

Afghanistan Today: Women striving for human rights in a 'new democracy'
Guest speaker: Malalai Joya, elected member of the newly formed Afghan government, who was visiting Australia as a guest speaker to Unifem to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th 2007.


Community Development in a 'Global Risk Society' conference
April 2006, Melbourne
Keynote speakers: Andrew Hewitt, Oxfam Australia; Professor Sue Kenny, Deakin University; Ingrid Burkett, Oceania Representative; Azwar Hasan, Forum Bangun Aceh, Banda Aceh, Indonesia; Salma Al-Khudairi, Consultant for third sector organisations in the Middle East.


Islam, Human Security and Zenophobia conference
Keynote speakers: Professor Bassam Tibi, Professor of International Relations, University of Goettingen/Germany and A.D.White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, USA.
Professor James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Wadham College, Oxford University.
Professor Bryan Turner: Professor of sociology in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.


Community Development, Human Rights and the Grassroots Conference
Keynote speakers: Joy Murphy, Wurundjeri People; Professor Jim Ife, Curtin University; Professor Chris Miller, University of the West of England; Professor Sue Kenny, Deakin University; Jackie Huggins; Tanya Hosch; Carmel Guerra.

Iraq and the Challenges for Human Rights Conference
Keynote speakers: The Hon Alexander Downer MP,
Dr Hussain Al-Shahristani, President of the Iraqi Academy of Sciences,
Dr Sahib Alhakim, President of the London based organisation of Human Rights in Iraq.


Manageralism, Contractualism and Professionalism in Human Services Conference
Keynote speakers: Dr John Harris, University of Warwick.
Dr Stefan Schurr, University of Bielefeld.
Dimity Fifer, VCOSS.

Third Sector and State Partnership Conference
Keynote speakers: Dr Dianne Leat, City University, London.
Professor Paul Dekker, Social & Cultural Planning Bureau, Netherlands.


Civilising the State Conference
Keynote speaker: Professor Anthony McGrew, University of South Hampton.


Community, Citizenship & Enterprise Culture Conference

Keynote speaker: Professor Brian Turner, Deakin University.


Labour, Rights and Globalisation: Australia and Asia-Pacific Conference
Key speakers: Professor J. K. Galbraith, Boston University via video linkage.
Professor Joseph Camelleri, La Trobe University.
Dr Sharida Wizaret, Karachi University.


Labour, Unemployment and Democratic Rights Conference
Key speakers: Dr Ray Jureidini, Dr Michael Muetzelfeldt, Deakin University

Extending Democracy Conference
Keynote speaker: Professor David Held, Open University, Britain


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24th September 2012